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Job ad: Kobalt Music Group – Release Manager (Catalogue) (London)

By | Published on Monday 30 April 2018


As part of Kobalt’s significant expansion of AWAL – our recorded music division – the Release Manager (Catalogue) will support the growing operations team by ensuring accurate and timely build of all catalogue acquisition releases for digital and physical distribution.

Reporting to the Senior Release Manager, the team is responsible for all aspects of product build, release set up and scheduling to ensure all products meet release date.

You may be currently working for a label with experience in digital ops, supply chain and release management processes as well as strong working knowledge of music metadata and asset management for digital and physical release creation.

Most important is that you have great interpersonal skills and can cope with a high-pressure/fast-paced environment but remain optimistic and persistent to make things happen as well as have a passion for music and Kobalt!


Founded in 2000 by Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt is creating the music company of the future. Kobalt is a global music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model. Kobalt have built the technology infrastructure to enable better reporting and for artists to maintain ownership and control over how their work is distributed, tracked, collected, and monetised.  This global technology platform is able to track and collect royalties for the billions of micro-payments per song in digital music today.

This is an established yet fast growing creator-centric company of artists and songwriters including The Chainsmokers, Kelly Clarkson, Miles Davis, Dave Grohl, Lauv, Zayn Malik, Max Martin, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Pitbull, Elvis Presley, Skrillex, Sam Smith, and many more. Kobalt represents on average over 40% of the top 100 songs and albums in both the US and UK.

We’re currently 600 people based across 10 offices and we’re still growing.

What does a Release Manager (Catalogue) at Kobalt do?

• Working with onboarding team on significant volume catalogue deals.
• Data review and quality-check across all catalogue ingestions.
• Create easy to understand rationalisations of complex catalogue acquisition documents.
• Quality check and clean music metadata to highest industry standard.
• Assess back catalogue artwork for digital service compatibility.
• Assess back catalogue audio and video assets for digital service compatibility.
• Research correct metadata information (e.g. incorrect titles, release dates, contributor details).
• Receive & archive physical master assets.
• Collate information regarding products in the market place & stock levels of physical catalogue.
• Establish manufacturers used & availability of production parts for manufacture.
• Co-ordinate re-design of artwork with Key Productions, involving amending legal lines, logo’s etc. – to reflect new ownership.
• Co-ordinate audio DDP masters for production.
• Place manufacture orders for re-press of catalogue.
• Stock management of catalogue titles.
• Set up & co-ordinate new catalogue products, physical and digital.
• Neighbouring Rights registrations.
• Setting up missing information in internal system to facilitate YouTube reporting.
• Physical products entry in SAX.
• Assisting the Release Management team with general non-catalogue tasks when required.

What skills and experience are we looking for?

• Previous experience working in a supply chain or release management role or other relevant experience in the music industry.
• Strong knowledge of music metadata & systems is essential – knowledge of iTunes spec is desirable.
• Experience working with digital and physical audio, video and artwork assets is desirable.
• Highly proficient in spoken and written English.
• Strong working knowledge of Excel with experience in manipulating large data sets.
• Obsessive attention to detail and ability to follow strict industry guidelines.
• Excellent analytical and investigatory skills.
• Previous experience of physical production & stock management desirable.
• Proactive self-starter able to manage own workload and support busy department.
• Strong inter-personal skills and ability to communicate effectively across the business and with external clients and suppliers as required.
• Numerate and IT literate.

How to apply

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