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Special Events Officer (Seasonal) – East Loop – All Shifts
ID 2013-1177 Eligibility to Work in the U.S. Required Yes
Job Location US-IL-Chicago
Required Education High School Diploma/GED
Type Seasonal
Qualifications:
Education and/or Experience: High School diploma or general education degree (GED).
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Valid PERC or the ability to obtain/maintain a PERC
through IDFPR. Ability to pass pre-employment drug screen and criminal background
check. Although a valid IL
driver’s license is not required for this position, having/maintaining a valid IL driver’s
license along with a satisfactory DMV history does increase your targeted assignment
area within a selected business portfolio, in addition to allowing for your assignment at
a facility for which a vehicular mobile patrol is required.
Language Skills: Must have the ability to read, write, speak, and understand English.
Foreign
language speakers are especially welcome and considered a plus.
Other Qualifications: All candidates chosen must be able to work a varied work
schedule – as the days get warmer, the workload becomes busier. You will be obligated
to maintain a working telephone number and accurate residential information
throughout your employment, so we may be able to contact you as needed.
Physical Demands: The physical demands are based on the contract and must be met
by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Candidates
must be able to stand for extended periods of time; be able to lift, push, and/or pull at
least 50lbs.; be able to accommodate foot patrols on the interior & exterior of the
assigned facilities; be able to perform assigned duties regardless of inclement weather.
Salary & Benefits: Compensation is between $10.00 and $11.00 per hour and potential
for full-time employment. Skills-enhancing training and opportunities for career growth
and promotion.
EOE/M/F/D/V
Apply online at https://careers-titansecurity.icims.com/jobs/1177/job

Part Time Flex Officer – Chicago – All Shifts
ID 2013-1165 Eligibility to Work in the U.S. Required Yes
Job Location US-IL-Chicago
Required Education High School Diploma/GED
Type Regular Part-Time
Responsibilities:
•Train and qualify to work assigned post. Understands the specific and general post
instructions for that assigned post. Maintain practical knowledge of all additional and
emergency post instructions that are called for by the client. •Provide excellent
Customer Service to all parties encountered while on duty. •Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
Education and/or Experience: High School diploma or general education degree (GED)
and 1 year prior satisfactory employment as a security officer or directly related
experience. Must be at least 20 years of age.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Ability to acquire and maintain a valid Illinois
PERC, including state accredited training requirements, driver’s license as applicable.
Language Skills: Must have the ability to read, write, speak, and understand English.
Bi-lingual considered a plus.
Other Qualifications: Ability to pass pre-employment drug screen and criminal
background check. Must maintain a working telephone number though which we can
contact you.
Physical Demands: The physical demands are based on the contract and must be met
by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. A list of
these job duties is inclusive of, but not limited to: candidates must be able to stand for
extended periods of time; be able to lift, push, and/or pull at least 50 lbs.; be able to
accommodate foot patrols on the interior & exterior of the assigned facility; be able to
perform assigned duties regardless of inclement weather.
Salary & Benefits: Compensation is between $9.00 and $11.00 per hour based on
experience, plus paid time off, medical insurance, dental insurance, paid holidays, and
pension/retirement benefits. Skills-enhancing training and opportunities for career
growth and promotion.
EOE/M/F/D/V
Apply online at https://careers-titansecurity.icims.com/jobs/1165/job

