Management Duties Check List
© 2003-2009 David J. Spangenberg

A Manager guides the careers of their Artists. A short list of what they may at times be responsible for are listed below:


All Live Performances -

Where, when, and how often to tour
Billing slots for their Artists
Which Booking Agent to employ

Pre-tour business decisions such as:
Status and signing of contracts
Riders
“Housing”
Equipment
Road Manager/Crew - Sound, Lighting, Security, etc…
Compensation

Day-to-day tour business decisions such as:

Staying in sync with Road Manager and other Crew
Security
Expenses
Booking holes in schedule
Radio station and other promo visits at each stop
Receiving Artists’ compensation, etc.


All Tour support -

Securing people and sponsorship
Sound and Lighting
Having qualified people at every position in entourage.


All Promotion -

Making sure everyone is on, and stays on the same page, image-wise, that Management wants for their Artists and actively doing their job carrying out the plan.
This includes:
Publicist,
Record People,
Agents,
etc.
Making sure Record Company promo people are doing their job supplying the proper quantity and best copy, advertisements; and area promo people regarding record store and area venue promos, etc.
A Great Web Site!!! All search engines have been notified, and there's top content and easy navigation throughout. Full Web Promo!
Join and keep up with Social Networking Sites such as MySpace

Television/Film -

Right shows and films for Artist
Commercials
Videos are in place locally, nationally, internationally.


Videos -

On each video:
staying in sync with directors etc.,
daily requirements of Artist, crew members, Musicians, whomever.


Coaches - [If applicable]

Acting
Singing
Dancing (choreographers)
Image consultants
Note: After Mgmt. chooses the above coaches, Manager is making sure they are all carrying out their duties, and that Artists' transportation, etc., are covered.


Musical Material -

Producers
Songwriters
All dealings with contracts, etc., with each, and scheduling.
Recordings
Copyrights "Registered" and in order
Registration with a Performing Rights Society such as BMI, ASCAP or SESAC
Placing material with Commercials, TV & Film
Ringtones


Press -

Making sure…

The press
Broadcast
Video networks
Cable
Radio
Wire services
Reporters
Feature writers
Syndicated columnists
Music press
Web Sites,
etc.,

… are covering their Artists constantly, fully and correctly.


Press Kits -

Photos [up-to-date!]
Press releases
Recordings
Video tapes/enhanced CDs, DVDs
Bio’s etc.

Note: all of the above + constantly updating them and making sure they get in the right hands.

Note: Don't forget to have an EPK - Electronic Press Kit !!!


Merchandising -

Tee shirts, etc., etc....:
Includes all dealings with products and companies.
Overall, and at each tour spot.
Your Web Site

Web Site -

Make sure it's:
Up-to-date
Easy and quick to navigate [and show up]

Your Name -

Make sure it's Trademarked [You own your name so no one else can use it]

Fan Club/Street Team-

Picking the right person[s], overseeing all aspects, business-wise and otherwise, making sure these people are “taken care of.”


Markets -

Making sure all existing markets and potential markets, locally, nationally, and internationally, are covered recording, and promo-wise where Artist is doing well and not so well, or is being ignored.


Record Companies -

After deal is made, making sure everyone and everything is MOVING! And everyone is on top of the situation and is in sync with Management and all other third parties working on The Project.


Contracts & Lawyers -

All paperwork is in sync., signed and moving including bookings, merchandising etc., etc., etc.


Financial Accounting -

Setting up and running Artist Bank Account
Setting up, keeping day to day books with incomes, deposits, receipts for expenses, etc., etc.


Day-to-day dealings -

With all of the above, including:
Artists,
Crew,
Producers,
Promo People,
Record Companies,
Agents,
Attornies,
etc.)

By:
Phone calls,
faxes,
travel,
etc.
handling all regular, important and emergency situations.

Office -

All is clean, neat and organized
Computers, programs, Internet service - all up-to-date

Any calls to be made?
Mailings?

 

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