Artist Manager & CEO, Green Door Artist Management
Artist Manager and CEO of Green Door Artist Management, Ms. Eli Windau joins the panel with a multifaceted curiosity around today’s changing landscape for music executives and artists alike. A guest speaker or lecturer appearing on recent panels for Jazz Voice Online, Independent Artist Connect, The Plug In Support Network, and Musicians’ Peer Support, Windau also holds a Music Industry Essentials Business Certificate from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, and is herself an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, a signed sync writer and composer for Scene Support Music, and a popular teaching artist for the New York Pops Orchestra and Pops Ed.
Specializing in jazz, Windau is currently serving as Senior Artist Manager for vocal sensation Lauren Henderson, Latin-Grammy-Award winner Joe McCarthy, NEA Jazz Master George Coleman, and as a non-exclusive booking agent for prolific exploratory trumpeter and composer Nicholas Payton.
Windau has been featured on stage or in the studio with musical greats such as Bootsy Collins, Jeff Coffin, and Carl Weathersby, and some of her recent projects have included title of Agency Coordinator and Senior Artist Manager for Birdland Artists at Birdland Jazz Club (New York), Senior Artist Manager for Benny Green and Co-Producer of Benny’s Crib (Benny Green: Sunnyside Records, 2020), and serving as a Notation Editor and specialized Finale-Software Music Copyist for Nicholas Payton and Lizz Wright.
Windau often quips one of the music industry’s favorite mantras: “It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know,” but has recently started adding a new coda to this age-old line: In today’s landscape, it still is more about who you know than what you know – but maybe now it’s also not what you know … but also what you’re willing to learn that can make or break a project. Maybe we can best serve our clients and their goals by looking at today through tomorrow’s lens together.