UNDER THE LABEL
The term catalog is used within the industry to distinguish new releases (frontline) from music that has been out for more than 18 months.
Catalog or Catalogue, as a term, is defined as a collection of musical compositions that have been released for more than 18 months and “Frontline” consists of the music that has been released less than 18 months ago.
Catalog or Catalogue, as a department, is a marketing department focusing solely on these products. This department can be found in Labels, Licencing Companies & Audio Streaming Services.
A label’s Catalog Department controls every catalog recording that they own copyright for, and/or other catalog recordings on behalf of other copyright owners, under a limited license.
They manage the recording copyrights on behalf of the label’s artists and on behalf of third-party contractors. They manage the data of this department and work alongside neighboring-rights societies across the world.
They work closely with the marketing and sales departments but also with artist managers to create the best digital marketing strategies and campaigns for the label’s catalog.
ADDITIONAL LEVELS WORTH MENTIONING
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CATALOG MANAGER
Neighbouring Rights Catalogue Manager @ Warner Music Italy
THE TASKS UNDER THE CATALOG DEPARTMENT
Whom they work with and what they do
- Informs the catalog department about all the contracts
- They insert the data of the artists into the
- Informs catalog when the label's artists perform live at shows, go on radio, and TV
ARTIST & ARTIST TEAM
- They work with management companies, managers, other record labels, and collecting societies
- Maintain relationship with the artists
- Coordination between the internal offices
- Maintain relationship with their affiliates abroad
Analysis of a lot of radio and streaming data
Is a degree required?
Is a degree recommended?
Some of the recommended majors for the catalog department are marketing and communications.
Catalog or Catalogue
A collection of more than 18-month-old released compositions that are owned by a music publisher through copyright.
If a songwriter has not licensed their songs, these are then a part of the songwriter’s catalog.
The music that has been released less than 18 months ago.
Written by Fran
Published August 13th 2021
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