The A&R department at a label is there to find artists and make records. At major labels the VP of A&R presides over the A&R staff and is the person who ultimately signs off on every artist signed to the label. For those folks who are interested in working at a record label the A&R gig is one of the sexiest gigs you can get.
- Let's start with the A&R department.…The A&R department at labels are there to find artists…and to make records.…That A&R rep is likely going to be the first person…you will meet at the label…and the one you'll spend the most time with…once you're there.…They will be your key link to the company.…And I can tell you this, having an influential A&R rep…can make things go a lot smoother when you're on that label.…The main function of that A&R exec is to identify talent…with commercial potential, sign them to the label,…and then work with that artist…to make the best record possible.…
To do that that A&R exec…will work with the artist's management and the artist…to find the right producers, engineers, song writers,…and studios, whatever it takes to make some great music.…At the major labels the VP of A&R is the one…that presides over that A&R staff…and is typically the person who ultimately signs off…on every artist that gets signed to the label.…In a big label that A&R department…might be organized by genre.…In many cases, major labels will employ A&R scouts…
In this installment of An Insider's Guide to Today's Music Biz, Steve Rennie explores the role of record labels in the music business. He starts by talking about the different types of record labels and what they do, from marketing to manufacturing and radio promotion. Then you'll learn about why you need a record label, how to get a record deal, what a music contract will look like, and how the signing process works. As a little bonus, Steve gives you some insights on your commitments and compensation (advances and royalties) once you get signed.
- Understanding how record labels run
- Finding a record label
- Meeting with A&R and business teams at a record label
- How record labels promote your music
- Negotiating a record deal
- How record labels recoup costs