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Ralph has been involved in the careers of Australia's most successful artists including
Tina Arena, Vanessa Amorosi, Richard Wilkins, Kate Ceberano, Mark Vincent, Dean Ray, Cosentino,
Paris Wells, Jon Stevens, Sally Cooper, Bonnie Anderson, Rick Price, Pseudo Echo and Deborah Conway.

 

RALPH CARR Management (RCM) has been involved in the careers of many of Australia’s most successful entertainers, celebrities and sporting personalities. Known for his no-non-sense approach, Melbourne businessman Carr’s skills have honed careers for entertainers Tina Arena, Vanessa Amorosi, Richard Wilkins, Kate Ceberano, Mark Vincent, Cosentino, Jon Stevens, Bonnie Anderson, Rick Price, Pseudo Echo and Deborah Conway to name a few!

In recent years Carr has branched out into Sport Management, with his company RCM Sport, where Ralph brings his experience to help guide the careers of AFL players. He has also set up RCM Touring, and is involved in promoting national stadium tours. In an industry that is notoriously transient, Ralph has maintained professional success for more than 25 years and along the way has received a range of accolades acknowledging his role in shaping the Australian entertainment landscape.

Carr’s success in launching the career of former Young Talent Time’s Tina Arena helped make her Australia’s biggest selling female artist, and indeed an international success selling more than five million albums.

In 1993, in recognition of his international business success and its affect on the Australian music industry, Ralph was presented with an award from Minister for Trade, Peter Cook, on behalf of Export Music Australia. Also, for his contribution to the Australian entertainment industry, he was made an Australia Day Ambassador in 2013 by then Premier Ted Ballieu.

RCM artists have also achieved great success with numerous ARIA awards including Best Australian Adult Contemporary Record [1994], Best Australian Single [1995], Song of the Year [1996], Best Australian Pop Release [1996], Highest Selling Australian Album [1998], Highest Selling Australian Single [2000], Best Independent Release [2000] and 11 number one ARIAs for albums and singles.

 

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In mid-2008, three RCM clients held a position in the Australian national Top 10 album charts in the same week; a feat never before achieved by an Australian management company.

In 2009, Ralph orchestrated Vanessa Amorosi’s return to the Australian market, choosing songwriters and producers from all over the world to craft a brilliant album. The first single ‘This is Who I Am’ debuted at number one on the national charts stayed there for two weeks, an achievement by an Australian artist not seen for many years. His music publishing company Standard Music has also been highly successful receiving awards from the National Association of Songwriters and Australian Performing Right Association (APRA). The company also won several APRA awards including ‘Song of the Year’ for Tina Arena’s ‘Wasn’t it Good’ and ‘Most Performed Work’ for Vanessa Amorosi’s track ‘Shine’. Standard Music has also had international success, particularly with US Country Music Star Jo Dee Messina’s recording of ‘Burn’, number three on the US Billboard Country Charts and won an ‘American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Country Music Award for its success in the United States.

In 2011, RCM took on a magician, escape artist and illusionist ‘Cosentino’, crafting his career from local performance halls to the national and International stage. Cosentino went on to make four television specials with a combined audience of more than five million. In Australia, there were two national sell-out tours and licensed TV specials to networks overseas reaching hundreds of millions of views in Asia, Europe, Central and South America.

Ralph began managing Kate Ceberano in 2003, working closely with her to re-engage with her Australian audience after living overseas for a number of years. In her autobiography ‘I’m Talking’, Kate said “…choosing Ralph proved to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made”. Together Ralph and Kate have made six albums, staged countless tours, live shows and events. In 2014 Kate was inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall Of Fame, the only woman to achieve this honour. In 2016 she was awarded an Order of Australia for her charitable work and service to the music industry. Kate remain one of Australia’s most in-demand performers.

Richard Wilkins is the Head of Entertainment at the Nine Network and is Australia’s#1 entertainment reporter, appearing nationally on the Today Show. Over the past six years, RCM has negotiated a number of corporate deals, endorsements and ambassador deals for him. Ralph orchestrated his move into radio broadcasting, convincing Smooth FM to have Richard host weekend shows that are now the number one rating shows in both Melbourne and Sydney.

In 2014 Richard was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to the media and his charitable work.

