What Does a Tour Manager Do?
Fancy a life on the road with your favorite artist or DJ? Maybe a tour manager could be the career choice for you.
A good Tour Manager wears many hats. The Tour Manager is responsible for making sure an artists tour runs smoothly. They look after everything from ensuring the band / artist is fed and arrives to the gig on time to making sure the stage is set up and the equipment spec is met.
Tour managers work alongside booking agencies, artists managers venues and promoters to organise every detail of an artist tour.
Typically a tour managers main focus will be on the transportation, scheduling, and the financial aspects of an artist’s tour but their responsibilities can be far wider ranging.
Check out the brilliant infographic below which was created by The Flight Case Company for more on what a tour manager might get up to in a normal day!
How do you become a tour manager?
Tour management jobs are fairly often advertised on job sites but the best route to becoming a tour manager is networking. Tour managers will often have started from another position in the music industry, played in a band or working in a venue.
It’s a tough job with very long hours and often with short or temporary contracts. A good knowledge of live music setups can really help and a lot of patience and great organizational skills are required to deal with the stress of life on the road.