Recording good music in a band requires much investment and comes with more responsibilities. It gets to a time when the band needs a helping hand. The best helper is a person or people with an in-depth understanding of how the music business runs. A management company fits the role well since it’s part of their daily business. Below are the advantages for bands that work with a management company.
- Freedom to concentrate on music
The music business can become overwhelming when the performers also handle chores that support running a business but do not involve singing. In addition, the busy lifestyle affects the time to write music and rehearse.
A management company saves artistes from the mental and physical exhaustion by taking over some tasks and handling logistics to leave them with much time to concentrate on music. Some of the logistical issues that management companies handle include:
- Booking venues
- Organizing transport
- Scheduling interviews
- Engaging designers
- Handling social media
- Answering calls and responding to emails
- Better recording and performance deals
Many artists get a raw deal since they may not be aware of better opportunities or possess negotiation skills. A professional management company is more knowledgeable about the business side of music and will protect bands from exploitation. Management companies go a step better to negotiate better terms that improve careers and bank accounts for bands. An established band management company works with a lawyer to get fair and legally sound deals. The manager also performs the tough gig to get the attention of record labels for bands. There are many gigs by bands that all fight for recognition by few record labels. A band’s management ensures that the decision-makers hear their clients’ music and sign them to their label.
- Separation of personal and professional life
Managers make band members be seen from a professional outlook by separating them from the music business. Many people may prefer to deal with artists directly, opening an opportunity to push unfair deals. Friends of band members would like them to play at their events at a lower fee or even free because of their friendship. The situation is different when they negotiate with management since the engagement will be professional and must meet the business aspects of the band. A professional platform for band members also allows a better flow of information from the industry players. For example, club managers, media personalities, or music critics can shy off from informing band members that some of their songs are not good enough for their audience. They will share honest feedback with a manager without worrying about hurting or annoying the band.
- Management of member disputes
A management company may not stop all band issues but can lessen acrimony or prevent fallout. The reason is that a manager can step in as a neutral arbitrator. The management sees a band from a business point of view, so there is no obligation to favor one side over others. Management can also allocate roles to each member and prevent disputes that arise when people fight to do the same thing.
Band managers help bands advance their music careers by managing their schedules and activities to leave them with adequate time to concentrate on music.