Erika Wollam Nichols is President and GM of The Bluebird Café overseeing 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 for the annual Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Prior to her position at The Bluebird, she was Director of Development for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) where she oversaw the organization’s fundraising, marketing and community relation’s efforts for three years (2005-2008).
Past experience includes Vice-President of Marketing & Community Outreach at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where she developed the music programming efforts, including the regular songwriter performances, in the new museum. She was also Associate Producer of the weekly Nashville Public Radio series, “The Songwriter Sessions” for five years and was the former Program Director for the Summer Lights Festival from 1991 until 1996.
An alumnus of Leadership Music, she served on the Board of Directors for the organization from 2007-2010 and currently serves on the board of the ACLU of Tennessee, the Folk Alliance International and on the steering committee of the Last Minute Toy Store in Nashville.
Erika received her BA in philosophy from Belmont University and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a former adjunct instructor for Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville.