Music Manager For Musicians

A music manager is the one who is in charge of all the little details as he or she keeps track of all the little (and not so little!) details so everything runs smoothly. As a manager, you decide where the artists will perform, when they will be there, how they are getting there, where they stay while they are on tour, and handle all the financial matters. A musical artist wants to focus on making their music. As a music manager, you do just about everything else.

How do they get the skills? Getting a degree in music management through a school or other study program will ensure you know just about everything you need to know about the business, but it is not, of course, completely necessary. Few musical stars had to go to school to get a diploma to be a rock star, and they did just fine picking it up as they went along.

In fact, up until a little while ago, these degrees were not even available and as with most higher education degrees, they do not come cheap. There are plusses and minuses to either approach, and while having a degree will make you a more exciting (not to mention trustworthy) employment candidate and thus able to start out higher on the food chain. It can be done without the cost and the homework, while adding real world experience to your resume to boot.

A music manager wears many different hats, often at the same time as he or she is responsible for managing and organizing contracts, hiring people (and sometimes firing them as well), designing the venue setup from speakers to drum sets to sometimes even seating arrangements, and making sure the group or artist has everything, they are going to need for the gig with them in the truck when you all pull out to go! As a music manager, you are the group’s secretary, travel agent and mother, all rolled into one. It is your responsibility to make sure that everything goes perfectly on the end of the band and tech staff so if anything goes wrong, it is your job to take responsibility for it and fix it.

The drawback to this career is that that you could end up working with artists and genres you would not otherwise choose for yourself, and you sometimes have to deal with diva like behavior on the part of your artists. If they want a certain brand of bottled water and will not go on stage until they get it, it is your job to get it for them right now. As a manager, you will get all the blame when things go wrong, (sometimes up to and including the weather,) and none of the credit when they go right, and it can be about as high a stress position as you can find anywhere.

What are the benefits and advantages of being a music manager? The benefits to being a music manager may far outweigh the potential drawbacks if you love what you do. A music manager must love music and helping to create it, if from behind the scenes.

As a manager, you are the power behind the throne. If you are a naturally organized person and you enjoy planning, you can make your own job run as smoothly as possible as that of your clients. It is your job to pick gigs that help your clients grow in their careers so if you do a good job and come to be a reliable team leader, as your clients gain popularity, they may take you with them in their rise to fame and fortune.