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Don Grierson


Music Consultant, Emerging Artists, Small Labels, A&R, and Executive Producer

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Don Grierson


Music Consultant, Emerging Artists, Small Labels, A&R, and Executive Producer


You Have the Talent! But, Is It Enough?

The reality is - in today’s music business, just having talent is not enough to become successful. All your creative and professional expertise should be well planned and in place. Music consultation provides the good advice, direction, and objectivity that is crucial to your success.

Helping artists or start-up entities to reach their full potential is my passion. I am always willing to listen to your ideas and to help you on your musical journey.
 

Pictured Below:  Heart (Celebrating Multi-Platinum)

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About


About


 

Originally a Disc Jockey in Australia, Don Grierson, a legendary, internationally acclaimed A&R executive, has worked with many of the most notable artists in modern music history. As a promotion person for Capitol Records he was involved with The Beatles and the launch of Apple Records, receiving the only Golden Apple Award ever given by The Beatles.  Don also worked in International, Marketing and Advertising for Capitol. He then became a founding member and VP, A&R, for EMI America Records, signing and working with acts such as Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes, Kate Bush, Sir Cliff Richard, J. Geils Band, and Kenny Rogers

This was followed by a very successful period as VP, Head of A&R at Capitol where he signed and/or helped guide a number of hit-making artists, including Heart, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Anne Murray, Steve Vai, Megadeth, The Motels, Bob Seger, Duran Duran, Thomas Dolby, Billy Squier, and others. Later he became Sr. VP, Head of A&R at Sony/Epic Records in New York, signing and working with such acts as Celine Dion, Cheap Trick, Bad English, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, The Jacksons and Living Colour

 

Don later became Co-Owner/Co-President of Drive Entertainment, an independent catalog oriented label and now currently operates his own music industry consultant company, is a Music Supervisor for Independent films as well as an Executive Producer/A&R. 

He is on the Advisory Boards of MusicBizPro, India; ArtistIntersect.com; is a voting member of The Grammys; an instructor at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, California and co-author (with Dan Kimpel) of the published book 'It All Begins With The Music'.


   ARTISTS SERVICES

"With the decline of major music labels in this quickly changing world of new media, new business models are popping up everywhere to compensate. At the forefront of that surge of talented entrepreneurs is Don Grierson. I couldn't have made the record I did and kept my money in my pockets as I have without his help."                                                                          - Jon Peter Lewis (American Idol Finalist)

"With the decline of major music labels in this quickly changing world of new media, new business models are popping up everywhere to compensate. At the forefront of that surge of talented entrepreneurs is Don Grierson. I couldn't have made the record I did and kept my money in my pockets as I have without his help."

                                                                         - Jon Peter Lewis (American Idol Finalist)

  • Help enhance artistic vision
  • Career/project focus
  • Be a positive sounding board for your ideas
  • Oversee song selection
  • Create possible co-write opportunities
  • Find great songs when and where necessary
  • Assist in preparation and overview of demos/masters
  • Help finding creative/budget conscious producers
  • Connect with creative, budget conscious web designers and video producers
  • Plan creative visual and social media strategies
  • Advise how to best present your work to the record labels/music industry
  • Connect artists/projects to lawyers/managers

 


ADDITIONAL SERVICES

PANELS & EDUCATION

  • Guest Speaker
  • Can help organize 'creative' guest speaker packages  
  • Instructor at Musicians Institute / Music Business Program

LABELS & START - UPS

  • Overall label consultation
  • A&R Expertise/Executive Produce Albums/Projects
  • Producer Connections
  • Songs/Songwriters/Publishing Company Connections
  • International Overview/License Opportunities

Youbloom Music Festival Panel

NAMM Industry Panel

NAMM Industry Panel

 
 

Pictured Below:  Speaking at YouBloom Festival

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Media


Media


Learn More


Learn More


It All Begins with the Music

Learn more about A&R and the real stories behind the creation of some of the world's greatest talents in the pages of Don's Book...