About us:

Left Bank is a Nashville-based arts management company devoted to supporting artists and projects that are mission-driven and responsive to communities.

dedicated to:

* managing, supporting, and marketing deeply creative artists, projects and events
* developing projects that are inclusive, diverse, revelatory, which encourage hope, promote peace.
* connecting artists to like-minded presenters and institutions nationally and internationally
* highlighting the work of living composers, and creating pathways for artists who wish to explore contemporary composition
* amplifying women's voices in the arts, especially in the southeast

Our Services:

* artist & project management
* grant-writing and fundraising
* booking
* graphic and web design
* tour marketing & promotion


 Photo by Khalid Ali

Photo by Khalid Ali


Celine Thackston : : Grant-writer & Development Consultant

Celine Thackston is a grant writer and development consultant. A skilled writer, she raised more than three million dollars in the last fiscal year for a range of arts, education, and human services organizations as well as individual artists.

Past and current partnerships include the Nashville Symphony, the Big Ears Festival, Nashville Opera, OZ Arts, End Slavery Tennessee, Second Harvest Food Bank, Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, and others. Beyond assisting arts organizations with grant writing and development strategies, she has helped a number of individual artists, including musicians, composers, and visual artists.

In addition to grant writing, Celine has experience in crafting direct mail appeals, producing focused individual and foundation prospect research, designing advocacy campaigns, and building out annual fundraising plans. She holds a DMA in Music Performance from the University of Oregon, with supporting studies in Arts Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

CARISSa stolting : : Artist & Event Management

Carissa is an artist manager and the Managing Director of the Big Ears Festival and non-profit. Stolting began her career in music as Executive Assistant to Ashley Capps, President of AC Entertainment (Bonnaroo, Big Ears, Moogfest/Mountain Oasis, Forecastle).  Carissa was formerly head of artist management at AC Entertainment working with internationally celebrated artists including Trixie Whitley, Clare & the Reasons and Julia Nunes among others. 

In 2014, Carissa designed Left Bank with Grammy award-winning clawhammer banjo player and cultural ambassador, Abigail Washburn. Their goal was to create an arts management platform that would be mission-based, focusing on artistic integrity and creativity above all. Left Bank has since become the management home to Washburn, composer Rachel Grimes, guitar-drum duo Ahleuchatistas. classically trained composer and zither-master Wu Fei, and more.

Stolting has a passion for producing live events and was one of the primary organizers of Nashville International Women’s Day 2017, as well as Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn’s “Circle Round Home” residency , which raised over 20k for local non-profit organizations. Stolting is a board member of experimental chamber ensemble, chatterbird, The Porch Writer’s Collective, and Sonosphere.   Carissa has an M.A. in French & Linguistics and was a French Lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, before she began working in the music industry. 

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Left Bank is named in homage to the brilliant arts community that thrived on the Rîve Gauche, southern bank of the Seine.