Legal Department

A record company’s legal department is responsible for all the contracts that are made between the company and the artist. The label’s team of attorneys will draft the recording contracts and do the final negotiations with the artist’s manager or lawyer.

Distribution

Distribution is the one aspect of the music industry that is going to change faster and more often than anything else. This has as much to do with new technologies as it does with listener tastes.

Art Department

A record company’s art department is responsible for everything relating to visual imagery and graphic design. This includes designing album covers, company logos, print ads, sales posters and displays for music stores.

Accounting and Administration

The often unseen side of a record company is the business affairs department. As in any large organization, this department takes care of bookkeeping, payroll and personnel, finance and various other day-to-day functions.