Director of Business Affairs

beatBread
Posted Feb 06
Full Time
Los Angeles, California

About beatBread beatBread is democratizing the music industry through data-backed funding options. We are empowering artists so they can own their art and control their careers.   About The Role We are currently seeking an experienced Director of Business Affairs to provide legal and business affairs support for our offices located in Los Angeles, New York and Utah. This position offers some flexibility with in-office work, with the expectation that the majority of time will be spent at our Los Angeles office. This role will report to our Chief of Staff.   Responsibilities · Review, draft, and manage the execution of various agreements including including partner proposals, artist agreements, addendums to existing agreements, and legal letters and notices. · Lead efforts on legal diligence for Artists, Writers and Labels who have applied for funding from beatBread. · Review, interpret, advise on and respond to questions regarding current agreements & other documentation during the offer process. · Consult with beatBread’s outside legal counsel on high level needs and established agreements and processes. · Direct the filing, tracking and management of UCC submissions and terminations. · Research rights & liens on incoming deals. · Lead rights management and enforcement activities including executing breach notices, court orders, DMCA claims. · Update & maintain standard contract templates across users & programs. · Track, organize and archive legal documents. · Research and implement International contracting process and strategy. · Collaborate with legal and business affairs teams across beatBread’s artist services and distribution partners to negotiate, maintain and renew partnership agreements. · Respond to legal notices on behalf of beatBread. · Provide guidance to beatBread senior management regarding diverse business and legal concerns, encompassing copyright laws, contractual rights and responsibilities, legal claims and clearances, dispute resolution, corporate compliance issues. · Advise and collaborate with Operations, Sales, Data Science, Technology on new product launches and process implementation.   Minimum Qualifications · J.D or LLM degree from an accredited law school and member in good standings of the California, New York and/or Utah state bar. · Proven thorough understanding of agreements pertaining to the development, distribution, sales, marketing, and financing of recorded music and video content. · 4-5 years of business affairs experience at a record label, distributor, or music law firm · Excellent legal writing, analytical and interpersonal skills · Knowledge of record label issues · Ability to work independently and collaboratively, handle complex transactions involving new media and experimental use cases, and produce practical and creative solutions. · Great business judgement and extensive knowledge of the digital music business and U.S. copyright law, with some familiarity with international copyright laws and treaties. · Must be self-directed and well organized · Highly motivated with a desire to work in a team environment · Ability to multi-task and juggle competing priorities   Compensation and Company Benefits The salary range for this position, experience dependent, will be between $100,000 and $130,000. In addition to salary, beatBread offers a generous benefits package including 100% paid health insurance for both employees and their dependents; dental, vision, & supplemental insurance coverages available; paid vacation & sick time; 12 paid holidays per year; a 401k savings plan; equity in a venture backed & growing business; and so much more.   Candidate Profile The ideal candidate will be conscientious, detail-oriented, self-motivated and eager to learn. A "roll up the sleeves" mentality and attention to detail are particularly important for this role. While we work fast and deliver quality work, we also make certain personal time is protected and honored. Individuals with a respectful, slightly informal, collaborative style and who possess a growth mindset, toward their own development, towards their colleagues, and the Company at large, tend to do best in our culture. Moderate flexibility in the work environment and schedules are common in our company, as quality work deliverables and end-product focus are the most important for our team.   The Concept beatBread is a technology driven platform that enables funding for artists, labels, composers, and other key music industry participants. Creators always have the option to retain long-run ownership of their Music when they seek funding from beatBread, and receive transparent, flexible funding options. Instead of listening to each artist's Music and guessing whether they will grow or not, we feed streaming and fan-engagement data to an optimized machine-learning model to predict artist growth and revenue. We use these predictions to invest in artists, and, also, to empower music companies, institutions, and high net worth individuals to make their own investments in artists. Investors include leading venture capital firms, including Deciens Capital, Mucker Capital and Afore Capital, along with several progressive and innovative music companies.   Why Artists Love What We Do Artist’s love beatBread because they can fund their careers without giving up ownership of their Music or the choice of their partners. beatBread's approach also enables us to fund creative people and organizations from those that are "chart toppers" to those who are too small or too "off center" for traditional labels to back. Because we don't tell artists which marketing, distribution, or creative partners they need to work with, even large, chart-topping artists often find the options we provide more attractive than traditional funding options.   Company Growth Since funding our first artist two years ago, we are now funding more than a deal per day and putting seven figures of advance dollars out in the market each month. Prominent artist service companies have chosen to integrate our platform directly into their products, with major streaming platforms and distributors showing keen interest in partnership. We have also recently announced a $100M artist funding facility, but will be engaging additional funding sources, including institutional investors and banks. Our Team and Culture beatBread is a lucky combination of music business executives with decades of experience, startup folks who love music, data scientists who live to dig into billions of data points, and software developers born to build cool stuff. We are all unified by a mission to help more musicians stay independent and keep control of their work and their careers, and a vision to become the largest source of funding in the global music industry. Culturally, we are curious, hardworking, and informal. As a matter of both pragmatism and personal values, we do our best to approach our work and our partners with more humility than many fast growing venture-backed companies, or many entertainment professionals who put image and status ahead of impact and value. We are inclusive and value our talented and diverse team.