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Arthur Erk, CPA


Arthur Erk is a partner with more than 30 years of experience providing royalty compliance, consulting, and business management services to the entertainment industry. As a practice leader in the area of royalty audits and administration, Arty has advised some of the biggest names in the music and entertainment industry, including Michael Jackson, KISS, and Meatloaf. His clients include music publishers, writers, artists, producers, actors, and record and film companies.
Arty spent 20 years as a partner in the firm Wlodinguer, Erk & Chanzis, CPAs, which joined Citrin Cooperman in 2010. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at a prominent business management firm.
Arty is a leading specialist in royalty audits, administration, and controversy for the music and entertainment community. He has extensive experience in the areas of royalty compliance audits, tour accounting, and royalty statements, as well as in navigating the tax-related issues specific to the industry. Arty also provides concierge-style administration and financial guidance on all facets of his clients’ business and personal lives.
As an industry-renowned expert on various complex royalty and trademark matters, Arty is regularly called upon to provide litigation support and testimonials in various courts. He has been involved in high-profile cases on behalf of his clients, most recently for Michael Jackson, among other landmark cases.
Presentations and Publications
Arty often contributes to articles on topics such as royalties and licenses for publications such as New Jersey CPA Magazine. He has also been a panelist for the CMJ Music and Fighting for Music Royalties seminars.
Arty is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).
Education & Licenses
Arty earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from Hofstra University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Featured In

May 18, 2016

The Numbers Don’t Lie: An Interview with Arty Erk, Music Industry Auditor Extraordinaire more

Nov 21, 2014

Partner Arty Erk was interviewed by I Heart Radio Network regarding streaming music and compensation. more

Apr 29, 2014

Citrin Cooperman mentioned in Billboard regarding the high profile case between Sony, Stephen Popovich and Meat Loaf. more

Apr 30, 2013

Partner Arty Erk provides expert testimony in Michael Jackson death trial more

Jul 13, 2012

The Need for Royalty/Licensee Audits more