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

Introducing The Vocalist Network

2016 has been a year of huge transition at the AR Vocal Agency. Mostly, we have been thinking about how to best serve the incredible network of talented singers, songwriters and topline writers we have built up. We receive so many questions from our vocalists about how to move forward in their careers, and it is a source of frustration that we haven’t had a platform to address these. Until today. We have set up

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The real cost of a vocal topline – Part 3

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Last week we looked at the costs incurred by a vocalist/topline writer in writing and recording a vocal topline (you can see this here). For balance, and to help instil a mutual respect between vocalists/topline writers and music producers, we also wanted to look at the costs to a producer when working on a collaboration. Again, please note that these are based on average costs and only applicable where the producer has recruited the vocalist/topliner

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The real cost of a vocal topline – Part 2

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On last week’s blog we began discussing the real cost of a vocal topline, having observed a devaluation of singers and topline writers within the electronic music community. We asked if you agreed with this statement or not and received some interesting responses from both topline writers and producers (you can see these and join the conversation here). In order to gain a clearer understanding of the cost of writing, recording and producing a vocal

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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