Although the job of coordinator is an entry-level position in the A&R department, these hard-working assistants provide crucial support to the rest of the staff, working closely with representatives and directors to assist them on every aspect of an album project. Landing a job as coordinator is like getting a crash course in A&R, and it is arguably the best place to learn the ropes and lay a foundation for a career as a record company executive.
A&R coordinators must be rabid multitaskers: exceptionally well-organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and punctual, as well as easy to get along with and cool-headed under pressure.
Coordinators attend to countless details, from mundane tasks like answering phones to more glamorous duties such as overseeing a remix from creation to delivery. Other responsibilities include (but are not limited to) organizing and managing recording sessions; tracking budgets and negotiations; filing contracts with unions; monitoring release schedules; analyzing data; participating in and reporting on meetings; negotiating rates for studio services and equipment; assembling copy and credits for albums; making travel arrangements for artists and label staff; and corresponding with managers, producers, attorneys, and other personnel. The range of a coordinator’s duties varies depending on the company’s size and budget, but generally speaking they are office-based assistants.
A&R Coordinator at a Glance
Work experience or an internship in a similar job is a plus, but this also is a position where demonstrable work as a mover and shaker in a local music scene—putting on shows, working at a radio station, tour managing for your friends in an up-and-coming band, or building online communities—can get you noticed by a hiring manager.
Major record companies, larger independent labels
Multitasking, communication skills, organization, punctuality, flexibility, record production
A&R coordinators must be rabid multitaskers: exceptionally well-organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and punctual, as well as easy to get along with and cool-headed under pressure. This is a behind-the-scenes job, so willingness to work hard without much glory is a must.
This is a fast-paced, demanding job with irregular hours; it is well-suited to ambitious individuals who are eager to work hard and climb the A&R ladder.