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Gold Badge Awards 2018: Annette Barrett

Ahead of The Gold Badge Awards on Friday 19th October, we meet highly respected music publisher and Managing Director of Reservoir/Reverb Music, Annette Barrett, who will be collecting an Award in recognition of her work.

How do you feel about receiving a Gold Badge Award from the songwriting and composing community?

“Delighted and honoured.”

What has been the most pivotal moment in your career?

“Probably, setting up my own Music Publishing Company, Reverb Music and creating a company that has been recognised for its creative culture, helping to develop songwriting skills not only for the Anglo American markets but also internationally. Looking outside the box to discover markets that best suit individual songwriters’ talents.”

Which person has been the most influential figure in your career and why?

“I have been incredibly lucky throughout my career to work closely with many inspiring people but if I had to mention one it would be David Bowie for his enduring talent, innovation, creativity, and crossing so many boundaries.”

What one piece of advice would you give your young self, starting out in music?

“Don’t doubt your power.”

How did you get into the music business?

“In a slightly diverse way. I studied Art, however Music was always a great passion of mine. After Art College I was looking at my options in the Art world and through contacts and by chance I got offered a job at Carlin Music which I thought I would take while I was deciding, the rest is history!”

How important is the music publisher/writer relationship when it comes to growing and developing the careers of songwriters and composers?

“I believe it is imperative, it is all about the relationship.”

With a 30 year career in music publishing, how has the role of the publisher changed?

“As with all businesses things move on and landscapes change and it is about keeping up with all the changes. The market, diversity and opportunities are bigger out there now although it can be hard to find your path without the right direction. But I do believe one thing has not changed in the creative path of the Music business – ‘It all starts with the song’.”

What tips do you have for up-and-coming writers to hone their skills and discover the markets that best suit them?

“All creative businesses are built on relationships, contacts, meeting people and finding your tribe so it is imperative to build on those contacts. Get out and network, build relationships face to face and use and believe in your instinct, it’s key.”

The 45th Gold Badge Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music, taking place at The Savoy in London from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Friday 19th October.


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