Last night (Wednesday, January 14, 2015) Women in Music hosted a unique members-only event at New York University. In front of a packed room, twenty four lucky members had their songs reviewed by top A&R reps, who shared insider feedback and critique. Our illustrious panelists included Riggs Morales (Director of A&R and Artist Development, Atlantic Records), Melissa Emert-Hutner (Director of Publishing US Operations, Nettwerk Music Group), and Kristina Grossman (Director of A&R, Republic Records).
To kick off the evening, our panelists shared their respective backgrounds in A&R, explained their work with the artists on their rosters, divulged where they source new songs and talent, and even shared what it is they look for — and avoid — when doing so. The rest of the evening was dedicated to listening. Bands, solo artists, and songwriters alike were showcased and song genres included pop, rock, country, R&B, and EDM, to name a few. Panelists spoke for several minutes after each song in order to give tailored feedback. Much of the conversation revolved around the importance of understanding and mastering the fundamentals of song structure, effective choruses and hooks, clever lyric writing, storytelling, and more.
Big thanks to our panelists for donating their time and energy, to the twenty four members who submitted their work, and to all who came out to listen and support!