How to Become a (Big-Time) Band Manager

MusicSUBMIT   January 7, 2017
How to Become a (Big-Time) Band Manager


Happy 2017! It’s a brand new year, and it’s time to THINK BIG! Why not become a Big Time Band Manager ?  If you take a look around at some of the biggest bands out there and look at who’s managing the band and how they got the job, you’ll see that it’s not so hard, maybe not as hard as you thought!

Here’s a couple ways YOU, TOO, can get a job managing the Biggest Band In the WORLD!





  Band manager Dick Roswell backstage at show for his only client, Stillwater


…when your best friend’s band BLOWS UP.  The band just got got signed to a major label and is currently on tour. You, being the only friend who even remotely has his head screwed on straight, are asked to handle things. Just remember -  use your instincts, learn as you go, and try not to mess things up too badly. And Be Loyal. If at any time you don’t know what you’re doing, DON’T WORRY! You’ll FIGURE IT OUT!!


Step 2:  - Success Begets Success



The guy from Straight Outta Compton


Fast forward 5-10 years, when your best friend’s band is legendary status. Pick up the phone to receive requests to manage other up-and-coming bands. Say “yes” every once in awhile, and quickly add to your roster a couple more soon-to-be-legendary acts.


#3 Or, Alternatively….



  (some guy from an ivy league university )*


Look, we all know it’s a long shot for our best friend’s band to hit it big. If that doesn’t happen, DON”T FEAR, there is another way!

Go to an Ivy League university and then maybe get a top law school degree to boot, then apply at the Big 3 Record labels -  Sony, Universal, or Warner. Or possibly some Hollywood talent agencies like CAA or WME.  But only those companies. Catch a big break in getting hired, then latch on to a band on the roster. Make friends and party, generally be yourself. Who knows, you could possibly make it as a band manager, IF your band somehow blows up..




*probably not

** Happy New Year from MUSICSUBMIT, we hope you enjoyed our tongue-in-cheek take on becoming a band manager. Only joking tho, we’re not that cynical here! No offense to any band manager who’s spent countless nights nurturing, begging, pleading with, and sacrificing any semblance of a personal life for his/her artist clients to guide them thru the topsy-turvy world that is the music industry!

Best of luck in 2017!