Mark Vincent is Australia’s most successful and highest charting classical tenors, having sold more than 500,000 albums whilst still only 23 years old. Mark’s recent album ‘A Tribute to Mario Lanza’ was a top five ARIA album on it’s first week of release, an incredible feat for a classical album and is about to embark on a European tour with global star Katherine Jenkins.

Encompassing the same level of service that his entertainment clients have grown to expect, RCM Sport provides its sporting clients with endorsement and appearance sourcing, personal support and financial planning services. Ralph approaches Sport management with the same vigour and intensity he brings to entertainment management.

The current list includes prestigious players Dustin Martin (Richmond Football Club), Nick Haynes (Greater Western Sydney) and up and coming champion Shai Bolton (Richmond Football Club).

With the 2017 season just completed, Ralph has had an amazing year with Dustin Martin. Ralph began working with Dustin Martin in 2011, and for the past 7 years, he has been working both on and off the field to maximise every opportunity for Dustin. Ralph recently negotiated and completed the Football Club contract extension for Dustin to remain with his club, Richmond. The deal was one of the largest amounts paid to a player in AFL history.

All of the work undertaken came to fruition in 2017, with Dustin winning every single major individual AFL award including: The Brownlow medal, The AFL Players Association Most Valuable player, AFL Coaches Player of the Year, Richmond Football Club Best and Fairest, and again being selected in the All Australian line-up. Dustin capped off the season with his team winning the Premiership, and Dustin winning the Norm Smith Medal for best player in the game. It is the first time in the history of the AFL that a player has won the Brownlow Medal, The Norm Smith Medal and the Premiership in the one year. Another history-making success story.

Entering the world of tour promotion is a relatively new venture for Ralph. RCM Touring was set up recently and the first tour, Elvis The Wonder of You – Live on Screen in conjunction with Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland was a huge success, selling more than 50,000 tickets nationally. Due to the Success of the Elvis Live on Screen tour, RCM Touring brought Priscilla Presley to Australia for a National tour of Elvis and Me An Evening with Priscilla Presley, which was another successful venture. RCM Touring has more high profile events planned for the future.

In conclusion, to quote again from Kate Ceberano’s autobiography: “He has an incredible work ethic and would take a bullet for an artist he really believes in”.

The work and story continues…

London Office

_MG (main)Ralph Carr Management also has a London office, separating it from any other management company in Australia. Ralph brought in Richard Beck to head up the international offices for his background & experience in creating vast media interest around record releases. Richard has worked with major names such as Shania Twain, Bruce Springsteen, Janet Jackson, INXS, Guns N’ Roses, REM, Oasis, Bon Jovi, Metallica, U2, Crowded House and Simply Red.

Richard put in place and executed the worldwide marketing and publicity campaign for Shania Twain’s album ‘Come On Over’ which broke all the rules of music promotion. The album went straight to the top of the charts all over the World, selling more than 40 million copies along the way, making it the 5th biggest selling album of all time and the biggest selling album ever by a female artist.

Richard was previously the General Manager (Entertainment & Music Divisions) at RCM in Australia working across all areas of the company, namely: RCM Artist Management, Standard Records, Standard Music Publishing and the newly created indie label, Illicit records. He also worked extensively on the first series of ‘X Factor’ in Australia. Richard returned to the UK in 2006 to concentrate again on artist management and to set up a successful live music concerts business.

 

Adrian Marchesani

Prior to Joining The Ralph Carr group Adrian started up a dance label, Sirius Music, licensing Australian dance music to Europe. Bands including the trailblazing Quench were brought to life during this period. Adrian started with the Ralph Carr Group in the late nineties and has been involved with all aspects of the various businesses since then. When he began he worked primarily in the Publishing division, Standard Music Publishing. Adrian was elected to the board of Australian Music Publishers Association, Australia’s peak music publishing body. He recently left this post after being re elected twice.

Adrian has been working closely with Ralph in all facets of the RCM creative village which includes Artist Management , Music Publishing, Recording , Licensing, Marketing, Synchronisation, Sponsorships, Brand Alliance and Business Affairs. “The business side is sometimes overlooked but it is the engine room of the creative.” Adrian also works in the Sports Management arm and is an accredited AFL player agent. Adrian has also spent time during his work at Ralph Carr Management to work at Victoria University as coordinator of the Music Business program, completing a Masters of Comparative Commercial Law.