How to be successful as a music A&R

Watch Virgin EMI’s Ben Blackburn tell us what it takes to be a music industry A&R...


Music business students can choose to pursue myriad different careers following the completion of their studies and A&R could be one such route.

If you have a nose for new musical talent as well as an ability to champion and nurture emerging artists, then this could be the area of the business for you.  

Virgin Emi’s Ben Blackburn works in A&R and was a guest at last year’s BBC Music Introducing’s Amplify event. He was speaking on one of five panels entitled 'The Artist’s Journey', a series of sessions exploring the essential elements needed in the tool kit of an artist. 

Ahead of the talk, we quizzed Ben on what it takes to be an A&R and how new bands can get ahead in the industry. Watch our video interview below… 

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by ICMP staff writer
January 18, 2018
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