Contacting A&R Representatives
Chances are if your music is good, there is a A&R looking for it right now. So why not put your music directly on their desk. IMD has an extensive A&R Registry “A List” that lists hundreds of A&R Representatives around the country and abroad to help get your music noticed. The A&R Representative is the gatekeeper to your deal. IMD highly recommends you include the following in your package
- Formal Letter
- Your latest CD
- Press Pack or a link to EPK
- Band Pics
- “1” Sheet
- Free stuff is good
- Reliable contact Information
- Copy of your latest Tour Schedule
- A personal Invite out to a show
Be sure to follow up each package with a formal phone call or e-mail correspondence to help it get your package recognized. Above all its a professional representation of you as an artist. Most of the A&R's I've been in contact with welcome these kinds of professional looking packages & give each one a fair & honest assessment. Do not contact a A&R Representative unless you've been in the business for at least a year.
Send your music to hundreds of A&R Representatives today via our A-List.
TIP OF THE DAY I know of one band in particular that not only invited an A&R Representative out to one of their shows, they also covered all her traveling expenses, bought her dinner, and even picked up her hotel tab for the evening. The label was so blown away by this level of professionalism; they gave the band an 5 year recording contract. Anything you can do to not only get their attention, but make a lasting professional impression is the name of the game.
Cyrus Rhodes is President of Seattle based label Katavi Arts Guitarist for local band Seven Against Thebes Executive Producer of Projects Drum Dynasty, Seven Against Thebes Over the years Rhodes has been a guitarist in a touring band, A&R Representative, Talent Buyer, Band Manager, Booking Agent, and most recently a Syndicated Music Critic. His reviews have been posted on USA Today and Headline News. Rhodes is also Chief Editor and lead critic for several webzines. In 2009 he launched www.ndiemusicdigest.com. IMD is dedicated to developing hard working Independent Artists worldwide. IMD only accepts material from unsigned bands and artists.
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Drum Dynasty Project Drum Dynasty
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