When you are a professional musician or when you are thinking about going professional, it’s always a good idea to bring in someone to handle some aspects of your career so as to give you more time to focus on the music. This is especially important if you are an independent musician.
It will often be difficult to handle the composing and production of your music at the same time handling the promotion and distribution as well as sourcing for gigs. This is where a music manager comes in handy. Once you assign them the job of handling your promotion, distribution, performances and so on, you will realize that you will free up most of your time to focus on composing and producing good music which is very important for your career to progress.
In this article we are going to look at 3 qualities to look out for when hiring a music manager.
They must be experienced in the job
In order for a manager to truly impact your music career, they must be experienced in the job of music management and most importantly in the type of music genre you are specializing in. any potential manager should be able to paint a clear picture of what they will do for you and back it up with evidence that they can actually put their money where their mouth is.
They must be very well connected in the music industry
Music managers who are really good at their job are so because of the connections they have been able to create over the years in the music industry. It’s these connections that will put them in a better position to get you the best gigs and organize promotional events among many other tasks. It’s precisely these connections that you will be paying for when you are hiring them.
They must value honesty
Honesty is very key for any music manager if you are going to give them the responsibility of handling all or most of the commercial aspects of your music career. You will need someone who’s trustworthy to negotiate your contracts among many other logistical matters that fall under the commercial aspects of your music career. You will also need someone who gives you honest feedback that helps you grow and become a better musician.
As you are going through the process of interviewing potential music managers, it will be important for you to take time and do your due diligence in order to ascertain the above qualities. Be sure to confirm all their references and verify their information through various sources aside from the internet. At the end of the day you want a manager who’ll have your best interests at heart.
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