Music has always been in Michael Elder’s life – from his youth listening to the throbbing beats of his West Indian parents to gigging as a drummer in R & B house bands. While he loved the benefits and accolades of performing, it wasn’t long before he became enamored with the management and production sides of the entertainment business. In 1976, he joined the production crew of Capitol recording artist Natalie Cole, making sure that the singer’s nightly performances were tight from start to finish. With a hunger to learn every aspect of the business, he went on to work as Cole’s lighting designer from 1978 – 1980.

Next Elder tried his hand at tour management. The die was cast and he has been orchestrating the lives, tours and business of musicians ever since. He has handled administrative responsibilities for the RCA Records group Machine (1980 – 1982); Specs/Capitol Records’ Silver Platinum (1982 – 1983); Johnny Gill and Slave, for Underwood & Associates (1983 – 1985); Capitol Records’ BBQ Band (1986 European Tour); and Daja, Regina Belle and The Manhattans for Worldwide Entertainment (1986 – 1987). In addition, from 1983 – 1988, he worked with Entertainment Services Group, producing national concerts and talent competitions for Philip Morris, USA.

Well-respected as a production pro and tour manager, Elder signed on as Director of Artist Management with Hush Entertainment, Inc., a full-service recording, marketing, management, promotion and publicity firm. From 1988 – 1994, he served as point person for award-winning artists Najee, Freddie Jackson, Eric Gable, Alex Bugnon, Mikki Howard and others.

After Hush, Elder went on to make some noise on his own, creating Eve Entertainment, Inc., a full service entertainment company with Bugnon and Gable as clients, and later partnering in the artist management company, All Access Entertainment, Inc., where he directed the careers of the late smooth jazz saxophonist George Howard, keyboard player Marcus Johnson and the R & B group Pforte.

In early summer of 2005 Michael joined Carlos Keyes’ Red Entertainment, as a booking agent. I am looking forward to the experiencing the industry through the eyes of an agent.
Currently: Elder has moved on to head up MeEntertainment, a talent agency with the focus on booking, management, production, consultant and artist development firm, representing world-renowned entertainers. The time is right for this move; this is an opportunity to put more than 30 years of industry experience to use.


Kelly began his career in entertainment while attending college in upstate New York, his first gig was as a stagehand for AC/DC at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York. Kelly would go on to work on every major tour and road show coming through the New York Capitol Region. It was during this time where he discovered his passion and calling in life. Kelly returned to his hometown of Brooklyn , New York where he began to work as a production assistant on the Martin Luther King and Seaside Summer Concert Series. This opened several doors for Kelly and landed him work with New York based production companies Pro Sho Productions and ultimately the concert production college, See Factor Industry Inc.  The experience over the years has pushed Kelly from production assistant to production manager and currently to ME Entertainment.

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