Booking Manager

Book performers, theatrical productions, nightclub acts and concert series.
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Salary Range
$40,000 – $114,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Booking Managers do?

Books performers, theatrical or ballet productions, variety or nightclub acts, concert or lecture series, trade shows, or other popular or classical attractions for entertainment in various establishments, such as theaters, showplaces, clubs, or halls: Schedules attractions for season, considering such factors as entertainment policy, budget, and tastes of patrons of particular establishment represented. Negotiates with booking representatives or producers of attractions to arrange terms of contract, play dates, and fees to be paid for engagements. Auditions new talent. Arranges for billing in accordance with contract agreement. Books motion pictures for exhibit into theater chains or independent houses. Selects and rents pictures to be exhibited on basis of potential box-office sales, cast of players, advertising allotment allowed by distributor, and similar factors. May specialize in in-house bookings and be designated according to establishment as Concert Or Lecture Hall Manager; Showplace Manager. May specialize in independent bookings and be designated according to type of talent or of entertainment package represented and placed as Artists’ Booking Representative; Theatrical Variety Agent. May specialize in rental and distribution of motion pictures and be designated Film Booker. May represent popular or rock musical groups only and be designated Band Booker. When sponsoring, managing, and producing an entertainment, may be designated Impresario.

Should I be a Booking Manager?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Band Booker, Band Manager, Booking Agent, Film Booker, Manager, Boxer, Picture Booker

    How to become a Booking Manager

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