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It All Begins with the Music: Developing Successful Artists and Careers for the New Music Business by Dan Kimpel, Don Grierson

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Chapter 3. The A&R Exec/The Label

Despite the well-publicized changes in record labels, the role of an A&R (artist and repertoire) executive is still about the most basic elements: signing, working with, and overseeing recording artists and their creative output. If one is blessed to be working with a magnificent singer like Celine Dion in an A&R capacity, the job is to help find the material and the producers who are best for the singer and the song. In signing a self-contained band that writes everything, the job is very different. You might bring in ideas for potential producers, but many times these acts know the type of producers they want. Sometimes there is little work to be done, but often there is a lot; in all cases, it is the A&R exec’s ...

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