Licensing & Administration Intern – Fall 2016

Founded in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the world's leading rights-management firms, with offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam. The company's catalog spans over seven decades of popular music, encompassing some of the world's most beloved songwriters and artists including The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Kinks, Randy Newman, Deep Purple, Hans Zimmer, Bruce Springsteen, Mötley Crüe, One Direction, Hardwell, Santigold and Carla Bruni. The company also represents such renowned publishing catalogs as Cy Coleman's Notable Music, the legendary Latin music catalog, Fania, the UK's Kassner Music, and Germany's Budde Music. The company's technology platform, Songtrust, powers global royalty collection for over 80,000 individual songwriters as well as companies such as CD Baby, The Orchard and Downtown's own catalog in over 90 countries around the world.

All candidates must be currently enrolled in a college or university and our internships are for credit only. If offered a position, students must provide a letter from their college or university confirming that they will receive school credit. Candidates should display strong written and verbal communications skills, as well as ingenuity and an eagerness to learn. Candidates must also possess excellent computer skills and strong organizational skills. An interest in music licensing/copyright administration is strongly preferred. The minimum time commitment is three days per week, to be spent across a minimum of 24 hours per week, working from our New York City office in SoHo. It is also preferred that interns bring their own Wi-Fi enabled laptop to the office.


The purpose of this internship is to support a busy licensing and administration department while learning about all facets of publishing day-to- day operations in a rapidly growing company. The roll will encompass researching album release information for Downtown clients, assisting the department in processing synchronization and mechanical licenses data analysis, and various ad hoc tasks. You will be introduced to specific software, as well as organizational and business processes, that will further your understanding of music publishing.



Responsibilities include:

  • Help team organize and execute mechanical and sync licenses
  • Enter and organize data in Music Maestro
  • Gather ISRCs (International Standard Recording Codes)
  • Organize and update publishing splits
  • Conduct internet research on recordings that embody Downtown copyrights

To apply for an internship with DMP, please send an updated copy of your resume and a brief cover letter to Please specify in the subject line which internship you are applying for. As well, please tell us which is your favorite song in the DMP catalog, and why you think it’s great!