Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

How to Become a Band Tour Manager

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If you love music, are detail-oriented and love to travel, this could be the perfect job for you.

Tour managers are the ones who make any music tour logistically possible. They’re working hard, literally behind the scene, to make sure the show runs smoothly.

If you love music, are detail-oriented and love to travel, this could be the perfect job for you.

Your Day To Day Tasks Will Include:

  • Working with promoters and venues to make sure everything is in place
  • Keeping everyone on schedule
  • Handling the money, budgeting costs and income
  • Making hotel and travel arrangements
  • Fielding calls from local media and radio stations
  • Managing guest lists
  • Acting as a point of contact in case of any crises

Where to Study:

You can get trained at schools like:

What else do I need?

Because you’re going to be on the road a lot, you need a personality that allows for the lifestyle. Those who get home sick need not apply.

You will also need a calm demeanor, as you will have to often act as the voice of reason in a madhouse of other people at the venues.

Where the Jobs Are

As long as there are bands, there will be tours, and there will be tour managers. Larger city centres will yield a better chance of getting hooked up with a band. Networking, no matter what city you’re in, will always be your best source of job leads.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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  1. Daisey Says:

    i will try to become a tour manager in the future, but i still have a ways to go before i can. so thanks for making this article to give me hope (:

  2. Tour Manager Says:

    Check out the new book by Mark Workman, One for the Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager at Road Crew Books.



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