What is a record label A&R and how do I become one?

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If you have a passion for music and would love towork in the music industry成为A&R可能是您的一个伟大的职业道路,即使不能持有纸条或播放乐器。有很多角色只是在等待一个对音乐激情的人!

You might never have heard of the term record label A&R but let’s take a look at what this entails and how it could be your dream career in the music industry.


A&R., or Artists and Repertoire is the part of a record label that has the responsibility for scouting talent. They also look after the artistic and commercial development of any recording artists that they take one. It is the role of A&R to act as a form of liaison between the record label and the artist. Within the role there are three distinct responsibilities:

  • Seeking out new talent
  • Overseeing the entire recording process
  • Helping with promotion and marketing of the new artist


Duties will also include listening to artist’s demos, interpreting music data, matching artists to the right producers, and offering constructive creative input.

What qualifications do I need?

This is one of those jobs where there is no formal qualification that can help you out. However, most companies looking for someone to fill an A&R role require a person to already have some experience within the music industry, either with a music publisher, a record label, music tech, DSP or a management company.Alternative routes to showing your passion and taste for music include curating a blog, playlist, or social media community around the music you love.


What type of person does this role suit?

This is undoubtedly the ideal role for someone who is passionate about music and has drive. It can be a demanding role involving long hours, but the rewards speak for themselves. This is not a role for someone who is shy as there is a lot of communication involved with a wide range of people. If you have the drive and the ability to think on your feet, great people skills, and a love of good music then this may well be the music industry job for you.

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