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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
Thanks for a great day & for inspiring me to #makeithappen along with discovering some crazy improve skills!
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.
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Charlie Dore. Great suggestions and inspiration, along the lines of possibly becoming a ‘superwoman’!
Great first mentoring session with Martin. Really encouraging, helpful in establishing focus and with so many things to takeaway.
Finished yet another epic, inspiring and all round fantastic 1-2-1 with the awesome Luc Floreani So exited for the plans we’ve got cooking up…
10/10 Thoroughly enjoyed this course, lovely group of people, fun and informative
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!
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.
Excellent thought provoking and inspirational
An enormous amount of information and tips to take away, digest and act upon!
Great mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night! Really encouraging and so many good tips for upcoming events!
Dominic King… Absolutely Inspirational!!!! Almost did not take up this session, wanted to play it save, but thank God I didn’t !!! Risk aversion you’re a bloody thief. Thanks
I have had the most amazing mentoring session with Martin Sutton. So inspirational and energizing! Thank you Martin, you Rock!
Such a great day enjoyed meeting everyone and learned so much!
Wonderful uplifting day restoring faith in my path
Amazing and inspiring to be around wonderful like-minded people who live, breathe and love music like I do
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.
rocket fuel for the soul
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
Just when I thought it could not get any more inspirational, I have another mentoring session with Luc Floreani!
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!
The day went far too quickly
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.
Absolutely amazing, inspirational, insightful session today
Very engaging, high energy and motivating content and delivery. I would highly recommend to anyone.
l’ll never forget this songwriting experience. I’ve learned so much from everyone. It was great meeting all these talented lovely people
If I hadn’t have come I don’t think I would have believed in myself. you and the course have inspired me and sparked something inside of me to pursue my dream.
Great organisation and inspiring evening
10/10 – Excellent and superbly presented, fulfilling, educational and inspiring
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
Thank you so much for this weekend, really was such a fantastic experience. I’ve learnt so much that I wasn’t able to sleep all last night thinking about it.
Thought the course was so good and inspiring, have signed up for the Platinum Mentoring Program!
Great atmosphere and great for meeting other writers
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!
I am SO totally buzzed that I took the plunge and committed to this program!
Another superb mentoring session today with @lovesongwriting “I really like the emotion and honesty in the song” 🙂
10/10 – I really enjoyed the day and look forward to the Bootcamp
Absolutely brilliant! Informative, fun, engaging, great opportunity to network with like-minded people. Great atmosphere!
I also had a great 1:1 session with Charlie Dore. Very helpful practical advice and thoroughly lovely person 🙂
Fantastic mentoring session with Martin Sutton today, thank you Martin! Great feedback as always