Creative Services (Marketing, Finance, Legal, etc.)

Do you need help marketing or promoting your art or creative business?  Do you need help with financial issues? Here is a list of service providers that work particularly in the arts and creative fields.

Triangle ArtWorks does not endorse or in any way guarantee the work of these firms by listing them here.  This list is only provided as a convenience to the community. These companies provide all the information contain in these entries.

Do you provide a service to the visual or performing arts and creative industry?  Let us know and we will list you here.

Marketing/Publicity

Heather Allen, MGIM-MBA & Artist Business Consultant – Heather Allen helps artists, designers and makers turn their creativity into profitability through small business consulting, educational workshops and effective public relations. Heather is based in Raleigh-Durham, and works with clients nationally. Website; Email.

Clarion Content  –  Clarion Content is media, promotions and consulting firm. We find delight in creative, interesting and talented people. We represent a range of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs in Durham, NC and beyond. See our business here.  Our offices are located at #401 W. Geer Street, Durham, NC 27701.  Contact: Aaron Mandel by email or 919.730.6130.

Laken Geiger – Providing public relations and offering communication support to entrepreneurs and arts organizations. Laken specializes in crafting individualized communication strategies, event planning and promotion, copy editing, and social media consulting. She holds a degree in public relations and arts entrepreneurship from North Carolina State University. Laken lives in downtown Raleigh, but serves people across the nation. Website.

Debb Hepp, Brand Strategist – Debb Hepp is a strategic marketer and creative communicator, specializing in helping individuals and organizations develop a visual identity and message. Working together with Debb, you will identify brand strategies, develop online presence and create content. She’s passionate about the arts in our community, has served local arts organizations and collaborates with individual artists to refine their brand. Website.

Legal Services

Will Blackton – Will Blackton is a Raleigh-based attorney who works with visual artists and content creators to obtain fair compensation for their work. He primarily focuses on copyright infringement claims, negotiating retroactive license agreements for misappropriated work, and assisting artists with protecting their portfolios. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as a web developer and graphic designer. Email. Website.

Brandon Huffman – Brandon works with the law firm of Odin Law & Media in Raleigh. The firm’s work centers around corporate, transactions and intellectual property. Brandon focuses primarily on issues dealing with interactive media and the internet. Brandon is an amateur artist and passionate about the intersections of art, new media and law. He strives to help his creative clients grow professionally and showcase their work without giving up their rights. Email. Twitter.

Shelia Huggins – Shelia A. Huggins is a business lawyer, focusing primarily on arts and entertainment. She has a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and recently screened her short film, Mechanics Film. She concentrates her practice on startup assistance and business contracts for creatives throughout North Carolina. Email.  Website.

Mike Tadych (“tah-dee”) is a partner with Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych, PLLC in Raleigh. He and other members of the firm represent clients involved in publishing, broadcasting, photography, visual art, entertainment and intellectual property. Mike enjoys helping creative clients address issues involving everything from contract and licensing negotiation and drafting, to pre-publication/broadcast review, to intellectual property protection. He knows that “content is king” and the importance of preserving the value of creative efforts. Email. Website: 1101 Haynes Street, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27604-1455.

Financial/Investments

Tommy Dwight/Financial Representative/Principal Securities Registered Representative – Tommy Dwight spent over 20 years of his career as a freelance Actor, Musician & Composer and also worked in a variety of full-time music-related jobs. In 2013, he changed careers to become a Financial Representative now working with Principal Financial Group in Raleigh, NC. Focusing a large part of his business working with creative individuals and companies, he is able to bring his own experience to the conversation. This gives him a unique perspective on artists’ specific needs and concerns. He truly enjoys educating and working with artists to identify and set specific goals and works with them to develop a strategy aimed toward reaching those goals. LinkedIn Email

Insurance

Alex Maiolo/Lee-Moore Insurance – Lee-Moore Insurance is an Independent Agent based in Carrboro. After having good experiences with local Punk Rock Lawyers and Hippie Real Estate People, it occurred to Alex Maiolo that the Creative Class was not properly represented in this area, so he set out to change that, 17 years ago. Lee-Moore not only writes policies for arts-based businesses, restaurants, artisan projects, festivals, events, and studios, they also write personal policies (home/auto) for people involved in those endeavors, and have placed in, or topped, The Independent’s “Best Of” list for many years now. Additionally, the staff are active in their own artistic projects in their personal lives.  Email  Website

Insureon Small Business Insurance  – Insureon helps artists and business owners find the right business insurance. By partnering with 35 top insurance companies, Insureon makes it easy to compare insurance quotes and find a good price for liability coverage. Website.

