2020 Grammys

Help Wanted: Spotify's Global Head of Music Oversees 100 Employees and 5,000-Plus Playlists

Help Wanted is Billboard's spotlight on new types of jobs across the music biz.

Spotify is looking for a new executive to lead the teams and global strategy for editorial, programming, catalog, talent relations and more. (Nick Holmstén, who previously held the role, moved to an advisory position in September.) The new head of music will guide the streaming giant as it expands its global paying subscriber base. Spotify expects to have more than 1 billion paying subscribers by 2030, up from 108 million announced in July.

REQUIREMENTS

A background in music and technology is a must. Ideal candidates will have proven managerial skills and leadership experience because this role oversees more than 100 employees, a number of different teams and more than 5,000 Spotify-owned playlists. A flair for innovation is also key, as the global head of music is one of the most industry-facing positions at the company. According to a representative, applicants will be expected to think of new, creative ways of interacting with artists, managers and songwriters.

THE HARD PART

As the point person for artist and label relations, the global head of music must foster relationships with various industry figures and companies while Spotify renegotiates major-label license renewals and appeals songwriter royalty rate increases — processes that can put the two sides at odds.

THE BOSS

The position reports to the chief content officer, Dawn Ostroff. At Spotify, Ostroff spearheaded the company’s expansion into podcasts and helped sign strategic partnerships with the Obamas. The global head of music also will work with Jeremy Erlich, a major-label veteran, and Marian Dicus, who are currently serving as interim co-heads of music while Spotify searches for a permanent replacement.

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 12 issue of Billboard.


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