Nicole Merritt is the General Manager/Producer at globalFEST (gF), a critically acclaimed global music festival and non-profit serving the world music community through showcases, event curation, grant programs, technical assistance, and more. Previously, Nicole managed programs and produced international cultural and business development conferences for global arts leaders at the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), where she worked with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Imogen Heap, Mark Morris, Jim Jarmusch, and more. Before ISPA, Nicole worked on international tours and supported world class conductors and instrumentalists at IMG Artists in New York and London. Nicole was named an Emerging Leader of New York Arts (ELNYA) Fellow by the NY Arts and Business Council in 2013, and served on the Board of Directors for ELNYA and the Nouveau Classical Project. A professional singer, Nicole actively performs with her experimental electro fusion band Charcole Federation.