Managers often time get a big name in the music world, sometimes even bigger than that of the musicians they work for. Deciding whether or not having a manager is the right move for you at this point in your music career requires an understanding of how a manager can help you.
Having a manager is essentially having someone to manage the business side of the music world for you. Not having to deal with the nitty gritty of making deals and business moves would free up your time to focus on your music and developing your skills. Instead of having to worry about booking your next gig or getting yourself into music publications, you can focus on improving your art.
Another reason why a manager could benefit your music career is because of the connections they have. Many managers already know prominent people in the music world who can help you get more gigs and more noticed. It’s hard to get people to listen to you and take you seriously when you are the new kid on the block. So, having someone who understands the field and has connections will propel you through a lot of struggle.
While having a manager can make the life of a musician easier, it’s not always easy to find the money to pay for an experienced manager. There are a couple of ways to reap the benefits of a manager without having to empty your pockets. One way to have a manager the cheap way is to hire a friend who is also interested in music management to handle the business aspect of things. This method saves you money while also giving the other person valuable experience in music management should they choose to make that their career one day.
Another option for inexpensive management is to hire someone who is already very established in the world of music business and has many strong ties with important people. If this person is a big enough fan of your music, it is possible that they will take you on for free in the hopes that you will be a big enough success one day to pay them back. Just make sure that when you sign with someone who is willing to manage you for free, that you aren’t promising them too high a percentage of your future earnings. Signing away your future for a leg up now will catch up to you in the end.
Keep in mind that opportunities for free management don’t turn up every day so getting any help from friends and family while you wait for something better is always a good option.