Artist and Repertoire Workers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Most A&R workers have a college degree, so in high school you should pursue a college preparatory track. Classes in business, mathematics, speech, and English will be helpful. The most important thing you can do is to become involved in music, be it playing in a school band or with a group of friends, going to shows, or simply listening to a wide variety of music in your spare time.

Postsecondary Training

Executives in the music industry come from a variety of backgrounds. You'll likely need a college degree, but experience with a record company will be the most valuable training. An internship is highly recommended, and is useful for making the right connections. Some A&R workers have degrees in communications, business, marketing, and music.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for artist and repertoire workers.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Although prior experience is not required, a part-time job or internship at a record company will provide useful experience to aspiring A&R workers.

Mainly, you'll need a love for music and an interest in the business end of the music industry. You should have a good sense of the history of popular music as well as the acts that are currently on the scene. You'll also need to be very organized; A&R workers for big companies generally must handle many different acts in different stages of production. Other important traits include perseverance, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and curiosity.