Thread: Manager VS Agent VS Producer
06-22-2005, 11:20 AM #1
Manager VS Agent VS Producer
I was hoping someone could fill me in on a little bit of information...
Let's say there is a singer, any famous singer, Shania Twain, Avril, or even any band...
There are usually key people involved in the whole procedure and process of the beginning part, and the maintaining part of a singers new career.
Could someone please tell me the core responsibilities of the Manager, the Agent and the Producer, and the differences between there jobs?
I mean basic things are sorta obvious, like the Manager takes care more of the business aspect. The agent is the representative, the people person. And the producer takes care of the music itself and all it's aspects.
However, could someone go into much more detail on this? Or if perhaps they know a good website which has this information, that would be great.
06-22-2005, 11:31 AM #2
this is like online exorcist first nathan then you.......
06-22-2005, 11:35 AM #3
Responsibilities & Duties: Music producers work in a recording studio or in film, television, and/or radio. A producer must have the ability to see the "big picture." He or she is responsible for bringing together the many people whose contributions make the musical event possible. Specific tasks include matching an artist to a particular repertoire, overseeing production, and, when necessary, finding financial backing for a project.
Preparation & Qualifications: Most people come to careers in music production through other music-related experiences. Producers may start off as composers, musicians, or recording engineers. Coursework that may be applicable to an eventual career as a producer includes music theory, business, and accounting.
Other Considerations: Music producers are by definition expert problem solvers and decision makers. They must have excellent managerial skills, as well, and be able to delegate tasks.
Legally, an agent is someone who has authority to create legal relations between a person known as a "principal" (in this case an artist) and others. Put simply, this means letting someone act for you. Just using the word “agent” does not mean that the person using it is legally recognised as an agent.
In NSW, the Entertainment Industry Act 1989 (NSW) and the Entertainment Industry Regulation 1995 (NSW) regulate the relationship between performers (including any actor, singer, dancer, acrobat, model, musician or other performer of any kind) and their representatives, including entertainment industry agents. An entertainment industry agent, under this Act, is a person who, for financial benefit, carries out any one or more of the following entertainment industry activities on behalf of a performer:
seeking or finding work opportunities for the performer;
negotiating the terms of an agreement for, and the conditions of, a performance;
finalising arrangements concerning the payment of the performer;
negotiating arrangements relating to the attendance of the performer at a performance;
administering the contract of the performer with an entertainment industry employer;
Entertainment Managers and Management Companies
There are different types of managers in the entertainment business. The most common ones are personal managers, road managers and business managers. Unlike agents, managers are unlikely to have a large stable of artists. This is because managers tend to have more in depth involvement in the artist's career and day to day activities. Managers counsel and advise the artist on virtually all aspects of the artist's career. Personal managers work closer and on a more personal basis with the artist than their counterpart, the agent, who hustles and fields the employment opportunities. Depending on your State's laws, it may or may not be legal for a manager to seek employment opportunities for you.
Personal managers are usually paid a commission of the artist's gross receipts. This commission, which many times may escalate depending on the artist's success, may be anywhere from 10 to 25 percent and is in addition to reimbursement of the personal manager's travel and outer out-of-pocket expenses.
The duties of a personal manager may include the following:
Deal with the artist's publicity, public relations and advertising,
Choose, secure and work with booking agents,
Set up merchandising,
Counsel the artist on what types of employment to accept,
Develop a long range plan for the artist's development,
Shield the artist from distracting and often bogus offers and solicitations,
Offer financial advice,
Work with the artist's accountant's and/or attorneys,
In some instances, act as liaison with record companies,
Hire and supervise a road manager to travel with touring artists.
Road managers travel with the artist and handle numerous business transactions and matters that occur during an artist's tour. Although the personal manager may hire a road manager, the artist pays the road manager separately from the personal manager. This pay varies but usually is not done so on a commission basis. Where a personal manager an agent may set up and plan an artist's routing or tour schedule, the road manager's job is to execute the plan.
The duties of a road manager may include the following:
Set up transportation,
Book hotel rooms,
Organize and supervise daily activities,
Deal with last minute details and schedule changes,
Set up the logistics of a tour including staging, sound and lights,
Collect fees and/or percentages from venues.
Successful artists usually retain business managers. These managers are often accountants and/or tax attorneys that are employed to deal with all of the artist's financial undertakings. More specifically, a business manager will collect the artists earnings, pay all the artist's employees (including managers) and manage the artist's financial investments. Further, a business manager will monitor and document an artist's transactions and counsel an artist as to the effects and tax consequences of an artist's affairs. Business managers are compensated by way of flat fee, commission or salary. If paid by commission, business managers receive anywhere from 2 to 6 percent of the artist's gross receipts.
06-22-2005, 12:42 PM #4
Wow, thanks a bunch Maraxus, this clears up a ton!
06-22-2005, 12:54 PM #5Originally Posted by IronFreakX
06-22-2005, 03:41 PM #6
you're still alive???
06-23-2005, 01:10 AM #7Originally Posted by Red Ketchup
How you all doing? Any of the "oldies" even left???
06-23-2005, 01:11 AM #8
damn man it's been a long ass time, you back for awhile?
06-23-2005, 09:13 AM #9Originally Posted by symatech
Nice to be back...
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