If you are an independent artist looking for a professional who can help you make music and take it to the crowd, you will want to make sure they will be able to do what you need them to. Hiring a music manager to compose, produce, and advertise your work can be tough. Here are some things you will want to look for when hiring a music manager:
Someone With Experience
Before you hire a music manager, you should first find out how much experience they have in the industry as well as look into the type of musicians they typically work with. You might want to refer to their past clients to verify their authenticity.
Before you work with any manager, you should know what to expect and whether or not they will be able to help you really achieve your goals. They should know how the industry works and how to successfully grow in the industry. They should also understand all the financial aspects of being in the music industry. Just make sure that they are experienced and well-versed in what they do. Otherwise, you’ll have an amateur whose passion may be commendable but whose results are rather lacklustre.
Someone With Connections
You will want to find a music manager who knows people. In order to get you into events, score you the good deals, and ensure that your music is exposed to the public eye, they need to have a foot in the door to get you in. TV, magazine, and radio interviews are also good things to have as a musician.
You will want to find a manager that really knows connections to help set off your music career. A good manager will know other people who can help you get bigger in the media. Having connections is a huge help when you’re a smaller musician, so make sure that they know someone. If they don’t, make sure they are at least social enough to get to know someone that might know someone.
That being said, it’s best to not settle with someone that has no reputable connections. Trust your gut. If you feel like they might be stretching the truth about knowing the big names, do a background check and ask to see proof. Ask to meet the person or just ask many questions. If they are boasting large names, you will definitely want to ask for proof.
Someone You Can Trust
Your manager will be handling essentially your entire career. You really want to make sure that it is someone you can trust. You will most likely be spending a lot of time with them, so make sure that they are worth your time and money. They will need to be able to negotiate your contracts as well as other paperwork and business that needs to be handled. Trust your gut, but also do a background check on the person before agreeing to anything. Let them handle the commercial aspects of your career, but handle your own finances. If you don’t want to do it yourself, hire an accountant. If you want to hire a separate accountant, you will want to make sure that they are also trustworthy and will keep your money safe. Therefore, have your accountant and manager work closely together in order to make your projects come to life!