Code of Conduct for Artist Managers


This Code of Conduct is a guide to current and future Association of Artist Managers (AAM) members through their management career, to promote and encourage the utmost ethical, professional and innovative artist management in Australia. Members of the Association of Artist Managers shall aspire at all times and use their best endeavors to achieve each point outlined in the code. As a condition of membership in the AAM you agree to adhere to and to promote the AAM Code of Conduct to others.

Code of Conduct:

The Members of the AAM will aspire, at all times and to the best of their ability to:

  1. Devote sufficient time to fulfill the agreed responsibilities of management in the

    interests of the artists as both parties understand them;

  2. Possess and obtain the knowledge and skills to carry out the required duties of

    management as agreed and understood with the artists they represent;

  3. Communicate and negotiate with the artist their responsibilities, obligations, duties and remuneration as a manager of the artist and have those preferably notated in a

    written agreement.

  4. Seek support where required and commit to expanding their knowledge base and skills

    to assist in representing the artist’s career with diligence in all phases of the artist’s


  5. Operate and conduct their own management business and the artist’s business in a

    professional, transparent, accountable & ethical manner;

  6. Ensure relevant financial and legal matters are communicated to the artist and where

    relevant refer the artist to an independent, third party advisor specializing in such

    financial and legal matters;

  7. Uphold client confidentiality, ensuring appropriate use of information whilst exercising

    diligence and duty of care;

  8. Declare and fully disclose to an artist any conflict of interest whether it is actual,

    perceived or potential, including any income or other consideration earned by the manager directly or indirectly in conjunction with their artists’ performance or services.

  9. Ensure the commission rate agreed with the artist is in line with standard industry norms.

  10. Be aware of and operate within the parameters of any relevant State and Federal legislative requirements.

  11. Be culturally aware and act respectfully toward all the nationalities, religious, gender and ethnic groups. 

Colin McAlpine