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Copyright Assistant

A copyright assistant ensures works/agreements are being registered correctly at collection societies (e.g. PRS), dealing with claims for publishing agreements.

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Also known as:

Copyright Coordinator

Copyright Executive

Skill Level:

Entry level

What does a Copyright Assistant do?

A copyright assistant ensures works/agreements are being registered correctly at collection societies (e.g. PRS), dealing with claims for publishing agreements. Within this role you will be processing royalties, registering new works and analysing the royalties received to make sure they are paid correctly and within the contractually agreed timescale to writers. You will also look to resolve counterclaims where there is uncertainty around the ownership of a work.

Watch and read (links to videos /cases studies):

Copyright/Publishing Information: http://heroic.academy/indie-guide-music-copyright-publishing/
Copyright information: https://mpaonline.org.uk/faqs/

What’s a Copyright Assistant good at?

• Strong attention to detail and accuracy
• High level of written and spoken English
• Strong analytical skills
• Passion for music and knowledge of the music industry
• Pro active

Tools of the trade:

MS Excel, Music Maestro or equivalent software – these are software packages for music publishers, that allow the users to monitor and easily manage song catalogues, licensing catalogues and making it easier to manage data from music publishing. Knowledge of this software is not essential for the role.
Who does a Copyright Assistant work with?

Internal and External publishers/ CMOs such as PRS for Music
Writers/managers
Various internal departments within a music publishing company including business affairs and finance
How do I become a Copyright Assistant?

Get a degree in: Music or an analytical subject (Non-Essential)

At School or College: Music or an analytical subject

Look for an apprenticeship within: a music publishing company

You might also be interested in: Training / Workshops / Courses on Copyright

Search for jobs:
• MPA Jobs: https://mpaonline.org.uk/careers/jobs/
• Music Week: https://www.musicweek.com/jobs
• Music Business Worldwide: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/jobs/
• Complete Music Update: https://completemusicupdate.com/jobs/
• Record of the Day: https://www.recordoftheday.com/jobs
• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/
• The Dots: https://the-dots.com/jobs/search
• Art Jobs: http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/arts-jobs-listings/

Volunteer work always give you a good idea of the music industry, also a chance to network with music professionals.

If you’re a student or recent graduate currently seeking work experience or a paid internship within one of the Music Publishers Association Publisher Member companies you can fill out a form and upload any supporting documents by clicking here. All information collected here will only be shared with MPA Publisher Members and will be destroyed after 6 months. There are many different websites that advertise work experience and internships within the music industry, such as The Big Music Project, UK Music and Arts Council England. You can take a look at UK Music’s Careers Pack here. The MPA endorses UK Music’s Internship Code of Conduct and do not support unpaid internships.

For further information about music publishing please go to https://mpaonline.org.uk/

Search for a course of study with trusted UK Music partners here: https://www.ukmusic.org/skills-academy/music-academic-partnership/