How does he or she run an independent record label? How many people are in his or her staff? What are some ways that the label is promoted? Who manages the money? How do they sign artist? Please give me some details.
Smaller companies don’t have as many employees, or the same number of resources, or the strict hierarchical structure as the big guys.
For this reason, it’s also hard to pinpoint exactly what the exec would be doing. But generally they would be scouting/signing musical acts, and then managing those acts during recording and fulfilling other aspects of their respective contracts.
Here are some responsibilities that s/he could potentially be doing:
- Listening to CDs and scouting talent
- Negotiating and renegotiating contracts
- Being the main link between the band’s manager and the record label
- Producing and/or hiring/firing producers
- Approving budgets/spending for certain musical acts
- Approving session musicians and other things producers wants to spend money on
- Hiring/firing recording engineers
- Finding / approving / negotiating recording studio time
- Marketing the musical acts s/he is in charge of
- Making sure the artists are where they are supposed to be at any given time
- Scheduling of just about anything you can think of in respect to all of these other duties
- Reporting back to his senior exec(s)
And a few “unofficial” job tasks might be:
- Keeping the lines of communication flowing between the artists, their management, the record label, the producers, the recording studio, etc…
- Resolving scheduling issues
- Resolving personality conflicts
- Motivating people that want to give up on the project
- Schmoozing radio stations and CD distributors
- Filtering information and constantly reassuring the senior exec(s) that there are no issues, everything is on schedule, under budget, and is in line with the record label’s goals
Again, in a smaller record company the exec could be doing any combination of these things (and more). It is very dependent on the size of your record company, how old it is, how many employees, how many artists are currently under contract, and how much money the company has.