S2E2: Artist Advocacy & Representation with Nate “Suave” Cameron
Providing for yourself through your art will not make you a capitalist monster.
Nate: The day of the starving artist is gone. It does not have to be that way. Somebody will exploit you. We have to be able to capitalize and monetize our stories and be able to tell where we want our story. That starts with ownership. So knowing how to gain work so that we can have ownership, equity and stuff. That’s a big thing. I mean, everybody can [have ownership], because the money is going to be made. The bulk of that might as well go through the people that are actually, that’s my push.
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Music has always been synonymous with community for New Orleans native Nathaniel “Suave” Cameron, Jr. From honing his vocal talents amongst church family as an eight-year-old choir member to earning his place in a historic brotherhood, connecting lotted of musicians like John Batiste, Trombone Shorty, and Terence Blanchard as a section leader of the St. Augustine Marching 100.
In partnership with his wife, Crystal Sims-Cameron, Nate, co-founded Them People Productions, an organization that provides artist support services and produces Black artist-centric events designed to strengthen community ties and promote cultural healing. As the director of Ropeadope Record’s new Artist Advocacy Group, he empowers modern music makers to connect with talent brokers and venues worldwide so they can build and maintain a fan-based community across the globe.