Bands as Virtual Organisations: Improving the Processes of by Christine Bauer

By Christine Bauer

Coping with a band is a problem, just like handling a small or medium-sized company. a kind of band really tough to control is a telephone band that doesn't have a hard and fast line-up of musicians. jointly, the musicians shape a digital service provider. each player within the business enterprise brings in a undeniable set of talents, has particular enterprise pursuits, and has to undergo a few hazards. the most important findings comprise a radical documentation of actions considering dealing with a medium-sized telephone band that are defined in additional aspect by means of modelling the techniques. Emphasising using details and conversation applied sciences, the implications offer a chronological series of actions which can typically be used for band and occasion administration.

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A manager or bandleader “who does not subscribe to these notions will be unable to provide the entrepreneurship and leadership necessary to develop his or her organisation” (Colbert, 2003). A large majority of (music) artists – and among them bandleaders – seem to lack management and commercial knowledge and skills (Eikhof & Haunschild, 2007; Menger, 1999). Inevitably though, every bandleader has to deal with economic or management issues (Eikhof & Haunschild, 2007; Menger, 1999). Con14 sequently, an appropriate educational background in the field of management and commerce are key factors for success.

Frequently, society views an artist as a creative genius in an ivory tower – a person who is detached from the world and who has sacrificed him or herself for the arts. However, this view does not take into account that artists approach life differently. There are two types of artists: artists who take economic realities into account and artists who reject these realities (Swedberg, 2006). An artisan, in contrast, is a craftsperson. Artisans are skilled in their fields of expertise in an applied art; they apply their talents to reproduce others’ imagination in the arts.

Frequently, two or three musicians take the initiative and search for the rest of the line-up. A major label1 typically initiates a synthetic band (casting band) (Engh, 2006; Stein, Engh, & Jakob, 2008). The target group (consumers), musical genre, musical style, and instrumental/vocal line-up are usually defined in advance, and the music managers search for appropriate musicians to serve these needs. One band type where the method of assembly plays a large role is the – in musicians’ jargon – telephone band (N.

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