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Watch Pollstar's Election Panel Featuring Patterson Hood, Vernon Reid, Emily White, Kevin Lyman, More
 
Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 3:38 pm
Industry leaders convened Thursday to discuss the intersection of civic engagement and live entertainment in the latest Pollstar Live! Digital Session.

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Streaming To The Polls: Inside #iVoted's Historic Election Day Virtual Concert
 
Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 2:25 pm
As crisis after crisis has roiled America and its increasingly polarized electorate in 2020, one refrain has united even the country?s staunchest partisans: The Nov. 3 presidential election, and the scores of down-ballot races accompanying it, may be the most important in a generation, if not ever.

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Salty Artist Management Adds Four Managers
 
Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 2:16 pm
Salty Artist Management has hired Eric Chen, Tony Messina-Doerning, Andrew Baker and Ben Locke, who are based out of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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In Praise Of Independent Venues: They Are There For Us, Let’s Be There For Them
 
Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 2:00 pm
This is a guest post written by Richard James Burgess, President and CEO of American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) for Independent Venue Week.

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Ticketmaster Deploys SmartEvent Technology Tools For COVID-Safe Gatherings
 
Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 1:50 pm
Ticketmaster has unveiled a new suite of technology tools, dubbed SmartEvent, to help live event organizers around the world return to the business of hosting large gatherings safely.

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Keeping Hope Alive: Adam Hartke Discusses NIVA’s Lobbying Efforts
 
Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 1:34 pm
More than seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that the live industry has been one of the hardest hit in the U.S. Pollstar has been reporting on the status of legislation aimed at saving the live industry, specifically the RESTART Act and the Save Our Stages Act, for months, and the charge has largely been led by the National Independent Venue Association.

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Former WME Music Head Marc Geiger Makes $75M Play To Save Venues
 
Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 11:19 am
After departing from WME in June, head of global music Marc Geiger announced Oct. 28 with a lengthy profile in the New York Times that he is founding a new company, called SaveLive, that partners with independent venues while acquiring a 51% controlling share of their equity.

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‘Events Can Take Place’: German Scientists Present COVID Experiment Results
 
Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 10:49 am
Scientists at the medical center of Halle University in Germany conducted a scientific experiment at the Quarterback Immobilien Arena in Leipzig, Aug. 22, in order to gather data on crowd management that could provide useful for live event professionals.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Thursday, October 29
 
Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass, in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music. Artists across the globe are stepping up to perform in creative ways, mostnotably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond.

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Asia News: Go To Event, BTS Boycott & More
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 11:38 pm

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Outlaw Country Artist Billy Joe Shaver Dead At 81
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 6:01 pm
Outlaw country singer songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, who wrote songs like ?Honky Tonk Heroes,? ?I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train? and ?Old Five and Dimers Like Me,? has died. He was 81.

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'I’m Gonna Catch Tomorrow Now:' Billy Joe Shaver’s Rowdy Tonk for Believers: In Memoriam
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 5:51 pm
He was a little bit shy, and big. Great big, big, big. Half standing when I walked up to the table at the old Longhorn just off West End, he was almost too big to extricate himself from the hard-wooden booth. A shock of hair fell across his eyes as he reached out a man?s forearm clad in denim and smiled into my eyes, nodding a welcome.

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Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Achieves The WELL Health-Safety Rating
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 5:02 pm

By Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Cleveland, OH? Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home to the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers and AHL Cleveland Monsters has earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) for the venue?s proactive and progressive initiatives to help protect the health and safety of all those who visit. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the first sports and entertainment venue in Ohio and the third nationally to achieve this rating.

The WELL Health-Safety Rating is the second building rating that Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has received in recognition of protocols that have been put in place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.In September it achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR? accreditation. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse was accredited for implementing the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility.

The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment now and into the future.

?The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how critically important it is to prioritize health and safety in the spaces where we gather,? said Rick Fedrizzi, IWBI chairman and CEO. ?By achieving the WELL Health-Safety Rating, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has demonstrated incredible leadership in directly supporting the health, safety and overall well-being of players, fans and employees.?

To achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has worked closely with leading medical experts and local, state and national agencies and authorities to monitor the latest developments on COVID-19. In relation to this on-going focus, the venue has implemented appropriate new operational health protocols, processes and safety guidelines to help provide the safest environment and experience possible for staff and event attendees and participants.

This includes Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse?s air systems which are equipped with three technologies shown to be effective in killing or capturing viruses, pathogens and particulates: UV germicidal irradiation (UVGI), highly efficient filtration and bipolar ionization. The bipolar ionization system imparts a static charge to viruses, pathogens and particulates to attack them and reduce their ability to travel through the air.

