Billboard followed the money to determine who's pulling in the largest (and smallest) paychecks in the industry: from the tens of millions in equity awards reaped by Apple executives to a radio-station mascot's minimum wage.
* SENIOR MANAGER/DIRECTOR: Compared with major music publishers, independents don’t have the manpower or the overhead to employ a top-down vertical hierarchy. Typically, senior managers or directors engaging in A&R (signing songwriters) wear multiple hats. For instance, Atlas Music Group CEO Richard Stumpf says Molly Seel and Jake Simon, both senior managers of creative services, and Kenley Flynn, creative director of Atlas joint-venture Combustion Atlas, also arrange collaborations with other songwriters, pitch songs to labels and artists, and arrange for synchs (placing songs on film or TV soundtracks or in ad campaigns). Likewise, at Reservoir Media, director of synch licensing Andy Moerschell also has the ability to sign bands or renegotiate existing deals.