Raleigh’s Van Alston is a 2014 Indie Art Award winner. Alston operates Slim’s in Raleigh and The Cave in Chapel Hill. His bars are places where musicians can get experience and a paycheck no matter how many listeners how up. Alston only collects 15% of ticket sales from acts after the musicians have received an guaranteed initial payment. The former tour manager and history teacher enjoys helping artists start their career and is willing to take a risk to support them that others are not.