Copyright Specialist (IMPEL)

PRS For Music
17 Apr 2017
17 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

IMPEL Copyright Specialist

Based in Streatham, London, SW16 1ER

Salary is £26,000 - £31,000 per annum

(Depending on Experience)

We are a society of songwriters, composers and music publishers. We license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of our members and overseas societies, and distribute the resulting royalties to them fairly and efficiently. We promote and protect the value of copyright

An exciting opportunity has become available for a IMPEL Copyright Specialist within PRS for Music.

The IMPEL Copyright Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that ICE holds the correct copyright information required to produce accurate and comprehensive online claims for IMPEL publishers. Alongside this, you will be supporting the Senior IMPEL Relations Manager in resolving all copyright, agreement and statement issues raised by IMPEL, as well As assisting the Publisher Account Manager team on any copyright-related queries raised by their IMPEL member accounts. It will be up to the IMPEL Copyright Specialist to promote increased efficiency in IMPEL copyright, statementing and payment procedures.

The successful candidate will review current picture held agreements on ICE for potential IMPEL entrant, assess the preparation of work required to complete ICE set-up for potential IMPEL entrant and simplify and correct agreements set-up on ICE for new and existing IMPEL publishers. You will be liaising with prospective IMPEL publisher to clarify correct set-up of agreements and sub-publisher hierarchies, whilst also instructing ICE Copyright to make necessary agreement updates and monitoring their progress to ensure these are fully and accurately completed in time for agreed entrance date. You will be expected to liaise with the IMPEL team to ensure on-boarding procedures are joined up and each stage is recorded in the log-book.

Further to this, the Copyright Specialist will be expected to identify and correct problems with agreements and works registrations for existing IMPEL publishers, where possible, in advance of any negative impact on distributions. Alongside this, you will be communicating diplomatically with IMPEL publishers regarding identified copyright problems and hold responsibility for ensuring ICE amends copyright picture as and when required for publishers that have left IMPEL.

The role holder will also be required to produce and maintain a repertoire rule sets (Collector and Contractor tab) for IMPEL publishers, send monthly reports to ICE Services of rule set changes and to keep records of rule set updates on shared drive. This role will also involve investigating IMPEL copyright issues raised by senior management, the Publisher Account Manager team, or the IMPEL publisher directly. When called upon, you will extract and interpret reports from the ICE database, SAS, D & M and other internal systems, as well as arrange and attend meetings with IMPEL publishers to provide support and advice for copyright/mandate/agreement matters. You will also undertake the responsibility of liaising with ICE Copyright Service Delivery Manager, Copyright Publisher Relations Manager and Publisher Account Managers as required.

The successful applicant will be an internal ambassador for IMPEL, educating PRS colleagues on what the IMPEL team do and contributing to training manuals and presentations and be there to support the Senior IMPEL Relations Manager on other IMPEL-related projects as and when they arise.

In order to be a successful applicant for this role, you must have at least 3 years copyright and agreements experience in a collecting society or publisher, be highly computer literate with an analytical mind and a problem solver with ability to identify root cause of copyright issues. It is essential that applicants poses the ability to prioritise workload and juggle multiple tasks, as well as have a solid grasp of global mechanical and performing publishing rights’ administration and royalty flow. It is preferable that you have experience with and an in-depth knowledge of PRS fM copyright processes, systems and business rules, and a thorough understanding of the ICE Copyright database works and agreements ecosystem.


Candidates should apply by sending their CV and covering letter by Friday 21st April 2017

At PRS for Music we recognise, welcome and value diversity and are committed to creating a workplace where all employees are given the opportunity to reach their full potential, feel valued and work together effectively to achieve our goals.