VP of International Relations and Development
Country Music Association
Milly Olykan joined CMA in 2018 to establish a new role as VP of International Relations and Development, moving to Nashville from London where she was VP of Live Music and Major Arena Events for AEG Presents. In that role, Olykan instituted country touring for AEG in the UK and was director & co-promoter of Country to Country, the UK and Ireland’s largest country music festival. Expanding C2C to Australia, founding Country Music Week UK, and presenting the Bluebird Café & CMA Songwriters shows has provided significant international platforms for artists and songwriters.
Olykan began her career in New Zealand where she worked in artist management, promoting, and tour management. She moved to the UK in 2003. She has produced & curated festivals for IMG Artists and booked tours for Universal Music. She initially joined AEG to produce Sundance London for Sundance Institute and The O2 London. Prior to joining the CMA staff, Milly served on the CMA Board of Directors from 2014 -2018 and was Chair of the International Committee 2017.