NEWS : FRI, AUG 30, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Sub Pop is Hiring for two open positions: Direct Sales Manager AND Music Licensing Manager


Sub Pop is currently hiring for two open positions! One is in our World Headquarters in Seattle, and the other is in the Sub Pop Publishing office in Los Angeles.

And the closing date to apply for both of them is Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.

To apply, please send cover letters and resumes to Kara Mattaini at

Based in Seattle, WA:

Sub Pop Records is currently searching for an organized and self-motivated individual to work as our Direct Sales Manager from our headquarters in Seattle, WA. The Direct Sales Manager works in the Sub Pop Sales Dept., running our direct-to-stores wholesale operation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Soliciting, receiving and processing direct-to-store orders

  • Setting up advertising in the form of print ads, online ads, listening stations, etc. for direct accounts

  • Setting up in-stores & other promotional programs with direct accounts.

  • Soliciting new direct accounts

  • Maintaining and fine-tuning retail contact databases.

  • Connecting with stores for POP around in-stores and/or new releases, special events, etc.

  • Coordinating with Online Sales/D2C (Sub Pop’s Mega Mart) to manage Sub Pop Local affiliate program and future B2B site.

  • Managing weekly reporting of indie sales numbers for weekly marketing meeting notes and in weekly Indie store wrap-up email.

  • Supervising physical promotional mailings to retailers, and online digital music servicing to accounts.

  • Providing images of store displays, socials etc. to show Sub Pop reach in this account base.

  • Representing the direct sales department at artist meetings.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have music retail experience.

  • Have knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Sub Pop catalog, as well as a deep interest in music, generally, and a fundamental belief in its importance.

  • Have enthusiasm for music in its many, wonderful physical formats (vinyl LPs, CDs, cassettes).

  • Be able to multitask and work in a community-oriented atmosphere.

  • Be independent, diligent and self-directed.

  • Have strong communication and writing skills.

  • Have fluency with social media platforms and Microsoft Office suite applications.

Supervisor: Director of Sales 


Based in Los Angeles, CA:

Sub Pop Publishing is seeking a Music Licensing Manager in our Los Angeles office. We are looking for an individual who has great interpersonal skills, is a self-starter, is detail-oriented and has the ability to work in an open group environment. 

Specific Responsibilities include:

  •  Working to place the Sub Pop Publishing catalog in advertisements, TV, film, video games, web-videos, social media, podcasts, and more by soliciting and responding to music searches and licensing requests. 

  • Actively pitching our catalog in a manner tailored to the taste and project requirements of individual music supervisors, editors, filmmakers, and producers.

  •  Listening to and quickly learning a large catalog of material and applying that knowledge to searches/requests for material. 

  • Tagging, organizing and maintaining the audio storage system.

  • Managing outstanding invoices and licenses.

  • Logging all licensing activity and preparing biannual reports on such activity. 

  • Developing and maintaining relationships directly with music supervisors, ad agencies filmmakers, and other potential licensing contacts. 

  • Organizing and attending artist functions for music supervisors, ad agencies and others when appropriate. 

  • Sending out email blasts, playlists, show invites, and other forms of promotion.

  • Assisting in quoting, clearing, negotiating, and preparing synchronization licenses. 

  • Some travel may be necessary.

Qualifications include: 

  • Two years working in a similar role within a label, publisher or licensing company

  • Knowledge and passion for music in general is a must, as is familiarity with the Sub Pop Publishing catalog. 

  • Interest in music licensing, film and advertising. 

  • Competent computer skills. 

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.

  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects. 

  • Positive attitude, good communication skills and an enthusiastic team spirit.

Supervisor: Director of A&R, Sub Pop Publishing


Sub Pop Publishing is the publishing division of Sub Pop Records, an independent record company based in Seattle, WA. This position is based in the Los Angeles office located in Atwater Village.

Thanks and good luck!