Erika Nichols – COO/GM, The Bluebird Café, Nashville, TN

Erika Nichols


Erika Wollam Nichols has been the Chief Operating Officer at the Bluebird Café for 4-1/2 years and oversees all aspects of the venue’s on-site and off-site operations along with marketing, sponsorship and brand development of The Bluebird Café name. She is also co-director of the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and handles the performance program of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Prior to her position at The Bluebird, she was the Director of Development for the Nashville Songwriters Association International where she oversaw the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts for three years (2005-2008).

In 2000, she was hired as Program Director for The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where she oversaw the museum’s Grand Opening and the development of programming within the new museum including the museum’s musical residency program, the songwriter session and instrument demonstrations. In 2001, she was promoted to Vice-President of Marketing at the museum, a position she held until 2003.

Prior to 2000, she was Associate Executive Director of NSAI and was Director of the Tin Pan South festival from 1996-2000. Additionally, she was Associate Producer of the weekly Nashville Public Radio series, “The Songwriter Sessions”.

Before that she spent five years as Program Director for the Summer Lights Festival (1991-1996) where she developed the performance programming; over 300 acts on eight stages over four days in downtown Nashville.

Erika received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Belmont University and recently graduated with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is an adjunct instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. She was a member of Leadership Music’s Class of 2007 and on the board of Leadership Music from 2007-2010.