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SoundCloud // social sound platform
Los Angeles, California, United States, New York City, United States    Posted: Friday, February 12, 2021
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We're looking for an A&R Manager with responsibility to expand the A&R efforts for the creator services team. Working directly with top tier talent, managers, agents, lawyers, labels & producers to develop SoundClouds creator services relationships within the industry with a strong background in A&R, product management, deal flow & business development..

The ideal candidate will be a clear, confident communicator with deep music industry knowledge & experience in, deal negotiations, distribution deals, publishing deals, DSP marketing & artist development. A demonstrated history of doing high caliber deals is a must.

You will be working within the creator services division, reporting directly to Sr. Manager of A&R.

As an A&R Manager, you are a modern tastemaker ensuring a healthy supply of quality music from great artists. In this role, you will develop the creative direction for the label considering qualitative & quantitative indicators & team feedback. You will utilize your extensive network & proven track record of building exceptional relationships to identify artists, mgmt companies, labels & producer collaboration opportunities  to secure creative & beneficial deal structures. Liaising closely with the Marketing & Commercial departments during the A&R process of priority projects, you will lean on their support to scope out release strategies. Closely monitoring the success of the artist & record performance, you will adjust the artist roster strategy as necessary.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Budget planning & strategy coordination between the A&R & marketing teams
  • Acting as the air-traffic-controller between artists, managers, labels & our internal teams
  • KPI planning, tracking & execution
  • Prospect new artists & releases
  • Build & nurture relationships with key partners & stakeholders
  • Report on leads, opportunities & developments to the Head of A&R
  • Set A&R target list with monthly, quarterly & annual signing goals
  • Identify genre, cultural & pop culture trends to  keep SoundCloud ahead of the musical curve
  • Contract negotiation liaising between both parties 
  • Create a list of targets based off of internal departmental strategic goals, & cross-department recommendations assessing trends & data
  • Work with the A&R team to manage the scouting & procurement of new talent
  • Adhere to SC standard operating procedures, ensure distribution deadlines are met
  • Work with the Marketing team to ensure timely dissemination of release information, goals & targets
  • Join all A&R meetings
  • Provide weekly, monthly & quarterly performance reports


  • A minimum five  (5+) years music industry experience in any of the following: artist management, business development, label services, artist relations, DSP marketing & product management
    Digitally savvy, with a passion for new technology & an ability to think creatively about artist needs. 
  • Youre a confident & personable self-starter. 
  • You can easily carry conversations with industry leaders & artists.
  • Superior attention to detail & strong organizational skills. CRM experience  a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, within tight deadlines. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management. 

Diversity at SoundCloud:

SoundCloud is for everyone. Diversity & open expression are fundamental to our organization; they help us build a social platform & global community where anyone can create, discover, & share sounds. We acknowledge the challenges in our industry, & strive to develop an inclusive culture where everyone can contribute.

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