Designed to empower owners and operators across large and small businesses alike to take the necessary steps in order to prioritize the health and safety of their staff, visitors and stakeholders, the WELL Health-Safety Rating helps guide users in preparing their spaces for re-entry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, instilling confidence in those who come through the building as well as the broader community.

?As we prepare to re-open for Cavs and Monsters games, concerts and other events, we have been laser-focused on ensuring we have implemented a high-level of health and safety measures that instills confidence for everyone who walks into our building that their well-being is being protected to the best of our ability,? saidAntony Bonavita, executive vice president of venue operations for Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.?Earning the WELL Health-Safety seal of approval is a testament to our efforts in being responsible and doing the right things to open our doors again in the right way.?

The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by owners and operators. It leverages insights drawn from the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19, in addition to guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies, as well as recognized standard-making associations such as ASTM International and ASHRAE, and leading academic and research institutions, as well as core principles already established by IWBI?s WELL Building Standard, the premier framework for advancing health in buildings and spaces of all kinds.

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse was awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating following the successful completion of third-party documentation review by GBCI to confirm it has met the feature specific intents and requirements.

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Kevin Lyman, Vernon Reid, Patterson Hood, Emily White To Lead 'Live Biz Rocking the Vote' Panel This Thursday
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 3:23 pm
On Thursday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. ET, Pollstar and affiliate publication VenuesNow will convene several industry leaders to discuss how the live business has activated for one of the most consequential elections in history ? during a once-in-a-century pandemic, no less ? and the intersection of live entertainment and civic participation.

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Departures & Arrivals: How Five Former Paradigm Agents Created Arrival Artists
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 1:53 pm
Arrival Artists ? the new agency formed by agents Ali Hedrick, Erik Selz, John Bongiorno, Karl Morse and Ethan Berlin, along with COO Matt Yasecko ? was announced to the public on Oct. 20, but it had been brewing for months.

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Billie Eilish Goes Backstage With Crew Nation, Drops New Merch
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 12:30 pm
Billie Eilish is giving fans a behind the scenes look into her crew and their part in her Where Do WE Go? The Livestream? that took place Oct. 24.

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See Tickets Launches Distanced Seating Plan Functionality
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 12:28 pm
See Tickets has introduced a function to its system that'll allow promoters and venue operators to configure a distanced seating plan.

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'We Rely On Their Skills Every Day': BPI/BRIT Awards Donate To Live
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 12:17 pm
The British Phonographic Industry and its annual event BRIT Awards announced a 54,000 ($70,400) donation to Stagehand's so-called "Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund."

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Frills: Full Service Electronic Music Agency Launches In Berlin
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 9:23 am
Frills is a multi-faceted artist development company in Berlin, Germany, rooted in the underground house and techno world, but with access to big international partners.

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LiveXLive Announces Plan To Acquire Merchandise Company Custom Personalization Solutions (Exclusive)
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 8:30 am
Livestreaming platform and media company LiveXLive announced the addition of Illinois-based e-commerce merchandise company Custom Personalization Solutions to its growing portfolio on Wednesday, Pollstar can exclusively report.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Wednesday, October 28
 
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass, in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music. Artists across the globe are stepping up to perform in creative ways, mostnotably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond.

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Australia News: $250M Rescue Pack, Ticketmaster, Live Music Awards & More
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2020, 10:04 pm

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Building The Vote: The Polling Place Pivot
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2020, 2:22 pm
In a time when venue operations are limited, many have pivoted into a limitless realm: civic duty.

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Europe Lineup Roundup: Rolling Loud Portugal Adds Travis Scott, EDC Returns To Europe, Pearl Jam in Hyde Park
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2020, 12:12 pm
Rolling Loud just announced Travis Scott as headliner for its postponed European premiere in Portugal next year.

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Ed Sheeran Agent Jon Ollier Leaves CAA To Start Own Company
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2020, 11:17 am
Jon Ollier is leaving CAA in London to launch his own business endeavor, and he's taking many of his clients with him, including Ed Sheeran, record-holder of the biggest tour in history.

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RIP Pierre Kezdy: A Naked Raygun Tribute
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2020, 11:00 am
Chicago punk legend Pierre Kezdy was a perfect embodiment of his best-known band, Naked Raygun: physically daunting, but privately big-hearted and quick to laugh. Or at least smirk.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Tuesday, October 27
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2020, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass, in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music. Artists across the globe are stepping up to perform in creative ways, mostnotably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond.

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Billie Eilish, Trey Anastasio, More To Appear On #iVoted Festival HeadCount Stage
 
Posted: 26 Oct 2020, 6:05 pm
#iVoted Festival, the sprawling Election Day streaming event featuring nearly 500 artists, just got even bigger. Trey Anastasio, Taking Back Sunday, The Disco Biscuits, Fantastic Negrito, Umphrey?s McGee, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Citizen Cope and more will perform on the event's HeadCount stage, and Billie Eilish, MGMT, Julien Baker and Rhea Butcher will make special appearances.