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Unarmed Security Officer – Loop – Day/Afternoon Shifts
ID 2013-1142 Eligibility to Work in the U.S. Required Yes
Job Location US-IL-Chicago
Required Education High School Diploma/GED
Type Regular Full-Time
Responsibilities:
•Train and qualify to work assigned post. Understands the specific and general post
instructions for that assigned post. Maintain practical knowledge of all additional and
emergency post instructions that are called for by the client. •Maintain clear, accurate
logs pertaining to people or property including packages. •Provide excellent Customer
Service to all parties encountered while on duty. •Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Education and/or Experience: High School diploma or general education
degree (GED) and 1 year prior satisfactory employment as a security officer or directly
related experience. Must be at least 20 years of age.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Ability to acquire and maintain a valid Illinois
PERC, including state accredited training requirements.
Language Skills: Must have the ability to read, write, speak, and understand English.
Bi-lingual considered a plus.
Other Qualifications: Ability to pass pre-employment drug screen and criminal
background check. Must maintain a working telephone number though which we can
contact you.
Physical Demands: The physical demands are based on the contract and must be met
by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. A list of
these job duties is inclusive of, but not limited to: candidates must be able to stand for
extended periods of time; be able to lift, push, and/or pull at least 50 lbs.; be able to
accommodate foot patrols on the interior & exterior of the assigned facility; be able to
perform assigned duties regardless of inclement weather.
Salary & Benefits: Compensation is between $10.00 and $11.00 per hour based on
experience, plus paid time off, medical insurance, dental insurance, paid holidays, and
pension/retirement benefits. Skills-enhancing training and opportunities for career
growth and promotion.
EOE/M/F/D/V
Apply online at https://careers-titansecurity.icims.com/jobs/1142/job

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The City Of Chicago is Hiring!

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Job Description

LABORER – APPRENTICE

Job Number:

243622

Description

LABORER – APPRENTICE-$21.72

 

These are seasonal positions

 

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

 

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS  

(Oncethe website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)

 

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”,CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER).

 

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION.

 

Department of Water Management

 

These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA – LOCAL 1092 (BARGAINING UNIT #53).   

Total Vacancies: 81

 

The City of Chicago has partnered with the Water Pipe Extension, Bureau of Engineering Laborers’ Local 1092 to establish a training program that combines 360 hours of class room training and instruction with 3,800 hours of paid on-the- job training (OJT) and work experience

Positions attend classroom instruction through the Chicagoland Laborers Training and Apprentice Center, and are not paid by the City for the hours of classroom instruction.

Upon successful completion of the training program, positions are awarded a certificate of completion of the Laborers’ Training Program by LiUNA Local Union 1092. A subcommittee of representatives from Local 1092 and city departments overseeing the training program will certify the completion of all program requirements for each position.

 

DUTIES:

 

  • Under immediate supervision, receives on the job training and is assigned tasks that will increase his/her knowledge and skills of construction laborer duties.
  • Performs unskilled physically demanding labor at construction, maintenance, and repair project sites of public facilities or in the public way including streets and roadways, water distribution structures, sewer/drainage structures, bridges, and viaducts. and
  • Complete 360 hour formal training program of classroom instruction
  • Complete 3, 800 hours of paid on-the-job training (OJT) under the guidance and direction of a Construction Laborer
  • Learn how to safely prepare work sites, digging and backfilling trenches and tunnel and shaft excavations
  • Learn how to safely remove dirt and clear obstructions from around work areas (e.g. catch basins, valve basins, water and electrical vaults, manholes)
  • Learn how to safely set braces and shoring equipment and drive sheeting to support the sides of excavations and prevent cave-ins
  • Learn how to safely dismantle concrete and masonry retaining and bearing walls
  • Learn how to safely operate and maintain pneumatic tools (e.g. jack hammers, concrete/pavement breakers, sandblasters, clay spades) in the performance of tasks including breaking out old pavement, curbs and gutters
  • Learn how to safely use hand tools (e.g. shovels, picks, sledgehammers) in the performance of  tasks including removing rock in underground tunnels
  • Apply knowledge obtained through classroom instruction including safety procedures and practices for trenching and excavation; pipe laying; concrete placement and mason tending
  • Apply skills obtained through classroom instruction including the safe and proper use of pneumatic tools; the building and dismantling of scaffolds; and the safe and proper operation of various construction equipment
  • Assist skilled trades workers in readying and supplying needed tools, equipment and materials
  • Assist Construction Laborers in performance of laborer tasks including loading and unloading materials and equipment from trucks; lifting and placing materials (e.g. pipes, valves, castings) into trenches using pipe sticks, ropes and dollies, and setting up barricades, safety cones, and street plates around work sites
  • Performs related duties as required.

