Type of site
|Music database webzine|
|737,775 (April 2014[update])1|
HitQuarters is an international music industry publication and contact database founded in 1999. It is noted for in-depth interviews with industry figures, with past subjects including Simon Cowell, Martin Kierszenbaum, Jason Flom, Diane Warren, Peter Edge, Ron Fair and RedOne, as well as its A&R and manager contact directory, free artist promo pages and song sale facility, demo reviews and A&R chart.2
It is the sister site to the songwriting tip sheet SongQuarters.
The website hosts an enormous music industry directory that includes regularly updated contact info for A&Rs, publishers, managers, songwriters and publishers. The directory is distinctive for including 'track records' for each individual entry. The idea behind this is that users can judge the value of a particular contact by reviewing their past successes. It also means that users are able to search for a particular artist and find out the appropriate A&R, manager, producer etc. associated with that act.
Users are able to sell their own songs for free online through their personal artist promo page. HitQuarters does not charge any fees or commission and all proceeds from sales go directly to the artist. Users are also able to accept donations through their Artist Page.
The website has a strong focus on offering unsigned and independent artists, songwriters and producers information and tools to help develop their music careers, whether through attracting the attentions of record label A&R and management, pitching songs and tracks, releasing and marketing music independently, or just learning more about how the music industry works.
To this aim the website features an extensive contact database known as HitTracker, where users can find contact information for A&R, publishers, managers, producers and songwriters based on their track records, a news bulletin service, free artist promo pages, demo review feature judged by A&Rs, producers and managers, and an archive of several hundred interviews with industry figures that are geared towards offering constructive career advice and industry know-how.3
One of HitQuarters' most prominent features is its weekly in-depth interviews with major industry figures such as A&Rs, producers, managers, songwriters, promoters and publishers. Past interviewees have included pop impresario and entertainment mogul Simon Cowell, industry executives and A&R Martin Kierszenbaum, Mike Caren, Jason Flom, Peter Edge, Chris Hicks, Richard Russell, Miles Leonard and Ron Fair, managers Jonathan Dickins, Dumi, Louis Walsh and Eric Härle, songwriters Diane Warren, Wayne Hector, Rami Yacoub and Andreas Carlsson, producers RedOne, Chris Braide, Steve Mac, JR Rotem, Richard X and Phil Ek, and songwriter, producer and A&R Linda Perry.
The website also runs a regular demo review feature where a changing panel of industry experts review songs uploaded to the site by unsigned artists, assessing their hit potential and offering advice on how the tracks can be improved. Past judges have included Visible Noise CEO Julie Weir, and producers Colin Richardson and Eddie Galan and producer and publisher Steve "Blast" Wills.
HitQuarters founded the world's first A&R chart that measured the success of individual A&R representatives based on points accumulated from their respective artists' chart success. Most notably, 2004 saw Wind-Up Records' Diana Meltzer become the first woman to top HitQuarters' World Top 100 A&R Chart,56 a considerable achievement in what is traditionally a male dominated field.7 Other #1s have included Clive Davis, Tommy Mottola, Dr. Dre and Mark Williams.2
HitQuarters is a companion site to SongQuarters, an online tip sheet for "songwriting leads to major and developing artists". SongQuarters shares the same contact directory as HitQuarters and its members automatically have access to the HitQuarters site.
SongQuarters is a subscription based service with 7-day trials available for those wanting to try it out first.
The songwriting leads are split into three categories according to the level of the artist they relate to: 'Top 500', 'Newly Signed and Developing' and 'Unsigned and Up-and-coming'.
- "Hitquarters.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
- "A&R Star Makers: The Vanishing Gatekeepers", LA Weekly, 11 February 2010.
- "Demo Directions", Sound On Sound, November 2000.
- "Lesley Roy / uwants", uwants, 29 July 2008.
- "Women in music industry...kind of", Feministing.com, 12 April 2004.
- , Billboard, 19 Jul 2003.
- Where are the female A&Rs?, The Guardian, 23 July 2009.