Corporate Counsel, Music Licensing
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Pandora is seeking a highly motivated, proactive music attorney for a unique opportunity to join the business transactions legal team. The right person for this position must be a team player with highly collaborative interpersonal skills. This individual will take pride in personal excellence, display a high level of confidence, energy and possess a proven ability to thrive in an environment with frequently shifting priorities. This is a great opportunity to be a key strategic player in an exciting, fast-paced and fun company. This position is responsible for the negotiating and drafting of various content and music related agreements and rendering legal advice with respect to copyright and music related issues.
This position reports to the Chief Music Licensing Counsel.
Work closely with the content licensing team in negotiating, structuring and drafting various content acquisition deals for the Pandora services, including agreements for publishers, performing rights organizations, and record labels
Effectively negotiate and interact with key players in the music industry (business and legal) and efficiently discuss risk and tradeoffs with other members of the Pandora team, including finance, accounting, tax, engineering, product, royalty reporting and senior-level executives under time-sensitive conditions
Advise Pandora team members regarding various business and legal matters including copyright, contractual rights and obligations and legal claims
Coordinate and assist in managing music and/or copyright litigation, disputes and relevant rate proceedings. Assist in responding to subpoenas, document requests and other formal requests for information including negotiating the scope of any response, consulting with internal business partners and obtaining, reviewing and producing documents
Build strong internal client relationships and generate client satisfaction through strategic thinking and risk analysis.
Work on occasion with the content licensing team in negotiating, structuring and drafting various content acquisition deals for songwriters, recording artists and non-music content providers.
A Juris Doctorate from a nationally recognized law school
Admission to at least one state bar (State Bar of California or New York preferred)
5+ years of experience practicing music law; significant music publishing experience required.
Strong law firm or in-house experience/ training
Prior experience negotiating and drafting on demand music streaming agreements
Proven, in-depth knowledge and experience drafting and negotiating complex agreements relating to the creation, distribution, sale, marketing and financing of music – in particular, music publishing
Intimate knowledge of copyright law
Demonstrated strong ability to collaborate effectively and influence internal company clients
Strong analytical capabilities and judgment, even when the rules are unclear and the issues are of first impression
Ability to manage a varied, high-volume workload efficiently and smoothly, operate autonomously (without outside counsel support) and remain cool and levelheaded in pressurized situations
Knowledge of record label and publishing administration
Practical knowledge of the music and technology industries
Ability to make decisions and pivot quickly and fluidly, think practically and be solution-oriented
Curiosity and willingness to tackle matters outside area of expertise
Able to recognize and respond quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations and demanding clients
Able to take rational business risk
Outgoing, optimistic, a self-starter and flexible
Pandora is committed to diversity in its workforce. Pandora is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, veteran or disability status. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
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