Raoul Chatterjee to exit SoundCloud as VP Content Partnerships and Operations

SoundCloud VP Content Partnerships & Operations Raul Chatterjee is leaving the music streaming company.

The London-based executive announced the news this week in an email seen by MBW, in which he said his last day at the company would be August 31.

He mentioned in his email that Ama Walton will lead for content partnerships on the platform, while Mike Oliverio will continue to lead content and catalog operations going forward.

The news of Chatterjee’s exit from SoundCloud follows the company’s confirmation earlier this month that it is in the process of reducing its global workforce by about 20%, blaming the “challenging economic environment and financial market headwinds”.

SoundCloud CEO Michael Weisman wrote linkedin On 3 August that “making changes that affect people is incredibly difficult,” the decision to do so is “essential to ensure the long-term success of SoundCloud”.

Chatterjee joined SoundCloud in January 2016 as Director, Content Partnerships, tasked with securing music licenses with both major and independent record labels in Europe.

In October 2018, he was promoted to VP, Content Partnerships. In this role, according to his LinkedIn profile, he served as business lead for major music industry partners including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.

He also served as business lead for Merlin’s network of indie labels, as well as for SoundCloud’s Europe-based music publishing partners including Sony Music Publishing, ICE, SACEM, and UMPI.

Chatterjee says the role provided him with a “multi-year license renewal fueling the expansion of SoundCloud’s licensed music services”.

In June 2020, Chatterjee was promoted to VP Content Partnership & Operations. According to his LinkedIn profile, this role saw him lead “global content teams responsible for business partnerships and operations in the sound recording and publishing sectors.”

He stated that he was “successful in expanding the catalog and supporting the growth of licensed music services through enhanced deals”.

Prior to joining SoundCloud, Chatterjee was an SVP Music at 7Digital Group plc in London, whose clients at the time included HMV, Guevara and the BBC.

Prior to that, for two years, from 2010 to 2012, Chatterjee ran the commercial division of Warner Music UK, where he was responsible for all commercial relationships with retailers and digital services and the hundreds of millions of albums sold by such artists. Enjoyed success with Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini as Plan B and Michael Bublé. Prior to this, he was the Director of Commercial Innovation at Major.

He continued: “I am delighted to learn that the leaders and teams are a rich mix of diverse backgrounds, which I am sure will drive the business to further growth and success.”

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In the email announcing his departure from the company, Chatterjee says that he was drawn to “SoundCloud as a super fan of the platform”.

He continued: “I am delighted to learn that the leaders and teams are a rich mix of diverse backgrounds, which I am sure will drive the business to further growth and success.”

As for his next move after SoundCloud, Chatterjee said in his email that he “has no definite plans yet”.

You can read his email in full below:


Dear Music Industry Friends and Partners,

I want to share the news that after 6.5 years my time at SoundCloud will end on August 31st.

I’ve had an incredible journey working with some really inspiring people like the two of you on SoundCloud and our music industry partners.

I’m proud of our achievements along the way, working with content partnerships and many other teams to develop SoundCloud’s licensing deals and relationships with record companies and publishers. These deals supported the initial launch of our ad-supported and fan subscription service in 19 countries, while maintaining our unparalleled ability to support and monetize user uploads. I’ve always worked hard to ensure that SoundCloud’s investment in music rights delivers great value to the business, as well as strive to ensure that artists and songwriters are paid fairly for their work. .

I was drawn to SoundCloud as a super fan of the platform and I remain because of the culture, where openness, integrity and equality are truly part of the lived experience. I am delighted to learn that the leaders and teams are a rich mix of diverse backgrounds, which I am sure will lead the business to further growth and success.

SoundCloud in the UK is stronger than ever before as Tileyard is buzzing with office workers and regular visits from amazingly talented artists. Ian Greaves and the UK-based music team have taken the relationship with the UK industry to a new level and especially I am over the moon that my favorite genre – dance music – is hitting it all over on SoundCloud once again.

Thank you all for your support in building our partnership during my tenure. Going forward, Emma Walton will take the lead for Content Partnerships, and Mike Oliverio will continue to lead Content and Catalog Operations.

I don’t have any definite plans yet so I look forward to figuring out my next challenge. Please keep in touch and I hope our paths cross again in the future!

Best wishes

raul chatterjeeworldwide music business

Raoul Chatterjee to exit SoundCloud as VP Content Partnerships and Operations

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