Substantial Art & Music, LLC (SAM) is an organization focused on providing consulting services to the art and music community. We ask Substantial about the company he and business partner/wife founded to help develope and push musicians and artists careers.

Big Up Substantial where’s home?

I’m from PG County, Maryland but I currently reside in Northern Virginia.

How long have you been in THE GAME?

I’ve been in the music industry for 20 years.

What is Substantial Art & Music about?

Substantial Art & Music, LLC (SAM) is an organization focused on providing consulting services to the art and music community. SAM was founded in 2017, by myself and my wife (creative director, designer, producer and arts administrator), Rachelle Etienne-Robinson. Together we provide design and consulting services to emerging and established artists. Additionally, we provide art and music programming and advocacy.

Our mission is to create, present and provide artistic opportunities, special programs, supports and consulting services to youth and adults in the District of Columbia Metro area and beyond.

How many workshops has SAM done? Where?

We’ve conducted over a dozen workshops around the country. In Seattle, WA we worked with Amazon. We’ve also hosted a workshop in Baltimore, MD and several in Rockville, MD in collaboration with Omega Studios. Other workshop location include Washington, DC and Winter Park, FL. Upcoming cities: Durham, NC, Brooklyn, NY and Atlanta, GA

What are some topics you cover?

Social media marketing, streaming, crowdfunding, local and national grants and more.

How do I go about getting the workshops in my city?

Contact us via

Is there an affiliate program?

We have a few affiliates/partners who we’ve co-hosted several of our workshops with and we’re always looking to partner with other organizations.

Any new music out we should be looking for?

Absolutely! New single, Alone In The Rain featuring Stephanie Gayle & Mason Lieberman out now. Next single drops in a few weeks and several other releases later this year.

Goals for 2019?

Release more music. Continue to grow our business, Substantial Art & Music, LLC. Maybe a tour or two.

Any advice or last words??

Choose to be great.

1/12 Baltimore, MD | Substantial Live @ The Windup Space 9PM
1/18 Durham, NC – “Glass” Movie Premier/Panel @ Southpoint AMC Theatre 6:30PM
1/19 Durham, NC – Indie 101 Workshop 11AM |
2/15 Brooklyn, NY – Indie 101 Workshop 11AM |
5/24 Atlanta, GA | Substantial Live @ Momocon
7/13 Arlington, VA | Substantial Live @ Blerdcon

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