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

 

Location:  Varies

Days Off:   Varies

Shift:         Varies

Hours:       Varies

 

 

 

THESE POSITIONS ARE SEASONAL

Qualifications

Willingness and ability to perform the job duties. Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

  

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Exposure to outdoor weather conditions
  • Exposure to loud noise, fumes or dust, oily or wet environment
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions (e.g. construction sites, heavy machinery)
  • Work performed above or below ground level
  • Work performed using scaffolds and ladders

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Heavy lifting (up to 100 pounds) is required
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended or continuous periods of time
  • Ability to quickly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with one’s body, arms, and/or legs
  • Ability to operate applicable hand tools, power tools, and equipment
  • Ability to access difficult to enter spaces (e.g. trenches, tunnels, cramped quarters)

NOTE: Successful candidates must pass a drug screen, background investigation, physical and required pre-employment exams.

 

NOTE: This position requires candidate(s) to complete a Willing and Able  questionnaire.  Candidate(s) who affirmatively answer the Willing and Able questionnaire will be evaluated for further consideration.

 

NOTE: You must provide valid proof of age at time of processing.

VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE:  The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge.  Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented.  In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service.  For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationery stating dates of service and character of service.  For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationery verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.

 

CPS GRADUATE PREFERENCE NOTE:  The City of Chicago offers a CPS Graduate Preference to high school graduates from the Chicago Public School system.  In order to receive the CPS Graduate Preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a CPS high school graduate by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you a high school graduate of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and do you want to be considered for this preference?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your high school graduation from a Chicago Public High School.  You must attach a copy of your high school transcripts or diploma from a Chicago Public High School.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the CPS Graduate Preference.

 

Evaluation:  Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant.  No second party applications will be accepted.

 

Residency Requirement:  An employee must be an actual resident of the City of Chicago. Proof of residency will be required at the time of employment.

APPLY HERE

If you are disabled and require a reasonable accommodation to file your application, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources at 312-744-4976, TTY: 312-744-5035.  You will be required to provide information regarding your request.

 

ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY AND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT

City of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Need a Job? BNSF Railway is Hiring

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Job Posting Title
Trainmaster (Terminal) – Chicago Complex
Start Date
01/26/2013
Reference Code
e2681f03-b0a8-92f1-b7f0-00505681011a
Job Title
Trainmaster (Terminal) – Chicago Complex
Company
BNSF Railway operates one of the nation’s largest rail networks, with approximately 32,000 route miles in 28 states across
the western two-thirds of the United States. BNSF is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. For more than 160 years we have
proudly served our customers by safely and efficiently delivering commodities such as coal, grain, steel and consumer
products. The dedication, talent and creativity of our 40,000 employees have helped distinguish BNSF as an innovative and
progressive leader within the transportation industry. To learn more about our company, our culture and our opportunities,
please visit us online at www.bnsf.com/careers.
BNSF is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.
Department
Anticipated Close Date: February 1, 2013
Anticipated Start Date: March 16, 2012
Work Location: Chicago Complex
Benefits: BNSF Employees receive a competitive benefit package.
Salary: Salary Band 29
Applicants will be notified by email regarding potential orientation, testing and interviews for this position.
Please check your email on a daily basis.
Tasks
DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist in implementing policy and the execution of the operating plan. Supervise TY&E employees and plan daily train and
switching operations consistent with safety and efficiency. Conduct operations tests and safety meetings. Monitor and
control costs to meet goals. Investigate accidents and injuries. Insure compliance with BNSF’s equal employment policies,
safety and operating rules, schedule agreements, and Government regulations.
Position will require shift, holiday, and weekend work.
The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for the
position. These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position.
Requirements
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
• Must possess a working knowledge of operating rules and schedule agreements applicable to the TY&E crafts.
•Must be currently certified as a BNSF First Line Supervisor (FLS).
• Individual must also possess leadership and organizational skills as well as excellent working knowledge of day-to-day
railroad operations and practices.
• Must possess strong TSS & TSS Xpress system knowledge.
• Position requires a motivated, self-directed individual with excellent organizational skills and a strong work ethic.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Prior terminal and/or road operations experience is preferred.
• Supervisory experience is preferred.
• Knowledge of federal regulations (OSHA, EPA, FRA, and EEO) is preferred.
RELOCATION: TBD
TRAVEL: As required
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION ELEMENTS:
•Extensive criminal history review.
•Verification of last 7 years of driving and employment history to include military service.
•Social Security number verification
•Academic and Education verification
•Pre-Employment Medical Qualification Process (to include, but not limited to: medical history questionnaire; and BNSF
required drug screen)
DRUG TEST: BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test
which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe
and drug free.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires
unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such
positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to,
providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at
http://www.tsa.gov/twic.
BNSF maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.
All positions require pre-employment background verification; this includes but is not limited to medical history, criminal
history, social security id, and work employment history including military service.
Contract Type
Salaried
Branch
IL – Willow Springs
City
Willow Springs

