A management contract is likely to be one of the first that you will sign in your career in the music industry. More often than not you will be approached by a manager at a gig it is very tempting to just sign up with them there and then. However over the years there have been scores of high-profile cases between artists and their managers Gilbert O’sullivan, Joan Armatrading and Elton John are just three artists who have found themselves in disputes. It is therefore important that the manager you are working with is right for you, this is very much a personal decision based upon how you get along however you also need to consider the manager’s credentials. It is prudent to talk to other artists they have managed and any other contacts you may have in order to ascertain the manager’s experience and skill.
As for the contract itself the following are some of the main terms that you need to consider: