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The Road To Tour Management 2015

20th April 2015 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Venue: The Boardroom, PRS for Music


“Constructive, honest and humorous insight into a vague area of the music industry.”  Nigel Hosten, DJ/ Promoter

It was simply amazing! Andy was a great tutor and he was able to pass on his knowledge. I feel very well informed and would be capable of making first steps in the tour management area.  Maria Sophie Bissendorf, MOBO

“The practical information on tour management was second to none. I’ve never been given specific information and systems for TMs to use. The suggestions given helped pave the way for my own ideas to suit my situation etc….Andy was a great vat of knowledge and entertaining, even when going through more serious topics like budgeting & finance.” Lesley-Anne O’Brien, Onslaught Music


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. We’ll show you what to expect in venues and festivals in the UK and abroad, and how crossing a border from the UK to France can entirely alter the complexion and outcome of your tour. We’ll suggest you check your email at the festival site in The Netherlands before you head back to your hotel (the hotel wifi will be horrendous, the festival will have 90 Mbps download speeds), and let you know which countries merchandise customers will drive you crazy with their haggling. Will you become the band’s driver, accountant, merch-selller, production manager or psychologist?  Or all five? WHAT TO EXPECT: Tutored by Andy Inglis, this course is designed as a much-needed best-practice roadmap for tour management, drawing on Inglis’ two decades of experience in the live sector as tour manager (most recently Savages), artist manager (2014 Mercury Music Prize-nominated East India Youth) and respected co-creator and manager of London venue, The Luminaire.More on Andy here. This day-long course will start promptly at 10.00 hrs and end at 18.00 hrs – please arrive in time to register (09.30 hrs).  Light refreshments will be provided, but lunch is on you, for which you will have one hour to forage for food in the heart of London’s West End. 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

Why not buy annual membership (membership benefits here) for £45, reducing the course price to £99, saving £50 on the full price of £149 Students – see savings by becoming a student member


  • #mytourhell competition – MusicTank is calling for your touring hell stories!
  • Entries can be in the form of: a 60 sec video; an instagram photo; an illustration or a tweet. All entries must be made via the Twitter hashtag #mytourhell or  by midnight April 13th (@musictank).
  • The winner will be announced April 14th and receive a FREE place on their April 20th Tour Management course and a year’s free membership to MusicTank. All entrants will receive a 20% off promo to the course (subject to course availability).
  • Entries can be made by: tour managers; artists, musicians; bands; organisers; attendees etc …

NB: If the winner has already booked on to the course (due to limited availability) they will be fully refunded.


NOTES: Attendees will be sent an email reminder 5 working days prior to the course date.  MusicTank reserves the right to postpone and cancel courses where demand dictates. Our booking terms and conditions can be found here | General Enquiries

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