The A-Z Of A&R
A deep-dive one day masterclass covering
everything you need to know about the major record label decision makers
Andy began his musical career playing in bands across south Wales in the mid 2000’s, before packing his bags and moving to the outskirts of London to study. He spent around 3 years on the road across the UK & Europe as a tour manager before joining One Little Indian Records in 2011.
Andy ran the International department until May 2017, contributing to global campaigns for Björk, Asgeir, Cody ChesnuTT & Sinead O’ Connor amongst others, before joining Believe Distribution services in June 2017 as a Senior Label Manager, running global campaigns for direct artist deals and acting as a label manager for Believe’s digital distribution clients
Danny is A&R manager at Decca records, signing and managing his own projects. He has been involved in music for as long as he can remember, being inspired by his parents’ love of music. After playing and recording in a successful local band in and around East Anglia, he later enrolled in a local Music Performance course whilst promoting gigs in his spare time. Danny studied Music Industry Management at Hertfordshire University and, whilst studying, took on a regional A&R scouting role for EMI and also ran his own new music radio show. Danny achieved a first class degree with distinction, before moving to London where he landed his first job working in music PR. After a year, Danny moved to work at Universal Music. He has worked in the A&R team at Decca Records for 5 years working his way up from an intern, to A&R assistant, to A&R scout to signing and managing his own projects. Danny says he feels very lucky to wake up every morning to do the job he always dreamed of!
Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and multi-platinum songwriter and producer. Starting as a young busker on the streets of Norwich, he spent years developing the craft of songwriting, traveling the world to work with other writers, learning about the music business and honing his production skills. He is now a successful songwriter/producer and has sold millions of records in nearly 50 countries around the world.
His work includes Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Gary Barlow, Pixie Lott, Mark Owen, Olivia Newton-John, Andrew Roachford, Brian McFadden, Lulu, Mike & The Mechanics, K-Pop superstars Super Junior and X-Factor/Idol winners worldwide.
His teaching methodology and ethos have been described as “life-changing” by many of his students and over the years he has shared his knowledge and experience with thousands, opening their eyes to the world of professional music making. His diverse programming and production skills are widely sought after, from orchestration for Celine Dion and Andrew Lloyd Webber to quirky programming and beat-making for K-Pop/J-Pop artists, and rich country productions for artists including LeAnn Rimes.
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37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP
4th September 2017 9:45 am – 5:00 pm
This groundbreaking one day masterclass covers everything you need to know about the world of A&R including expert advice on how to make powerful connections, get signed to a major label and get your songs recorded by major artists.
A&R (Artists and repertoire) is the division of a record label or music publishing company that is responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists and songwriters.
Our major label A&R executives will give live feedback on song submissions! Tracks will be played anonymously to our panel who will treat it as a regular A&R session. Will you get switched off after 30 seconds or keep the panel listening to the very end?
Everybody stands to gain something from this course.
How do I receive my discount for the course?
Please e-mail email@example.com with your society membership number to receive your discount coupon code to use at the checkout.
Should I bring an instrument to the course?
No. As this is primarily a theory based course, you will not need to bring an instrument along.
How Do I Submit A Demo For Critique?
If you wish to take part in the live A&R session, send ONE mp3 to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight 31st August and we’ll randomly select tracks on the day to play anonymously to our panel. Label your email A&R DEMO
I am SO totally buzzed that I took the plunge and committed to this program!
Another incredible mentoring session with Charlie Dore tonight! Really great feedback. So so much to work on and a good challenge but excited to get working on it!
Just had a fantastic mentoring session with Martin, my first on my platinum membership! Feel completely boosted and grinning away ready to take this year by the horns! Positivity all the way
Great atmosphere and great for meeting other writers
I also had a great 1:1 session with Charlie Dore. Very helpful practical advice and thoroughly lovely person 🙂
When I look back to last April, when I attended TSA’s Introduction to Songwriting, my life has changed immensely for the better
Such a great day enjoyed meeting everyone and learned so much!
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Charlie Dore. Great suggestions and inspiration, along the lines of possibly becoming a ‘superwoman’!
Feeling so blessed to be a part of this songwriting family! Thank you for creating this wonderful community, a place for us all to be creative, passionate, supportive and talented!
Special people. Thank you all for some beautiful and amazing times
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Danny Roberts. He knows his stuff. So much for me to go away and get started on!
10/10 – The one day course far exceded my expectations. Full of useful information backed up by eveidence. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in the process of writing a song
Brilliant. Entertaining. Humorous. Good for business.
Wonderful uplifting day restoring faith in my path
10/10 – Excellent and superbly presented, fulfilling, educational and inspiring
The passion of all the lecturers was amazing to see. The sharing of their life experiences that enabled them to get a career in the industry was inspirational and has made me reinforce in my mind it’s truly possible for me!
Great first mentoring session with Martin. Really encouraging, helpful in establishing focus and with so many things to takeaway.
It is an amazing academy you have established with a true ethos of care and support coming straight from the top and filtering down through its ever increasing family – I am so proud to be part of it !
Thank you so much for an amazing Platinum year !- I have loved every minute or it, have learnt so much and feel very excited for 2018.
Feeling thoroughly inspired after a mind-blowing chat with Luc Floreani of Floreani Management. So thankful that he’s willing to share his enthusiasm and give me some new ideas.
Fantastic mentoring session with Martin Sutton today, thank you Martin! Great feedback as always
10/10 – Well worth the travel. I would do it all over tomorrow. I feel a lot more confident now with what I’ve learned.
Excellent thought provoking and inspirational
I have had the most amazing mentoring session with Martin Sutton. So inspirational and energizing! Thank you Martin, you Rock!
rocket fuel for the soul
Just finished an awesome mentoring session with Charlie Charlie Dore what an inspiration you are Charlie. Thank you for all the excellent advice and guidance.
An enormous amount of information and tips to take away, digest and act upon!
Amazing and inspiring to be around wonderful like-minded people who live, breathe and love music like I do
10/10 Thoroughly enjoyed this course, lovely group of people, fun and informative
10/10 Excellent! Really informative and enjoyable
Just had my first mentoring session with Martin Sutton, what an amazing experience, so grateful and ready to face my first exercise. Thank you Martin.
epic PR mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night!!!!!
So enjoyed my mentoring session with Mark Cawley yesterday – from now on I will be hanging out in bookshops looking shady – thanks mark x
Great organisation and inspiring evening
l’ll never forget this songwriting experience. I’ve learned so much from everyone. It was great meeting all these talented lovely people
I’ve finally found myself and my confidence has come back! That is down to what The Songwriting Academy has done for me and given me the boost I needed. I can’t thank you enough
Absolutely brilliant! Informative, fun, engaging, great opportunity to network with like-minded people. Great atmosphere!
Absolutely amazing, inspirational, insightful session today
Thank you Martin Sutton for your continued excellent support during the monthly 1:1’s, general encouragement, and kicks up the rear to keep on improving.
I was going to write “you can’t beat Martin Sutton”, but that would sound all wrong. 🙂 So just saying am very happy with mentor session from Superstar Sutton. Virtual hugs all round.
What an incredibly life changing experience, on sooo many levels!!! It’s so difficult to put it all into words!!!!! Beautiful friendships gained and definitely the beginning of something monumental.