Help Wanted is Billboard’s highlight on new sorts of jobs throughout the music biz.

Spotify is in search of a brand new govt to steer the groups and international technique for editorial, programming, catalog, expertise relations and extra. (Nick Holmstén, who beforehand held the function, moved to an advisory place in September.) The new head of music will information the streaming large because it expands its international paying subscriber base. Spotify expects to have greater than 1 billion paying subscribers by 2030, up from 108 million introduced in July.


A background in music and expertise is a should. Ideal candidates may have confirmed managerial expertise and management expertise as a result of this function oversees greater than 100 workers, a quantity of totally different groups and greater than 5,000 Spotify-owned playlists. A aptitude for innovation can also be key, as the worldwide head of music is one of essentially the most industry-facing positions on the firm. According to a consultant, candidates shall be anticipated to suppose of new, artistic methods of interacting with artists, managers and songwriters.


As the purpose particular person for artist and label relations, the worldwide head of music should foster relationships with numerous {industry} figures and firms whereas Spotify renegotiates major-label license renewals and appeals songwriter royalty fee will increase — processes that may put the 2 sides at odds.


The place experiences to the chief content material officer, Dawn Ostroff. At Spotify, Ostroff spearheaded the corporate’s enlargement into podcasts and helped signal strategic partnerships with the Obamas. The international head of music additionally will work with Jeremy Erlich, a major-label veteran, and Marian Dicus, who’re presently serving as interim co-heads of music whereas Spotify searches for a everlasting substitute.

This article initially appeared within the Oct. 12 difficulty of Billboard.

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