Artist and Repertoire Workers

In the artist and repertoire (A&R) department of a record company, A&R coordinators, executives, and other workers locate new talent and convince the company to sign them to contracts. A&R workers are also involved in producing their artists' music, promoting them, arranging concert tours, and other details of management.


Quick Facts
Duties Locate and promote new musical talent; sign artists to record contracts; arrange concert tours; and handle other details of artist management
Alternate Title(s) Artist and Repertoire Coordinators, Artist and Repertoire Executives
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in Los Angeles, New York City, and Nashville, where many record companies are located
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Music
  • Speech
Experience A part-time job or internship at a record company will provide useful experience to aspiring A&R workers
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Vice President or President of an A&R Department
  • Artist and Repertoire Coordinator
  • Assistant Artist and Repertoire Coordinator

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