Definition of A & R in English:

A & R

  • Artist(s) and repertory, used to denote employees of a record company who select and sign new artists.

    • ‘Part gatekeeper and part bloodhound, an A & R person ideally has a good ear and a passion for music.’
    • ‘So I'd always disappear whenever the A & R man came down to the studio.’
    • ‘It begins with indie buzz and heartfelt promises from a hip A & R exec.’
    • ‘One of our friends was actually dating one of their A & R reps.’
    • ‘I'd be curious to see what the ages of their A & R folk are.’
    • ‘It was all about getting the right A & R people out.’
    • ‘We were at Number One in America once, and our A & R man said, ‘Yes, but is it a hit?’’
    • ‘That really freaked out the publicity lady and my A & R guy and the other publicist.’
    • ‘What did your A & R work for Warner Brothers teach you?’
    • ‘But perhaps he should be made to relearn the A & R man's mantra: don't give up the day job.’
    • ‘Record producers, A & R managers and journalists have access to a very large band roster online.’
    • ‘Having graduated quickly to front of stage, demos were sent out and dutifully the A & R men wined and dined the rising star.’
    • ‘Our A & R (artists and repertoire) person almost got fired.’
    • ‘My favorite producer of all time is John Hammond, who was the A & R guy who signed Billie Holiday and Count Basie, and produced a lot of their early records.’
    • ‘I'd done a lot of changing my tune, literally, for A & R people.’
    • ‘I'm sure the A & R people are just as depressed as we are.’
    • ‘This attitude is not unlike that of an A & R executive at any other record company.’
    • ‘Their A & R is second to none, their licensing always shrewd and the compilations excellent.’
    • ‘As an A & R man he signed an artist who drove his record label broke.’
    • ‘The label is interesting because we don't have an A & R department.’