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  • Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Seeks Royalty Analyst

    We are seeking a full-time Royalty Analyst who will support the royalty operations of the label. Reporting to the Director of Business Affairs & Royalties, the Royalty Analyst will focus on music royalty reporting and rights administration. Current work arrangements call for teleworking due to the pandemic, but in the future, we anticipate returning to in-person work in some capacity at the Smithsonian Folkways offices near the National Mall in Washington, DC.

    Duty Station: Washington, DC (preferred)

    Major Duties:

    • Serves as the point of contact for royalty-related inquiries from artists and publishers
    • Ensures timely receipt and accurate processing of digital and physical sales and licensing income
    • Maintains the royalty system by setting up new albums, royalty rates, advances, and expenses
    • Logs contract information in the contracts database and verifies royalty rates
    • Maintains the royaltor database by recording changes in contact information
    • Resolves metadata inconsistencies to enable ingestion of sales files
    • Audits, packages, and distributes royalty statements and tracks payments
    • Processes vendor applications to create accounts in the financial system
    • Handles royalty claims and obtains documentation for royalty transfers and assignments
    • Follows up on licensing agreements and payments


    • Undergraduate degree, preferably in music business or a business-related field
    • Knowledge of music royalty accounting concepts
    • Advanced proficiency in Excel (e.g., pivot tables and VLOOKUP)
    • Expertise in working with large amounts of data
    • Keen attention to detail; must be able to enter numbers, proofread text, and perform calculations with accuracy
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds in a courteous and professional manner
    • Excellent planning and execution skills; ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and balance multiple projects
    • Experience with the following applications would be a plus: music royalty systems (RoyaltyShare, Record Maestro), database software (Filemaker Pro) and financial software (Netsuite, Peoplesoft)

    Salary: The annual salary is based on the GS-9 level of the federal General Schedule (GS) pay system.


    • Medical/dental/vision coverage
    • Life insurance & long-term disability insurance
    • Retirement plan with employer contributions of 12% of salary (for qualified employees)
    • 12 federal holidays + paid vacation/sick days
    • Click here for a complete list of benefits

    How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and a 2-page writing sample to by 5pm EDT on October 15.