Debunking Job Titles: International Analyst
APRA AMCOS is an integral part of the Australian music landscape, working tirelessly to make sure Aussie musicians are being taken care of and encouraged.
They don’t just do this on home soil, though. In their last report, they revealed a 105% increase in revenue from international resources. In just 2017 alone, Aussie musicians brought in a massive $43.7 million.
Thousands of reports and performances are submitted every year, so we’re gonna get the lowdown on what it takes to get through them all from APRA AMCOS international analyst – Patrick Gillin.
How does your mum describe what you do?
Working in the music industry, collecting data and royalties for musicians.
But seriously, what does a day in the life of an international analyst look like?
There’s a huge amount of admin work involved. Chart analysis, submitting live performance reports, set lists, and jingle reports to International societies so our members can claim their hard-earned dollars overseas.
What’s is one thing about your job that is really obvious to you, but other people may not know?
It is so important that APRA members submit their live performance reports on time!
What’s the most important skill to have in your job?
Attention to detail.
The thing you find most challenging about your job is…
With over 100,000 members, there’s a lot of queries.
And the most rewarding part?
Making sure Aussie musicians get the money they deserve. Securing payment for members when they least expect it is also a win.
What do you think is the biggest industry misconception about being an international analyst?
That we sit around listening to Spotify all day.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given about working in the music industry:
First do it, then do it right, then do it better.
Give us one stellar piece of advice for anyone wanting to do your job:
Be a team player, support Aussie (and Kiwi) music and brush up on your excel skillz.
Finally – when you look back at your career, what do you hope to have achieved?
To have helped give musicians an income and support what they do best.