Erika Elliott

executive artistic director


Erika Elliott, is a dedicated and creative leader in the music industry with over 15 years of experience in variety of roles within the music industry. She currently holds the position of Artistic Director at City Parks Foundation. City Parks Foundation is the largest presenter of Free Arts and Culture in New York City, annually presenting over 1000 free programs including Central Park Summerstage, 36 city wide Summerstages’ and The annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Erika is responsible for the overall artistic vision of the festival, programming the talent and developing larger thematic programs and commissions.

Originally from Los Angeles the California native moved to New York City to pursue a career in the music industry after working in college and commercial radio. She joined Loud Records staff in 1997 working in both the marketing and promotion departments on several historic projects including the WU-Tang Clans’ The W, and Big Punisher’s debut, Capital Punishment, both albums went on to be platinum selling. 3 years with the seminal hip-hop label were followed by a position as Assistant to VP of William Morris Agency and Agent, Cara Lewis. In this role she coordinated a roster of touring artist including Eminem, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Outkast, and Jamiroquai to name a few.
Erika then returned to a label this time spending 2+ years in the Artist Development department of RCA Music Group and was part of breaking new artists Christina Aguilera and Lit, as well as working on Foo Fighters RCA debut. In 2001 Erika got the opportunity to return to the live music aspect of the business, when she was offered the Talent Buyer position at S.O.B’s, New Yorks’ premiere World and Urban Music club. She was responsible for raising the profile of the important club, and making it “the” place to see Urban Music in New York. She created and developed the SOULCITY series, which launched the careers of then unsigned artists John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, and Kanye West. She also created Sol Village as a platform to develop and showcase talent, which continues to be a valuable performance opportunity for artists at SOBs to this day.

participating in

  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2011
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009
  • WOMEX 2008
  • WOMEX 2007
  • WOMEX 2006