Artistic Entrepreneurship Internship: RipTide Music

For my Entrepreneurship internship I knew I wanted to work at a media company. I’ve always had an interest in music publishing and supervision, so when I stumbled upon an intern wanted ad from RipTide Music I immediately applied. After a few phone calls and emails I secured an internship at RipTide Music, a music licensing and publishing company located in Marina del Rey (near Los Angeles).

Even though the company is small with only eight full time employees, RipTide Music is a growing company that prides itself on being artist centered, dynamic, and forward thinking. Unlike many other publishing companies, RipTide works like a record label with a vast knowledge of publishing. There are three different areas within RipTide: Publishing, Production, and A&R. I have been lucky enough to work in all of these areas. I have worked on artist contracts, co -publishing agreements, large distributions, listening to music submissions, archiving discs, registering songs with publishing rights organizations, and have even helped to launch the new division of the company called Pacifica, a music library. The best part about this internship is that the staff is not only grateful for my help, but they are also invested in teaching me about all aspects of the publishing industry. I am encouraged to ask questions and to request tasks that are in line with my interests. Although the process of moving to LA for ten weeks was difficult, I am very happy to have this internship because it not only fits in perfectly with the Artistic Entrepreneurship program, but it also allows me to explore my personal interests.