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Dow Artists, Inc. was founded in 2004 by Shantel Dow, offering over thirty years of arts management and arts granting experience to presenters and artists in the entertainment industry.


We offer personal and professional services to presenters, both large and small, by:

• Assisting with finding the best entertainers for each venue

• Creating a match between artist, presenter and venue

• Providing high quality press materials

• Maintaining contact with presenters from the initial phone call until well after the show

• Offering grants consulting to non-profit presenters (See SERVICES)

• Finding the best possible fees for the presenter while helping to advance the careers of the artists

Dow Artists, Inc. is a member of Minnesota Presenters Network, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Art Northwest, and WESTAF.

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Michaela Smith, Booking Agent

Currently studying at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, Michaela is working to earn her degree in music business and recording. She is from Grand Rapids, Minnesota and worked at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center as office manager and box office manager. 

Michaela is a passionate musician who has been booking her own gigs since she was 16. Self-taught on guitar and ukulele with a strong focus on vocals. 

Shantel Dow, Founder


Shantel is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been a music administrator and grants specialist for many arts organizations including the country's largest youth orchestra organization, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (Minnesota).


As an amateur trumpeter, Shantel has had the opportunity to perform at the Sydney Opera House (Australia), Royal Albert Hall (England), Aotea Centre (New Zealand), on the Great Wall (China) and Carnegie Hall. She was a member of the McDonald's All-American Band in 1980.

She is a member of many professional arts organizations and is honored to have been chosen as Co-Chair for the 2018 Arts Midwest Conference.  

Shantel has four children, Marissa, Leah, Sawyer and Carver and one grandchild, Masen Alexander.  

Shantel is now serving as the Executive Director for The Reif Center in Grand Rapids, MN.

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