Minding Your Business: Indie Artist Workshop Series

 

The reality of independent artistry is that we find ourselves wearing several hats (usually simultaneously) in order to manage our music careers.

Booking, marketing, social media, networking, bookkeeping…all of this while also carving out creative time for practice, rehearsal, recording, maybe some teaching, and of course, performance. It has the potential to get a bit overwhelming if you don’t have a few tools under your belt to increase your administrative and creative productivity.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: INDIE ARTISTS AS CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS is a series of workshops and panel discussions designed to address the issues most relevant to musicians-as-small business owners on the quest for establishing and maintaining a creatively fulfilling and sustainable living as an artist.

NEXT UP: May 29, 2018 @ 7:30 PM | Arcana Durham, 331 W. Main Street, Durham, NC. Free.

Minding Your Business May 29, 2018 at Arcana Durham
photo: Sonia Seelinger

Shana Tucker | MUSICIAN/FACILITATOR

With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul. Shana's melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry. After 5 years playing cello/singing in Las Vegas with the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil show, KA, Shana returned to North Carolina to share her talents as a soloist, collaborator, voiceover artist, and teaching artist. She is the founder of ChamberSoul Artist Collective; a teaching artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts; an A+ Schools Apprentice; a champion for indie artists-as-entrepreneurs; and a front-line arts integration advocate for the perpetuation of arts in schools and STEAM education.

 
Jamie Katz Court

JAMIEE KATZ COURT | Communications & Programs Manager

Jamie Katz Court moved to North Carolina in 2004 from Portage, Michigan. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, but once she discovered her passion for working in the arts, she never looked back. Jamie is responsible for coordinating the logistical aspects of PineCone programs, education and outreach, marketing and promotions, and communications, including writing the monthly Traditional Review newsletter for PineCone members and maintaining PineCone's website. She also compiles and sends out the bi-monthly musicians opportunities e-newsletter.

 
Amy Bormet

AMY K. BORMET, Pianist/vocalist/composer

Currently living in Los Angeles, Amy K. Bormet is an in-demand pianist, vocalist, and composer. The quintet from her debut album, Striking, was featured as part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. As an advocate for women in music, Amy created the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011 and continues to serve as executive director. In addition to her performance career, Amy is a prolific composer frequently combining improvisation with concert music. 

 
Noel James

NOEL JAMES | Director of Education & Community Engagement, The carolina theatre of durham

The essence of Noe's work is to utilize arts and culture to bring people together to find common ground, create curiosity to seek greater understanding about self, issues and society. 

Noel's interpersonal and organizational skills, creativity and compassion have enabled fto work with a broad spectrum of people to build sustainable organizational and program structures, collaborate with multiple constituencies, andprovide leadership effecting positive outcomes. 

 

ChamberSoul Artist Collective

 

THE CHAMBERSOUL ARTIST COLLECTIVE is a concept created and developed by cellist/singer-songwriter/teaching artist Shana Tucker in 2017 in response to what she identified as "a need for independent artists to organize as a community in support of each other as we all work towards the similar goal of making art and functioning sustainably and successfully as a creative, artistic professional."  

Independent artists need similar administrative tools and resources in order to run a smooth operation within this constantly-changing music industry. We also need to stay in constant contact with industry trends in order to stay current and in stride with artists/companies with access to larger budgets. 

And, of course, there's the ever-present reality of securing meaningful work...which means different things to different people. But in this particular case, it means making the type of art that satisfies our unique creative needs while also satisfying our financial needs.

By pooling intellectual and tangible resources, having conversations, building relationships of support and empathy for what independent artists of all genres can relate to as "The Grind", and by upholding each other to the highest standards of professionalism, follow-through and artistic excellence, the ChamberSoul Artist Collective is here to connect independent artists with each other in a supportive, thriving network that will help artists to do what they are meant to do: Make art and find work that is meaningful and sustainable.

For information about how the ChamberSoul Artist Collective, please send an email to Shana, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

 

photo: Sonia Seelinger

Shana Tucker | MUSICIAN/EDUCATOR/founder

With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul. Shana's melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry. After 5 years playing/singing in Las Vegas with the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil show, KA, Shana returned to North Carolina to share her ChamberSoul vibe as a solo artist, collaborator, and teaching artist. She is the founder of ChamberSoul Artist Collective, and a front-line advocate for independent artists and arts in education with similar vigor.

 
Beverly Botsford

BEVERLY BOTSFORD | PERCUSSIONIST/EDUCATOR

Beverly Botsford is a cross-cultural percussionist and educator, blending music, movement, and spoken word in solo and ensemble presentations. Embracing drumming traditions and inspirations of Africa, Cuba, South America and her native North Carolina, she weaves colorful rhythmic tapestries with her infinite array of collected and homemade instruments. Beverly celebrates more than 30 years of full-time, professional experience, performing and teaching in an infinite variety of situations.

 
photo: Denise Worden Photography

Lois Deloatch gomes | Artist & consultant

Lois Deloatch Gomes' career spans nearly three decades in the arts, education and philanthropy. Noted for her rich contralto voice, compelling songwriting,  and sophisticated humor, Lois has appeared in concert throughout the United States and internationally, written and lectured on jazz, arts and culture, and co-hosted a radio show. Collaborating across art forms, Lois works with dancers, visual artists, filmmakers, authors, scholars, and others to conceive and create innovative works.

