Application Deadline: midnight Sunday 26th May 2019
Do you love music? Are you obsessed with finding out how your favourite artist went from making their first track to being a platinum selling global act? Perhaps you’re preoccupied with what happens behind the scenes, engrossed in understanding every last detail about how a scene, act or album changed the world? Ever wondered what it’s like to work right at the heart of one of the most successful major labels? This is your opportunity to apply for the 2019 Sony Music intern programme.
How it works
Sony Music UK’s intern opportunities are paid, 12 month, full-time roles, based in London, working with super successful labels including Columbia Records, RCA, Syco, Ministry of Sound, Black Butter, Relentless Records, Insanity, and our 4th Floor Creative team.
You won’t be job-hopping, you’ll be working as part of one of the dedicated (and super busy!) teams within the business. You’ll learn on the job and gain some incredible insight and experience to kick-start your career in the music industry.
Make no mistake, our internships are busy roles, and you’ll need to be ready roll your sleeves up and get involved supporting our fast-paced teams!
We look for self-motivated, organised people who are willing to go the extra mile. You’ll have good communication and admin skills, with excellent attention to detail and be a natural problem solver. If you’re a helpful team player, who is positive, proactive and passionate about building a career in the business side of the music industry, get ready, this could be the start of something amazing!
Who does what
We don’t expect you to know everything about our teams, so here’s some extra info on what’s what:
Our labels are made up of different teams and specialists including; marketing, social media, digital, streaming, promotions, sales, legal, finance and A&R to name a few. We also have a mix of skills in different areas, including the creatives (that’s the ideas people), the connectors (that’s relationship building and putting the right people in touch with each other), the organisers (planning, project management and making it all happen), the fact finders (research, analytics and insight), and last, but by no means least, the admin heroes (experts in the detail!)
There are obviously LOADS of crucial teams within a label, everyone works hard to make it all happen. We couldn’t possibly cover every single area of the business, but here’s some more info about some of the key areas we have internship opportunities in:
Marketing – marketing teams plan album or single releases (also referred to as a campaign) with or for the artists, across social media, streaming services, and “traditional media” like those massive billboards you see when you’re out and about.
Promotions – promotions teams are made up of Press and Promo.
Press – are the PR teams within labels who deal with print (that’s working with journalists from magazines and newspapers) and online (that’s bloggers and online content curators).
Promo – promo teams, who are often called Pluggers, tend to specialise in Radio, TV or Streaming, making sure the artists they represent, reach their audience by getting on the right TV and Radio shows, as well as streaming services / playlists.
International Marketing – this is all about marketing UK signed artists right across the world. This might include rolling out campaigns internationally, and organising international promo calls (“phoners”) and appearances.
Digital Partnerships – look after our relationships with partners including Spotify, Apple, YouTube, Amazon, Deezer and Vevo.
4th Floor Creative – this team works right across all of Sony Music UK’s labels, and aims to amplify artists’ stories outside of what a record label traditionally does including; Brand Partnerships, Sync, Visual Creative, Insight, Analytics, and Digital Strategy.
How to apply
Applications open on Monday 13th May 2019 and close two weeks later on Sunday 26th May 2019.
You will be asked to submit your CV and a short video. Don’t worry, we’ve prepared some tips on both of these things if you’re not sure what to include, you can check them out here
The recruitment process has quite a few stages which take place right across the summer, with the successful candidates starting early October 2019.
Remember if you’re not available for full-time office based work in London, starting in October this year, then unfortunately this won’t be right for you.
But if you are, and your dream is to work in the business side of the music industry at a major label… what are you waiting for?!
To provide admin support to your team, ensuring smooth running of the office – including, but not limited to; answering calls, dealing with and managing lots of emails on a daily basis, creating reports and updating spreadsheets, ticket ordering, booking couriers etc.
You will also be an ‘ambassador’ for the department, meeting and greeting visitors, and actively participating in all team and Company meetings. Alongside this you’ll work closely with other teams, arranging meetings (internal and external), and getting things ready, taking notes and following up on actions.
Creating Purchase Orders for invoices and ensuring these are assigned to the correct project and accounted for in the relevant budget will also be something you’ll need to keep on top of, along with booking travel and hotels for team where required.
You’ll need to stay up to date with market developments, creative innovations, and new technologies in order to suggest ideas.
Further info for you to keep in mind
Closing date for applications – midnight Sunday 26th May 2019
Expected timings of telephone interviews – June 2019
Expected timings of assessment centres – late July 2019
Expected timings of final interviews and offer confirmation – August into early September 2019
Anticipated start date – 1st October 2019
Please note you must be 18 or over by the 1st October 2019 to apply for the intern programme.
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