what would it be like to manage a musician and what kind of things are artist managers involved in?
I'm a junior looking into colleges and majors that have to do with artist management. I love music and going to concerts has always been one of my favorite things to do. I would like to learn more about what someone who manages an artist would be doing. I've heard that most managers are in charge of getting the artist from destination to destination as well as taking care of the artist and I would just like to learn more. management music singer producer artist-management
Hi Jakiel! In the music business, there are two different types of managers for an artist. Both work hand in hand on a daily basis. The main manager manages the career of the artist, most of the time this manager will not go out on tour with the artist. Usually they will be in the office taking care of business. The tour manager is the one who goes out on tour with the artist and takes care of there day to day touring needs. Making arrangements, reservations, getting the artist to soundcheck and show ect. Both types are super important for the career of an artist. Usually the main manager will contact the road manager every day with updates and any news that the artist needs to know out on tour. The tour manager will be there with the artist day to day making sure the tour goes smooth and the artist has everything they need to perform great and have a successful tour. I think loving music is the most important reason for getting into management. It is hard work and sometimes your days start before the sun comes up and you might not get to bed until very early in the morning! Being a tour manager means you must love to travel! That is what you will be doing and usually living out of a suitcase. It is an amazing life if you have the chance to do this! Do it for the love of music, not to try to get rich and you will be much happier I promise. Good luck! If you have any other questions please leave me a comment below
Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez
Management covers a lot of many aspects of the artists' careers. As a manager, you not only coordinate shows, performance opportunities, but you also look to present your artist to new contacts (labels, publishers, booking managers), and create a way to pave a path for them to rise. This may include songwriting collaborations, making sure they have good influences around them (mentors) so they learn that the "biz" isn't just about looks, but about strategy and discipline so that you can have real longevity in this industry.
You also make sure that all their music is protected (i.e. make sure they copyright all their music correctly....CORRECTLY especially when it comes to collaborations, etc); there is marketing that must happen through social media and creating "trends" or online buzzes about what your artist is up to (i.e. the making of a vide, upcoming release, upcoming shows, interviews, red carpets, etc..)
As a manager, you have to keep up with all the ever changing trends of music and the music industry. Stay current with who's an up&coming producer, which labels have new artist development opps, and you network like crazy....because in the entertainment world, relationships are everything.
It is truly a hustle, entrepreneur, dream-maker, solution-creator mentality that you must possess if you want to be effective as a manger and see your artists achieve success.
Best of luck!