How to Become an Artist Manager


Artist Manager Job Description

The primary focus of an artist’s manager is to enhance or further the career of the artist. Their responsibilities range from long range and comprehensive career planning assistance and complex contract negotiation, to suggesting lyrical changes or commentary regarding a new recording.



Typical Job Duties

• Marketing the work of the artist is the primary duty of the Artist’s Manager

• May keep track of the financial aspect of the business side of the artist’s career

• Must be able to keep up with industry trends

• Work closely with the artist and keep themselves up to date regarding the artist’s work

• Make the artist’s work appear its best during presentations

• Organizing promotional events as well as exhibitions

• Managing the schedule of the artist regarding all exhibitions, appointments, promotional events and presentations



How to Begin a Career as an Artist Manager

To get started in a career as an artist manager, try contacting management companies to see if they have any entry level or internship positions. Getting your foot in the door with a management company is a great opportunity to observe how artists are managed. If you work hard and show a genuine interest in management opportunities then you may be asked to take on more responsibility, and eventually artist management.


A good way to get experience for a future career as an artist’s manager is by helping musicians you know with tasks such as booking shows and managing their websites. It may not directly lead to a career as an artist’s manager, but it will allow you to get a feel for the industry.



Scholarships Relevant to This Career

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as an Artist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!


Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming an Artist Manager. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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