Singers, Bands & the Artist Management Team

As singers and bands compete for the ears of music industry pro’s, hoping to become the next greatest pop icon, mangers and the relationships with their acts have become increasingly important. With the evolution of technology, the internet and fledgling record labels, trying to compete for the next money making act, you can be sure that artist managers have their plates full sifting through myriads of press kits and demos trying to pick the needle out of the haystack.

With each demo that is sent out, artists wait in anticipation of what might become their next step in their artist career pathway. Most of the time, however, the group or singer is met with the, “Thanks for your submission, but no thanks,” letter at the door. What can singers and bands do to increase their odds of developing a relationship with an artist manager? Good question – Let’s look at some ideas and concepts that you can put to work as you try to move your career forward.

As a former talent booking agent with the William Morris Agency and as the owner of http://www.reelmusician.com, I can tell you that one of the biggest walls that is built between artist managers and acts is a singer or group that is not prepared. They want the representation, but not the responsibility and financial demands that are placed upon them in the initial phase of their careers. They want someone to hold their hand and make it happen for them before they have sunk initial investments whether time, money or emotional investments that being maturity and basic music business knowledge and understanding. With this wall up you can forget it. There’s too much competition out there for a manager to waste their time – Would you? – Of course not and neither will they. Therefore, you make it your first priority to be prepared.

How do you prepare yourself or your band you ask? – Great question. Start with your music. Is your music the same run of the mill sound that’s already out there at countless levels? Does your music or style lend itself to marketing, or can if be differentiated from scores of others already signed to the majors? Be honest here. Quite honestly many individuals or acts have copied the sound of some other act and have not fully matured into developing their own sound. There’s nothing wrong with having musical influences, every act out there will tell you who has captured their musical hearts, but your sound has got to sound like you.

What does your press kit look like that you are sending out? Is it self-produced with fairly good looking pictures, bios, etc, or is it even a step below that? Your press kit has to shine and grab the attention of your music industry pros or you can forget it. Consider having your press kits reviewed and re-worked where necessary. You’re really missing the ball if you don’t have not only a professional looking press kit, but one that is specifically designed to get your act through the obscure doors of the music industry.

What are you doing now that is worthy of representation? Is it a dream or a real concrete musical idea that will grab the hearts of your listeners? Your listeners have to fall in love with your music. All it takes is one individual with a little clout at a record label to fall in love with your music for them to start talking you up in the halls. And with a little clout, nobody wants to be on the wrong side of the aisle on any given project, so therefore, the ball starts to roll. That’s how it usually works and good managers know this.

When you start out looking for a good manager you want to find out as best you can how authentic, honest and obviously go-getters they are. When you start to approach managers, understand that they only have so much time and resources. Da you say. Well put that information into practice. As you approach managers, what can you do to not only make their lives and jobs easier, but to let them know that you are not a “taker.” Do you know how many individuals, on a regular basis, who approach us wanting to be stars, who want us to invest all of our time and resources without offering anything in return? – Countless. Don’t do that. Offer something to your manager. Offer to help pay for the phones, press kits, postage, etc on behalf of your act. Now you’ve got the attention of the manager. He or she now knows that you are not a taker and are a serious contender in the music industry campaign. Never thought about that did you?

When you start to approach managers, your press kits, as previously detailed, need to exude professionalism. You will want to include a logo that has been specifically designed for you or your act. This logo should be remember able and characteristic of the emotional tone you want the act to initially portray and look like. Put this logo on all of your material including websites, pictures, bios, CD’s, etc. Don’t send out press kits without a logo. There is a lot of software out there to help you with logo creation, but if you need further help you may contact us tgauger@reelmusician.com or 615-300-5030 and we can help you with it.

In closing your approaching artist managers with the “We’ve got a great attitude and would like to do our part,” mentality will go along ways. Make sure that the demos you are sending out, are worthy to roll down the halls of the record labels with artist press kits that shine and show detailed experience and marketing knowledge sure to grab the attention of A&R directors. Do your part and hopefully one day an artist manager will do theirs on your behalf.

HR Management Teams and Human Resource Solutions

Human resource is considered as the most valuable asset of a company. If you own a company, it is essential to focus on how to develop your HR management team. This team helps your business in getting more qualified staff, handles the payroll, monitors financial HR costs and a lot more.

With accurate HR solutions, it would be easy for your employees to do their tasks. You also don’t need to worry about any possible issue. Maybe you are wondering on how HR management offers solutions to manage your company. To answer this question, simply read the following:

  • HR management team always recruits qualified employees for your business. Through this, you don’t need to worry about the increasing demand for more laborers. They also plan and implement the best methods to search for an ideal staff.
  • The team also uses compliance resources to fit their company’s requirements. To prevent any trouble, they also have \contingency plans for workers’ risk management and compensation.
  • Another task of the HR management team is to track the attendance of workforce and payroll. They also keep track of all HR services like tax management and administration. To encourage their workers, they also offer several benefits like incentives, bonuses and many more.
  • The HR manager also needs to advocate various workforces through making diversity evident at any organization level. If not, some employees will assume that they don’t have any future in the company.

Aside from the above mentioned job descriptions, HR management team also helps in monitoring the performance of their employees. They do this through keeping their records and productive hours. They also set the exact schedule of meetings to discuss any concern.

To ensure that the tasks of an HR management team will run smoothly, the company always provides essential tools. As a company owner, you have to assist your employees on how to make the HR management more accurate and effective. Like other companies, you can also use software for easy handling of tasks. The typical examples of this are HRIS or HRMS. The HRIS is software that helps in making the task of an HR management team easier and more effective. The HRMS, on the other hand, is software solution that offers various modules for personnel management, HR development, records of attendance ad organization structure.

If you accurately implement the human resource solution to your company, expect that positive results will come your way. Your company doesn’t need to worry on how to increase your production. Through constant hiring of qualified employees, everything will be in order. To ensure that the new employees will be more effective, you should never neglect to offer rigorous training.

As a company owner, you don’t need to spend too much time in developing your HR management team. With your resources and professional team, your company will always be in good hands. It means that you can beat your competitors and always stand out among the rest. Take note that the duty of HR personnel is not too easy. With an effective human resource solution, they can increase the productivity of the company.

When do You Need a Financial Management Company on Your Side?

We live in a crazy world. Someone ought to sell tickets. It seems that people, especially those in the US, are always clamoring for products and services that they don’t need and ignoring those that they do. Financial Management is a prime example. Companies that provide financial management services are often inundated with requests from potential clients that really can’t benefit from their services while many people that should be using a financial manager of some kind are literally flying by the seat of their monetary pants without anyone to navigate for them.

So, how do you know when you need an accountant or financial manager of some kind working for you? Just ask yourself these questions:

o How many bank accounts do you have and what are the balances in each?

o How many investments do you have and what are their values?

If you couldn’t answer these questions without getting out files and statements to look up the answers, you may need to higher a company or individual to meet your financial management needs. If your bank accounts include a checking, savings, and maybe a CD or IRA account and you own ten shares of stock in some XYZ company, you probably don’t need a financial manager at this time.

Most reputable financial management companies will let you know up front whether you can benefit from their services. A few, however, will take on as many clients as they can, regardless of whether that client really needs a financial management team working for her.

Financial management companies can do a wonderful job of helping you turn your money into more of your money. Everyone would like to see a thousand of their favorite dollars become ten or twenty thousand of their favorite dollars. If, however, a thousand of your favorite dollars represents all of your dollars, you don’t need to worry about a financial manager at this time.