My band has gotten a couple offers lately from some guys looking to manage us. I always get weary of this because everyone has their own idea of what managing is.
The most appealing offer so far is from a local guy who has been working in radio for the last 10 years, before mainstream rock radio died here in Ft. Lauderdale, he worked at the biggest station down here. He wants to charge $100 up front and $30 a month afterward. No contract, we can leave at any time. His goal is to push the band towards radio, terrestrial and internet, using his connections.
Cool thing is, the guy already likes us and has zero interest in molding us in any way or form. He's simply there to book us shows and push us on the radio. He's fairly blunt and I've heard him turn some bands away because they lacked any kind of radio-friendly material, so I know he thinks he can do something with us. He's hooked us up with a few shows in the past, as well as made my band the featured artist of the month/interviewed me on his radio show.
It's not a lot of money, so it might be worth the risk, I was just curious if anyone else has hooked this kind of deal up before and had any opinions.
"Booking shows and pushing you on the radio" is not management. It is the job of a promoter. A band manager will take care of your finances, resolve internal disputes, push you to write new and better songs (possibly for different markets...), hire promoters, schedule your recording dates, etc etc.
If your goals are to be bigger than a local act - consider it an option. Don't let him call himself your manager - he can be your paid promoter.
If you just want to be local/regional then don't bother, in my experience. There are plenty of free ways to promote yourself, and there are a lot of booking agents and promoters that laugh at/refuse to work with local bands with "management." Especially "management" that calls itself such when it really isn't.