Sony Music announces Sony Music A&R Academy

Sony Music Entertainment Australia has announced Sony Music A&R Academy to develop and mentor future A&R talent

Sony Music Entertainment Australia has announced the launch of the Sony Music A&R Academy – a unique and Australian industry-first initiative for the development and mentoring of future A&R talent.

The A&R Academy will allow talented, passionate and exceptional tertiary education graduates to join Australia’s leading A&R team in Sydney and Melbourne and be part of a structured program that will see them work in the company full-time for 12 months.

Denis Handlin AM, chairman & CEO, Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, said:

“I am really excited to announce the launch of the Sony Music A&R Academy. A&R is the heartbeat of the music industry and Sony Music Entertainment Australia has always been committed to the signing and development of artists that can succeed at home and overseas.

“This program will allow tomorrow’s A&R leaders to learn and excel as part of the thriving entrepreneurial, innovative, creative and risk-taking culture of Sony Music Entertainment Australia. They will learn from the best in the business and at the end of the program, be equipped to become industry leaders in A&R.

“I look forward to seeing the candidates grow during the program as well as the contribution they make to our A&R team and Australian artist roster.”

Denis Handlin

Denis Handlin

During the 12 month paid program, the candidates will work alongside Sony Music’s very successful and well respected A&R team so they can learn and refine their A&R skills, which includes finding talent, being part of an artist’s writing and recording process, and understanding how to make great music. Also in the program, candidates will:

•  Attend regular development sessions with the company’s senior management team
•  Receive ongoing one-on-one mentoring from an experienced Sony Music executive in a division outside of A&R
•  Be exposed to meetings and creative sessions with all of Sony Music’s staff and divisions
•  Attend Masterclasses from Sony Music General Managers and industry experts
•  Undergo general skill development necessary to succeed in today’s music industry

The recruitment process will be rigorous as from launch, there will only be three positions – two for Sydney and one for Melbourne. In time, the Academy will become Australia wide. Applicants will apply by video message and resume through a purpose built website.

Candidates must be a recent graduate of, and be nominated by, one of Sony Music’s partnered universities or colleges, including the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney and Melbourne.

At the conclusion of the 12 month program, candidates will either be offered a permanent position with the company or potential for Sony Music to invest in them as entrepreneurs.

Rob Cannon, head of entertainment management at the Australian Institute of Music, said:

“The Sony Music A&R Academy is an excellent initiative that recognises that learning does not stop at graduation, particularly in such a dynamic field as A&R. As such, it presents an excellent opportunity for today’s students to gain the practical hands-on experience and expert mentorship that will help them become the successful music industry talent of tomorrow.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Denis Handlin and his team at Sony Music for designing and launching such a fantastic program.”

Sony Music Entertainment Australia is an affiliate of the leading global recorded music company that has a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre and boasts a vast catalogue that comprises some of the most important recordings in history.

Sony Music Entertainment Australia’s local roster of artists includes John Farnham, Midnight Oil, Men At Work, Daryl Braithwaite, The Hoodoo Gurus, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Pete Murray, Jessica Mauboy, Cyrus, The Veronicas, Justice Crew, Samantha Jade, Dami Im, Jai Waetford, Peking Duk, LDRU, RÜFÜS, Drapht, Karnivool, Tonight Alive, Gang of Youths and Adam Harvey.

Main photo:  Therese Cox – manager, national publicity, Charlie Odell – account representative, sales & digital, Delta Goodrem – artist, Pat Handlin – director A&R,  Chantal Lyons –  marketing coordinator

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Source: Sony Music Australia

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