Business of Arts Networking Series

Join the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) for the second round of programming in The Business of Arts Networking Series. This quarterly virtual program supports emerging artists and creatives in Baltimore City by providing a series of professional development, networking, performance and showcasing opportunities.

This next round of programming, The Art of Finance, takes places on Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, 2021 with sessions curated specifically for artists on the topics of building a financial foundation, successful financial planning, fundraising, and more.

The Art of Finance will be led by both finance experts and creatives for practical and inspiring conversations about successful financial practices for creatives. Join the The Art of Finance to hear from: Chi Eze, Small Business Consultant Manager at Bank of America; Lewis Weil, found of Money Positive; and Trevite Willis, award-winning producer of Forty Year Old Version. The Art of Finance will conclude with a special mini concert performance from Rae The Conjurer.

The Business of Arts Networking Series is sponsored in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and Bank of America.

The Business of Arts Networking Series: The Art of Finance

  • The Fundamentals of Building a Financial Foundation - Presented by Bank of America

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 PM (led by Chi Eze from Bank of America) REGISTER HERE

  • Fund Your Dream Projects: Financial Planning for the Independent Artist

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 6:45 – 7:45 PM (led by Lewis Weil) REGISTER HERE

  • Fundraising – You Can Do It! Creating a Network of Wealth and Opportunity

Friday, April 30, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 PM (led by Trevite Willis) REGISTER HERE

Mini Concert Series:

  • Friday, April 30, 2021, 7:15 PM (performance by Rae the Conjurer)
  • Virtual Meet & Greet 7:15 - 7:30 PM REGISTER HERE
  • Virtual Mini Concert 7:30 PM Streaming on BOPA’s Facebook and YouTube.


Participant Bios

Chi Eze is the Small Business Consultant Manager for the Maryland Market. In this role she is directly responsible for managing a team of Small Business Consultants (SBCs), who are specialists within their respective Financial Centers and provide comprehensive financial solutions to small businesses with annual revenue from $250K up to $5 million. Chi joined Bank of America in May 2011 as a Relationship Banker, later became a Relationship Manager and then a Financial Center Manager. She moved over to Small Business the last four years as a SBC and later Small Business Banker (SBB) where she was a 2019 Pinnacle award recipient. She is currently part of Bank of America’s 2020 Mastery Program, is extremely passionate about her career, helping others grow, networking and building relationships. Chi holds her BS in Accounting from Abia State Polytechnic, Nigeria and has her dual MBA with specialization in Financial Management from University of Maryland Global Campus. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and their three boys (11, 9 and 6 years old). She is a member of the Black Professional Group (BPG), Inter-Generational Employee Network (IGEN) and LEAD for Women MD Chapter where she is currently serving on the leadership team.

Lewis  Weil is the founder of Money Positive, a worker-owned financial planning cooperative in Austin, TX. Weil was previously a professional molecular biologist studying neurons, seaweed, and DNA. While working as a biologist, he was surprised by how many brilliant people he was surrounded by who were really bad at money. This realization led Weil to start taking financial planning courses, become a registered investment advisor (RIA) and to create Money Positive as a way to help more people build long term financial security. Weil lives in Austin, TX, where he spends his free time doing natural habitat restoration and hanging out with his partner Rae.

Trevite Willis is an award-winning producer who has produced digital content projects, short and feature films since 1999. Ms. Willis Ms. Willis is an executive producer on the Sundance 2020 award-winning film, FORTY YEAR OLD VERSION. She is currently in post production on the 2020 political documentary, BLACK VOTERS MATTER, following civil rights activists LaTosha Brown and Cliff and April Albright as they rallied voters in the general and Georgia’s U.S.

Senate run-off elections. Ms. Willis is a producer on a number of projects in production: FRANK BEY: YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME and LISTEN TO MY HEARTBEAT. She has produced 7 feature films, including CARGO (2017 Amnesty International Human Rights Prize), BLOOD BOUND, MAYA AND HER LOVER, and CHILDREN OF GOD which had theatrical releases in the US, UK and The Netherlands, won 17 awards, and sold in 24 territories. In 2018, Ms. Willis launched the Southern Fried Film Festival in Huntsville, Alabama with fellow co-founder, Kelley Reischauer.

Rae The Conjurer has always imagined their tomorrows. And from that imagination, they have used their skills of artistry, intellect, and cultural translation to work towards a tomorrow based in abundant justice and healing. Rae The Conjurer has been a musician since the age of three. And at the age of three, they knew that they wanted to be many types of people in this lifetime. But all of those people found a way to communicate and commit their dreams into existence and create active healing. Rae The Conjurer's purpose is to create experiences that connect people to their highest selves and their truest desires. The experiences they create conjure a liberated future through music, entrepreneurship, and community collaboration. Rae The Conjurer works as a multidimensional Musician, Composer, Storyteller, Communications Specialist, and Educator, and Entrepreneur.  As a Black Gender Transcendent person, Rae believes that it is their responsibility to use their gifts and daily work to create opportunities that support the holistic liberation of Queer People of Color.


About The Business of Arts Networking Series

The Networking Series features opportunities for professional development, networking, and performance, and will occur quarterly throughout the year with a rotating roster of participating artists and creatives. The Business of Arts Networking Series will tentatively continue in April, August, and November 2021.

Professional Development
The virtual sessions are led by industry professionals and designed to give in-depth practical information applicable across various disciplines. Although this program is designed for emerging artists, the sessions will provide useful information for individuals who are changing careers or who simply seek to gain more knowledge and insight into how to take their craft to the next level, no matter where you are in your professional trajectory. These sessions will also feature local organizations that have free professional development and grant opportunities for artists and creatives.

While the speakers of the virtual sessions will be able to give guidance and insight to program participants, these sessions will also provide a space where artists and creatives can dialogue with one another, networking while creating lasting connections and growing their professional peer circles.

The Business of Arts Networking Series will showcase artists/creatives throughout the year in high-quality video production that will be broadcast live across all of BOPA’s social media platforms. Artists interested in being featured during a mini-concert/showcase will need to apply. Applications can be found here