What does a Music Manager do?

Music managers bring together and coordinate the necessary people and projects to meet the goals of their clients, often artists or bands. Music managers ensure deadlines are met and that projects run smoothly. Working in constant communication with publicity agents, event promoters, and talent agencies, music managers possess fluency with the music industry, people skills, and organizational skills.

Music managers often start as artists, audio engineers, assistants, or promoters. Some work as personal managers, who are most involved in the actual day-to-day, career strategizing, plan formulation, and execution with the artist. Others work as road music managers and handle all the logistics of a tour while an artist is on the road. Some managers mainly handle the artist’s books, including income and expenses making payments on the artist’s behalf and taking care of taxes, investments, and other finances; Music managers handle their clients’ financial and legal business in addition to getting them recording contracts and tracking live performances. Music managers need a four-year degree with a concentration on the music industry, business administration, contract law, and marketing

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Music Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$62,713 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$35K
Median: $63K
$114K
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Music Manager Career Path

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AUDACY
Radio Host/Music Director
Jun 24, 2021

“Everyone that works here is fun and wonderful to work with.”

Luxe Talent Agency
Talent Agent
Mar 21, 2021

“Only downside is the owner is meticulous about making sure sure talent are top notch.”

Heads Music
A&R Administration
Aug 27, 2019

“She’s such a great mentor and had the best intentions to help interns.”

Warner Music GroupWarner Music Group
Senior Vice President Music Industry
Oct 31, 2020

“I got to work on my passion music and work with some great artists.”

Churchome
Music Coordinator
May 29, 2021

“It was fun to work with friends”

Mount Paul United Church
Music Coordinator
Sep 27, 2021

“Great people to work with”

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Air Talent
Jan 31, 2020

“Good people to work with”

Entertainment OneEntertainment One
Music Publishing
Sep 28, 2020

“Low pay rates compared to industry standards”

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