Believing first and foremost in creative vision and personalization, Cubides Artist Services is an agency that guides and empowers the modern artist at any stage of their career. With specific attention to your individual background and artistic voice, we seek to cultivate meaningful and insightful relationships with each artist. This close partnership enables us to accompany you on your path to make the most impact in your projects. By utilizing goal setting, image consultation, business coaching, and our extensive network of marketing resources, we work to elevate every facet of an artist’s talent.
With an intimate understanding of social media’s effects on the public’s perception of success, CAS will provide you with an internet presence to boost awareness of your artistry. Our carefully curated network of photographers, videographers, marketers, and web designers will work with you to tell your story; understanding that audiences want to connect with who you are, not just what you do.
Whatever your pedagogical aspirations, CAS will promote you as an expert in your field. We will help generate performing and educational engagements, enhance your personal brand, and facilitate the often complex logistics of tour scheduling. At CAS, your ambitions are cultivated through step-by-step instruction and an actionable plan to achieve them, empowering you to thrive as a modern musician.
Karen Cubides is a marketing/management consultant, educator, and professional saxophonist based in Nashville, TN. A multifaceted musician and arts entrepreneur, she is dedicated to bringing young musical artists the attention they deserve while providing them with personalized services and representation. A certified life coach focusing on goal setting, emotional intelligence, and neuro-linguistic programming, Cubides prides herself in cultivating real relationships with her clients to best understand their needs. Her insights into the intricacies of the music business world and what it takes to establish a promising professional career has connected her with many of the East Coast’s finest artistic talents.
As CEO of Cubides Artist Services, Cubides works with a stable roster of talented professional instrumentalists and is a frequent lecturer on arts marketing and branding. She currently founded an Emerging Artist Seminar, a reflection of one of her most ardent passions – to help up-and-coming performers navigate the tricky transition from student musician to professional artist. Cubides also serves as the Marketing Director of Fifth House Ensemble, using her marketing and branding expertise to share the chamber ensemble’s unique vision to collaborate with diverse communities, theater groups, folk bands, and emerging composers and performers.
COO and CAS Artist Nick Laufer is the rare freelance musician with enviable facility and proven success across a wide range of musical styles and business endeavors. His musical enthusiasm and experience ranges from early Baroque to contemporary, from rock and jazz to Latin. Best known for his lead work in the professional trombone quartet Maniacal 4 and trombone duo 2Mani Trombones, as well as touring with country music superstar Toby Keith, Nick has performed hundreds of concerts in venues around the world. Acclaimed for his lyrical style and warm, burnished tone, Nick’s playing can be heard on numerous recordings and streaming platforms, as well as multiple television appearances.
Nick manages booking, logistics, and finances for solo musicians and ensembles alike, including Maniacal 4, 2Mani Trombones, and other CAS Artists. He was the director of finance for a non-profit organization in Texas that gathered $1 million in revenue yearly, and brings that experience to CAS operations. He currently lives in Nashville and when he’s not playing trombone, likes to drink coffee and perfect his breakfast creations. Current endorsements include Buffet Group USA, Antoine Courtois Paris Trombones, Dansr, Inc., and Denis Wick, London.
A Virginia native and recent graduate of Vanderbilt University, Erin is interested in helping artists achieve their goals as well as hopes to inspire a love of music in young children.
Erin received a Bachelor’s Degree in flute performance from the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music with a second major in psychology. While at Vanderbilt, she had the privilege to study under the late Philip Dikeman and the amazing Leslie Fagan. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, she studied with flute teachers Tabatha Easley and Margaret Carlson. During her time at Vanderbilt, Erin performed with the Vanderbilt Orchestra and Wind Symphony as well as various chamber groups. In addition, she was very active in the Vanderbilt Music Outreach Program where she went to local elementary schools to teach students music help supplement their school’s music education program. She also performed in a local nursing home once a month. In 2017, Erin had the opportunity to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark to study music at the Royal Danish Academy of music under flute professor Toke Lund Christiansen. Additionally, in 2018, she had the opportunity to travel with the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony to Colombia to perform and teach music in local schools.
As the Executive Assistant at Cubides Artist Management, she helps with social media, marketing, and other administrative tasks. She is also passionate about the power of music in early childhood development and currently teaches music in a preschool in addition to her work at Cubides Artist Management.