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Need A Job? The City of Chicago is Hiring!

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I know that the economy is bad and a lot of people are out of work. Here are some jobs you can apply for:

LABORER

 Full-time

Starting Pay Rate: $32.79/hourly
Job Posting:2012-Nov-08 | Requisition ID:236133
Starting Pay Rate: $40.40/Hour
Job Posting:2012-Nov-08 | Requisition ID:235207

GRAPHIC ARTIST III

Full-time

Starting Pay Rate: $45,240/annually
Job Posting:2012-Oct-30 | Requisition ID:236289
Starting Pay Rate: $27.08
Job Posting:2012-Oct-29 | Requisition ID:DSS-7184-2012-2

PROJECT COORD

 Full-time

Starting Pay Rate: $4541/Month
Job Posting:2012-Oct-26 | Requisition ID:237341
Starting Pay Rate: 89,964/Annually
Job Posting:2012-Nov-09 | Requisition ID:0676-CPL-2012
Starting Pay Rate: $53,808/Annually
Job Posting:2012-Nov-07 | Requisition ID:235590
Starting Pay Rate: 89,964/Annually
Job Posting:2012-Nov-09 | Requisition ID:0676-CPL-2012
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Finding The Right Management

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What do artists want just about as much as a record deal? That’s right, a manager. This is because good managers are worth their weight in gold and can have tremendous impact on your career. Unfortunately, good management is rare to find. The manager is perhaps the most important member of your team. Therefore, it is essential that you define exactly what your expectations of a manager are, and then choose wisely among any candidates that meet these expectations.

Managers and other members of your team each have a specific role. You don’t want to build an infrastructure if you have no use for it, and therefore, no means to support it. In simpler terms, you don’t want “dude” hanging around the studio being “managerial” by drinking your beer and telling you to work on the second verse of the song, while he hits on your girlfriend. Instead, the manager must be actively engaged in furthering your career.

In order for the manager to do this, he needs tools to work with. The first tool is the demo. The second tool is a fan base, which is typically built over time. Certainly, there is no absolute order to the progression, and most artist have management that helps guide the artist long before they have demos or do shows. But for the most part, you’re going to have a hard time attracting a manager and keeping him busy if you don’t have some groundwork already laid.

There are as many types of managers and styles of management as there are types and styles of music. This represents some of the more common ways in which artist connect with management, and what role management plays in the artist’s career. It is not a set of absolute rules.
The Three “Must Have’s” of Management

However you and your manager come together, and whatever role the manager finally ends up playing in your career, there are three characteristics that a manager must have in order to help your career effectively—both before and after you get a record deal. Those characteristics are passion, connections, and funding. If your manager has passion, he may be able to succeed without the others. However, if your manager is without passion for your music, your chances of long-term success will be reduced. The best-case scenario is, of course, having all three.

