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Event Designer Bobby Garza in Austin, in a Pandemic: ‘The Goalposts Are Getting Moved Every Other Day’

As coronavirus cases surge, he calls out artists playing recent concerts without proper social distancing measures saying they’ll slow the touring industry’s return. When the concert business shut down in mid-March, Bobby Garza abruptly shifted from putting on live events to tearing them down — his company, Austin-based Forefront Networks, had to cancel the California...

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Cisco Adler & Donavon Frankenreiter Launch Concert Livestream Platform NoCap

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it nearly impossible for artists to bring fans out to a venue for a live performance, but a new Los Angeles-based startup is using technology to bring the venue to fans. Combining high-quality video and audio streaming with a text-based ticketing system, NoCap streams concerts from well known music clubs and...

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UK Government Pledges £1.57B Rescue Package for Arts and Culture

Funding pot will include loans and grants for live music and freelancers, but details about timing and amount of allocations are still unclear. The pandemic-ravaged U.K. music sector will receive a much-needed infusion as part of a £1.57 billion ($1.96 billion) rescue package for the arts announced by the government on Sunday. Thousands of organizations...

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Marc Rebillet Quadruples His Reach With Drive-In Concert Tour

Against all odds, Marc Rebillet mounted a national concert tour in June 2020. Performing at drive-in venues from Maryland to Colorado and Texas to Ohio, the Dallas-based dance music star did some of the strongest business of his career, despite fans not being able to properly dance at his shows. Rebillet played 12 concerts in...

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Ed Sheeran, Rolling Stones and More U.K. Music Stars Plead With Government for Live Sector Aid

Some 1,500 artists backing #LetTheMusicPlay warn of ‘mass insolvencies’ from ongoing concert lockdowns due to COVID-19. Some of the U.K.’s biggest music stars are pleading with their government to come to the aid of the £4.5 billion ($5.6 billion) live music sector during the coronavirus lockdown, warning that government support is vital to prevent “mass...

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Vanilla Ice to Perform In Texas Despite Surge in Virus Cases

Robert Matthew Van Winkle, best known by his stage name Vanilla Ice, is scheduled to perform at the Emerald Point Bar & Grill in Austin, Texas on Friday, according to a social media post from the venue. The concert, dubbed “Independence Day Throwback Beach Party,” will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday on an outdoor...

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Jay-Z’s Made in America 2020 Canceled Due to Pandemic

Jay-Z’s annual festival in Philadelphia, Made in America, won’t take place Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Wednesday, the rap mogul’s Roc Nation company said it plans to produce the popular festival in 2021. “2020 is a year like no other. We are in a pivotal time in this nation’s...

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Cirque du Soleil Files for Creditor Protection

Cirque du Soleil filed for creditor protection in Canada on Monday (June 29) while it develops a plan to restart its business amid the pandemic. The creator of many of the most popular shows in Las Vegas on Monday blamed the “immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The...

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Broadway Shutdown Extended Through End of 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again — until at least early January. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3. “The Broadway experience can be deeply personal but...

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How We Work Now: LMG Las Vegas Senior Operations Manager Troy Staton

In a series amid the coronavirus pandemic, Billboard is asking individuals from all sectors of the music business to share stories of how they work now, with much of the world quarantined at home and unable to take in-person meetings, attend conferences or even go into the office. Submissions for the series can be sent...

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