ABOUT US

From Grassroots to Global

The A&R Department is the leading Australian company for developing and releasing music from emerging Australian talent. The A&R Department is focused on providing a platform for artists to develop their artistic direction and promote, distribute and publish their music while staying 100% independent.

The A&R Department was founded by Matt O’Connor, the Managing Director at The A&R Department and former Head of A&R at Warner Music Australia.

Matt is a music industry veteran with over 25 years experience who over his career has produced, developed, and been A&R for some of the biggest acts in Australian music (The Beautiful Girls / Harts / Sparkadia / Meg Mac / SAFIA / Shihad / Magic Dirt / Thirsty Merc / Savage / The Occupants / Disco Montego). He has created an enviable reputation for discovering, nurturing, and developing exciting new talent.

Marshmallow Pavement Records

What started out as compilation albums to highlight the top talent The A&R Department had worked with, Marshmallow Pavement has developed into an imprint record label home to some of Australia’s hottest emerging acts. The current MP Records roster includes Harts, Polarheart, Magic Bones, The Occupants, Kit, Battleships, and Em George.

Partners

 
Managing Director/Producer/A&R
Matt O'Connor
matt.oconnor@theaandrdepartment.com

Label Manager
Wes Chapman
wes@theaandrdepartment.com

NSW/VIC/QLD Talent Scout & Head of Development
Alex Kortt
alex.kortt@theaandrdepartment.com

Publicity Manager
Alex John
publicity@theaandrdepartment.com

WA/SA/ACT/NT/TAS Talent Scout & Producer
Jonny Blackwell
jonny@theaandrdepartment.com

NZ Talent Scout / Label Manager
Adelle Jurgens
adelle@theaandrdepartment.com

Booking Agent
Jonny Blackwell
jonny@theaandrdepartment.com

WHAT DO WE OFFER ARTISTS?

Release Campaigns

The A&R Department has been built upon discovering fresh new sounds and artists in the industry, and along the way has worked with the likes of Harts, Meg Mac, Safia, Battleships, The Occupants, The Getaway Plan, Magic Bones, Ayla, and Polarheart. Through discovering rich talent and developing release strategies that always remain ahead of the ever-changing landscape of the international music industry, The A&R Department has helped build the careers of some of Australia’s leading artists. 

Through working with the A&R team, a promotional campaign will be developed for every release. Each release will be able to utilise each branch of the company: development, promotion, distribution, and publishing on a global scale. The A&R Department is a tight-knit team, drawing upon experience in all sectors of the industry, and intent on building close relationships with the artists we work with. We work with artists at all stages of their careers, no matter your experience in the industry, we want to work with you to develop the best trajectory for your career, and take it to a new level. 

WHAT WE DO

A Global Company

We are passionate and excited about working with Australian music to bring it to a global audience. We have partnered with companies that are just as passionate as us to extend The A&R Department arm to new opportunities in distribution, promotion, and publishing worldwide. We have partners that promote, distribute, and publish our music in the US, UK and Europe, tapping into more effective forms of releasing music to international radio, digital platforms, and discovering sync licensing opportunities. Always prepared to expand the scope of what we do and where we work, The A&R Department is committed to redefining how artists release and control their music globally.