Why I started Smart Band Management & Smartist University
This blog (SmartBandManagement.com) and it’s subsequent online school (Smartist University) are resources created by me, Jamie Johnson, that help artist managers navigate the music business and advance their artists careers through the sharing of others’ experiences.
When I started managing my first band, I had no idea what I was doing.
I was surrounded by experienced managers, attended conferences and workshops (and even planned them myself!), Googled everything, but still felt like my questions weren’t being answered fast enough or succinctly enough. I often thought that if there was just one website that could tell me everything I needed to know in an organized, quick but detailed, step-by-step, and easy-to-understand format, then I’d be set! That’s not too much to ask, right?
But not only that, I also wanted to learn more about the worlds of successful artists and artist managers; their processes, their challenges, their failures, and their biggest lessons. I wanted to learn straight from the mouths of the best in the world that I didn’t have to fly to another Country or Province for, or wait 6 months and pay $600 to attend the next event for.
And in May of 2013, there became the birth of Smart Band Management.
After approximately 5 years of blogging, in late 2017 we expanded into an online school, Smartist University aka SmartistU!
Your best place to start here, is to get your hands on our FREE Artist Management Startup Kit.
And come join us on Instagram @smartist.u.