What A&R Reps Do
by Christopher Knab - Fourfront
Media & Music - 2008
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What exactly is an 'A&R' rep anyway? We hear the term all the time, and most
of us have a certain picture in our mind. But it is correct? Here's a short job
An A&R Reps Primary Job:
Seek talent by:
- Auditioning demo tapes (solicited, as well as unsolicited, depending
on record label policy.) If interested, ask to see artist perform live.
- Attending live shows at clubs, showcases, concerts, and other venues.
visiting artist/band website
and social neteworking sites
like MySpace and Faceboook.
- Following leads from any ‘buzz’ created by artists.
- Checking industry insiders (managers, agents, attorneys, concert promoters,
label promo reps, retail contacts, trade and consumer press tips, regional ‘scenes’, or other sources.)
- Watching for talent on other labels, who’s contracts are expiring.
- Evaluate talent and match with potential audience tastes.
- Sign talent to label with executives approval.
- Search for new songs for existing talent on the label.
- Coordinate label relationships for an artist, once they are signed to
- Provide creative input and direction on artist’s material.
- Find suitable producers and recording studios.
- Plan the recording budget with the business affairs department.
Christopher Knab is an independent music business consultant based in Seattle, Washington. He
is available for private consultations on promoting and marketing independent music, and can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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