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.
Caitlin Featherstone is a Brooklyn based freelance trumpet player and music educator originally from Southern California. She has been an active musician in the New York City area since 2014. Prior to moving in NYC, Caitlin used her trumpet to satisfy her wanderlust and has had the honor of playing and teaching in different many countries and performing in several renowned performance venues all over the world including Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
In addition to freelancing, Caitlin is a regular participant in a number local ensembles including Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Chelsea Symphony, Brooklyn String Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Patriot Brass Ensemble, Astoria Symphony, New York Wind Orchestra and more. With the goal of one day performing on Broadway, Caitlin plays as a pit musician for local Children’s, Youth, High School, College, Community, Semi Professional, and Professional theater and Opera productions. She is a co-founder of the Prospect Brass Quintet and the Catalyst Brass Orchestra making it’s NYC debut in summer of 2019.
Caitlin is currently on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory as a member of their Music Partner program and as Adjunct Piano Faculty for the Adult and Continuing Education program at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. In addition, Caitlin maintains a number of private students though her studio, Trumpet Team Studios.
Caitlin is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory where she earned her degree in Trumpet Performance and a minor in Ethnomusicology. Her primary teachers have included Jeff Held, Darren Mulder, Bijon Watson, Roy Poper, and Ken Larson.
Outside of teaching and performing, Caitlin works as a professional dog sitter, is pursuing her love for wine through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and serves as a Marketing Manager for Cubides Artist Services based in Nashville, TN.
Workshop & Marketing Coordinator