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Artist Development & Management course

by David J. Spangenberg
[aka Professor Pooch]
Music Business Career Guidance
Educator/Author, Consultant, Mediator
Entertainment Contract Specialist

© 1984, 1991, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
David J. Spangenberg
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Learn at Your Own Pace!

Step by Step, in Simple, Easy-to-understand "People Talk"

Includes Sample Contract Between Artist & Manager -
and How to Negotiate It!

This course shows you how to become a Successful...

Musician, Band, Group
and/or Manager

If you wish to become a Successful Singer or Member of a Successful Group or Band, you should know as much as you can about "The Music Biz". You should know how it operates and the correct steps to take, in the right order, to achieve Success - including, choosing the right Manager to help "guide you"...

Likewise, if you wish to become a Successful Manager, you must choose the right Artist to Manage, and know what you must do to help Your Artist move up the "Road to Success".

This Business is large and sophisticated and requires a solid TEAM. Every successful Artist has a great Manager - and every successful Manager has a great Artist. Simply put, the left hand must know what the right hand is doing [or should be doing] or you as an Artist/Band or Manager are heading for a very short career! Each must know and understand the Music Business plus everything they can about the other, if they wish to become successful.

Upon completion of this course...

  1. As an Artist, you will know when and why you need a Personal Manager, how to choose one to be your Manager, and what they can and cannot do for you.
  2. As an Artist or a Manager, you will be able to read, understand and negotiate the main points of an Artist/ Management Contractual Agreement.
  3. As a Manager, you will know what to look for in a Performing Artist and be able to decide whether or not to Manage them.
  4. As a Manager or Artist, you will be able to choose the right Musicians and Singers to work with and the proper way to prepare for performances, including choosing the proper recording material, and creating and refining the Artist's "image".
  5. You will be able to promote the Artist for performances, and be able to get "gigs".
  6. You will be able to choose the correct Production or Record Company, and be able to properly promote the Artist to them.
  7. You will be able to understand and negotiate the important points of Artist/Record Company and Artist/Production Company Contractual Agreements.
  8. Much, Much More...

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Artist Development & Management Course.

By David J. Spangenberg
"Professor Pooch"

Music Business Career Guidance
Educator, Author, Consultant,
Entertainment Contract Specialist

© 1984, 1991, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
David J. Spangenberg
All Rights Reserved

Section 1: The Artist Looks for A Manager
[Note: "You" equals "Artist" - this section]

1. What Does A Professional Manager Do?

A.   A Manager is a person or company, who guides, counsels, advises and helps to provide employment.

B.   He/she/they are a protector, and "doer".

C.   They take all steps necessary to help you become a success.

D.   They make money when you make money; the more you make, the more they make. Their success comes through helping you to achieve your success.

E.   They can be an objective person who can look at all aspects of your situation, analyze them, and make a rational plan. They have to be able to look at you and your work differently than you do. Why?

  1. Your work is intensely personal, and you're probably too emotionally tied to it.
  2. Everyone needs a professional outside opinion, not friends or relatives. It's hard for them to give an honest, sound opinion.
    1. They're too close to be honest and objective.
    2. If they're not professionals, they're not qualified to give an opinion.

Do not mix up "Manager" with "Agent" - many people do! They are two different animals. Agents are "middle-men/women" who get "gigs" etc, for people. Managers, as you will see in the contract in "Section Two", may hire Agents for you when needed. Agents need an "Employment Agency License" to legally do their work. Managers, cannot legally "book" Artists, although some will book their Artists here and there, in the beginning.

2. When May You Need a Manager?

A.   When you've reached a certain, good level on your own, and can't seem to progress any higher, no matter what you do.

B.   When you may have no idea what you should do, or do next.

C.   You may be disorganized, lost, or simply not have the right contacts to get ahead any further. You realize you’re spinning your wheels and going nowhere.

3. When Don't You Need A Manager?

A.   If you're solely a Songwriter and not an Artist.

B.   You're happy being a local Band, or Group. Look into getting an "Agent", instead, if you wish, to help you.

C.   When you're just starting out.

4. Why Do You Need A Manager?

A.   "I don't need a Manager; I can do it all myself." That's not a good way of thinking, though you may be able to do it for a while, until you feel you're ready to really move ahead. Your major time should be focused on your Music, and your Fans!

B.   Strong musical, writing or singing talent does not necessarily mean you have good managerial ability.

C.   Your time is better spent creatively, constantly improving what you do.

D.   Do you really know what the best move is that you can make?

E.   Do you actually have an honest evaluation of your own work? Can you be objective about it?

5. A Top, Professional Manager...

A.   Has contacts in the music industry.

Remember: It's not just whom they know, but more importantly - who knows them!

B.   Knows what's happening in the industry - at the present time.

C.   Knows what Booking Agents, Publishers, Record Companies and any other would-be interested people or companies would be looking for.

D.   Probably has [should have] experience managing others.

E.   Knows the advantages and pitfalls in almost every situation that's likely to arise.

F.   Is "streetwise" in dealing in the industry.

G.   Can avoid blind alleys in negotiations, make fewer mistakes, and save you time and money.

H.   "Takes the heat off you" from your attorney, Band Members or Group, Club Owners and Managers, Booking Agents, Record Company exec.'s, etc. That is, they play "the bad guy" for you.

Many artists have killed either their recording or performing careers by fighting over assorted issues, either musically or business-oriented. Your Manager, not you, is the one to fight with the company or person! They can be the super tough "bad guy", or turn around and play "good guy" for you.

I.   Is totally up-to-date and knows and understands the "Digital Revolution" including the formats and their uses.

J.   Knows a lot about marketing and promotion, including the Web and keeps up with the latest technologies and techniques to stay a step ahead...

They can do so many things for you, if they're great. If they aren't, you'll curse the day you met them. But also keep in mind, no one has every quality you and others might think necessary, but they should be able to make up for any important of weaknesses by associating with others who can fill in the missing pieces.

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"Our aim is to help guide you, protect you, and to answer any and all of your questions regarding the Creative, Business and Legal sides of the Music Business, in plain, easy-to-understand "People-Talk". No matter what style of Music, no matter what you do, no matter what stage of your career - we're here for you! Let us help you save wasted time and money..."

David J. Spangenberg
["Professor Pooch"]

Music Business Career Guidance,
Entertainment Contract Specialist

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