New York, NY 
Posted 18 days ago
Job Description

Primary Wave Music is the leading independent publisher of iconic and legendary music in the world. The company is home to some of the most iconic songwriters, artists, and record labels across the history of recorded music including Bob Marley, Prince, Stevie Nicks, James Brown, The Doors, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Bing Crosby, Luther Vandross, Olivia Newton-John, and many more. The songs represented by Primary Wave include over 800 Top 10 singles, and over 400 #1 hits. Throughout the company's 16-year existence, Primary Wave Music has embraced an entrepreneurial spirit, offering, and executing proactive one-of-a-kind ideas, unique services, and marketing campaigns for our artists. Primary Wave has earned a stellar reputation for being forward thinking and re-introducing classic artists and their music into the modern marketplace as well as nurturing young talent to become legends themselves. This success is based upon our team of seasoned and creative executives collaboratively working together closely with our artists as partners. As a company, we strive for excellence in the pursuit of iconic artists and catalogs that not only reflect great artistry, but impact and influence culture.

We seek a detail oriented, enthusiastic Business Affairs Administrator and music lover to join Primary Wave’s Business & Legal Affairs department.  This role will be full-time with a hybrid in-person and remote work schedule in our New York office, and will report to the General Counsel.


  • Coordinate and assist with catalog acquisitions, including with respect to due diligence (e.g., copyright and trademark research), preparation and review of asset schedules, and post-closing catalog matters (e.g., implementation of letters of direction, tracking of post-closing deliverables).
  • Liaise with a variety of Primary Wave departments, including with regard to rights research requests, royalty audits, and use approvals and licenses.
  • Review, analyze and summarize contracts.
  • Assist with expansion and maintenance of rights management database.
  • Manage form document files. 
  • Manage internal deal tracker for certain catalogs, and outside counsel legal fee invoicing. 
  • Other Business Affairs duties as assigned by attorneys in the department or the General Counsel. 
  • Minimum 4 years in-house business affairs role or law firm experience (in an entertainment practice group) handling music related matters.
  • Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Proficient with analysis of music contracts; content licensing; rights tracking.
  • Strong organizational, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, within a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive legal and business matters.
  • Self-starter with a strong work ethic; skilled with managing and appropriately prioritizing multiple assignments, meeting deadlines under pressured timelines, and taking ownership of projects.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Outlook, Adobe, and Excel.
Prior business affairs or copyright department experience at a music publisher or label strongly preferred.  Familiarity with USPTO and US Copyright Office databases a plus.

Primary Wave offers exceptional benefits to our employees. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer an excellent career path. We provide one of the best available benefit programs for small businesses, including a healthcare plan, 401(k), long-term and short-term disability, holidays, life insurance, hybrid work schedule, and vacation.

We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

To Apply:
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Individuals may perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.


We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
$65,000 to $90,000 p/yr
The estimated base salary range for this position is $65,000 to $90,000 per year. The actual salary rate offered to candidates will depend on a variety of factors, including without limitation, years of relevant experience, business needs, and the candidate’s overall qualifications for the position as assessed by Primary Wave. The salary range is subject to change at any time and depends on internal and external factors.
Required Education
Associate Degree
Required Experience
4+ years
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