Ministry of Sound Group Ltd.

Departments

The A&R and Marketing teams in our artist label work together across all of our artist development projects and dance single releases. Our roster currently includes London Grammar, DJ Fresh, Wretch 32, DVBBS & Borgeous and Secondcity.

A&R are responsible for scouting and signing new talent to the label, then working with those artists to find, hone and develop a distinct musical identity. The A&R team work with the artist from the early stages of writing and recording, through to the final stages of production, mixing, mastering and release.

The Marketing team is responsible for scheduling releases and creating the campaigns around them. From commissioning artwork, videos and photography to coordinating and managing promotions teams to planning and implementing marketing activity.

The Artist Label team has an outstanding track record, with 18 UK No.1’s to date (4 in the last 18 months alone), multiple gold and platinum singles and albums and numerous award wins and nominations. They are a driven, dynamic, focused and passionate team and with plans to continue to expand our artist development roster, the label is set to build on its UK success and make waves globally.

Our club is the beating heart of the entire business, and birthed the Ministry of Sound brand back in 1991. Arguably the most famous nightclub in history, the club team work tirelessly and meticulously to uphold the club’s reputation and ensure every single customer has an unforgettable experience.

With a strong focus on innovation, the promotions team are constantly utilising new marketing methods, attracting new customers and building pre-event excitement for loyal clubbers.

With millions of fans worldwide, our digital team source and create engaging content relevant to the events our customers love. Behind the scenes the club operations team set the highest operational standards in the industry; providing swift and courteous service across the venue.

Our tech team engineer and maintain the world’s best sound system, and bring performances to life with state-of-the-art lighting. Consistently evolving and improving, the tech team work closely with other departments to develop new ideas, like our ground breaking “Live From The Club” project.

 The Compilations business was first established in 1993 with the release of Sessions Volume One, a compilation album of dance music mixed by Tony Humphries. The album was a commercial success, paving the way for a business which has now sold more than 55 million compilation albums worldwide.

The compilations department is responsible for coming up with album ideas, developing concepts, compiling (choosing the tracks) and producing and marketing the release of high quality albums. Our well-known album series include: The Annual, Anthems, Masterpiece, Running Trax and The Sound of Deep House.

Facilitating creative services across all departments within the company, from tours and club to compilations and repertoire, the design team ensures that each of the creative projects remains true to each of the brands. With a high turnover of work, it’s an environment where innovation and creativity are encouraged to elevate, direct and enhance the brand’s message.

Along with our creative department we have an in-house video department, who capture our parties on film, create additional behind-the-scenes footage of our music videos, film interviews with artists and produce some of our TV adverts. They work closely with the marketing and mobile departments.

The mission of the Digital Channels & Group Marketing is: “To support and innovate Ministry’s various business areas through digital channels & marketing with a strong focus on creative execution and long-term commercial viability”

The department sits across Ministry’s traditional business pillars Club, Events, Comps & A&R and includes a wide range of responsibilities, which can be leveraged across multiple business areas including digital marketing (website & social media), apps & platforms, radio and customer research & segmentation.

At Ministry, finance is integral to all commercial activity across the business. Controllers and their assistants meet with business managers on a weekly basis to review product performance. These vital meetings allow senior management to reforecast projections with agility and are used at all levels. Furthermore, finance takes a leading role in ensuring the business is run in the most effective and efficient way through the performance of detailed analysis of our sales performance and projections, investment appraisals for new business activities and review and enforcement of controls and compliance. 

The HR department provides comprehensive human resource management services for the management team and our staff. Our main functions are: recruitment and selection processes, policy implementation and development, employee training and development programs, staff wellbeing, pay, benefits and staff communications.

The Information Technology (IT) department manages the technology infrastructure that enables a modern business to operate. This involves planning, deploying, maintaining, supporting and improving the IT and communications services that are consumed and delivered by Ministry of Sound Group.

Our business and legal affairs department works across the whole of the business to protect it from risk and to ensure its growth and success.  Each individual department works with a member of our legal team whether it is to secure artist agreements or the licensing in or out of tracks for A&R to negotiating private hire or DJ agreements for our club and everything else in between. This department is also actively involved in all commercial decisions, brand licensing opportunities and global revenue generation.

The operations department is here to ensure that the physical environment of Ministry of Sound club space, office space, facilities and meeting rooms are presented and maintained to a high standard.  Our reception staff meet and greet visitors, handle telephone enquiries, order stationery, manage post and deliveries. Other members of the team handle all maintenance issues, sub-contractors and are responsible for the health and safety of our team and our customers.

Ministry of Sound Radio is an online only service broadcasting 24-hours a day from Ministry of Sound’s offices adjacent to the nightclub. The station’s output is solely focused on dance music and its schedule is made up of non-stop music throughout the day and specialist content in the evening with weekly sets from popular international DJs. Each weekend Ministry of Sound Radio streams exclusive sets live from the nightclub. It also produces several syndicated radio shows for broadcast on radio stations all over the world. 

The station is available to listen to live and on-demand via the Ministry of Sound website. It is also available on the Ministry of Sound mobile app, Radioplayer, iTunes, TuneIn, Windows Media Player and the Samsung Smart TV app. The station attracts nearly 10 Million hits per quarter, with an average listening time of 52 minutes

The Licensing Department is responsible for clearing tracks to feature on our compilation albums, negotiating terms with 3rd party labels and putting legal contracts in place for the licences along with seeking permissions & approvals for use of our own tracks where necessary. 

There are always multiple compilations being cleared at any one time and we often clear our albums for global release, which can entail clearing the same track with different labels for a variety of territories and therefore can require a lot of juggling, prioritising and pressure in order to clear key tracks by the licensing deadline. They also handle the licensing out of our own tracks, not just to compilations by other labels, but also for “sync” – to TV ads, programmes, games and films.

Our sales team manage national & international relationships with our key partners in the physical and digital marketplace. Working with the recordings side of the business, they ensure our compilations, singles & artist albums are available for sale and have optimum exposure in each store to maximise sales. 

The sales team deal with major accounts including iTunes, Amazon, Google, all UK supermarkets, specialist retailers including HMV as well as UK indies, export partners & digital stores around the world. They are also responsible for the production of CDs along with digital delivery and ensure that our products reach stores in time for release. They also support the business with relevant sales reporting & analysis. 

Ministry of Sound and its subsidiary brand, Hed Kandi, host approximately 1,500 international events each year across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and North America.  These consist of club residences and one-off events in locations including Ibiza, Miami, Rio De Janeiro, Dubai, Paris, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. The type of event ranges from club nights and outdoor beach parties to large scale festivals.

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