by India McCarty

For a lot of up and coming artists, nothing sounds more impressive than having your very own manager. Someone to guide your career and help you make the next move; plus, it gives you some street cred as an artist.

However, you should really think before you decide to find someone to join your team. The most important question is, do you need a manager? Yes, lots of artists want a manager, but they don’t really need one.

Another thing to take into consideration: are there any managers showing interest in you? You want them to come to you, not the other way around. Now, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t send your demos to managers or invite them to shows. You just want them to make the offer.

The main reason you should be thinking about signing with a manager is that you feel like you don’t have enough time to do everything. So, ask yourself these questions: Do you have enough time to be both artist and manager? Are you feeling overworked? Are you missing out on potential career opportunities because you’re being pulled in a million different directions? Then maybe it’s time to start looking for a manager. A manager can free up your time and concentrate on some of the minutiae of the business side of things so that you can devote most of your time to growing as an artist.

Once you find a manager, they’ll help you grow your team even more. Good management can help you find a booking agent, a publicist and (hopefully) a label. Your manager should be thinking about the big picture and focusing on fitting all the pieces of your career together. When something hits a snag, your manager is the first person getting a call, which means you don’t have to get distracted with putting out small fires.

When signing with a manager, it’s important to pay close attention to your contract. For example, are you signing a short-term contract or a long-term one? Also, your contract will stipulate how much your manager will collect from your earnings. Depending on how much clout your manager has in the industry, you’ll probably be turning over 15-25% of your gross earnings, as well as recoupment from all advances.

The idea of a manager sounds really great and, when you’ve got a good manager, it can help your career immensely. However, something important to remember is that no manager is better than a bad manager. Your manager represents you, which means they’re the first person industry people call when trying to get in touch with you. You want someone professional, respectful and serious about furthering your career. Don’t settle for the first offer you get. Take time to make sure this person is a good fit for you and will represent you the way you want.

Signing with a manager is an important step in any artists’ career, and it’s one of the more exciting ones. However, just because you’re adding another person to your team doesn’t mean you can kick back and relax. Getting a manager means your career is starting to get bigger, which means you need to knuckle down and get to work!

Below are a couple of links on the subject:

What Should You Know Before Signing a Music Manager Contract?

6 Red Flags to Watch for before Signing with a Manager


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