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In the second instalment of Doors Open's BTS Live, Tony Nwachukwu, CDR's founder, Nicole McKenzie, MIC Records A&R, and Holly Manners, Warner Records A&R, talk about one of the most influential roles in the music industry: A&R or Artists and Repertoire. Watch the full episode to learn more about the necessary skills to succeed in this position, how our guests started their careers and what they take into...
What does a Label Manager do?  A Label Manager is a jack of all trades but is mainly responsible for coordinating and delivering releases - on time, on budget and on brand. What makes a great Label Manager? Professionalism above all. This is a holistic attitude to the role - to name a few key examples: good work ethic, diplomacy, responsiveness, flexibility, ability to manage expectations, and a keen eye for detail. Even...
What does a Studio Manager do?  We sit in-between A&R’s, producers, engineers and technicians to ensure that artists have the best possible experience in the studio. What makes a great Studio Manager? Patience, the ability to communicate with the whole spectrum of music industry professionals and see the bigger picture across the past, present and future all help! What are the basic professional requirements...
What does an Artist Manager do? Artist managers act as a central hub for every part of an artist's business. They work collaboratively with a musician to help achieve the artist's goals by navigating opportunities that arise from their music.  What makes a great Artist Manager? Everything stems from the music, therefore a great artist manager needs to have a good set of ears on them as well as being able to put personal taste...
What does a Radio Producer do? A Radio Producer is responsible for orchestrating almost every aspect of what makes a successful radio show function.  What makes a great Radio Producer?   A great specialist radio producer will be knowledgeable of their field, passionate about championing new artists and extremely proficient at dealing with talent. You often become the point of contact between the network and the presenter...
What does an application developer do ? Writing code for iOS and Android applications. Making ideas come to life, in a tech related way.  What makes a great application developer?   Thinking logically, jumping in at the deep end and being able to Google, well. What are the basic professional requirements for a successful application developer?   It can be a steep learning curve to begin with, so it’s...
What does a Head of Sync do? A Head of Sync handles music licensing and negotiation, creative pitching and new business at a record label or publishing house. In a nutshell they try and place music on media such as film, tv, ads, online etc What makes a great Head of Sync? Good knowledge of the catalogue you represent as well as awareness of external music trends and scenes. Excellent social skills and a strong contact list of...
What does a web developer do? A web developer builds new features so users can have an optimal experience and ensures the website looks amazing and runs efficiently What makes a great web developer? I think what makes the difference is if, apart from having the knowledge, you are a good team player, happy to help anyone who needs it. What are the basic professional requirements for a successful web developer? For being...
What does a booking agent do? Booking agents connect the dots between artists, venues and promoters. We handle all aspects of an artists live touring from A-Z.  What makes a great booking agent? Every agent has different ways of working but patience, connections and a keen eye for detail are all very important. Obviously a love of music is a must. What are the basic professional requirements for a successful booking...
The fifth instalment of Behind The Scenes features Dane Bradshaw, Head of Sync at Ministry of Sound Publishing. After working in music journalism, radio production and running his own PR company, Dane decided to restart his career at the age of 28 and took a sync internship at Universal Music. Nowadays, he’s the key touchpoint between Ministry's catalogue of writers and their clients including advertising agencies, production houses and...
The fourth instalment of Behind The Scenes features José Woldring, founder of The Media Nanny, one of the leading PR agencies in the electronic music industry with clients ranging from underground talents to superstar DJs. José explains how she balances her life as CEO of a well-established company with her hobbies outside of work and the countryside of Holland.
In the first edition of Doors Open's BTS Live, the founder of Sample Clearance Services, Saranne Reid and Dane Bradshaw, Head of Creative Sync at Ministry of Sound Publishing, talk to Martha about music licensing and publishing, their career path and the skill set needed to work in their field.