Manager, Music Clearance

The Walt Disney Studios team


Perform all aspects of music clearance, licensing, and rights acquisitions for third-party master recordings and musical compositions for use in marketing/promotion campaigns on behalf of all production divisions of Walt Disney Studios (Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel, Disney+, Hulu, Lucasfilm, Searchlight Pictures and 20th Century Studios) under the supervision of the Director of Music Clearance; handle all administrative activities in connection therewith
Responsibilities :
  • Identify and locate all copyright owners of the requested musical works. If applicable, conduct historical research and collaborate with the Department Head and Music Business/Legal to determine public-domain status of older works.
  • Maintain and track all “boilerplate” music library deals, and when needed, re-negotiate under Department Head’s supervision
  • Negotiate and secure library licenses for all third-party compositions and recordings within company policy guidelines, including advertising, digital download and streaming rights
  • Communicate directly and frequently with Marketing and Home Entertainment departments to service their music licensing needs
  • Draft, review and update music license requests, confirmation letters and related documents and communications
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationship with all outside vendors
  • Monitor the status of all licenses, options and deal terms throughout execution and payment process
  • Responsible for data entry about each deal, prepare deal letters and payment documents on each project


  • 7+ years’ relevant experience
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate ability to work with others as a collaborative team player
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • Strong and wide understanding of music clearance process
  • Critical and strategic thinker, taking initiative to create and implement new systems within our changing environment
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Critical and strategic thinker
  • Extremely fine attention to details
  • Strong ability to prioritize, multi-task, meet deadlines, make preliminary decisions and change course of action quickly
  • Excellent overall skills including Microsoft Office, and a willingness to learn other computer programs applicable to the position

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The Walt Disney Studios

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses the creation, production, promotion, sales, acquisition and domestic and international distribution of live-action and animated motion pictures, home entertainment releases, music and soundtrack recordings, and live stage plays. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney; Walt Disney Animation Studios; Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

Job Details

Posted on Jan 14

Burbank, CA, USA

Full time