Raul Cuza

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  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2005

RAUL CUZA
CEO- CUZA Agency


Summary

CUZA Agency- President and CEO - Canada- Colombia
Grand Entertainment and Music (GEM)- VP Latin Division- Canada
Eye for Talent- VP Canadian Division- USA- Canada
TLN Latin Carnaval - Production Director- Canada
Festival International Nuits D’ Afrique- Program manager- Canada
Abdel Rodriguez Dance Academy- Canada
Mella Theater - Production and Artistic Director- Cuba
Cinematographic Studios- Assistant Director and Second Director- Cuba



Experience

CEO- Cuza Agency

July 2007- Present

Cuza Agency has a very strong network in North and Latin America. Our main focus of business is consulting, managing, booking, and developing artist’s carriers. We have developed strong alliances in the region to support this work. Furthermore, CUZA Agency produces albums and puts together strategies of marketing and promotion for its clients. CUZA Agency is also part of the North American summer festival presenters. Cuza Agency worked with the following artists in North America: LA 33, SEPTETO SANTIAGERO (2 times Latin Grammy Nominees), GAITEROS DE SAN JACINTO, SEXTETO TABALA DE PALENQUE, PUPY Y LOS QUE SON SON, MANOLITO Y SU TRABUCO, ORQUESTA SENSACION, EL MICHA, LOS VAN VAN (2000 Latin Grammy Award) and GENTE DE ZONA among many others.


VICE PRESIDENT LATIN DIVISION and A & R- Grand Entertainment and Music (GEM)

October 2004- July 2007

As an A & R and Vice President of the Latin Division at GEM, Cuza signed and developed the carrier of many artists including QBANITO who was a big success in Canadian Music Industry. During this period, QBANITO was at the top of radio and television charts in Canada. Cuza was also responsible for organizing all tours of his artists in Canada and USA. Cuza signed for the Grand Entertainment Catalogue; COMVOY CUBANO, LA PRESELECCION and EDDY K among many others

FOUNDER AND VICE PRESIDENT- Eye for Talent Canada

October 2002- September 2004

Having a broad and versatile network in Canada, Cuza ensured successful tours for the different artists in Eye for Talent Catalogue. Among them; LES YEUX NOIRS, PARIS COMBO, ERMETO PASCUAL, HUUN HUUR TU, LOS DE ABAJO, LOKUA KANZA.


PRODUCTION MANAGER- TLN Latin Carnaval

July 2002

TLN Television network hired Cuza to be the Production Manager of the TLN Latin Carnaval 2002 Edition in Montreal. Cuza and his team were in charge of every aspect in producing this event, from lighting to sound, catering,security, transportation and payment of the artists. Among the big names presenting in this Festival were; OSCAR DE LEON & VLADIMIR , AZUL AZUL, LA MAQUINA and D’ TALLE.


PROGRAM MANAGER- Festival Nuits D’Afrique

September 1997- 2002

As a program manager of the Nuits D’Afrique summer festival, Cuza had to scout for the best talents in various international markets such as WOMEX, MIDEM, CINARS and RIDEAU. During the festival, Cuza had to manage an outdoor stage as well as several inside venues. His tasks included; negotiating and finalizing contracts, coordination of the festival, sound checks, artists transportation, payements and act scheduling. Artists featuring in Festival Nuits D’Afrique included; MIRIAM MAKEBA, YOUSOU N’ DOUR, CHEIKHA RIMITTI, OUMOU SANGARE, HABIB KOITE, ADALBERTO ALVAREZ, AZUCAR NEGRA, AND SIERRA MAESTRA.


SOUND AND LIGHT DESIGNER- Abdel Rodriguez Dance Academy

June 1991- January 1993

Cuza was in charge of designing sound and lighting for every show in the dance academy.


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER- Mella Theatre

June 1990- April 1991

During this period, Cuza was responsible for the selection of artists and acts presented in this theatre. He also had to ensure a successful presentation for each show. Artists presented by Cuza included; CONJUNTO FOLCLORICO NACIONAL DE CUBA, DANZA NACIONAL DE CUBA, DANZA ABIERTA, RAICES PROFUNDAS, ORQUESTA DE LA TELEVICION CUBANA, EDESIO ALEJANDRO Y SU BANDA DE MAQUINA, MONTE Y ESPUMA, among many others.
Languages

English, Spanish, French



Skills And Expertise

Entertainment

Music Industry

Theatre

A& R

Management

Booking

Concerts

Organization Strategies

Marketing

Production

Video Production

Producing and Organizing Festivals
Songwriting

Strategy Partnership

Licensing

Record Labels

Digital Distribution and Media

Content Strategies





Education

Universidad de La Habana
Masters Degree in Art History 1985- 1990

Cinematographic Studios
Movie Direction, Production and Edition 1989- 1990

Complejo Cultural Mella
Artistic Direction for Theatre 1987- 1988







Raul Cuza


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