A&R (which stands for “artists and repertoire”) is the engine of any successful record company. It goes like this: “Here’s some money, go find and sign a (hopefully) commercially successful artist or band, and make a record.” A&R is where it all begins.
If you’ve ever considered a career in A&R, have a look at the graph here from A&R expert Ritch Esra who tracks movement within this volatile and fast-moving sector of our community. It’s eye-opening how much A&R has changed in the last decade.
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