Artist Management and Business Counseling Services

Through Management Counseling, we are able to help other artists and managers in planning for and succeeding in the music industry. At this time, we do not offer full time management to unsigned artists. Counseling services are based on hourly rates or/and via retainer.

Services Detail:

Business Strategy Planning
If you are going to make music your career, you need a plan...Goals & Strategy. Your band is a business. (Argued by some, but ministry must run as a business). In order for that business to be successful, you must achieve goals... planning out those goals is the first step to success, financial backing, public support, and avoiding chaos.

The ZBM Group offers counseling is developing your strategy. We will sit down with you (or communicate via phone/ email) to help you access, design, implement, measure, and revise your plan.
 

Financial Needs Assessment

Operating a professional band takes resources. What do you have? What do you need? What should you purchase first? What should your purchase next? How do I go about getting the most for your funds? How much does it take financially to see your career to the next stage?


The ZBM Group offers counseling is assessing your financial development. We will sit down with you (or communicate via phone/email) to help you access, design, implement, measure, and revise your plan.

Image Consulting

Every professional company has an image. Your band is a business. (Argued by some, but ministry must run as a business). What is an image, aka branding? Developing a Brand Image is developing your public perception. "What do people say about you when you are not in the room". What is the correct image to support your goals, mission, genera, etc.?. What does an image consist of? Everything that you do within the public eye... photos, advertising, products, website, performance, public relations, interview, .... everything.

The ZBM Group offers counseling is developing your Brand Image. We will sit down with you (or communicate via phone/email) to help you access, design, implement, measure, and revise your image

Branding/Image Session

We also offer what is called a Brand Image Session. It is a 5-6 hour workshop with everyone involved in the artist's career, instead of just the manager. We meet with the artist(s) themselves, the manager, significant others, agents, lawyers.... and influential team members from the artist (usually the leadership) and work to uncover several aspects about the artist, all vital to any marketing efforts and the overall communication of the artists both internally and externally. In this meeting, we'll uncover internal thoughts on the artist's brand/image and its portrayal, discuss competitors, and do some exercises that will help in defining your brand/image from a communication and creative standpoint. It's about a 5-6 hour workshop. Sometime we get done quicker, sometimes not. At the end of this meeting we will have a working brand mission statement. It's step one. Every artist communication moving forward, whether in marketing, advertising, label shopping, interviews, or product development, will be filtered through the information gathered in this meeting and the brand mission statement produced.

We find that this meeting is exciting and fun. It has a tendency to unify the team and bring, or re-establish/re-ignite, passion into what the artist's mission/goal is, while also providing the vital information necessary to start making efficient and effective marketing decisions.

The second step would be to do a brand audit, where we take a look at every piece of marketing and identity pieces you have produced and view them in light of the Brand Identification Session and what we have discovered/established.


Advice on legal matters 

How does your band operate within the law? Are you legal? How do you handle songwriting, band member affiliation, publishing, sales, expenses, etc? So you've got questions.... We can help advise you in the answers.

The ZBM Group offers counseling advise in regards to operating your band as a legal entity in the United States. We will sit down with you (or communicate via phone/email) to give advice on answering questions or concerns that you might have.

Question and Answer

Some artist or/and their managers, simply have questions for which they need outside advice. Just wonder questions, what should I do questions, what do you think about this questions....

The ZBM Group tries to provide an outlet for you to get answers. Even if you are just needing to "bounce" your ideas off of someone within the industry.
 
By request, we've also started offering this service via email correspondence for out of town clients.

Contract Reviews

The music industry is an industry full of contracts. Management Contracts, Recording Contracts, Booking Agent Contracts, PR Agency Contracts, Performance Contracts, Band Agreements.... the list goes on. Contracts can be confusing. Should you sign this? What does this mean? Is this really standard? Should you agree to the contract, negotiate for better terms, or run away as fast as you can?

The ZBM Group offers contract review. We will sit down with your contract(s), make an assessment, and give your our recommendation and answer any questions you might have.
 

Material Critique - $25

Are your songs ready to be shopped to labels, venues, or/and investors? Is it ready to be manufactures and sold to the public?

The ZBM Group and Reformation Productions will critique your material (songs) based on the following Songwriting & Arrangement. This critique does not involve the quality of the recording, however, the better the recording, the easier for our team to listen to your material.

Pay by credit card online or over the phone by calling 404.862.8897. We'll send you the address and necessary mail-code to send your materials to.  Materials will not be returned with critique, they will be kept on file at XPESRX Companies, Inc. We will provide you with a written critique of your material within 2 weeks.
 

Promo Pak Critique - $50

Is your PR Kit ready to be shopped to labels, venues, distributors or/and investors?

The ZBM Group and Reformation Productions will critique your material (songs) based on the following Songwriting, Arrangement, Production, Performance, Packaging, Essentials, Impact, etc.. This critique involves the overall presentation of your material, band, and the material itself.

Pay by credit card by online or over the phone by calling 404.862.8897. We'll send you the address and necessary mail-code to send your materials to.   Materials will not be returned with critique, they will be kept on file at XPESRX Companies, Inc.. We will provide you with a written critique of your material within 2 weeks.

Live Show Critique - $250 plus applicable expenses

Your band has a showcase, festival, or some otherwise important gig coming up... or maybe you are preparing to tour and simply want the most professional show possible.

The ZBM Group and Reformation Productions will critique your Live Show  based on the following: Performance, Live Song Arrangement, Set Design, Stage Design, Showmanship, Musicianship, Ministry Elements, Impact, etc.

We will come out to your show or rehearsal, make an assessment and then provide your written critique within 1 week. Live Show Critique Fees are $250 plus applicable expenses including, travel, admission, lodging, etc. Email us with your location, available dates, and other pertinent information for a quote using the form below.

Though in-person assessments are preferable from a critique stand point, you may also mail us a video or DVD of your performance. Pay by credit card online or over the phone by calling 404.862.8897. We'll send you the address and necessary mail-code to send the DVD of your show or set set up arrangements to see your band live.   Materials will not be returned with critique, they will be kept on file at XPESRX Companies, Inc.. We will provide you with a written critique of your material within 2 weeks.
 



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The ZBM Group is located at Chantelar Studios in Atlanta.


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Services List:

  • Business Strategy Planning
  • Financial Needs Assessment
  • Image Consulting
  • Question and Answer Sessions
  • Contract Reviews
  • Promo Pak Critiques
  • Demo Critiques
  • Live Show Critiques (in person)
  • Live Show Critique (video)
  • Artist Management Representation
  • Artist Development

 

Pricing Snapshot:

  • $60 per hour consultation rate
    • Business Strategy Planning
    • Financial Needs Assessment
    • Image Consulting
    • Question and Answer Sessions
    • Contract Reviews
  • Promo Pak Critiques - $50
  • Demo Critiques - $25
  • Live Show Critiques (in person) - $250 plus expenses
  • Live Show Critique (video) - $250