The 2009 A&R Power Summit

Urban Threshold’s Annual A&R Power Summit will take place May 2nd – May 3rd 2009 in NYC

The A&R Power Summit is one of the most vital music conferences in America. It is the only conference that focuses on the role of the A&R. Each year A&R representatives from the top labels come together to discuss the important issues affecting the music industry today.

After 4 very successful years, Urban Threshold Inc. continues to make it their top priority to bring together music professionals, artists, DJ’s, fans, media outlets and more to network, build relationships and celebrate the culture and business of urban music. The A&R Power Summit combines the elements of a music conference, an informational seminar, demo shopping program and an entertainment showcase into one lively event. It also provides an invaluable talent search resource to the music industry professionals present.

For the past 4 years, some of the music industry’s most influential decision makers have gathered at The A&R Power Summit to share their music business expertise with the summit’s attendees.

The Summit has boasted a who’s who of music industry executives. Past Panelists include: Jeff Dixon, Co-CEO of Disturbing Tha Peace, Chivon Dean, President of Ruff Ryders, Jeff Robinson, CEO of MBK Management (Alicia Keys Manager), Bryan Leach, President of Pologround Records, Sha Money XL, CEO of Money Management, Lenny S, VP of A&R of Def Jam, Riggs Morales, Director of A&R of Shady Records, Dre McKenzie, Director of A&R of G-Unit, Tone Capone, VP of Universal, Wayne Williams, VP Of A&R of Jive Records, Super Producer 88 Keys, Super Producer Amadeus, Rapper Maino & Much Much More.

This year’s panelists include Jean Nelson, VP of A&R of Atlantic Records, Riggs Morales, Director of A&R of Shady Records, Eric Beasley, Director of A&R of Asylum Records, Dre McKenzie, Director of A&R of G-Unit, Anthony Rich, A&R Manager of Jive, Walter Randolph, A&R Manager of Warner Music Group & liaison to Kevin Liles, Tone Capone, VP of A&R of Universal Records and many more..

The seminar’s comprehensive program schedule of panels, workshops, and demo listening sessions address the best avenues for artists to take to get the record deal that will further their career. The event offers lively and incisive moderators, diverse participants, meaty discussions, fantastic performances and spirited debates.

“The mission of The A&R Power Summit series is to bridge the gap between the unsigned artist and the music industry. Our main endeavor is to give talented artists and producers, who have few connections or resources, the opportunity to get their music heard and the chance to receive valuable information regarding the music business,” states Jesse Atkinson, CEO of Urban Threshold Inc. and founder of the A&R Power Summit.

“It is imperative that artists and producers know and understand the multiple revenue streams in the game. You must think outside of the box and stay ahead of the new technology,” advises Jeff Robinson, Alicia Key’s manager and past recipient of The A&R Power Summit “Vanguard Award”.

Equally important, each attendee will get the opportunity to have their music packages evaluated and critiqued by music industry professionals on the spot! “The demo listening sessions are my favorite part of the event. Each year that I have attended I’ve heard some really good packages including tracks from a couple of producers that I’ve built with,” added Shady A&R guru Riggs Morales.

Besides the guaranteed face to face listening sessions with the major label talent scouts, there will also be a Showcase Bonanza at the 2009 A&R Power Summit!

This year’s summit will feature 4 Explosive Showcases, including an R&B Showcase, A Hip Hop Showcase, A Producer Idol Showcase, and the Heat Seeker Song Competition showcase.

The 2009 A&R Power Summit will be explosive! Your Network is your networth and if you are serious about your music, then make it your priority to attend the 2009 A&R Power Summit.

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