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Seeking Intern / Assistant For Independent Record Label Start-Up

  • 07-02-2015 11:40pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 4 beachwave


    SUMMARY

    Want to help found a record label?
    Passionate about electronic music?
    Hungry for experience in the music industry?

    Research assistant / intern sought for work experience to help establish a small Irish independent record label.

    ABOUT THE ROLE

    ACTIVITIES:

    - Research vinyl pressing plants and artwork printers
    - Obtain manufacture quotes from various suppliers
    - Research physical and digital distribution channels
    - Research physical and digital publishing option
    - Event planning / management
    - Digital marketing and promotion

    WORK TIMES:

    - Working times would be variable, depending on the tasks at hand. But could be a mix of weekday / weekend, and daytime / evening.
    - Might suit a college student

    ABOUT THE CANDIDATE

    REQUIRED:

    - You are a self-starter, who uses plenty of your own initiative
    - Your ultimate ambition is to work in the Irish music industry
    - You are a music lover, and are passionate about various genres, particularly electronic
    - You have a laptop, access to the internet, and somewhere to work from (can be from home)
    - You have basic computer skills

    PREFERRED:

    - You have some kind of exposure to marketing, branding, and promotional activities or concepts
    (informal or formal, qualifications or experience)
    - You are a natural networker, and can make a positive impression on the phone and in person
    - You are based in Leinster area
    - You have strong computer skills, and plenty of knowledge about popular internet sites

    DESIRABLE:

    - You are familiar with / a fan of Irish electronic artists and their music
    - You are familiar with Irish musical events - festivals, regular concerts, club nights, nightclubs, live music venues
    - You are based in Dublin city centre
    - You are a student in a music school, or assistant in a recording studio, or studying sales / marketing / digital media at college
    - You have some hard skills in digital marketing / graphic design (e.g. photo editing etc)

    ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS

    WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

    - You get to play a key role in a rare thing: the birth of a record label
    - You get access to music industry research material steadily amassed over the last 15 years
    - You get to work with an emerging Irish electronic artist
    - You gain valuable experience which can help you build your CV towards a career in music
    - You get to work with an internationally successful IT consultant, who runs his own company

    HOW TO APPLY:

    - Submit a CV + cover note via email
    - Or submit some other creative documentation or content, if you feel those are more insightful about you and your background
    - Or if you want to be more creative: introduce yourself by video and send onwards
    IMPORTANT:
    - Please only apply if you at least meet the Required and some of the Preferred items


Comments



  • Hi,
    This is somthing I might be interested in. Just a few questions first.

    What is the registered name of the company in charge of the record label? How many staff are there? Does the owner/CEO have much experience in running a record label as this would be important as far as gaining experience.

    What sort of hours are envisaged and what is the pay?




  • Hi there,

    Thanks for your interest.

    Q1:
    The company name has not being registered yet, because a record label name has not been selected yet. Of course there are candidate names, but that decision will form part of a broader exercise to define the identity of the label. E.g. visually from a branding / logo / colour / style perspective. Hence the reference to 'playing a role in the birth of a record label'. The founder already has an accountant, who has set up companies for him in the past. And that accountant is ready to establish this company once the instruction is given.

    Q2:
    There are currently no other direct staff apart from the founder. Hence this advertisement... However the founder has already establised numerous contacts (nationally + internationally) who can be used as network of partners to work with, in the course of launching and operating the label. Also, based on the applications so far for this role, there may be a case for multiple interns/assistants to be involved at a given time. Forming a start-up team, in a way.

    Q3:
    See the Work Times section of the role description.

    Q4:
    As mentioned in the title of the ad, this is a start-up. And in start-ups: cash flow is often barely a trickle. If there is any at all... At least in the early days.

    In this case there there is no revenue being generated yet, since the business is still at conceptual stage. Therefore, the business case for paid-staff is a stretch. Hence the emphasis on non-monetary benefits for successful applicant(s) in the role description - which are genuine benefits. See the Whats In It For You? section. That is also why the the role advertised here is positioned at a junior level, with the focus on the applicants accumulating work experience, in an intern capacity.

    All that said, it does not rule out the possibility of (modest) paid-for work in some situations. But that would only be considered after a trial period, where an intern has proven their value to the business. And the business case is stronger.

    I hope that answers your questions sufficiently?




  • Where are you based?




  • Living: North County Dublin
    Working: Dublin City Centre




  • "ACTIVITIES:

    - Research vinyl pressing plants and artwork printers
    - Obtain manufacture quotes from various suppliers
    - Research physical and digital distribution channels
    - Research physical and digital publishing option
    - Event planning / management
    - Digital marketing and promotion"


    If you cant be bothered to do this yourself - and it really isnt a lot of work - then maybe you don't need a record label of your own yet.


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  • beachwave wrote: »
    The founder already has an accountant, who has set up companies for him in the past.
    Were these similar companies to this one, and if so, why do you think this one will fair better?

    I ask as it seems the entire ad is looking for someone to research and do the work for you, and as such the intern may not learn much that they do not already know.




  • Hey,

    I'm interested, where is the contact e-mail?




  • Hey,

    I'm interested, where is the contact e-mail?


    ^ Mate, seriously, look at all the stuff he wants you to do *for no money* and then realise that none of it is really difficult, you might as well do it all yourself and for yourself and then end up owning a record label of your own.


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