A&R Mentors

CLICK HERE to apply to to be mentored by one of the mentors below

A&R: the finder and developer of talent from early stages through to career breakthrough and back again.

 

 Mentor Bio and Registration
Name: Alex Peppiatt

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Job: A&R Manager @ Parlophone

Has worked as an A&R Manager at Parlophone for the past 5 years, during which he has signed and A&R’d artists including Ashnikko, Pinkpantheress, S1mba, CKAY, Russ, Millions and Sad Night Dynamite.

He also manages Lozeak who is the first signing to his recently formed imprint APEX records, a subsidiary of Paralophone.

Name: Ella-Bonai Gordon

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Job: A&R Manager

A 26-year-old, London-based talent manager and A&R Manager. Formerly part of Renowned Management, she works primarily with fast-rising Hackney singer-songwriter Hamzaa, Presenter/DJ Henrie Kwushue and personality/content creator Mimi The Music Blogger. Hailing from Lewisham, South London, Ella-Bonai started out in the industry from an events background with the social enterprise Bigga Fish, Ella-Bonai ran over 25 sold-out events across the country boasting early performances from the likes of Krept and Konan, Yungen and Sneakbo. During her time there she was also involved in working with young creatives, educating 14 to 25-year-olds in events management and marketing, and developed a passion for nurturing talent and managing artists. She began working alongside Zeon Richards at Renowned Management, as an A&R manager and artist manager, and discovered Hamzaa in 2017, Henrie in 2019 and Mimi the Music Blogger in 2021. With an ear for talent and a breadth of experience spanning music and events, Ella-Bonai Gordon is one of the most promising names in talent management, and is on track to assist Hamzaa, Henrie and Mimi the Music Blogger in becoming household names.

Name: Jacqueline Pelham-Leigh

Job: A&R Manager

Is an experienced A&R with the biggest independent German Publisher, Budde Music in the UK. Originally a producer/songwriter and vocal producer with almost 25 years of experience, she was mentored by Lincoln Elias (PMR/EMI Records). She now sits on the other side of the business as an A&R exec utilising her ear to help develop and nurture the talent that she works with. In addition to having joined the independent music publisher Budde Music UK, she runs her own management company.

Jacqueline has recently been involved in records for the likes of David Guetta, Usher, Ivorian Doll, Galantis, Alexandra Burke, Fleur East, and Cheat Codes amongst others. A music industry conduit, her skillsets incorporates A&R, creative development & talent discovery with an international perspective. Her previous and current career(s) seamlessly inform, co-exist and complement each other, allowing insight, knowledge and a practical approach to the music industry quite unlike anyone else in London.

Name: Molly Mcnulty

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Job: Artist Development @ Parlophone

Has been in the music industry for over 8 years. Starting in publishing A&R and management. Now working in records A&R. She manages the artist and producer 169 (Dave, Fredo, Headie One, Stormzy, Wretch 32), a platinum producer with multiple no1 singles and albums under his belt, who has undoubtedly helped to define the sound of the British scene. 

Molly has also spent the last 7 years at Kobalt Music Publishing signing and developing artists, producers and songwriters in R&B, Hip-Hop and Pop spaces. She has been responsible for publishing signings including: Quincy Tellem (M Huncho, Headie One, Nines), FWDSLXSH (6LACK, Don Tolliver, Goldlink), Venna (Wizkid, Burna Boy, Snoh Allegra) , Pablo Bowman (Bebe Rexha, Anne Marie, Marshmello), Maverick Sabre (Jorja Smith), Mr Eazi and his Empawa publishing venture, Knucks and Cat Burns.

Name: Ben Wynter

Sorry No More Applications Being Accepted For Ben Wynter

Job: Job: Outreach Manager and Entrepreneurship / Manager A&R / Founder of Power Up

A UK based music and media executive with twenty years of experience in the music industry, including roles in management, Major and Independent Record Labels. He is founder of Unstoppable Music Group, a group of companies consisting of Management, Production, Record Label and Cultural Marketing. At the PRS Foundation he created and launched the Hitmaker Fund, to support behind the scenes songwriters and producers with grant funding as well as launching the Future Hitmaker grant, and Momentum Accelerator grant. Wynter now works with A.I.M (Association of Independent Music) as Entrepreneur & Outreach Manager where he helps independent music entrepreneurs and rights holders to navigate the music and media ecosystem to maximise the potential in the rights that they own. Wynter is Co-Founder of Power Up! An initiative to fight back against anti-black racism and create a fairer and more equitable music industry in the UK.