A booking agent's primary responsibility is to assist artists and bands with finding gigs; paid and unpaid. Booking agents work with venue managers and actually secure the gig for artists and bands. Knowledge of the music business is a plus.
Tasks and Duties
A booking manager's tasks include negotiating payments with venues, securing slots for bands and artists and helping bands to promote gigs. Booking and organising radio and print press and communicating directly with the local radio, magazines and newspapers are also duties of a booking manager.
Qualifications and Training
There are no specific educational requirements for this job. However, most artists and bands will prefer a booking agent with lots of experience and a clientele list that consists of known artists and bands.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Booking agents should have the ability to effectively communicate orally and in written form, have experience in booking tours, and experience in promotion and marketing. Booking agents should also have knowledge of the music business.
Booking agents can make anywhere from £13,000 to £39,000 annually, according to SalaryExpert.com in July 2010. Salaries for a booking agent normally vary due to the amount of gigs they book, the amount of clients they deal with and the amount of money each gig pays.
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