How to become a music manager: Colin Lester's story

Music managers look after all aspects of an artist's life to make sure they can produce their music in the best possible way.

They make sure artists get a good deal - whether it's a great spot on the radio or an excellent booking fee.

To hear a bit more about this job, we've spoken to Colin Lester. In 1999, Colin discovered and signed 18-year-old Craig David. With his debut song, Craig David went on to become the youngest male solo artist ever to achieve a number one single.

Scroll down for more information on skills, working hours and salary.

Colin Lester Music Manager

What skills do I need to be a music manager?

It goes without saying that you will need a passion for music and some knowledge of the wider music business. In addition, you'll need:

  • great organisational skills

  • financial knowledge and maths skills

  • negotiation and people skills

  • motivation, resilience and curiosity.

What to expect if you want to become a music manager

What will I get paid? Most music managers don't have a fixed salary. They work on commissions - typically 15% or 20% of an artist's income. Where will I work? You could be office or home-based but will also need to attend gigs and other events. What are the working hours like? Weekend and evening work is likely to be required, especially at the beginning of your career.

What qualifications do you need to be a music manager?

What qualifications do I need? None in particular, although a passion for music is essential and experience of the music industry would be beneficial.

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