What is it like to be... a tour manager?

Tour managers make sure that the right people and equipment are in the right place at the right time.

We've spoken to Meredith Peterson, Tour Manager for The Charlatans, to learn more about her job. Meredith studied Events Management in Manchester and started working at festivals and events, such as Parklife and Moovin Festival, straight after graduating.

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

Meredith Peterson talks about her life as a tour manager.

What skills do I need to be a tour manager?

A great way to start is to volunteer at gigs or festivals. This should also give you a feel for the job and whether it's for you. If it is, these are some of the skills that will come in handy:

  • maths and budgeting skills
  • organisational skills
  • flexibility and the ability to think on your feet
  • people management skills
  • general music production and engineering knowledge.

The lowdown

What will I get paid? This depends on your experience. An average salary is around £25,000, although the work is mostly seasonal, so you might only be paid a proportion of this to cover the time that you actually work (this type of pay is also known as pro-rata).

Where will I work? The planning phase of a festival or big tour can take a long time and you'll most likely be office-based for this part, but once you're on the road you could be away from home for months.

What are the working hours like? You could find yourself working very long hours in the lead-up to a tour. Work is often seasonal though and summer could be especially hectic.

What qualifications do I need? None in particular, but some events management experience would be very useful.

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