Contemplating being a band manager? Managing a band may be a lot of fun, but it’s also a difficult job that demands multitasking. A band manager may be thought of as a caretaker for the band. What type of band management do you aspire to be? If you wish to manage a band, there are a few talents you need to have and continue to improve.
Developing Your Communications Skills
Band management necessitates a significant amount of cold contacting and pitching for chances, particularly in the beginning. You’ll need to network, be persistent when individuals don’t answer your calls, and be comfortable approaching strangers. Managing people isn’t for everyone. If you don’t like the idea of calling a promoter over and over again until they finally listen to you, you might not be the best person for the job.
Being the One in Charge
As a band manager, you’ll be there for some of the most exciting situations, including ones that go way past business hours. Even if the band is having a good time, you must ensure that the task gets done. You need to make sure everyone is awake for appearances, events, soundchecks, load-ins, being there for stage control systems and so on. To put it another way, someone needs to take the initiative and be the grownup. Standing firm and not overindulging are essential.
Getting a Grip on the Music Business
Some of the best-known band managers got their start in the industry by winging it. You should, however, be well-versed in the music industry to be able to choose the best prospects for your talent. It’s important to learn about the fundamentals, such as the role of a label, the role of an agent, and the role of a promoter or a PR company. Read up on industry news and trends, and never be afraid to ask for clarification, support, or guidance.
Managing a New Band’s Multiple Tasks
Most occupations need some multitasking, but band management is unique. If you’re dealing with a band that is just starting out and doesn’t have staff on hand, this is even more important to keep in mind. Having an agency, a label/distributor and PR business all working together will put you in charge of ensuring everyone is communicating and performing their tasks. Prior to that, you’ll have to strive to construct the crew while simultaneously doing all of their tasks. Things move quickly, and you can’t afford to neglect any of them for an extended period of time.
Being the Mediator in Band Conflict
Disagreements occur among the band members. The manager must avoid being entangled in the conflict, even if certain members are more important to him or her than others are to him or her. Everyone in the band has to know that they can express their worries and ideas to you, and that you will listen to them. Don’t prioritize any one person over another. You’ll have to keep your emotions in check and keep a safe distance from the band’s internal squabbles.