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In NY – NARIP A&R Pitch Session -w- Atlantic Record’s Riggs Morales

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Intimate NARIP A&R Pitch Session

with Riggs Morales
VP of A&R and Artist Development
Atlantic Records

Thursday, October 2, 2014
in New York


NARIP’s A&R Pitch Sessions are small, intimate pitch sessions (limited to 12 participants) with some of the best A&R executives in the business today. At each NARIP A&R Pitch Session, one A&R executive will listen and provide live feedback to music presented to him for analysis and consideration for label acts who accept outside material. Participants will receive an advance brief of the A&R executive’s current music needs to enable them to prepare the most focused pitch.


NARIP Sessions are deliberately kept small and intimate, which is just one reason they work so well and why participants have enjoyed over 150 placements to date. Limited enrollment of 16 people per session guarantees that registrants meet and get face-time with our guest. Registrants also get a brief of the guest supervisor’s CURRENT music needs, a chance to pitch plus immediate feedback at each session, taking the mystery out of why a piece of music does or doesn’t fit. On-the-spot feedback enables registrants to re-work tracks and get them licensed.

Placements secured and professional relationships formed through NARIPs music supervisor sessions have earned praise and many placements! See TESTIMONIALS and PLACEMENTS sections below.


Riggs Morales is Vice President of A&R and Artist Development at
Atlantic Records and has A&R-ed albums which have sold 23 million
copies. He was formerly a music editor at The Source magazine. Between
1995 and 2001, Riggs wrote and edited stories while overseeing columns
such as Hip-Hop Quotable, Fat Mix-Tape, Singles Watch, the 5-Mic Rating
System as well as the Unsigned Hype page, where he spotlighted young
acts such as David Banner, Kardinal Official, Juelz Santana and Eminem.
After six years at The Source, Morales gave up full-time writing duties
to pursue the executive side of the business. By 2000, Morales was
overseeing production management at Goliath Artists, Inc., the
management firm of music executive Paul Rosenberg. Morales helped
Goliath expand clientele by heading the Producer Management division of
the company, where he helped navigate the careers of artists such as DJ
Muggs (Cypress Hill), Dame Grease, DJ Shock, The Beatnuts and The
Alchemist. In 2001, Rosenberg and Eminem appointed him as Director of
A&R at Shady Records. In 2002, Morales signed artist 50 Cent who went
on to sell over 10 million records worldwide. As Senior Director of A&R
for Shady Records, Riggs would go on to A&R the following releases:

• 8 Mile Movie Soundtrack, (4X Platinum)

• 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin, (10X Platinum)

• D12 – D12 World, (2X Platinum)]

• Obie Trice – Cheers, (1.3 Platinum)

• 50 Cent – The Massacre, (6 x Platinum)

• Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, (1.3x Platinum)

In January 2004, Morales was voted number one A&R in the world by
HitQuarters, a website that tracks the work of music executives. A month
later, Morales created the Free Yayo campaign for 50 Cent. Eminem wore a
shirt promoting the campaign during his performance at the 2004 Grammy
Awards. In 2005, Morales founded The Monday Night Fight Klub, a
bi-weekly event that pitted emcees against each other in a verbal
competition. MNFK was later developed into an MTV series Morales’
company, Rigg’d Up, Inc. partnered with Quincy Jones III’s QD3
Entertainment (Beef, Tupac: Thug Angel, The MC) to create hip-hop based
content that range from in a variety of mediums including television,
movies, and DVDs. Outside of his duties at Shady Records, Morales has
consulted for corporations such as Pepsi Inc., Sony Records, PolyGram,
Adidas and has served as on-air correspondent for MTV and VH1. Morales
has also remained a freelance writer for XXL, Vibe, Scratch, Urban
Latino and Mass Appeal, and has written biographies for Pun, Eminem,
Clipse, Mobb Deep, Fat Joe, the Beatnuts and producers such as Buckwild,
The Alchemist, Muggs of Cypress Hill. Additionally, he co-wrote the book
Angry Blonde with Eminem. Most recently, Riggs was brought in by MTV to
mentor three finalists for their Advance Warning competition in Africa..
The show aired in December 2008 and will feature Riggs working with and
developing the three finalist as they attempt to create hit records with
international appeal. In late 2008, Morales partnered with Razor & Tie
to release projects under his Rigg’d Up label. The first release on
Rigg’d Up will be the solo debut from hip-hop artist Black Thought of
the Roots crew. The album is due out in the fall of 2009 and will
feature production from DJ Premier, Salaam Remi and JR Rotem.


Click here to read what people say about NARIP’s Sessions.


At this intimate NARIP A&R Pitch Session, participants get to pitch to our guest speaker. Smaller is better: the number of participants at this session is limited to twelve (12). Each person is guaranteed the opportunity to pitch at least two (2) songs (or more, if time permits).


Special thanks to Shelter Island Sound for hosting this event


Thursday October 2, 2014

6:30 p.m. – Registration and networking

7:00 p.m. – Program begins

8:15 p.m. – Break

10:00 p.m. – Program ends


Shelter Island Sound

40 West 27th Street,

7th Floor

New York, NY


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If you can’t be here in person, at most locations we can accommodate pitching via Google Hangout, or we can present material and provide the guest music supervisor’s feedback to you directly. If you have questions about this, please call or email Mary Bee at 818-769-700 or


Artist Managers, Producers & Artist Reps

A&R, Artist Development and Marketing Executives

Record, Distribution & Music Publishing Executives

Anyone seeking an opportunity to place songs with major label artists who accept outside material..


$249 NARIP Members *

$329 Non-Members

* Available to Professional and Executive NARIP Members only (not monthly members).
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No refunds.

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Call us at 818 769 7007 or email mary AT narip DOT com.


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Date Oct 2, 2014
Event In NY - NARIP A&R Pitch Session -w- Atlantic Records' Riggs Morales
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