Welcome

Welcome to the home of the AR Vocal Agency and AR Artist Management.

Below you will find links to go directly to the dedicated pages for our services, which detail exactly how each works and how we can help you. Or, if you would like further information on the company, it’s founder and our activities please continue scrolling.

 

 AR Vocal Agency

Very proudly the only vocal agency of its kind. Source vocalists, bespoke top lines, and consultancy on vocal projects of any kind.

AR Artist Management

Our artist and talent management service.

Vocalist Resources

Are you a vocalist? Find useful resources for singers and songwriters, to help inspire, motivate and develop your career here.


NEWS

Top 10 Apps You Need To Easily Manage Your Music Career

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Working as a vocalist or artist is no different from running a small business – there are lots of tasks to complete which are not necessarily your passion (performing & writing music), but are essential to your career progression. If you are self-managed, juggling the musical aspects of what you do (singing, songwriting, recording,) alongside the various business aspects (branding, marketing, strategising, travelling, whilst also ensuring you earn a living) can feel overwhelming. Optimising your

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Did your music ‘career’ feel more like a hobby last year?

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Did your music ‘career’ feel more like a hobby last year? I have been managing Artists for over ten years – from emerging Artists to internationally successful acts - and regardless of which stage of their career they are at, there are three main reasons Artists don’t successfully fulfil their potential. These are: Not having a strategy Not knowing how to build an audience or monetise what they do Not taking the right types of

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George Michael: A Tribute – The Songs That Shaped Me

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Like many of you, over the last few years I have seen the musical icons who influenced me the most tragically pass away. If you’re of a certain age, and especially if you are a singer or value incredible singers & songwriters as I do, the deaths of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston will have impacted you. In 2016 this has been followed by the loss of David Bowie, Prince, and most recently George Michael.

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ABOUT AR

Born from a long held desire to work within the commercial music industry, AR Artist Management was founded by Anna Russell. Having grown up as an amateur singer but professional Top 40 watcher, by the early 2000’s Anna was working in music venues and managing local artists whilst studying for her BA Hons in Popular Music.

Anna’s first job in professional management came in 2007 as one half of Angle Management representing, amongst others, Groove Armada. Her years with the globally successful dance act included work on their own annual festival Lovebox, a groundbreaking partnership with Bacardi – which won countless marketing awards including Music Week’s ‘Music and Brand Partnership of the Year’ 2009 – and their sixth studio album Black Light, released in 2010 and Grammy nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Not to mention various domestic and international tours, countless headline festival appearances, and never-ending Ibiza seasons. One of Anna’s key roles with Groove Armada was sourcing the featured artists for their records and the vocalists who helped make their live show.

Taking this experience, AR Artist Management was set up with the aim to work with quality artists broadly within pop and electronic music. Later, determined to find the perfect way to combine her love of vocals, experience of singing, and the extensive network of singers and songwriters she had built up, the company expanded with the addition of the AR Vocal Agency.

The AR Vocal Agency is proudly the first and only service of its kind in the world, and is now the company’s flagship.


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OTHER ACTIVITIES

Public Speaking

In 2014, AR devised a series of talks and workshops aimed specifically at emerging artists. These were held at both Shoreditch House and the Record Club, Camden. In addition Anna has spoken publicly at various music conferences, including London Electronic Music Event, The Great Escape and CMU’s DIY Sessions at the Roundhouse.

Lecturing

Anna has delivered guest lectures to students at all levels on Music Business courses at various institutions, including Point Blank London, BIMM Institute London, Middlesex University, The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, SAE Institute London, The Academy of Contemporary Music, Birmingham School of Media & Edinburgh Napier University.

Awards

Napier University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship
Winner ‘Most Promising Entrepreneur’

Scottish Institute for Enterprise’s National Business Plan Competition
Finalist