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PRB Media are launching for 2017, Music, Film & TV seminars with selected entertainment courses and induction day’s. The seminars / induction days are focused for colleges, schools, music students, aspiring music artists, creative people, producers, directors & bands who are looking to learn the basics or build on their experience and gain more of an in-depth working knowledge of the entertainment industry, with news, views & help from industry guest speakers, governing bodies, with a guide to the first steps of becoming a music manager, film producer, film & TV director, songwriter, musician or publicist. The seminars will take place within Southampton, Portsmouth & London quarterly, the next seminar will be held in Southampton around October 2017, check the website for further details.

The team behind the seminars have extensive experience in the entertainment industry, all coming from major & independent labels, UK tours and festivals, publishing, Sync for the film & TV sector & Grammy award wining writers / producers. The creator of these seminars also developed new deal for the media with the UK Government to give people a much better understanding of the media and entertainment industry, this program went on to be awarded 2 years running with (IOD) Institute of Directors & (HP) Hewlett Packard for entrepreneur of the year.

The seminars are in place to help each person to navigate your way through the entertainment industry, while discussing key areas of the industry sectors including, Live, Digital, Promotions, Finance, Public Relations, Festivals, Management, Publishing, Marketing, Digital Social media, Production. With advice and support in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

For any questions and further information – Please email the team, who will be very happy to help you. The next seminar will be held in Southampton around October 2017,check the website for further details or email the team.

seminars@prbmedia.co.uk

 

Now that you’ve got a solid band or artist, and some songs to back you up it’s time to look for a manager. Of course, you could try managing your own band, but if you want to get places and make money, searching out a good music manager is absolutely essential. 
 
The band manager’s responsibilities include financial planning, publicity and marketing and acting as your personal adviser in all band/artist-related business ventures. There are many qualities you can look for when looking for an excellent manager—someone who will stand by your band and help you find success within the music & entertainment industry.
 
 
1. Experience
 
When you’re first starting off you may come across or be approached by potential managers looking to get into the music business. While it’s always great to help a friend out, you need someone with the experience and knowledge of how to make it in the music business. Music management covers everything from booking your tours to making sound business decisions, choosing your label to helping you pick out the right songs to put on an album—and everything in between.Check your potential manager’s roster and experience, and see what other artists they’ve managed or are currently managing. Ask a lot of questions about their plans and aspirations for your band, and make sure they’re not just talking out of their backside, you know what i mean.
 
 
2. Trustworthiness
 
Your music manager will take care of nearly everything for you, from transportation to bookings, shows, PR, legal etc. Choose someone you feel good about, and know that you can trust with your career. If you’re not 100 per cent sure, keep looking. The trust factor has to be mutual for this relationship to work. Some of this you can rely on gut instinct, and some of it you can attribute to the above category: ‘experience’. Ask yourself if this is the person you’d trust to run your life for you, transport you around the world, and book packed shows. Do they seem humble, but able to stand their ground against pushy salespeople and promoters? See how they conduct other business relationships.
 
 
3. Enthusiasm
 
Your manager will act at times as part of the band, helping you to pick songs for the album as well as marketing your product! You want someone who is excited to be there, and is interested in the music you’re making. Your music manager’s input, especially if they have experience in the business, can be essential in getting radio play or press coverage this in its self can help break the band/artist. A great manager wants to be there with you every step of the way, kind of like a dad, in a way.
 
 
4. Well-Connected 
 
This can tie into experience. A music manager with good connections in the music industry will not only get your career going faster but will also lend to better publicity, and ins for live performances. They should be able to find you a studio, a booking agent, PR rep or a gig without any wasted time. Someone with good connections, and this means good connections and not just being able to rattle off a list of names, will be able to find you opportunities you would not be able to find yourself, so think carfuly.
 
 
5. A Good Human Being
 
This factor can often be overlooked when choosing a music manager. Someone who is a good human being, is liked by people and is accessible and approachable signifies a person who will be trustworthy and reliable. Oftentimes a band manager will step in and act as the cheerleader, psychiatrist and shoulder to cry on, and someone who does this well will make your whole team feel closer. A close knit team is solid and can withstand hardships to push on to success.
 
 
6. Financially Responsible
 
Pick a manager who knows how to handle finances, above all else. Many, many bands have unfortunately lost a lot of money because of irresponsible financial management. This includes everything from signing with a label, to touring and recording expenses, to their own cut in your income. A music manager makes their money from part of your income. If you don’t see any money, then they shouldn’t either. Do not get wheeled and dealed into some contract that offers them more than you receive, this is NOT good business.
 
 
7. Firm Business Person
 
Experience will bring a manager knowledge of how to make sound and profitable business decisions. Personal traits, education and good business instincts may be the difference between your band making it or breaking up. Make sure your manager is not a push over, or has the overeager need to please—unless it’s you they’re dealing with. Choose a manager who knows how to get what they want, where they want and when they want it. Negotiation skills are key.Above all, you want a manager who will work with you and has your best interests at heart. This can be a lifelong relationship, so think of your manager like family. How will they fit in and lead your group to success? By looking for these seven essential traits and skills you’ll be on your way to not only making great music, but great music that everyone hears.
 
 
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