I’m Mary Bella, the “Maestra” of Maestra Web Design, and I specialize in websites for singers, instrumental musicians and arts organizations. That’s my “niche” but I’m always open to other projects – I’ve created and maintained websites for choirs, orchestras, photographers, agents, authors, visual artists as well as community groups and charitable organizations.
I know how important it is to have a professional-looking website that reflects your unique artistic personality or your company’s individual branding. Whether the image you’re looking to project is serious, classic, contemporary or funky, Maestra Web Design can develop a website to suit your needs, your time-frame, and your budget.
Training and Background
While my post-secondary education is in music, I have worked extensively in arts administration and have been designing websites for nearly 20 years. (Yes, I started out when websites were a NEW idea!) I am always learning about new techniques and technologies that will better serve my clients. My attention to detail and my artistic aesthetic both lend themselves to web design.
Maestra is International
Although based in Toronto, Canada, Maestra Web Design serves clients throughout North America, Europe and Asia, so distance is never a problem when designing your site. I often design websites without ever meeting the client in person! We can consult by phone and email, and you can email or “snail mail” your materials (documents, photos and CDs/MP3s). Anything sent digitally is usually better, as it saves time typing and scanning, so saves you money. If you are in Toronto and wish to meet in person, we can also arrange a “face-to-face” personal consultation.
Why do you need a website?
If you’re a company, it’s obvious. A website is a prerequisite to selling tickets and merchandise, to fundraising, to raising your profile as an organization, and to establishing legitimacy and permanence in the public eye. The company website incorporates your branding, your events and/or performance details, your social media links and all your staff and company info, all in one easy to navigate, user-friendly place. It can also be where you post news and blog about industry-related topics.
For artists and other creatives, a well-designed website not only keeps your current fans informed of your upcoming engagements and news, but also makes you much more accessible to the general public, employers, and the press.
Unlike social media, you have total control over what appears on your website – you can “curate” and tailor what you present towards your audience and potential employers.
Helping Artists Help Themselves
Maestra‘s mandate is to help artists help themselves… once your site is up and running, you have the option to update and maintain it yourself, if you have the inclination, the time and a relatively up-to-date computer with internet access. If you prefer, I can maintain and update your site as often as you wish, for a very competitive hourly rate.
- Reasonable rates, flexible packages
- Clean, modern, easy-to-navigate website design
- Personal consultations, attention to detail and to your specific requirements
- As much or as little personal involvement from you as you want
- Registration & set up of your domain, hosting and email services
- Maintenance of your site and registration with search engines