Nicole Wyskoarko

EVP, Urban Operations
Interscope, Geffen A&M

As Executive Vice President of Urban Operations at Interscope Geffen A&M, Nicole Wyskoarko manages the label’s red-hot A&R team, keeping projects on track and troubleshooting problems across the urban roster of the company at a time when hip hop is dominating the charts.

It’s a role she’s been working towards ever since graduating from the prestigious Annenberg School of Communications at USC and Brooklyn Law School, and landing an internship at Island Def Jam Records, where over the next 15 years she would rise to Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for East Coast Labels at UMG. While in that position she managed projects for Kanye West and all of G.O.O.D. Music, Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Rick Ross and Alessia Cara, to name a few.

In 2016 she became a Partner at the much-admired entertainment firm of Carroll, Guido & Groffman LLP, building a client list that included Meek Mill, Playboi Carti, DJ Mustard, H.E.R., 070 Shake, Dave East Lil Mosey, A Boogie and more, and negotiated deals for existing firm clients such as Andre 3000 and served as counsel to 300 Entertainment. Her vast experience working in both business and creative worlds have made her uniquely suited to this important position at Interscope.


  • From Contracts To Creative A&R
From Contracts To Creative A&R

13:45 – 14:30

Friday, 15 Feb

In Conversation With Catherine Luckhoff

Music is a big industry and the career paths have traditionally been fairly rigid. It can be tough to make a move into a new area of our business. Nicole Wyskoarko spent the first half of her career as an attorney, for Island, Def Jam and Republic Records and finally as a Partner in a leading private practice firm. But she longed to play more of a creative role. She has fulfilled that dream at Interscope Records where she is Executive Vice President of Urban Operations. This keynote conversation will examine the steps she took to get where she wanted to be, the people who inspired her along the way and how you too can take control of your career.

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