Chesapeake International Arts (CIA) was founded us, Bob and Susan Jones in 2015. We have been musical and literary artists most of our lives with equal measures of business and administrative education and experience.
CIA is a virtual umbrella company that encompasses various support services provided to performing, visual and literary artists and organizations. Our human resources include both of us, some of our old and new respected colleagues, part-time staff, and, in a new way of looking at clients, the end-users, themselves. There are things that the you, the client can do more of, faster, and cheaper, than can be done for you by consultants or suppliers who do not know you or your needs like you do. CIA's approach is to provide the leverage that lets you do that but better and with candid, independent, confidential, guidance and effective new tools. See Our Services.
Our newest tool, developed to help artists help themselves, is the unique, practical, and in today's marketplace, essential personal web page in the CIA Artists Directory. It is a new way to have a web page that the client artist can control and maintain, without having to hire, or become, a webmaster. See Regional Online Artists Directory. We can also manage the development of a full-blown website for you.
Based on experience gained and international trends observed while operating as Chesapeake International Artists, CIA believes that the historic model of a booking agency having an exclusive artist roster and charging commissions for engagements while performing an ever increasing number of services in an increasingly more complex market environment is dying. Large, star-oriented, agencies will continue. Some others are becoming non-exclusive brokers of independent artists and charging for their non-booking services on an ad hoc basis. Artists need to work with many partners in the specialized areas of electronic media, technology, communications, self-marketing, social media, their professional development, booking engagements, finances, etc. No one manager can know and do it all. Economics alone dictate that the artists must take on some of these special skills, themselves. The trend among larger presenters is toward talent buyers as we come full circle to the "house booker" from the popular music field. CIA offers individually tailored ad hoc booking and management services, including assistance finding other resources, without requiring exclusivity or long-term contracts, although we do take on a very limited number of them. See Management and Booking.
Whether you need help with institutional planning and strategy, operational review and productivity improvements or assistance with management, booking, communication and production as a performer or a group, we can help.
Bob & Susan Jones