Minding Your Business: Indie Artist Workshop Series

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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.

DISCUSSION 01: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Arcana Durham, 331 W. Main Street, Durham, NC.

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MEET the PANELISTS | May 29 @ Arcana - Durham, NC

photo: Sonia Seelinger

Shana Tucker

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 Fellow; a champion for indie artists-as-entrepreneurs; and a front-line arts integration advocate for the perpetuation of arts in schools and STEAM education.

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


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

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.