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The Long Report - Part 1: Managers

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Jen Long Jen Long | 11:09 UK time, Wednesday, 17 February 2010

If you're reading this right now, then I'm hoping you're a new band, DJ, artist or whatever. If you've been working in the music industry for the last ten years then you're not going to need to listen to the below report, it's pretty basic stuff. But that's the point. It's the stuff that no one really tells you when you start out. The stuff it takes two years and twice as many mistakes to learn. Things like never trusting a manager who only has a Yahoo! email address, and never signing a contract with your mate's Dad just because he once was a roadie for Steely Dan. Hopefully it'll be of some use.

Over the next four weeks, Ill be giving you an insight into a variety of different parts of the music industry which might affect you as a new act. We'll be looking at publishing, booking agents and PR/plugging, but this week we're starting with management.

I spoke to Alex Bean, former manager of Marina and The Diamonds and gathered advice from UK bands like Pulled Apart By Horses, Kids in Glass Houses, Los Campesinos! and many more.

Bear in mind while you listen that this is just a very brief guide. There's a lot more to finding and working with a manger than we can fit into fifteen minutes but hopefully this will give you a good place to start. If you want to know more, check out the videos and articles in the BBC Introducing advice pages.

Jen Long is Broadcast Assistant for BBC Introducing in Wales with Bethan Elfyn.


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