How to Write a Strong Artist Management Resume (With Tips)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 6 June 2022

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A high-quality resume can help you secure an artist management role. Promoting your skills, experience and qualifications on your resume can impress an employer and encourage them to invite you for an interview. Your resume can also help you secure clients as a freelance artist manager. In this article, we explain how to write an artist manager's resume, share an example to help you create your own and list useful writing tips.

How to write an artist management resume

Here are the typical steps for writing an artist management resume:

1. List your contact details

Adding your full name and contact details to the top of your resume helps your recipient easily reach you for an interview. You can provide a landline number, mobile number, email address or any combination of these contact methods. You may also provide your city and state or territory. While sharing your location is optional, it may help you secure a job with a business or client based near you.

2. Write a compelling professional summary

Write two or three sentences that summarise who you are and what you hope to achieve in your career. A good professional summary encourages the recipient to keep reading your resume to learn more about you. You might include your short-term professional goals and the value you can bring to an artist or artist management firm.

3. Explain your work experience

List your work history in reverse chronological order to display your most recent and relevant jobs prominently. Jobs in the entertainment industry are the most relevant for artist managers. If you're new to the entertainment industry, you might include jobs that demonstrate transferable skills. Under each job title, note its location and the years you held the position, followed by a bullet-point list of duties and accomplishments.

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4. List key skills

Create a list of five to 10 skills that can help you successfully manage artists. If you're responding to a job advertisement, you can show your suitability for the role by using terms in the posting to describe your skills. Including a mix of hard and soft skills shows you're an effective manager who can build good connections with artists and entertainment industry contacts.

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5. Add relevant sections

Add relevant sections to showcase your experiences and skills. Here are some of the sections you might include:

  • Education: This is an important section for artist managers who pursued study after high school and those with limited work experience. Reverse chronological order places the most recent and relevant education first.

  • Awards and achievements: Note any awards and achievements you made outside your career. You might mention your own entertainment accomplishments and any achievements that show your leadership and management skills.

  • Hobbies and interests: This section can teach your recipient more about your personality. You might also use this section to show your interest in the type of artists you represent.

6. Conclude with a references section

A references section tells your recipient what to do if they want to speak to people who know you. You might state that references are available on request. You can also include a list of referees. This is a good approach if your referees are high-profile people in the entertainment industry who can vouch for your artist management skills. When listing referees, include each referee's full name, their relationship to you and their phone number. Three is a suitable number of referees.

Example of a resume for an artist manager job

Viewing examples of resumes for artist management jobs can help you write and format a similar resume. Here's a sample of a resume for an artist manager you can use as a guide:

Rebecca Spencer
Melbourne, Vic | 0402 460 463 | rspencer@email.com

Professional Summary

Dedicated artist manager with 15 years' experience in the music industry seeking to join a team of like-minded people. Passionate about promoting artists and building strong, long-term relationships with clients.

Work Experience

Freelance artist manager
Managing Sweaty Koalas, Jed Keys and Sunset Coastline, Melbourne, 2015–Current

  • booked and marketed first sold-out tour for Sweaty Koalas

  • booked Sunset Coastline on The Waves tour, which saw a 75% increase in streaming revenue

  • supported Jed Keys through personal issues, leading to his triumphant return with a sell-out tour

  • negotiated $3 million sponsorship deal between Jed Keys and Black and White Pianos

  • created Sweaty Koalas' popular NFTs which saw their subscriber base grow by 15%

Personal assistant
Assisting Jenny Star, Melbourne, 2010–2015

  • booked personal and professional appointments with zero scheduling conflicts

  • built relationships with client's manager, recording studio staff, touring crew, press, family members and friends

  • ran errands and sourced third-party assistance for client

Administration assistant
Kangaroo Records, Melbourne, 2007–2010

  • managed studio bookings and alerting executives of any conflicts and cancellations

  • supported the executive team with travel bookings and diary management

  • coordinated small meetings, including organising catering and equipment

Education

Diploma of Music Industry (Music Business)
Melbourne Vocational Education Australia, completed 2014

Certificate III in Music Industry (Music Business)
Melbourne Vocational Education Australia

Certificate IV in Business Administration
Melbourne Vocational Education Australia

Key skills

Relationship building, negotiation, schedule management, music industry knowledge, multitasking, organisation, budgeting, networking

Hobbies and interests

Seeing live music, discovering new musicians, eating out, fine wine, meeting new people

References

Jed Keys

0402 350 673

  • I have managed Jed Keys for five years, including during times when he faced personal issues that impacted his career.

Jenny Star

0418 046 240

  • I was Jenny's personal assistant from the time she signed her first record deal to when she left the industry.

Alvin Creswell

0411 684 563

  • Alvin was the chief executive of Kangaroo Records during my time at the label and we have continued our business relationship throughout my career.

Tips for writing an effective artist manager resume

Here are some tips for writing an artist manager resume that employers and clients notice:

Customise your resume for each role

Customising a basic artist manager's resume for each role can show you're suitable for that specific job. When writing a resume for an artist management job with an artist management firm, you may highlight your business acumen and results. When applying for jobs with artists, you may instead focus on your relationship-building skills and personal qualities.

You could also use the same terms as the job advertisement to describe your own skills and experience. This strategy makes it easy for employers you see your suitability at a glance. It can also help you pass through any applicant tracking systems (ATS) that show managers applications that best align with the roles requirements after scanning for keywords.

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Quantify your achievements

Quantifying your achievements on your resume can make them more engaging and impressive. Try to use statistics to support any claims about your accomplishments. This approach shows an employer your value, rather than simply telling them your worth.

Focus on achievements over duties

Artist managers have the opportunity to achieve a lot for artists in their careers. Your achievements are the most important experiences to promote, as they separate you from other artist managers. Your achievements also show your motivation to work hard for your artists, rather than simply performing the duties expected of you. Try to include as many achievements as possible in your work experience section to demonstrate what you can do for artists.

Related: How to List Achievements on Your Resume (With Examples and Tips)

Use a clear format

Clear formatting helps your recipient read and understand the information on your resume. A simple font, such as Calibri or Century Gothic, subheadings and bullet points helps your recipient's eyes move through your resume. Setting your margins to at least two centimetres creates enough white space for your resume content. Using bold type only for subheadings improves readability. Once you're satisfied with your formatting, saving your resume as a PDF retains your layout.

Proofread your resume

The best artist managers have keen attention to detail. Proofreading demonstrates this quality by helping you submit an error-free resume. While proofreading, look for spelling, grammatical and typographical errors you can correct. You may also reword phrases to make them actionable and more concise. Try to proofread at least a few hours after writing your resume to see it from a more objective point of view.

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