 
Steph Johnson

STEPH JOHNSON | GUITARIST/SINGER-SONGWRITER

After 2 successful independent CD releases, San Diego-based guitarist/singer songwriter Steph Johnson commissioned two-time Grammy award-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta to produce her latest release, "Music is Art". Featuring 10 of her original compositions, the CD has propelled her career to new heights, and celebrates the unique blend of her jazz stylings with her soulful R&B roots. Ever the community activist, Steph co-founded “Voices Of Our City”, a choir for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego in Summer 2016. 

 
Amy Bormet

AMY K. BORMET, Pianist/vocalist/composer

Currently living in Los Angeles, Amy K. Bormet is an in-demand pianist, vocalist, and composer. The quintet from her debut album, Striking, was featured as part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. As an advocate for women in music, Amy created the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011 and continues to serve as executive director. In addition to her performance career, Amy is a prolific composer frequently combining improvisation with concert music. 

 
Shirazette Tinnin

SHIRAZETTE TINNIN | PERCUSSIONIST/EDUCATOR

Drummer, educator, clinician, author and health coach, Shirazette Tinnin was born and raised in North Carolina. Shirazette is frequently on tour with premier bands such as Tia Fuller Quartet, The Mimi Jones Band, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, Women of the World Ensemble, Gabriel Algeria Afro Peruvian Sextet, Allan Harris Group, Camille Thurman, and many others in addition to leading her own group, "Shirazette Tinnin and Sonic Wallpaper." Shirazette is an active clinician, educator, mentor, composer, a certified personal trainer and published author. 

Women's Work - A SisterCentric Collective

NEW PROJECT. Excited about this new musical collaboration that takes first-flight in Southern California this summer: WOMEN'S WORK.

Women's Work is a collective core ensemble of female musicians/composers/songwriters, featuring Steph Johnson (guitar/vocals), Melonie Grinnell (piano/keys) from San Diego; Shirazette Tinnin (drums/percussion) from NYC, and me -- Shana Tucker (cello, vocals, guitar), repping NC, with Rob Thorsen on bass (he's from San Diego, too). 

Our first encounter was for a benefit concert for Sister Support at The Warehouse on Prime in Spring 2017 in Pasadena, CA. I wanted to produce a meaningful, musical offering featuring some of my most talented SisterSledges, and called Steph and Shirazette to ask them to participate. Together with pianist/composer Amy Bormet (Washington Women in Jazz Festival founder/curator) and singer-songwriter Maritri (The SoulFolk Experience, HUE), we presented a concert that left us all feeling like there was more music to be written, more stories to be shared, and more spirits to be uplifted...specifically from a woman's perspective. 

So, we decided to form this new creative collective, Women's Work. In for-us-by-us fashion, the music will originate and be performed by a female-led ensemble. Original compositions and arrangements reflecting our Jazz, Soul, R&B, ChamberSoul, and Acoustic Pop sensibilities will be the resulting vibe and flavor of Women's Work. We plan to feature guest artists in the future; for now, as a new concept, we're eager to share the bodies of work that each sister brings to the stand.

#womensworkcollective #sistercentric #indieartists #femalemusician #jazz #RandB #soul

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/womensworkcollective

 WOMEN'S WORK is (L to R): Steph Johnson; Melonie Grinnell; Shana Tucker, Shirazette Tinnin, Rob Thorsen.

WOMEN'S WORK is (L to R): Steph Johnson; Melonie Grinnell; Shana Tucker, Shirazette Tinnin, Rob Thorsen.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention

WE ARE CELEBRANTS. WE ARE ACTIVISTS. WE ARE PUPPETEERS.

Each year Paperhand Puppet Intervention writes, creates, builds and performs a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza. These performances last about an hour and a half, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers. The summer extravaganza is attended by over 16,000 people! Through the annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder.

"Of Wings and Feet" was the name of the 2017 Summer Series production I had the honor of contributing my cello-ing and singing to. I was in a merry band of six -- Jonathan Henderson (piano/bass/percussion), Beverly Botsford (percussion/sound effects), Quran Karriem (keyboard, sampling, trombone), Will Ridenour (kora, ukele, percussion, voiceovers), and Peter Lewis (drums) -- and we collectively created the score to accompany this mysterious, socially and politically engaging, clever and aesthetically amazing production over the course of about six weeks. I'm honored and quite pleased to have spent the summer with such talented individuals, and even happier to experience the positive responses to the show and specifically to our music from our weekly audiences.

"'Of Wings and Feet' is a whimsical, paradoxical juxtaposition of myriad forms and flights of fancy. Everything moves! And yes, we move. Forward hopefully. Spend an enchanted evening discovering what it means to be human… when you’re a bird. Or, a turtle. Or, in a circus of traveling revelers. Witness the living land and waters breathing and moving with the sky in an epic pageant of the ages. See, hear, and feel all this and more at our 18th annual giant puppet spectacle for all!"

Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s mission is to use diverse styles of puppetry and artistic expression to create works that inspire, promote social change and are deeply rewarding for all involved. These styles include: giant puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppetry, masks, stilt dancing and anything under the sky that strikes our fancy.

Their vision is inspired by their love for the earth and its creatures (including humans). They synthesize many art forms including, but never limited to, sculpting, painting, dance, music, improvisation, costume design, set design and theater. They're committed to creating multi-scaled and multi-disciplinary puppet performances that support this vision.

They use this puppetry, performance and creativity to undermine and eradicate greed, hate and fear and promote justice, equality and peace, and work uncompromisingly to these ends.

#paperhandband #puppetlife #saxapahaw #socialcommentary

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://paperhand.org/

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