Keep trains running on time and traveling in the right direction.
Tour Managers do much of the prep work to ensure that a concert tour goes smoothly from city to city. Until the tour ends, a Tour Manager’s job is nonstop calls, scheduling, budgeting, and perhaps even a touch of babysitting.
If you’re a Tour Manager, you’ve worked with the Booking Agent to decide the tour route before the band sets foot in its first venue. Is it a West Coast tour, cross country tour, or international tour? Does it make more sense to use a tour bus or airplane? These are all questions that you help answer.
You confirm venues and hotel reservations. On top of checking dates and times, you also verify that all of the band’s requests will be met—everything from a bowl of blue M&Ms in the green room to Security Guards at every entrance.
While traveling, the band relies on you to act as a bridge between them and the local media. You take calls from television and radio stations, scheduling interviews and appearances. Additionally, you handle the tour’s finances. You budget all travel expenses (that is, hotel accommodations, airplane tickets, bus gas, etc.), and you’re responsible for managing the tour staff’s payroll.
Some bands will need you to take on the role of responsible adult. You make sure they’re never late for shows, interviews, and flights. Occasionally, you may even have to make sure they get some sleep by dragging them away from clubs and parties.
Your job isn’t always glamorous, but you get to travel, work in a creative industry, and make memories entertaining enough to tell your grandchildren.