Erick Long joined the Academy of Country Music in 2009 after many years in the events industry. He currently manages the Events Department at the Academy including several components of the Academy of Country Music Awards, ACM Party for a Cause as well as ACM Honors. Long oversees event production, red carpet, talent logistics, partnership fulfillment, catering, security, transportation, as well as the internship and volunteer programs.
Prior to joining the Academy, Long spent years in special events at Universal Studios Hollywood where he managed and produced aspects of several key large-scale events and movie premieres. Before Universal, Long spent more than 10 years in event production and operations with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Pallotta TeamWorks - Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Up with People and independent contracts with the Grammys, Latin Grammys, and the Inland Valley Humane Society. A Tennessee native, Long graduated from Emory & Henry College in Virginia where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Music which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization designed to further communications and understanding among facets of the entertainment business and to assist established leaders in their roles as decision makers.