At Warner Music Group, Joel Feigenbaum works with the digital legal affairs department to help license its wide music catalog to streaming services like Spotify, fitness partners like Peloton, user-generated content platforms like TikTok, and background music services.
The young attorney admits that his age has sometimes caused those he’s worked with to be skeptical about whether he’s truly qualified or empowered to make judgment calls.
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“While this was frustrating initially, I’ve noticed this happens less frequently the longer I’ve been at Warner due to the trust I’ve built up with our senior management, and the rapport I’ve developed with the repeat players on the other side of my deals,” he explains. “Or perhaps I’ve aged considerably in the past two years.”
He approached this challenge by being the most prepared person in the room and listening much more than he speaks.
In his spare time, Feigenbaum can be found delivering food packages to needy families to ensure that they don’t have to worry about securing food during the weekend. The lawyer knows those meals might be the key difference in helping families get back on their feet. Feigenbaum is also heavily active in his local synagogue and works to mentor students whenever he can.
As an Orthodox Jew, Feigenbaum refrains from using any electronics, or any work, on Shabbat, from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. He notes that this initial “challenge” has contributed to his career in two ways: building daily constructive habits and knowing how his work fit within the broader scope of his life.
“This complimented the constant internal pressure I placed on myself due to my limited availability on Saturdays,” he explains, “and enabled me to channel the internal pressure and the external stress I experienced into (hopefully) a better work product at the end of the day.”