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What is a song submission to A&R?

A&R song submission

A song submission to A&R (Artists and Repertoire) is the process of submitting a song to a music industry professional who is responsible for scouting new talent and overseeing the artistic development of signed artists.  AVENUEAR A&R representatives work for record labels, publishing companies, and music management firms.

The goal of a song submission to A&R is to catch the attention of an A&R representative and convince them to sign the artist or songwriter to a record deal or publishing agreement. The submission process typically involves sending a demo recording of the song, along with a brief artist or songwriter bio and any other relevant information such as performance history, social media presence, and industry accolades.

The A&R representative will then review the submission and decide whether to pursue the artist or songwriter further. If the representative is interested, they may schedule a meeting or live performance, request additional songs or recordings, or offer a record deal or publishing agreement.

Submitting music to an A&R (Artist and Repertoire) is a crucial step for musicians who are looking to get their music heard by industry professionals. Here are some steps to follow:

1. Research A&R Contacts: Before you start submitting your music, do some research to find A&R contacts at record labels that may be interested in your music. You can search online for music industry directories or use music media platforms like AVENUEAR to find contacts.

2. Create a Professional Demo: A&R professionals receive countless submissions, so it’s important to make sure your demo stands out. Create a high-quality demo that showcases your best work and highlights your unique sound. Make sure to include your contact information on the demo, including your email, phone number, and social media handles.

3. Submit Your Music: Once you have identified the A&R contacts you want to submit your music to, send them a personalized email that includes a link to your demo. Be sure to include a brief message introducing yourself and your music and expressing your interest in working with the record label.

4. Follow Up: A&R professionals receive many submissions, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back right away. It’s important to follow up after a few weeks to check on the status of your submission and to reiterate your interest in working with the record label.

5. Be Patient and Persistent: Getting signed to a record label can take time, so be patient and persistent. Keep creating new music, building your fan base, and networking within the music industry. With hard work and persistence, you can increase your chances of getting noticed by A&R professionals and getting signed to a record label.

Does it cost money to submit music to A&R ?

It depends on the specific A&R (Artist and Repertoire) you are submitting your music to. Some A&R representatives like AVENUEAR may offer free submission opportunities for aspiring musicians, while others may require a fee for their services.

It is important to do your research and ensure that you are submitting your music to reputable A&R representatives and companies. Be cautious of any A&R that requires a large sum of money upfront or makes promises of fame and fortune without providing any concrete details or references.

One way to potentially avoid fees is to network within the music industry and try to make connections with industry professionals who can introduce you to A&R representatives. You can also research music competitions, festivals, and conferences that offer opportunities to perform or showcase your music to A&R representatives.

Ultimately, the cost of submitting music to A&R representatives will vary depending on the situation, so it is important to thoroughly research and consider all options before making any financial commitments.

How do I submit music to A&Rs?

Once you create your AVENUEAR account, you will get access to high level A&R’s in the industry that you can submit music to directly. The most important part of this process is doing research on A&Rs that can really help you and fit inside of your niche.

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