How did you get a manager for your band?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by lildrgn, Dec 3, 2002.

  1. lildrgn


    Jul 11, 2000
    Seattle, WA

    My band is in desparate need for management. Not like we're breaking the bank or on the cusp of famousness or anything, but we need someone to do the "behind the scenes" stuff that we suck at/abhor.

    So, for those of you in bands that have managers, how did you get him/her? Were they friends first? Did you go through a management company?

    Hook a brotha up!

  2. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    There should be several good management companies in your area, and should be easily found in the yellow pages.

    Avoid the friends / family thing, usually ends up in a conflict.

    Firstly, make a list of what you want or need a manager to do. Ex: Booking shows, booking studio recording time, accounting, promotions and advertising. Understand that there is a difference between a booking agent and a manager, although most local entertainment companies are not really managers but booking agents.

    Next prioritize the list as to what you need the most to what you need the least or a willing to do yourselves if you have to.

    Now make a list of 1, 3, 6, and maybe even 12 month goals for the band. Ex: We want to play 2-3 night weekend cover gigs 3 weekends a month, or we will have a CD of 12 originals completed in the next 3 months and our management will be shopping us to small indie labels, etc.

    Now, contact the local management companies and request a meeting to go over your list of needs and goals to see if they have the resources and abilities, what they charge, etc.

    Some management companies will want a press kit and demo from you, and they will probably also want to come see you perform. IMHO I recommend on having them see you is to setup a show at a good club, don't have them over to your practice room or in a small club with lousy lights and PA.....

    Remember, being a musician and in a band is fun, but it is also a business! Do you currently keep all of your receipts for everything, including your strings and also track your mileage to and from practice and shows for tax purposes? A good management firm may also want to see your financial records, or if you are not doing this already then this may be one of the things that you want them to do for you.

    Hope this helps,
  3. I let him write songs and play guitar.