What kind of representation do you need? Let’s start with finding out if you know the difference between a manager and a booking agent?

A booking agent work is to find gigs for you and will typically charge between a 10 and up to 20% of your gross income. All depends on the deal, contract, and your level of notoriety.

A manager, on the other hand, will oversee your entire business, that means endorsements, promotion, PR, bookings, merchandise, and all other derivative business. They will usually require a large percentage of your gross income, but they'll be doing a lot of the strategic and execution of running your business.

The question now becomes, do you need an agent or a manager? Here is what DIY musician advice,

Booking agents work off commissions. In other words, they will get between 10% and 20% of the revenue from shows they book. If you’re only making a few hundred dollars a night, it’s probably not worth their efforts – they need to pay the rent too after all! On the other side of the equation, if you’re only making a few hundred dollars, you probably can’t afford to give up 10% or 20%! As you can see, booking agents would rather work with bands that have a proven track record of filling larger venues and theaters.”

If you feel that you are ready for a manager, check out this article at the balance careers website, before you make the decision.

Once again, this is a business, and we all want to go home happy and pay bills.

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