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Senior Art Director

New York, NY

At Warner Music Group, we’re a global collective of music makers and music lovers, tech innovators and inspired entrepreneurs, game-changing creatives and passionate team members. Here, we know that each talent makes our collective bolder and brighter. We are guided by four core principles that underpin everything we do across all our diverse businesses: 

  • Music is Everything: Music is our passion, and we can never get enough. Tastes, trends, and tech will change, but great artists and songwriters will always be our driving force.
  • Global Growth, Local Expertise: Music is a global language. Through communication and collaboration, our success can come from anywhere and translate everywhere.
  • Innovation and Insight: Pushing the boundaries requires the best information and the boldest imagination. We use both to create the future.
  • Empowered by People: Like the artists we serve and the music they make, our differences make us stronger. This is a place where every talent can belong and build a career.

We remain committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We know it fosters a culture where you can truly belong, contribute, and grow. We encourage applications from people of any age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic or identity.

Consider a career at WMG and get the best of both worlds – an innovative global music company that retains the creative spirit of a nimble independent.

Job Title: Senior Art Director

A little bit about our team:

The Creative Department at Atlantic Records is a full-service, agency-like creative team, dedicated to building artist careers through the intersection of Art, Video, branding, music, digital and technology, unlike any other at a record label. The full department works hand in hand for all artists acting as artist partners across all visual elements that are used to brand, identify and market the artists for music, video, touring, merch, sales and all other aspects of the artist career. Our creative teams partner with our artists, managers and marketing teams to narrate and bring to life the artists vision and world via all creative deliverables and assets. 

Our Art Directors are responsible for the overall artist brand and vision, and communicating this to the company. To do this they partner with our video team to tell the story of the artists through all visuals. In line with branding, they are responsible for artwork for single, album cover, logos, all album packaging configurations, along with advertisements, promotional materials and special edition packaging for their roster. 

Our Video team takes the lead when driving the moving visuals forward for official music videos, visualizers, in-venue content, on the streets, BTS and editorial storytelling along with any social campaigns.  They are supported by an in-house production team who work side-by-side the Video Producers for production, shooting and editing needs. 

Our digital team has specialized digital designers and video animators who focus on bringing all video and art branding to life on the digital stage. They work closely with the Digital Marketing team, collaborating on the overall digital strategy, experiences for websites, webstores and email marketing. They also create promotional assets which include static, animation, lenses and social content to support all aspects of the artist roll out across Marketing, Digital Marketing, Commerce, Touring and Sales. 

The Creative department is led by Catherine Ciapas. Rob Gold, Derec Dunn and Mildred Delamota - collective partners who run the creative teams for Art, Video and Digital. 

Your Role:

If you are looking to bring your creativity and passion for music together, this could be a phenomenal opportunity for you! 

As a Senior Art Director, you will be tasked with conceptualizing, creating and managing our artists' visual world. This world comes to life via moodboards or concept boards, directing photoshoots, and creating or directing single or album artwork imagery and packaging. This role is critical to the success of our artists' projects. We are looking for someone who understands the artists’ creative vision and can bring it to life as a visual language for the artists’ internal team and management team to utilize for the life of the project. 

We believe in the partnership across creative and marketing teams, so we work very closely with the Creative Marketing and Digital Strategy teams from the start to end of the project. Collaboration with the creative teams, Video Producer and Digital Creative teams is key as our projects are collective and cohesive across all creative touchpoints in the artist roll out.

Here you’ll get to:

  • Conceptualize and create the visual language for our artists.
  • Collaborate and brainstorm ideas with artists, management, marketing, digital strategist, publicity, international, streaming and sales departments for artist branding and roll out
  • Discover, develop and maintain relationships with current and emerging creative talent, including photographers, stylists, illustrators, designers, etc.
  • Direct and manage creative talent as needed on projects
  • Conceive, direct and produce photo shoots for single,  album or press shoots. 
  • Direct and/or design logos and identity for artists as well as company marketing and initiatives.
  • Conceptualize and design front line packaging for both retail and our D2C stores. This includes CD, Cassette and multiple vinyl configurations, amongst other items.
  • Edit photo shoots and direct the retouching of images.
  • Negotiate fees for photo shoots including photographers, stylists, make-up artist, prop stylists, and hair stylists.
  • Oversee an individual roster while also working with the team to collaborate on projects.  
  • Participate in team meetings, weekly project updates, creative brainstorms, artist meetings and department meetings.
  • Use our project management tools and asset management systems to keep all work collaborative and communicated daily. 

About you:

  • You have 5-8 years of experience.
  • You have a comprehensive portfolio with a wide range of examples of genres.
  • You have fundamental and/or expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • You understand current design trends, tech trends and social platforms.
  • You are a teammate and will share creative input and feedback with other designers.
  • You can communicate your ideas verbally and/or in writing.
  • You can multitask, prioritize and manage multiple deadlines and urgent tasks.
  • You understand no job is too big or too small.
  • You are excellent at listening, interpreting, self-starting, and presenting.

We’d love it if you also had:

  • Other creative skill sets that can be used to create assets for our artists. We are always looking to grow our team's skills in Illustrator, photography, animator or editor. 
  • Openness to learning new skills, as technology and the internet is always changing

About us: 

As the home to 300 Elektra, Asylum, Atlantic, East West, FFRR, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Warner Records, Warner Classics, and several other of the world’s premier recording labels, Warner Music Group champions emerging artists and global superstars alike. And our renowned publishing company, Warner Chappell Music, represents genre-spanning songwriters and producers through  a catalogue of more than one million copyrights worldwide. Redefining what it means to be a music company in the 21st century, our consumer brands include trend-setters like UPROXX, Songkick, HipHopDX, and EMP. We’re the home to WMX – the next generation services division that connects artists with fans and amplifies brands in creative, immersive, and engaging ways – and Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) – the ground-breaking global distribution company for independent artists and labels. 

Together, we are Warner Music Group: Music With Vision & Voice.


 

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Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear from us right away. We’re taking our time to review all resumes, and to find the best people for WMG.

Thanks for your interest in working for WMG.  We love it here, and think you will, too.


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Salary Range


$135,000 to $150,000 AnnuallySalary ranges are included for job postings where required by law. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as work experience and business needs. The pay range is subject to change at any time dependent on a variety of internal and external factors.

WMG is committed to inclusion and diversity in all aspects of our business. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and will evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition as defined by state law (genetic characteristics or cancer), physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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