How to Attract a Music Manager to Boost Your Career
So, you think you’re ready to work with a music manager. But, do you know how to find a music manager? This is almost a trick question. Instead of finding a manager, you should attract a manager. Through hard work and growth, you’ll begin to gain attention. This will attract prospective music managers that want to work with you. Find out how to attract a music manager in order to boost your career.
You Need to Create Great Music
The first step towards attracting a music manager is to create great music. Without great music, they have nothing to work with.
A manager will not be interested in working with a band that doesn’t already have an established sound or that can’t create music that people love. Your music needs to stand out or fit into a niche. If you don’t feel that you’re there yet, then you’ll to focus on your music.
Grow Your Fan Base on Social Media
Social media is your friend. You need to make use of social media platforms in order to reach out and connect with your fans. Growing the number of followers that you have a is a great way to begin attracting attention.
When a potential band manager researches your band, they’re going to look at your online presence. This includes your social media presence. They want to know how many followers you have on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
How do you grow your fan base? Post regularly. Send out tweets each day. Continue posting whenever you have links to share your new music or to promote upcoming gigs. Also, interact with your fans. Ask questions in your posts. This way, you’ll get more responses, which gives you the opportunity to connect and engage with your audience.
Grow Your Fan Base on YouTube
YouTube is the second most visited website in the world. Make sure that you are uploading videos to YouTube. There are millions of visitors to this site each day. With the increase in mobile usage, more people want to watch videos instead of reading articles.
What type of videos should you create? Absolutely anything that you think will help promote your band or connect with your fans. This could include music videos, but music videos are not your only option. You could post interviews, an introduction to your band, or live video from your latest gig.
You Need a Solid Work Ethic
If you want to succeed in the music industry, you need to have good work ethics. This means that you need to be willing to work hard and put everything into your career. Managers do not want to work with musicians that are not willing to put in the same level of effort.
Why should they work hard to promote your music when you aren’t doing everything in your power in order to do the same? Their job is to help you, but you also need to help yourself.
Establish Your Vision
Having a clearly defined vision will also help you attract the right type of music manager. A music manager doesn’t want to attempt to figure out where your career is headed. You should already know and they should be able to help you get there.
Do you know how to describe your music? How would you summarize your sound? If you can’t answer these questions, then neither can a music manager. Put some real thought into these questions and work on establishing your vision.
Make Sure You’re Ready for a Band Manager
The final tip for attracting a music manager is to make sure that you’re ready for one. If you’re not already following the suggestions listed above, then now is the time to get started.
You need to make a name for yourself. This doesn’t mean that you need to be an international success before finding proper music management. But, you should already have a solid fan base and some level of recognition. Check out the following clip. You’ll find a few recommendations that will help you determine whether or not you’re actually ready to work with a band manager:
The bottom line is that you need to keep doing what you’re doing until you begin to attract the attention of prospective music managers. You need to put your whole heart into the process. Once you begin getting calls or emails from music managers, don’t rush into any agreement. Don’t sign a contract until you know that you have found the right match.
Take a look at some of the other posts on this site to learn more about music management contracts, or check out our Music Management for Indie Artists guide. This downloadable eBook contains hundreds of pages of tips that will help guide you on your path to becoming an international success!