Photographer & Videographer Insurance  – Insureon’s photographer and videographer insurance meets the needs of media professionals. Whether you want liability coverage for damage that might occur while filming on location or you need to protect your equipment, you can talk with insurance agents who specialize in coverage for photo and video professionals. Website.

Nonprofit Services

Lyn Manness – Fundraiser/Volunteer Manager —  Lyn Maness is an experienced non-profit professional who has lived in the Triangle for over 20 years.  She brings expertise to planning and executing annual campaigns, membership drives, and events utilizing the talents of dedicated volunteers.  She is available for contract or freelance work.  Contact: Email. 919.264.6711.

Art Photography

Jason Dowdle/Blue Sky Digital Photography — Fine Photography for the Artist and Craftsperson  – Jason Dowdle is the area’s premier craft photographer, with nearly 15 years dedicated to helping artists and craftspersons promote themselves and their work. Jason provides full digital photographic services of the highest quality to artists working in all media including wood, metal, ceramics, glass, fiber, sculpture and 2D art, with an emphasis on providing images for use in applications to juried shows and competitions, in addition to all forms of general marketing, Web uses and print publications.  He has photographed work for many of the area’s best artists and artists from around the country and has a long track record of getting them into top shows. Email  Website

Creativity Support

Marissa Boisvert, Integrative Health Coach & Consultant – Through mindfulness, Marissa teaches artists how to live in the moment for self-guided creative expansion. She currently offers individual consultations, private coaching, and on-site intensives. Marissa lives in Raleigh, and works with artists around the world. WebsiteEmail

Private Creative Coaching/Suzanne McDermott. Suzanne McDermott is a multidisciplinary artist with a panoramic experience in the arts, who coaches people through vague and specific creative issues by helping them to reframe their experience, redefine themselves, open creative flow, and gain clarity about who they are becoming. Suzanne creates tailored systems, encourages daily practice, and provides accountability with a personable, conversational style.  Suzanne’s creative, performance, production, administrative, and strategic work in music, theater, visual art, architecture, film, and museum design, combined with studies in Eastern philosophies, informs her coaching with authentic, insightful, and constructive feedback and suggestions. Website Email

Andrea Mia- Creative Coaching.  Having a trusted partner to listen to your needs and concerns and offer honest, timely and relevant feedback is a critical component to supporting your development and actualizing your goals.  Andrea brings decades of experience helping producers, directors and writers clarify their visions and reach their goals.  She coaches all creatives by listening deeply, thinking strategically and helping bring about measurable results. 323-620-1536 Coaching in person in the Triangle and internationally by Skype. Website  Email

Steevie Jane Parks, Ph.D. – Creating Without Fear  – I work mainly with visual artists to help them to successfully overcome the inner and outer obstacles to achieving their unique creative potential. In addition to being trained as a Creativity Coach, I have also been practicing as a Licensed Psychologist in private practice for over 25 years. I work with Artists at all stages of their careers. I have been successfully helping Artists with these issues since 1988. Website.  Email.

Web Design for Artists

1994– 1994 is a web design and development firm based in Durham, North Carolina. We work with startups, small businesses, and artists/makers we believe in. Founded by an maker and a musician who fell in love with code, we understand the inner life of artists, and how to build, market, and share their work with the world. Contact us for a free consultation on your project. Website.

Trudy Thomson of Website Design at the Crest of the Hill – offers web design services to many artists who are located in the Triangle area, including visual artists, writers, musicians, photographers and videographers. Thomson’s visual design highlights an artist’s unique talents, products or services. With a Masters in Media Design and over 25 years of experience, you will find Thomson’s work creative, innovative and affordable. Go to her website to see samples of her web work and get more information.  Website.