How to be a successful tour manager

Andy Inglis returnerer til Oslo og gjør en ny forelesning om livet som tour manager, etter fullbooket kurs og trampeklapp da han sist besøkte byen i januar.

Tid: Onsdag 24. august 2016 fra kl 18-21
Sted: Kulturhuset (Laben), Youngstorget 3, 0181 Oslo
Kursavgift: Gratis for GramArts medlemmer / 200 kr for ikke-medlemmer
Påmelding: (velg «GramArt» under rabattordning dersom du er medlem)

Kurset vil bli holdt på engelsk. Arrangører er GramArt og MØST.

About this course
Andy Inglis returns to deconstruct the live industry, this time focusing on one of the most interesting, pertinent and specialised areas: Tour Management.

As one of those roles that people fall into without any experience, like artist management (which explains why there are so many bad tour and artist managers) this more than most is a vocation that needs someone with the right characteristics. But since most bands never reach the point of being able to afford one, it’s often left to the manager, or the least badly-organised member of the band to book the van, arrange the accommodation, and take care of getting paid each night.  And since every band – like every child – needs a different kind of parenting, there’s no one right way to tour manage.

The skills needed are eminently scalable, though as you move up the venue ladder, there’s a whole lot more equipment and bodies to move around increasingly far-flung countries, which means a whole lot more ways to screw up.  Like booking a set of flights to Berlin, forgetting you did it, and booking them again a week later.  Or flying the band into Manchester for a festival on the wrong day…

Whether you want to be a TM, or you’re the manager assuming those responsibilities, or simply the only member of the band who’s got decent wifi and can liaise with the promoters (!) this one-day course will prepare you for the all the things you hadn’t thought of, and set you straight about all the things you had.

Accounting, advancing, merchandising, sound engineering, driving, and whether or not to declare all the merch you’ve stuffed into the guitar cases on your US customs declaration: we’ll lay bare what’s needed to bring the band home in one piece, both physically and psychologically, and let you decide if you’re fit for purpose, before you get 50 miles from Chicago and realise you’ve left the drum kit in Toronto.

Will you become the band’s driver, accountant, merch-selller, production manager or psychologist?  Or all five?

Is this for you?
This course is open to anyone working in the live sector, in particular:
• those contemplating a career as tour manager
• artists, musicians and bands needing to take on tour management responsibilities OR wanting the knowledge to successfully appoint a tour manager
• artist managers similarly taking on this additional role OR looking to further their knowedge in order to take on a tour manager

About Andy Inglis
Andy Inglis is an Artist Manager, Tour Manager, Mentor and Lecturer in the Live Music Industry. His career started in Scotland in 1990, DJing and running raves around the country. He began managing bands and small electronic labels, moving to London in 1997 to continue the work.

In 2005 he co-founded The Luminaire which won London Venue of The Year and UK Venue of The Year in the first two years. He booked Quart – Norway’s biggest and oldest music festival – and spent two years travelling the world with Savages as their Tour Manager.

He now does the same for Mercury Prize-nominated artist East India Youth on XL Recordings, whom he also manages, alongside rapper/producer Denzel Himself, improvisational pianist Tom Rogerson, composer John Uren and artist and sound designer Novo Amor. He is International Advisor for artist Jenny Hval and has set up an initiative to help young women into the music industry. He would ban guest lists, encores, cover versions, jazz-funk and Nestlé chocolate.