ABOUT FIRST ARTISTS
Robert Rigby has over 35 years experience in the music and entertainment industry. His career commenced at Warner Music Australia in the early 80s and he went on to hold various positions at both Sony Music Entertainment Australia and Universal Music Australia. With his extensive music industry experience, he has performed roles in sales, promotions, marketing, artist development, artist management, A&R and senior label management.
Robert was the Managing Director of Warner Bros. Records label division at Warner Music Australia from 1990 through to 1999. During his tenure he was responsible for the artist development in Australia of Madonna, k.d. lang, Chris Isaak, Michael Crawford, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, REM, Green Day, Barenaked Ladies and Alanis Morissette. He also worked with legendary artists such as The Doors, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and many more on album projects.
In addition Robert lead the team who created the revival (in Australia) of CHER with her smash single I Believe, the Marcia Hines “comeback" in 1998 and the multi-platinum success of Wendy Matthews' album Lily and single The Day You Went Away which became the highest selling single in the country with over 500,000 singles sold. In 1998 Robert oversaw the marketing and promotion of Alanis Morissette’s ground breaking album Jagged Little Pill which sold over 1 Million units in that year for Warner Music Australia.
In the last decade Robert has successfully developed the Australian Music label, Ambition Entertainment. Since opening it’s doors in 2009 the label has enjoyed Platinum album sales with Michael Crawford and oversaw the music career rebirth of Russell Morris with his ARIA Award winning, Platinum selling album Sharkmouth. Robert has developed a label that has become the music home for many iconic artists.
Robert provides consulting services in A&R, Artist development and project management to labels and independent artists ongoing.
First Artists offers creative services also in Publicity, Promotion, Artist career development, Music Distribution services and more. See Services page.