A & R Academy

Applications for the 2017 A&R Academy are now closed and placements confirmed.
Expressions of interest for the 2018 program will open in December 2017.



A&R Academy Partners



Sony Music Entertainment Australia has launched the Sony Music A&R Academy – a unique and Australian industry-first initiative for the development and mentoring of future A&R talent.

The A&R Academy allows talented, passionate and exceptional tertiary education graduates to join Australia’s leading A&R team in Sydney and Melbourne and be part of a structured program that will see them work in the company full-time for 12 months.

Denis Handlin AM, Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, said on the Academy’s launch:

“I am really excited to announce the launch of the Sony Music A&R Academy. A&R is the heartbeat of the music industry and Sony Music Entertainment Australia has always been committed to the signing and development of artists that can succeed at home and overseas.

This program will allow tomorrow’s A&R leaders to learn and excel as part of the thriving entrepreneurial, innovative, creative and risk taking culture of Sony Music Entertainment Australia. They will learn from the best in the business and at the end of the program, be equipped to become industry leaders in A&R.

I look forward to seeing the interns grow during the program as well as the contribution they make to our A&R team and Australian artist roster.”

During the 12 month paid program, the A&R Academy interns will work alongside Sony Music’s very successful and well respected A&R team so they can learn and refine their A&R skills, which includes finding talent, being part of an artist’s writing and recording process, and understanding how to make great music. Also in the program, interns will:

  • attend regular development sessions with the company’s senior management team;
  • receive ongoing one-on-one mentoring from an experienced Sony Music executive in a division outside of A&R;
  • be exposed to meetings and creative sessions with all of Sony Music’s staff and divisions;
  • attend Masterclasses from Sony Music General Managers and industry experts; and
  • undergo general skill development necessary to succeed in today’s music industry.

The recruitment process is rigorous as positions are very limited. Applicants will apply by video message and resume through a purpose built website.

Candidates must be a recent graduate, and be nominated by, one of Sony Music’s partnered universities or colleges, including the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney and Melbourne, the Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University and Melbourne University.

At the conclusion of the 12 month program, A&R Academy interns will either be offered a permanent position with the company or potential for Sony Music to invest in them as entrepreneurs.

Rob Cannon, Head of Entertainment Management at the Australian Institute of Music, said:

“The Sony Music A&R Academy is an excellent initiative that recognises that learning does not stop at graduation, particularly in such a dynamic field as A&R. As such, it presents an excellent opportunity for today’s students to gain the practical hands-on experience and expert mentorship that will help them become the successful music industry talent of tomorrow.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Denis Handlin and his team at Sony Music for designing and launching such a fantastic program.”