Licensing & Administration Intern – Fall, 2017

Downtown Music Publishing is one of the world's leading rights-management firms, with offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. 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, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, The Kinks, Cy Coleman, Hans Zimmer, Bruce Springsteen, Mötley Crüe, One Direction, Naughty Boy, Hardwell, Sturgill Simpson, Santigold, Carla Bruni, and Social Distortion. The company's technology platform, Songtrust, powers global royalty collection from over 100 countries and more than 20,000 unique income sources worldwide.

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 two days per week or a minimum of 16 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.

So, what will you be doing?

  • Help the 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

You are:

  • Interested in the music industry
  • Someone who has a basic understanding of music publishing and Copyright Law
  • Eager to learn about the day-to-day operations of administrative publishing and have an interest in pursuing publishing as a career
  • Confident  carrying out projects from start to finish, and providing quality data
  • Knowledgable of the domestic PRO's and major royalty administrators in the U.S.
  • Able to identity the main royalty types collected by Publishers
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets

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!