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Agent or Manager Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Agent or Manager. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Agent or Manager
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Agent or Manager Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Agents or Managers promote and plan the careers of artists working in the entertainment industry. They help the artists on their books to find the right engagements in the right places, to help further their careers.

The day-to-day work of an agent/manager includes:

• liaising with producers and directors, theatre or recording company managers and festival directors
• arranging auditions and press interviews
• booking engagements and negotiating fees
• drawing up contracts and keeping a record of each artist's work.

They usually work office hours, Monday to Friday, but may also work evenings and weekends. They are based in an office, but often travel to attend meetings, watch productions and attend events. These may sometimes involve staying away from home. Agents/managers spend a lot of time on the telephone, both when in and out of the office.

An agent or manager should:

• have an excellent knowledge of the entertainment business
• be confident, motivated and positive, with good communication skills
• be very well-organised and efficient, with good marketing and negotiating skills
• be flexible and able to respond quickly to changing situations
• have great enthusiasm for working in the entertainment business
• enjoy working long and hard to help develop the careers of artists.

Agents or Managers are employed by agencies, are self-employed or run their own agency. The business is highly competitive. There are no formal academic requirements. Some agents/managers have previously been entertainers themselves or worked their way up from a junior agency job. Employers usually prefer applicants with five GCSEs/S grades or a diploma from a performing arts school. There is no upper age limit.

Assistants and new staff at agencies are trained on the job. Relevant NVQs/SVQs are available in Cultural Venue Support and Administration, Artistic Programming and Management.

Promotion opportunities may occur in larger agencies, from an assistant to an agent/manager or other management roles within the agency. Some employees then move on to running their own agency. Self-employed agents/managers progress through becoming established in the business and gradually having more top performers on their books.

What does the role encounter?

Agents/managers promote and plan the careers of the artists they manage, who can be singers, musicians, actors, dancers, circus performers or anyone else working in the field of entertainment.

They market and promote the artists, to help them find the right engagements in the right places, to further their careers.

The work of an agent/manager usually includes:

• being aware of forthcoming productions, recordings, film or TV work appropriate to the artists they manage
• liaising with a range of people, including producers and directors, theatre or recording company managers, and festival directors
• arranging auditions for roles/recordings and interviews with the press
• planning and regularly updating diaries
• booking engagements and negotiating fees
• drawing up contracts to the mutual satisfaction of all parties
• regularly contacting the artists to discuss opportunities, activities and their requirements
• keeping a record of the artist's previous work, press cuttings, photographs, videos, CDs and DVDs
• seeking new artists to manage.

Agents or Managers spend a lot of time keeping up to date with the current situation in the entertainment world, possible opportunities for their artists, and plans for new productions and programmes. It can be frustrating and time-consuming trying to find the right openings for each artist, but very satisfying when their careers develop successfully.

What type of hours will I have to work?

Agents or Managers work from an office, usually 9.30am to 5.30pm or 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. They also work extra hours in the evenings and weekends, going to meetings, productions, concerts and other events. Although most work is done in well-equipped offices, agents/managers also attend meetings and performances in a variety of entertainment venues in different towns/cities. They spend a lot of their working time on the telephone, both when in and out of the office.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are only a guide. Agents or Managers earn their income by retaining a percentage of artists' fees. Estimated annual salary equivalents are:

• New agents/managers usually earn around £13,000 a year.
• More experienced ones can earn up to £25,000 or more.
• Very experienced, well-respected agents/managers can earn up to £40,000 or more.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have the following skills:

• have an excellent knowledge of the entertainment business
• be confident, motivated, positive and outgoing
• have good communication skills and a good telephone manner
• be very well-organised and efficient
• have good PR, marketing and negotiating skills
• be able to develop relationships with artists, producers and others in the business
• be flexible and able to respond quickly to changing situations
• have good foreign language skills, if working for an international agency.

What type of training will I receive?

Training for new staff in an agency is on the job, assisting and learning from experienced agents/managers. Degree courses usually last three years, HND courses two years. They include practical work and assessment, alongside academic work and examinations. Individual performing arts courses differ in length, according to the art form, school/college and course content. NVQs/SVQs are available in:

• Cultural Venue Support Level 2
• Cultural Venue Administration Level 3
• Artistic Programming Levels 3 and 4
• Management Levels 3 and 4.

Check with local colleges and training providers for details. The Agents' Association (Great Britain) operates a membership scheme, provides guidance and advice on running an agency, and organises social events for its members. The International Artist Managers' Association is a membership organisation, representing classical music artists and concert agents. It holds an annual, international conference and education seminars on topical subjects, such as artist management contracts, negotiating skills and new technologies.

Career Progression:

Opportunities may occur for new or assistant agents working for entertainment agencies to be promoted to an agent/manager or other management roles. Some move on to running their own agency. Progression for self-employed agents/managers and those running their own company depends on becoming well-established in the business, consistently providing top services for artists and gradually having more top performers on their books.

Are there similar types of job or related industries?

Yes this list is not exhaustive but see the following categories:

Arts Administrator
Circus Performer
Entertainment Manager
Popular Musician
Stage Manager.

Where can I find further information?

The Agents' Association for Entertainment Industry Agents (Great Britain), 54 Keyes House, Dolphin Square, London SW1V 3NA. 020 7834 0515. Website:

Equity (Trade Union for Artists/Entertainers) Guild House, Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EG. 020 7379 6000. Website:

International Artists Managers' Association (for classical music/concert performers), 23 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BN. 020 7379 7336. Website:

UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) website:

What trade magazines are available for this industry?

All of the following magazines and journals can be purchased from any good bookstore:

The Stage.

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