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Facebook Looking for a Director of Global Music Licensing

Facebook has signaled it has big plans for licensed music across the service, and is hiring a director of global music licensing to lead the charge. In a new job posting, Facebook says the role will execute "strategy and negotiations with music labels and publishing/performing rights organizations, as well as collaborate with our product and media partnerships teams to ensure a coordinated and best-in-class licensing structure."

Responsibilities will also include working on a "comprehensive music strategy" with other teams, acting as a Facebook rep in meetings with music industry partners and being a music consigliere — able to provide "deep insights" about the machinations of the industry — to various Facebook executives.

Facebook is looking for someone with 10-plus years of experience and a track record of hands-on dealings in music licensing for large scale companies. The position, first spotted by Music Business Worldwide, is based in Facebook's main office in Menlo Park, Calif.

Just what Facebook has in mind music-wise across the service  — Go after YouTube with music videos? Spotify with streaming playlists? — is unclear, though the addition of a licensing expert makes sense given recent events. In May it announced that it had licensed a "limited amount of music" from Warner Music Group to help soundtrack its Slideshow photo/video-sharing feature, and in August the company "acquire-hired" the staff of "musical selfie" app Eyegroove, which let users add fully licensed song snippets to 19-second videos.