Stephanie Baustert and Elvis Duarte, laureates of the Artist Management Programme 2022 pilot grant
The Artist Management Programme has been designed to support artist managers over a two-year period and allow them to deepen their professional network, skills and know-how as well as to work more closely with Luxembourg artists, both nationally and internationally. This grant also includes a mentoring programme with international professionals who will guide the laureates at every stage. Recipients of this grant will be entitled to a sum of €10,000 per year for a period of two years as well as a specified budget for attending professional events.
Following a call for applications, the selection committee, consisting of Luka Heindrichs (De Gudde Wëllen), Florence Martin (United Instruments of Lucilin), Marc Nickts (SACEM Luxembourg) and John Rech (opderschmelz) decided to allocate the Artist Management Programme to Stephanie Baustert (Stephanie Baustert Music Management) and Elvis Duarte (Beast Records)
Statement of the selection committee
Ms Baustert’s application was of great interest to the committee. On the one hand, Ms Baustert has confirmed her activity as an artist manager in recent years and is clearly identified as such at the international level. The Artist Management Programme could be of benefit to her in order to further develop her management activity and expand her international network.
Statement from Stephanie Baustert
I am thrilled and immensely grateful for the support by Kultur | lx. The Artist Management Programme will help me a lot to further develop my skills, my network and my company, and to bring my artists career to the next level.
About Stephanie Baustert
Stephanie Baustert is an independent music manager driven by the desire to help artists build their career and reach their full potential. Since 2016, she provides full service artist management and career development to jazz and improvised music artists. She currently works with the local musicians Michel Meis (drums) and Gilles Grethen (guitar), as well as the Switzerland-based pianist Max Petersen.
In addition, she offers a wide range of services to musicians of all genres, from marketing and promotion to project development to consulting, thus enabling them to focus on what they do best: music.
Statement from the selection committee
Mr. Duarte’s application shows convincing results and manages to display precise, clear objectives that take into account the realities of the international music industry. On this point, the committee would like to commend the quality of the research carried out for the writing of this application. Furthermore, the budget and the general strategy of the laureate are well thought out and realistic. Finally, Mr. Duarte highlighted the solid entourage he has at his disposal at the national level, which will support him in the development of his management activity.
Statement by Elvis Duarte
I am honoured to have been selected for the Artist Management Programme, which gives value to the profession and allows me to carry out my work more serenely and efficiently. I would like to thank Kultur | lx for listening to the needs of the sector and creating this programme. I would also like to thank the jury for their trust.
About Elvis Duarte
Elvis Duarte is one of the two co-founders of BEAST RECORDS, a music company founded in 2014 in Luxembourg. The latter allowed him to further professionalize his business and to solidify his links with artists.
After dealing with the management of artists from the Hip Hop scene, he decided to open up and also get involved in the artistic and editorial management of local artists from different genres, such as CHAILD, EDSUN and NOSI, who all started to attract international attention.
With the aim of creating a Luxembourg music industry, he has partnered with well-known players in the local scene such as Konektis Entertainment, Unison Studios and FOQUS. With this devoted environment dedicated to development, he is convinced that he has all the necessary assets to extend the reach of his artists beyond the borders. Accompanied by his trusted team, Elvis is proud to announce the start of a collaboration between BEAST RECORDS and ADA Music, part of the Warner Music BeNeLux group.
This new achievement only increases Elvis’ motivation to contribute to the international influence of the Luxembourgish scene and to expand his professional network.