Tips From The Pros: Managing An Artist In The Music Industry

Tips From The Pros: Managing An Artist In The Music Industry

Written by Jaron Lewis

There are more than just musicians in the music industry. There are also a lot of agents in the field that are responsible for the careers of these artists. If you want to become a part of a music artist managing agency, you will need to learn all about managing an artist. Landing the artist manager contract is only half of the battle because you want to make sure that you keep your artists as part of your team. These are tips from industry pros about managing artists.

Types Of Managers

You may not know that there are a few different types of managers in the  music industry. There is the personal/music manager, road manager/tour manager, and the business manager. You will need to figure out which of these that you want to be before you move on into your career.

The personal/music manager is the person who is responsible for the everyday aspects of the artist’s career. This includes career strategizing and formulation and execution with the artist. A business manager is the person who is typically responsible for the financial aspects of the artist’s career, such as managing the books (including making payments) and any investments that they may have. The road and tour managers are the ones who are responsible for the logistics behind all  of the shows.

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Image Via Hip Hop Push

School Or Internship

It is important that if you are going into this field that you have knowledge about music management and even basic business knowledge. It can be very helpful for a person who is interested in this field to go into a college that specializes in business or music management. These are both fields that are going to beneficial for you to learn about.

If going to school just is not in the cards for you, you can teach yourself these things by reading everything you can about music industry management. There are several books that are on the market that offer a wealth of knowledge on this topic. You also need to get an internship or apprenticeship at a reputable company to get hands-on experience in the industry. This is important to do because this will give you credits on your resume that will make you a more attractive candidate for any potential companies that you would want to work for.

This can also help you apply all of the knowledge that you have gained in real-world experience. You know all of the information but this can change in practice. Finally, this internship can help you to make contacts that will help you to further your career in this field.

How To Make Money

A manager makes their money from commission, typically between 10% and 20%. If you do not have any idea how to do your job, you are not going to be very successful in this endeavor. This is exactly why things like education and building up your resume are especially important when it comes to being a manager. This is also a very time consuming job, something that you need to be prepared for if you are going to manage artists.



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