Legal Counsel – Music Licensing


  • Full Time

We are seeking a Legal Counsel with strong music and business affairs experience to join our Label Licensing Team.  As Legal Counsel you will negotiate and draft business critical license agreements with music rights holders, provide legal advice, guidance and transactional support and facilitate practical solutions to achieve business objectives while managing legal and commercial risk. Our work is cutting edge and always evolving so we are looking for an innovative, progressive and proactive problem-solver to join our team. 


What you´ll do


  • Work closely with, support and advise our Business Affairs teams on global licensing projects.
  • Negotiate, draft and advise on a wide range of commercial transactions with a focus on content licensing deals with major and independent record labels, as well as music publishers and relevant societies.
  • Assist and support Product and Content Operations teams in connection with the launch of new service features and integrations.  
  • Collaborate with our Finance and Operations teams on drafting and implementing our content license agreements globally.
  • Working with senior leaders to advise on risks, complex agreement structures, approval processes, and company policies and procedures.

    Who you are


  • 5 + years of experience working in a law firm and/or in-house legal department, dealing with music industry issues. 
  • Expertise in copyright law and legal issues relating to music licensing and digital distribution. 
  • Previous experience in copyright issues related to live streaming and user generated content preferred.
  • Practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving and ability to effectively counsel business teams by providing pragmatic, commercial and timely advice.
  • Great analytical and written/oral communication skills, and superior attention to detail.
  • Team player with excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Comfortable working in a company experiencing rapid growth and change.

    Where you will be


  • You will work out of the New York Office.
  • Our offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. 
  • Working hours? We operate within the Eastern time zone for collaboration 



    Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.
    Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 345 million users.
    This position is not eligible to be performed in Colorado.