Until an artist or a band can afford to hire people to do the jobs required of a successful artist, they will have perform those responsibilities themselves.  An artist does not need a manager until there is something to manage.  What the manager will be managing are the businesses of the artist and their relationships with labels, publishers, agents, and others involved in what the artist or band does, including making recordings, writing songs, producing videos, performing, and licensing their intellectual property.  The video below will give you an overview of the responsibilities and of some the members of the “artist’s team”.  It is often difficult to convince an artist that he or she should have a thorough understanding of their businesses before they ask someone else to run them.

The infographic below will allow you see the some of the possible members of an artist’s team.  If you would like to hear a description of these positions, click the audio file below.