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Apr 14, 2015

Tour Manager, Lisa Lombardo, talks about realizing at an early age that music could be a business, negotiating her first record deal, and how she manages the challenges of life on the road for a touring band.


Lisa's Bio:

"Concentrate and ask again," if you peek at my social media, those few words describe me.  While it does not scream about my inner details, I consider it an open invitation for those wanting to ask questions.


Music shapes us, whether it is your true desire or your worst fear, and I am no different.  From a young age, I was jumping on my bed (sorry, Mom!) singing along to Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Billy Joel.  As I matured, so did my understanding that music, in some form, could be a career.  I launched an online newsletter, wrote for a teen-based web site, and networked with managers, agents, artists, and record labels before I even understood where it could lead. 


Over time, my relationships and interest in artist development and online marketing propelled me into the heart of the entertainment industry. Somehow, 15 years later, I am fortunate enough to work for some of my favorite bands and make a living.  When I am not tour managing, you can find me running social media and eCommerce campaigns, copyediting books and blogs, and snuggling my tuxedo cat.


The Dish:


  • How she created her own path to a career in the music industry as a teenager
  • Her journey from online publicist to tour manager
  • The challenges of doing laundry on the road
  • Managing “Day of Show” activities
  • The importance of managing expectations, including her own
  • Learning her Super Power on the job
  • Key lessons learned from one of her mentors
  • Why you must have patience to function in the music industry
  • The importance of networking and loyalty
  • Common misconceptions about life on the road
  • Tips for bands new to life on tour


Links & Resources:

Connect with Lisa on twitter

Failure Band Website


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