CEO, Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Erica K. Smith has worked in the creative industries for over 18 years. During this time, she has focused on developing countries and has over the years done presentations throughout the CARIFORUM region and as far afield as Greece and Hungary at the World Music Expo, the Cape Verde Islands where she was invited by the Ministry of Tourism of that country, Brazil with the International Confederation of Coalitions of Cultural Diversity, Germany with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute, Mexico and Chile as an invitee of the Organisation of American States and Togo as an invitee of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). She has undergraduate degrees in law and management and a Master of Science degree in International Business (University of Groningen, the Netherlands), a LL.M. in Intellectual Property law (University of Alicante, Spain) and a LL.M. in International Sports Law and Management (ISDE, Spain). She undertook her doctoral studies at the University of Agder, Norway and her research looked at collective management in the digital environment. Erica has authored various business management and copyright courses and is a head tutor with the WIPO Academy.
Over the years she has undertaken numerous consultancies for various regional and international agencies and Governments in the management of innovation and the creative industries and developing their nexus with intellectual property rights, sports and tourism. These include WIPO, the Jamaican Intellectual Property Office, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation, the Caribbean Development Bank, Compete Caribbean, the REACH project of the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the Caribbean Export Development Agency. Examples of her work include developing a feasibility study and action plan for the Caribbean Music Industry, multiple national intellectual property strategies as a creative industries and intellectual property expert, an action plan for CARIFORUM Entertainers in the European Manager, Training of Trainers on Effective IP Asset Management by SMEs in Jamaica and the national policy framework and strategy for the cultural and creative industries in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
She has been a member of the National IP Committee since 2004 and has been a leading member of the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies since 2001. Erica has a strong management background having managed the local collective management organisation for almost 20 years in addition to her experience managing and implementing various projects.