BAND WITH A MISSION:
UNIQUE CREATIVE CLEARINGHOUSE GOES GLOBAL AS A DESTINATION WHERE NEW ARTISTS AND BANDS MAY MEET THE MUSIC INDUSTRY DEAL OF THEIR DREAMS
INNOVATIVE YOUNG COMPANY FILLS A VOID FOR LABELS IN A&R, ARTIST DEVELOPMENT
(Nashville, Tennessee) In a music industry that's awakened to a 'new model' at virtually every creative level over the past decade, Nashville-based music entrepreneur, Austin Cook, has helped carve a unique niche with Band With A Mission -a dual service networking one-stop where bands and labels find the potential of musical marriages that work.
Cook, who serves as Vice-President of A&R, came on board and has helped expand the visionary concept for the business since 2005. In response to the growing challenges of shrinking label budgets and dwindling in-house manpower to assess new talent and implement cohesive artist development and A&R strategies, Cook has structured Band With A Mission as a virtual clearinghouse for incoming new talent to find professional career assessment and development opportunities with major labels literally 'in the next room.'
He noted in a recent interview: "We've developed close associations with the labels?both Christian and mainstream?and in many cases, we have been given literally an insiders shopping list of what particular types of artists they're looking for to fill roster spots. It gives us a tremendous advantage in being able to deliver to the industry through BWAM high caliber new talent that has viable industry potential to go to major levels."
To date, major careers such as Rush of Fools, Luminate, SideWalk Prophets, and Colton & Zara have come into the industry through Band With A Mission label alliances.
The BWAM creative business model works. Through their website portal, unsigned bands and solo artists sign up online for the opportunity to showcase before a professional industry panel. Whether in search of indie or major label, booking, management, publishing, or simply professional assessment for their careers, BWAM serves as a virtual resource one-stop.
In Nashville based showcases held this year at Rocketown, as in all BWAM auditions, a full professional talent assessment is given to each showcase participant. Those artists/bands, who in the panel's judgment, have development potential for label interest are put on industry radar. As head of A&R, Cook oversees all showcases and has continued this model for the international searches.
"We're in a unique partnership with the labels to find the next big artist or band. In the face of both rapid fire industry changes and consumer trends in music, it's a never ending, ongoing challenge that we're in position to handle," notes Cook
Resource Band With A Mission online at:
http://www.bandwithamission.com/ or www.bwam.com