As a Director, A&R, you will initiate and implement Sony Music Nashville's A&R strategy that incorporates discovering new artists who have the potential to be commercially successful, finding the right songs for new and current assigned artists and overseeing the ongoing development and recording of all assigned artists. We are 

What you'll do:

  • Identify potential new talent, concepts and projects using every resource available
  • Develop and coordinate the signing of new talent to SMN by:
    • Sourcing potential talent through online research of artist/band websites and social networking sites
    • Attending live performances at clubs, showcases, concerts, and other venues and maintaining files/records on all shows attended
    • Logging, reviewing and recommending submitted/solicited demos
  • Act as liaison between assigned artists / new acts and label, advising on their sound and brand
  • Work closely with other label departments/employees including marketing, promotions, finance, media, and sales to determine follow up steps and try to ensure recorded material is commercially successful
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with assigned artist roster and managers and proactively work on educating and strengthening these relationships
  • Oversee recording process, providing creative input and direction, including the following:
    • Help artist find the right producer and recording studio
    • Schedule recording sessions
    • Coordinate pre-production and production, mixing, mastering, and sequencing
    • Evaluate recording and mixing progress for each project
    • Plan recording budgets for assigned projects, keeping within agreed budget and schedule/timeline
    • Assist in finding and selecting songs and songwriters
    • Ensure timely delivery of finished masters
    • Advise the artist on all aspects of a high-quality recording
  • Create a network of resources including songwriters, producers, managers, booking agents, attorneys, concert promoters, trade and consumer press, and tastemakers
  • Represent the label as needed at various industry functions, artist showcases, public performances, conferences, presentations or corporate meetings

Who you are:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive music industry experience within the music industry – preferable in A&R or Artist Management
  • Strong knowledge of various genres of music with an emphasis on the country format and the ability to separate/identify the commercially viable from the pack
  • Available to travel and attend evening showcases as required
  • A prior, demonstrated track record of finding and signing recording artists and/or songs for recorded projects
  • An understanding of the current tastes and trends of the market and of the artist lifestyle
  • Prior experience working with artists, including working through all phases of making/recording of a record
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office (Word, Excel & Outlook) and proven internet capabilities
  • Strong problem solving, social, and interpersonal skills. Exceptional communication and time management skills. Ability to prioritize and multi-task. Able to work independently but be a team player and flexible.
  • Strong relationships with established songwriters, producers, attorneys, managers, and publishers and able to create and maintain new relationships
  • Working knowledge of the digital music space and social media

What we give you:

  • You join an inclusive, collaborative and global community where you have the opportunity to fuel the creative journey
  • A modern office environment designed to foster productivity, creativity, and teamwork
  • Our Hybrid with Flexibility approach combines the flexibility of remote working with the benefits of in-person collaboration whenever we need to come together to do our best work. Managers will partner with their teams and employees to establish work arrangements that meet the business, team, and individual needs.
  • An attractive and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & disability coverage, and 401K + employer matching
  • Voluntary benefits like company-paid identity theft protection and resources for pets, mental health and meditation resources, industry-leading fertility coverage, fully paid leave for childbirth or bonding, fully paid leave for caregivers, programs for loved ones with developmental disabilities and neurodiversity, subsidized back-up child and elder care, and reimbursement for adoption, surrogacy, tuition and student loans
  • We invest in your professional growth & development
  • Time off for a winter recess

This position requires the use of the CLEAR Health Pass App to access the office and off-site work events. While COVID vaccination is highly encouraged, vaccination is not required for employees based out of our Tennessee offices, although COVID-19 testing may be required. Please do not include proof of vaccination or any other indication of vaccination status when submitting your application materials.  If applicable, at the time of a candidate’s onboarding experience, the Company will follow up directly to share the company standards around using the CLEAR Health Pass App and provide instructions for safely entering our TN offices.  Please note, employees are required to be fully vaccinated to enter our offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. An employee will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).

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