Monday 7 March  |  2pm - 4pm | In person & online

Chris Briggs

A&R Consultant

The A&R legend will talk through the role of A&R, how it’s changed over the years, and how a modern artist or band can get ‘label ready’. He’ll no doubt use examples from his extensive career, steering icons such as Laura Marling and Robbie Williams, to help show you how you can increase your chances to have a long career in the music business.


Chris Briggs started his career in 1972 writing for influential rock music publications like ZigZag and Sounds, before becoming a highly-respected A&R man.

In 1974, Chris joined Chrysalis Records where he started scouting for talent, this led to him signing early punk band Generation X and becoming Blondie‘s tour manager.

Chris later went on to A&R up-and-coming acts and enjoy early studio experiences with record producers and engineers at Chrysalis, including the likes of Ian Hunter, Chris Thomas, Bill Price, George Martin, and Mutt Lange.

In 1978, he became A&R for EMI Records at which time Dexys Midnight Runners and Iron Maiden signed to the label. By 1980, Chris had become Head Of A&R for Phonogram Records where he A&R’d Def Leppard. During this time he also worked with Bob Geldof, 10CC, Julian Cope, Mark Almond (Soft Cell), and Tears For Fears.

Chris joined A&M Records in 1985 where he worked with acts such as Squeeze and Sting. He returned to Chrysalis Records in 1990 where he worked with Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor.

By 1995, Chrysalis became part of EMI Records at which time Chris A&R’d Simple Minds, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, and KT Tunstall.

Chris joined Sony Music in 2011 where he A&R’d for Hurts, The Script, Olly Murs and Leona Lewis. Presently he works across Relentless Records artist roster – home to Tom Walker, Headie One, Bryson Tiller and many more.

Dean Jackson

Interviewing Chris Briggs is broadcaster and radio presenter for BBC Radio Nottingham, Dean Jackson.

The friend of Confetti recently received an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University for his tireless work in the music and creative industries.

IMPORTANT: Sign-ups are only valid with your Confetti or NTU student email address. Compulsory group students do not need to book.

COMPULSORY GROUPS: FS21-1, QS21-2, QS21-3, QS21-4 and QS21-5 to attend in person

This session will take place in Performance2, Metronome and will also be live streamed. Check ticket availability.

Credit: photo by Adrian Boot