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INTERNATIONAL ARTS SOLUTIONS is a US-based marketing consulting agency that specialized in entertainment solutions. The company is focused on international partnerships and business development.

The principals of the company have worked in the live music and marketing space for over 30 years, creating and executing concerts, festivals, and activations internationally and with brands such as Heineken, MTV, BET, Music Choice, etc. IAS will heavily focus on international markets, IP building, and pro-social initiative. The company is launching a series of concerts, festivals and stage production in 2018. 

Ernest Kelly
Co-Founder/Managing partner
Nolan Baynes
Co-Founder/Managing Partner 

Ernest D. Kelly is a New Orleans, Louisiana native. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University, 1978.

He has been the owner and operator of Ernest D. Kelly, LLC Accounting Firm for over 35 years; Owner and director of Quad-Lock/International Concrete Forms, South Africa. Ernest has served on the Board of Directors for the World Trade Center, New Orleans; Algiers Economic Development Foundation; Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business Committee of Academy & Entrepreneurship and House of Ruth providing housing and support for homeless families.


Ernest D. Kelly Producer has over 39 years of entertainment production experience in the USA, Jamaica, and Africa. He is the founder of the International Arts Foundation; Executive Producer International Arts Festival New Orleans 1987-2005; International Arts Festival; Houston, Texas 1997; Durban One World Festival 2005-2008; Africa Umoja 2013 USA, Africa Umoja 2014 USA Tour; and Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash 1987-1992. Ernest has to date, led ten delegations of businesses, government officials, educators, tourist and international music stars to South Africa since 2000. 

Nolan M Baynes is an entertainment marketing and TV production veteran based in New York City. From 1995 to 2006 he worked for the global media giant, MTV Networks. He created and oversaw marketing programs for some of today’s most celebrated artists; Beyoncé, Usher, Kayne West, Cold Play, etc. Baynes oversaw music marketing for the network’s marquee events; Video Music Awards, $2 Bill concert series, Campus Invasion, etc.


He later formed JBF Entertainment, a consulting firm with Jay Fiedler, (former NFL Quarterback - Miami Dolphin). Baynes led business development projects for BET, Rolling Stone Magazine, MTV and NBA legend, Grant Hill. He also forged a strategic partnership with CSM, Inc., a Toronto-based talent agency that represented international superstar, Nellie Furtado, and 7x Grammy Award nominee, Tamia Hill, etc.


In 2011, he took over as head of marketing for Music Choice, a streaming, TV music network, with a reach of over 55MM homes in the US. While there he led all marketing efforts with major record labels, corporate brands, talent agencies, media and cable companies and created campaigns for artists such as Chris Brown, 5th Harmony, A$AP Rocky, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryant, etc. 


International Arts Solutions

3220 General DeGaulle Drive

New Orleans, LA 70114

Ph:  (504) 367-1313

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