Business Development Manager, Music Promotion

  • Employer Oxford University Press
  • Location Oxford
  • Application Deadline N/A

We have been a leading figure in publishing for more than 500 years. We have always been a forward-looking organization, maximizing the technology for the day, but the digital revolution is bringing enormous change, fast. That same spirit of adventure and entrepreneurialism is critical to our future success. In a fast changing publishing landscape, OUP welcomes the inquisitive, the inventive, and the ambitious; people who challenge the conventional, and pioneer the possible.

We are looking for a new Business Development Manager to be a passionate voice of Oxford Music.  Using your contacts, you will work to build the reputation and profile of Oxford Music and its composers in new territories by promoting to increase performances worldwide and will undertake research and implement lead generation to maximise income from Oxford Music’s catalogue across sales, rights and hire.

Duties will include:

  • Research applicable markets to identify new leads and opportunities for Oxford Music’s copyrights and composers.
  • Building on your existing network, you will pro-actively develop new and/or current contacts to create and execute new opportunities that generate performances, broadcasts and recordings.
  • Pro-actively develop and maintain strong working relationships with key music industry figures and organisations worldwide (conductors, festivals, industry bodies, record and broadcast companies) to ensure that Oxford Music’s repertoire and composers receive the best possible exposure to maximise potential income.
  • Create promotional plans and strategy proposals to relevant sectors in order to maximise sales, hire and rights income.
  • Work with and support relationships with external organisations, from composer estates and trusts, through to OUP’s agents and subpublishers, to achieve effective promotion and ensure repertoire controlled by Oxford Music is fully supported and exploited.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Oxford Music composers to ensure that they and their repertoire are fully supported, understood, championed and amplified.

We operate a hybrid working policy that requires a minimum of 2 days per week in the Oxford office.  This role requires the successful candidate to travel for events on a weekly basis.


You will have:

  • Excellent industry contacts and ability to form new relationships
  • An enthusiasm for seeing opportunity and realising it
  • Classical music knowledge across choral and orchestral music
  • Knowledge of choral and orchestral networks and decision-making processes worldwide
  • Exceptional presentation skills
  • Research skills, planning and prioritising

We care about work/life balance here at OUP. With this in mind we offer 25 days’ holiday that rises with service, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (3-days) and a 35-hour working week. We are open to discussing flexibility in respect to working patterns, dependent on role. We also have a great variety of active employee networks and societies.
We help make your money go further by contributing to your pension up to 12%, offering loans and savings schemes through our partnership with Salary Finance, in addition to travel to work schemes and access to a wide range of local discounts.
Please see our Rewards and Recognition page for more information.

Please contact [email protected] with any queries relating to this role.

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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