Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Managing a country music artist is more than just being a manager. You're a manager, a marketer, sometimes a booking agent, and more often than not a therapist.
I am an independent artist manager located in Nashville, TN. I manage an independent regional artist who is working his way towards a record deal. It's just me and my artist working the music industry game together. I'm constantly scouring socials for the new hot thing coming out of Nashville, watching what everyone else is doing, and trying to stay ahead of the game with something new.
I can provide you with a raw sense of what making it in Nashville consists of, what is really important when it comes to finally getting that #1 song, and what kind of education you do or in most cases, do not need.
Because I operate independently I can also share the pros and cons of not having a corporate company behind your name. Everyone's path is different and one thing I can tell you for sure is there is no for sure path to success in this industry. Hard work and tenacity will be the two things you need to stick to.
My country music career started in 2010 when I moved to Nashville to intern at CMT. After that I interned at ASCAP and shortly after I met the artist I currently manage. I road managed and day-to-day managed him for two years before quickly burning out on the road.
For the next two years I worked as a music publisher for a successful songwriter/producer. I worked with incredibly talented songwriters and artists and that position helped me most with extending my Nashville network.
I felt pulled back towards management in the middle of 2015. Because the artist I was wanting to manage did not have a major deal the odds of me signing with a major management company were slim. I decided to take the leap of faith, quit my stable publishing job, and independently manage. In addition to managing, I currently do publicity, booking, marketing, tour logistics, and .....well, everything. My artist and I do everything together, as a team.
The music business is just that - a business. I am reminded of that fact every day. I don't just sell my artist's music; I sell my artist. Marketing knowledge is essential and you have to know how to sell.
This business can be heart wrenching some days but most days I'm just incredibly thankful to be in an industry where I get to do what I love and help people achieve their dreams.