The caricature of the hard-nosed music manager waging epic, legally dubious battles on behalf of their clients is a far cry from today's reality. Talented managers must negotiate a shifting set of business relationships and income sources to further their artists' careers. Sit down with managers and share their strategies.
BEN DICKEY is the founder and owner of Constant Artists, an artist management firm based in Los Angeles, CA. Current Constant clients include Spoon, Explosions in the Sky, Mates of State, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Okkervil River, and RZA.
RICH SCHAEFER works for The Artists Organization and oversees all aspects of touring for clients John Legend, Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, Matisyahu, Portugal. The Man and The Middle East and is actively involved with the overall strategic planning for each of the TAO clients.
SIMON HENDERSON is an artist manager and caffeine addict who in 2008 traded booking arena shows in Scotland for a fresh start in New York and has since built a diverse roster of forward thinking independent artists including Bear In Heaven, Oberhofer and BRAHMS.
VINCENT IWINSKI manages Umphrey's McGee, a Chicago based rock sextet whose approach to music-making and marketing have received international accolades over the past thirteen years. Vincent is one of the most forward thinking managers of a true DIY success story, building the bands businesses in publishing, web development, marketing, album releases and distribution, concert and festival production, merchandise creation and fulfillment, TV and radio placement, and much more.
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