UNDER THE LABEL

catalog

WHO

Marketeers, Attorneys.

WHAT

The term catalog is used within the industry to distinguish new releases (frontline) from music that has been out for more than 18 months.

Record Label
Social
Administrative

THE BASICS

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. 

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JOBS

NEIGHBOURING RIGHTS

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.

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MARKETING

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.

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ADDITIONAL LEVELS WORTH MENTIONING

  • Strategic 

  • Project

  • Licensing

  • Distribution

  • Label

  • Synch

  • Classical 

  • Legal

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CATALOG MANAGER

Neighbouring Rights Catalogue Manager @ Warner Music Italy

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THE TASKS UNDER THE CATALOG DEPARTMENT

Whom they work with and what they do 

LEGAL

-  Informs the catalog department about all the contracts

internal

A&R

- They insert the data of the artists into the 

management system

PROMOTION

- Informs catalog when the label's artists perform live at shows, go on radio, and TV

external

ARTIST & ARTIST TEAM

- They work with management companies, managers, other record labels, and collecting societies

- Maintain relationship with the artists

GENERAL

- Coordination between the  internal offices

OTHER

- Maintain relationship with their affiliates abroad

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Analysis of a lot of radio and streaming data

SKILLS

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TIME SPENT

CHECKLIST

Is a degree required?

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Is a degree recommended?

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Some of the recommended majors for the catalog department are marketing and communications.

GLOSSARY

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.

Frontline 
The music that has been released less than 18 months ago.

 

Written by Fran

Published August 13th 2021

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