Erika Elliott is a recognized leader in the field and a creative programmer with over twenty-five years of experience in variety of roles within the music industry. She currently holds the position of Executive Artistic Director at City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage festival. She is the longest standing Programming Director in the festivals 30+ year history, having curated the festival for over a decade. City Parks Foundation is the largest presenter of free Arts and Culture in New York City, annually presenting over 100 free programs including 35+ performances at SummerStage in Central Park, three months of programming citywide at SummerStage Citywide, and family programs, serving all five boroughs as well as the annual 3 day Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Additionally the organization programs and runs the Swedish Marionette Theatre, in Central Park programming puppet shows year round. Ms. Elliott is responsible for the overall artistic vision of all the Arts programming, as well as developing larger thematic seasonal celebrations, and commissions. Under her leadership the attendance and notoriety of the entire festival has grown exponentially.
Originally from Los Angeles, Erika joined the staff of Loud Records in 1996, working in both the marketing and promotion departments on seminal Hip-Hop projects such as Wu-Tang’s Forever, and Big Punishers Capital Punishment. Erika then spent 2+ years in the Artist Development department of RCA Music Group developing the careers of Christina Aguilera, and Foo Fighters among many others. In 2001 she was hired as Talent Buyer / Director of Urban Music at S.O.B’s (a 500 capacity Club). At S.O.B’s she created and developed the SOULCITY series, which launched the careers of then unsigned artists John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, and Kanye West. She is a second term Governor of the New Chapter of The Recording Academy. As well as founder of NYMPF (New York Music Festivals and Presenters) an informal organization of New York area presenters, producers and promoters.
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