Nikisha Bailey

Head of A&R Admin and Operations
APG/Atlantic Records

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Nikisha has been a music industry professional in NYC for eight years. With a background in Audio Engineering, she has worked at Sony Studios, Def Jam Recordings, Atlantic Records and is currently the head of A&R Admin and Operations for Artist Partner Group (APG). She oversees and is essential in executing all producer agreements, side artist clearance, sample clearance and handles the overall logistics of the recording process and delivery. Playing a pivotal role between A&R, Marketing, Business Affairs, Sales etc, Nikisha ensures that the artist and label are able to release products without liability and within budget. Her current roster includes Kevin Gates, Kehlani, Charlie Puth, Youngboy Never Broke Again, Cashmoney AP, Bhad Bhabie, Ava Max, etc.

Currently serving as the NYC Chapter Chair for Women in Music, Nikisha loves connecting people, places and things in a modern, meaningful manner. In 2018 she and three other industry friends founded Our Table (@ourtabledinners), which serves as bi-monthly dinner party series that brings key collaborators together in an intimate setting to break bread and move the culture forward through conversation. Past collaborators for Our Table have included Angela Yee (Hot97), Aaron “Dash” Sherrod (Interscope), Lanre Gaba (Atlantic Records), and Venus Brown (Buddah Brown Ent).

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