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Veteran Agents Use Profit-Sharing Model to Launch Arrival Artists

Arrival Artists is the latest project to emerge optimistic as the COVID-19 pandemic pummels the live music industry and brings major music agencies to a standstill. But the disruption to the business also provides a moment to reflect on the limitations within the current agency business and to also develop new models that could potentially...

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Touring In a Pandemic: How Country Artists Have Been Leading the Way

Plus, though streaming revenue for country artists is climbing as more fans adapt to the medium, country numbers still lag significantly behind R&B/hip and pop streaming, making touring an even more important source of revenue. With the live industry unlikely to reopen in any meaningful way until late 2021 or even 2022, the country music...

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Big Freedia Is Bringing the Bounce to New Orleans’ Preservation Hall With Livestream Concert

Freedia’s performance marks one of the first livestreamed concerts to come out of Preservation Hall, which shut its doors in March at the start of the global pandemic. The venue offered a livestream benefit concert back in June featuring stars like Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Dave Matthews to raise money for the Preservation Hall...

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UBS Arena Boosts Leadership Team With Mark Shulman, Michael Sciortino and Others

UBS Arena, the soon-to-be home of the New York Islanders, and its management company New York Arena Partners, have announced a number of strategic hirings, including former AEG/Bowery Presents senior vp Mark Shulman as the facility’s svp, resident of programming. Also joining the team are Michael Sciortino who will serve as svp of operations and assistant...

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Live Nation Urban Releases ‘The Black Tour Directory’

LNU President Shawn Gee leads a panel discussion. Live Nation Urban has published The Black Tour Directory, a comprehensive industry resource developed to bolster inclusivity and expand opportunities for Black professionals and Black-owned companies in the world of live music. This one-stop portal lists hundreds of qualified, experienced, and trusted Black tour managers, production managers,...

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Will Live Events Return? There May Be No ‘Back to Normal’

Though fans have returned to a handful of NFL stadiums — including TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Empower Field in Denver — the majority of teams are still playing to empty stands, as with MLB games; meanwhile, the NBA and NHL constructed quarantined bubbles in...

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Consumer Interest in Paid Livestreams Surging, According to New Data

Over the course of the last three months (July 1-Sept. 30), engagement with IRL events has remained steady (up 4%, comparing engagement from the month of September to that of July) and interactions with free livestreams has declined (down 26%). In the same tracking period, ticket clicks on paid livestreams has risen by 577%. In...

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Australia’s Live Industry Welcomes Fine for Viagogo

In one example, the ACCC said the total price for two Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) tickets was found to increase from A$450.00 ($357) to A$579.95 ($460), a rise of 29%, when the A$125 ($100) booking and A$4.95 ($4) handling fees were added. Justice Burley described one category of representations as having been made on...

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Good News for Livestreams: Half of Music Fans Want Virtual Concerts

With top artists earning upwards of $1 million per livestream show, former senior Sony Music executive Thomas Hesse, who launched streaming service in Dreamstage in August, thinks that concert livestreaming will become a $6 billion industry within the next three years. Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren, who launched Sessions at the end of April, Westergren has...

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Heather Lowery Elected to Music Forward Board of Directors

The organization offers free community programs and administers and manages industry initiatives like Crew Nation, the global relief fund for live music crews, that has raised $15 million to support crew members who have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lowery is the president and chief executive of Femme It Forward, a new joint venture partnership...

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