Beginning-Level Managers
At a certain point—after you’ve made a demo, did some shows, and started to develop a following—you may be approached by someone who is interested in managing you. Most likely, the people approaching you at this early stage of your career will be friends, family, fans, or people who work at the venues where you perform. Some of the most successful managers in the business originally came from this pool.

Why Passion is Important
Friends, fans, and families who become managers typically have one massively important thing in common: they all are extremely passionate about the artist they work for. Typically, they feel that the artist is great, and while they often don’t have a surplus of connections or capital, they believe they can make up for this through sheer force of will fueled by their passion, which they have in abundance. As mentioned above, this can and does happen. Passion, combined with energy (often youthful) is a very potent mix that often knocks down many barriers and allows an artist to experience real career growth. Managers in this type of situation often believe that lacking the experience, knowledge, connections, or money actually allowed/forced them to try things that other more “experienced” managers would have dismissed. In so doing, they create innovative strategies that further the idea of career development. The beautiful thing about the business is that there are very few rules. When a manager is passionate enough to make the artist succeed—no matter what rules they have to ignore, break, or rewrite—that is often the best type of manager to have.

Such relationships force the artist and management to work much more closely than they would in a more traditional management/artist role. This can create an open and honest relationship from day one. In other words, because a beginning-level manager is not going to be able to say, “I’m going to get you touring with this other artist I also manage, and I’m going to set up a showcase for you to perform in front of my A&R friend from Sony,” he or she must involve you—the artist—in the decision/planning. Instead, they must say, “Listen, let’s figure out what our resources are and begin building something in an organic fashion.”

This method, while perhaps being a slower route, is a good one, as it directly and closely involves you, the artist, in the process of your career development. A close relationship often has the positive side effect of being an honest relationship. Closeness and honesty are imperative, and will give you a far better chance of avoiding the all-too-common litigating over accused improprieties, resulting from the artist not knowing what the manager is doing, but believing that, whatever they’re doing, they ain’t doing it honestly.

Professional-Level Management
Passion is the key ingredient to making an artist management relationship work. If you find someone who has real and genuine passion and isn’t a complete derelict, you will be better off than many. Ideally, however, your manager will also have the connections and the funding.

The Importance of Connections
While it is fine (and often refreshing) for a manager to have a low-key persona, they must be able to sell themselves and, more importantly, the artist. In so doing, they will build connections. The record business is one where you live and die by how connected you are. You can make the greatest
music in the world, but unless you can get it heard, it doesn’t much matter.
Simply put, at all stages in your career—from getting an A&R person to listen to your demo, to getting your video played on MTV, to getting a gig to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Extravaganza—it is often connections that make the difference.

The reality is that the strength of the connection is frequently as powerful as the strength of the music. There are many examples of someone who
makes mediocre music but is well-connected getting a record deal before an artist who makes great music but has few connections.
To get a record deal,or becoming a succesful indie you often must develop your connections from the ground up. The process can be accelerated if someone on your team, in this case the manager, has connections.

A fundamental role of the manager is to expose his artist to more people. Therefore, managers spend much of their time casting a wide web around all the corners of the industry. In so doing, they develop relationships with booking agents, record labels, radio stations, press, and so on. When you partner up with a manager, you are not only getting this person’s individual
ability, energy, and hopefully, passion. You are also gaining access to their
connections and relationships. It is this quality that will catapult your demo from the bottom of an A&R person’s pile to the top. These connections help in many similar ways, from having your music heard by music supervisors at advertising agencies to introducing you to a music publisher to securing
you an opening slot on a coveted tour.

Connections are built over time and must be maintained. You need to carefully look at any potential manager to determine just how broad, good, and most importantly, applicable their connections are to the music you are making. Much in the way that you research appropriate labels for your music, you must do the appropriate diligence when you are considering your manager. Understand also that connections can and
do come in organic fashions. It is perfectly acceptable for you and your manager to have a symbiotic relationship in which your manager benefits from his association with you, and vice versa. The trick is being able to make connections that have real meaning to your career. If you have a manager
who is very well-connected but not in any way that is appropriate to helping advance your career, they might as well not have any connections. If this is the case, make sure they at least have … money.

