A and R\ˌā-ən(d)-ˈär\ play
Definition of A&R
: the business of finding, marketing, and promoting talented artists for a record label : the business of managing artists and developing their repertoires From his '90s gig as host of MTV's alt-rock show “120 Minutes” to stints in A&R for Columbia Records and deejaying on WRXP … — Chris Erikson, New York Post, 6 Feb. 2012 —often used before another noun Allen was an A&R man for this record company, Minit Records, in those days and he was still recording people like Ernie K-Doe and Irma Thomas. — Aaron Neville, quoted in Billboard, 6 Nov. 2010 In the old days, artists worked in as many venues as they could to get noticed, usually by a manager with connections to an A and R rep who would get them the attention of a record label. — Robin Harvey, Kingston Whig-Standard (Ontario), 22 Aug. 2009 the A&R department of a record label
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Origin and Etymology of a&r
Artists and Repertoire
First Known Use: 1948
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