Open to artists currently enrolled in a degree program, or in the first five years of their professional careers, the Emerging Artist Program provides a customized suite of services that address the complex personal and professional needs of those at the start of their journey.

In individual coachings, Karen helps emerging artists to develop strategies around their image, communication style, optimizing performance, goal-setting, and financial planning. As a certified Life Coach, Karen also provides a holistic approach to career development by focusing on work/life balance, setting priorities, and overcoming personal barriers to success. This individual approach is matched by a welcoming network of peers that participate in regular Facebook Live events, and a targeted curriculum that includes tools for individual and career growth.

The program includes:

• Individual video coachings (weekly or bi-weekly)
• Weekly Facebook Live sessions in our private group
• A holistic curriculum, including personality tests, neuro-linguistic programming, and law of attraction
• Portfolio review, including bios, resumes, and social media content
• Resource and relationship development, including instrument endorsements and sponsorships








Check out this video from one of our emerging artists, Monica Benson, the Arlington Bugler

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-Tyler Burchfield, Multi-woodwind instrumentalist | NYC Freelancer

“In the year that I’ve been apart of the Emerging Artist Program, Karen has been a tremendous help in moving my career forward. Since last September, I launched my website, released an album as a co-leader, successfully pulled off a move to a new city, and more, all with her guidance through weekly coaching. Karen’s music industry knowledge, training in emotional intelligence, commitment to organization and accountability, as well as her motivation and emotional support have all had a meaningful impact on the direction of my career and my life as a whole!”

-Monica Benson, Trumpet | Pursuing an MM at DePaul University

"Before becoming apart of the Emerging Artist Program I was pretty unsure about the direction my career would be taking over the next few years. I did not have a website and my social media presence was small. Coachings with Karen helped me define my career goals and become more educated on the importance of a web presence as a budding musician. I now feel like I have definite career goals and adequate tools to help reach those goals. Because of the Emerging Artist Program I feel prepared to enter into my chosen career with confidence and direction." 

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-Evan Clifton, Bass Trombone | Grand Rapids Freelancer | Edwards Artist | Denis Wick Artist 

"In the past year of working with Karen Cubides as a part of her Emerging Artist program, my career has blown totally wide open in terms of what has already happened, what I’m working on right now, and the possibilities for the future. The biggest factor in all of this has been the focus on taking care of myself as a person rather than only grinding for work 100% of the time. This realization has both made me more successful as a musician and happier as a person, and I couldn’t be more excited for the future of my career."

-Adam Mendonca, Guitarist & Singer/Songwriter | Boston Freelancer

-Caitlin Featherstone, Trumpet | NYC Freelancer

"A little over a year ago, I quit my full-time day job to pursue my dream as a freelance musician in NYC. I had absolutely no idea where to start and what to do to help myself grow my career. Once I met Karen, everything changed. She taught me that I was the CEO of my life and I had to take control and responsibility for everything that I did. She taught me the importance of personal marketing and self care and how every little thing I did on a daily basis would affect my goals and plans for the future. Together we created a plan and a vision that suddenly seemed highly attainable. In addition to helping me with career related aspects, Karen has also been there for me emotionally. She always asks about my family, my friends, my relationship, and my overall wellness. She truly cares about what is going on in my life and will always give me the perfect advice and resources that I need. Karen is a coach, a mentor, and a friend. I don't know where I would be today without her."

-Emily Pecoraro, Multi-Woodwind Instrumentalist | Reed in Radio City Christmas Spectacular | NYC Freelancer 

"The services, care, and personalized attention provided by the Emerging Artist Program are unparalleled elsewhere in the world of behind-the-scenes professional development. Karen is absolutely incredible - she not only helped me to curate my professional brand and social media presence, but also helped me to develop a system for organization that keeps me motivated and keeps me on track elsewhere in my career. Also, her prowess as a life coach furthers my coaching sessions with additional attention to emotional intelligence. With Karen and her team, you get head-to-toe care in an extremely productive and accessible way. Being a CAS Ambassador has changed my career and changed my life!"

"Before becoming an Emerging Artist I had little belief in myself and what I was capable of. I also had a litany of beliefs about success that ultimately were hurting more than helping. Working with the CAS team has completely changed my career and views on life right around. Karen has become a huge part of my journey, always believing in me even when I didn’t. I am tremendously grateful to have her and her team in my corner!"