The Importance of Money: How Management
Gets Paid

This brings us to the last essential management criteria: capital. First, you need to understand a bit about how managers make their money. Typically a manager will receive a commission—usually 15 to 20 percent—of all of the income that you generate (the gross). This includes money from gigs, money paid to you from a record label as a personal advance against royalties (typically, not from money advanced by a label for you to record
your record), money from merchandise, income from your music being used in movies or commercials, and any other source of income you generate as an artist. It is in the best interest of the manager to leverage all of those connections I mentioned above to help you generate as much money as you can, which of course, generates more money for them. This is capitalism at its finest, and when it works, it works great for everybody.

The problem is that young artists typically take
a while to generate any revenue. Also, these artists typically don’t have any money of their own, so the management is left to spend their own money to develop the band before any money comes in. Because of this, you will occasionally see management securing other pieces of the artists’ potential income as a kind of collateral against the money and time they are putting up. Sometimes, for example, management will acquire some
part of the artist’s publishing—in other words, a piece of the equity in the copyrights of the songs.

Managers and Publishing
This means that when these songs begin generating royalties, the manager will be paid a percentage of the money. Managers do this because they often defer their commission while spending their own money. They have no guarantee that they will ever recover their investment. This practice has
largely been frowned upon (by both artists and managers), and was seen only occasionally in the past. However, I’m seeing it happen more and more, and I believe it will become even more of a common practice in the future.

As an artist, you must seriously debate whether parting with your
publishing, in order to provide a sort of insurance to a manager, is the right
thing to do. Opinion is that it is usually the wrong thing to do. Some do not believe that you should hold onto your publishing at all costs. Rather, I feel that giving up some part of your publishing is frequently essential to building a successful career. With one caveat: Whoever you assign any part of your publishing to must be able to do something with it. By this, I mean they must be able to “work” your publishing to generate awareness about you and money for you. If they cannot do this, do not assign any part of your publishing to them.
Therefore, if a manager is requiring you to assign some part of your publishing to them, you should only do this if you feel the manager is going to actively engage in working your songs.

Of course, it may not be this simple for you, especially if you don’t have a lot of options. You may feel that the prospective manager can help your career in many ways, and that it would be foolish to miss the opportunity to have him or her represent you by clinging too tightly to your publishing. You may be right.

Your publishing is valuable. Part with it with caution, and only if you’re getting something of real tangible value in return.

It’s Money that Matters
Money is a significant factor in creating effective artist/manager relationships.
The manager is spending money, hoping for a return on investment. Publishing is one way to hedge that bet. Of course, managers who have no
money will not be able to offer you much for your publishing.
Managers who have no money have a hard time being effective. There are always expenses involved in getting a band signed: recording costs, gas for the van, fan mailings, travel, guitar strings, and so on. It all adds up. Of
course, management doesn’t have to pay for any or these things. But remember, they can’t make any money unless the band is making money, so they usually opt to pay for these things and others so that the band has a better chance of getting signed.

Even after you get signed, or reach independent success management is often the fountain of money. For instance, an artist and manager may determine that they need an
independent publicist because they feel the label’s publicist (if it has one) can’t do an effective job due to workload, the label’s priority scheme, or whatever. The label is not obligated to pay for this (though often they do), and so the band and management are left to decide whether the
potential added exposure they would get from a publicist is worth the out-of-pocket expense. Many times, in a situation such as this one, the band itself is not generating enough income to pay for something like this, so the
management foots the bill. Theoretically, management will be reimbursed for these costs once the band does start generating some money. If neither the band nor the management can afford to pay, it really is the band that suffers.

Good managers understand that new and developing artists are much like startup businesses. The first couple of years (or records) typically are money losers. The hope is that after the painful initial period has ended, there will be a financial reward that will recoup all the early losses and then
some. This is why managers will fund an artist’s career at the early stages—and, in fact, sometimes well into an artist’s career.

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