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Streaming To The Polls: Inside #iVoted's Historic Election Day Virtual Concert
 
Posted: 26 Oct 2020, 5:30 pm
Come Election Day, #iVoted, the comparably young organization launched in 2018, will stage the largest single-day digital concert ever, joining more than 450 eclectic artists to celebrate democracy?s most hallowed duty. All fans have to do to access the free, 14-hour stream is provide a selfie with their blank ballot or outside their polling place.

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CEO Mat Vlasic Resigns From Bravado, UMG's Inhouse Merchandiser
 
Posted: 26 Oct 2020, 1:43 pm
Mat Vlasic has resigned as CEO of Bravado, the merchandising company of UMG, a spokesperson for the company confirms.

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How To Make Changes In 2020 And Beyond (Guest Post)
 
Posted: 26 Oct 2020, 11:05 am

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Denver Nuggets will now play in Ball Arena as part of KSE, Ball Corporation Global Partnership
 
Posted: 22 Oct 2020, 1:19 pm

By NBA.com

WESTMINSTER, Colo., October 22, 2020?Ball Corporation(NYSE: BLL) and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) today established a first-of-its-kind global partnership across three marquee venues in Denver, Los Angeles and London. The partnership was founded on a shared vision to advance sustainability in sports and entertainment by strengthening in-venue aluminum recycling, providing fans with a more environmentally friendly fan experience and showcasing aluminum beverage packaging as the most sustainable choice.

The partnership includes naming rights for Ball and KSE?s hometown arena in Denver, Colorado, home to the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth, and also home to family entertainment and concerts. The partnership is a demonstration of both companies? steadfast commitment to a sustainable future and builds on their long history of working together to support the Denver community.

Ball and KSE will also partner with the Premier League?s Arsenal F.C., which plays in London?s Emirates Stadium, and the NFL?s Los Angeles Rams and their home stadium, SoFi Stadium. In each location, in addition to in-venue aluminum beverage packaging solutions, Ball and KSE will enhance local community programs and increase awareness of the importance of aluminum recycling.

?This is an important moment in sports and entertainment, and we are proud to partner with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment to advance sustainability in venues by implementing real-world solutions to the packaging waste crisis,? said John A. Hayes, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ball Corporation. ?We are committed to making recycling an easy, everyday choice for consumers by providing them with infinitely recyclable aluminum cans, bottles and cups that can be used and back on a store shelf in just 60 days, and enhancing recycling infrastructure in venues. We look forward to continuing to work with KSE to bring about positive change for years to come.?

The partnership marks a new era for both companies? hometown multi-purpose Denver arena, the site of iconic athletic, entertainment and cultural moments throughout the past 30 years.

?It is with great pride that we introduce Ball Arena as the new home of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth,? said KSE Founder and Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke. ?Our goal in selecting a long-term international venues partner was to find a Colorado-based company with global renown to grow side-by-side with our talented young teams. Ball Corporation is an ideal fit for that vision, an innovative leader that shares our commitment to our local community, to environmental sustainability and creating quality jobs in Colorado. We look forward to unveiling Ball Arena and welcoming our fans back home when it is time once again to celebrate live sports and entertainment events responsibly. We ask everyone to continue to stay safe and look after each other so that we can soon enjoy countless amazing memories at Ball Arena.?

The partnership also takes Ball and KSE?s growing relationship to the next level, reflecting a shared vision for the future of the global sports and entertainment industry.

“This announcement is an extension of a relationship that began between Ball Corporation and KSE a year ago with the introduction of their infinitely recyclable Ball Aluminum CupTM. That opened the door to this incredible opportunity, that builds on the importance of aluminum packaging and recycling,? said Michael Ceilley, KSE Senior Vice President, Partnership Marketing & Media Sales. ?Working together, we believe this partnership will be transformative and help redefine the way arenas and stadiums operate globally. We are also grateful for PepsiCo?s dedication to elevating the fan experience at our arena for over 21 years, and through ongoing official beverage partnerships with the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth and Ball Arena.?

These iconic venues will make the event and fan experience more sustainable by making infinitely recyclable beverage packaging more accessible and ensuring fans have confidence their beverage containers are being recycled and returned to the shelves. At all three locations, this partnership enables KSE to provide guests with real solutions that address the packaging waste crisis, including cold beverages in the infinitely recyclableBall Aluminum CupTMand in aluminum cans and bottles, with improved fan-facing recycling programs available on-site.

? At Ball Arena in Denver, Ball will be KSE?s Official and Exclusive Sustainability Partner, working with KSE to transition to aluminum beverage packaging ? cans, bottles and cups ? for 100 percent of the venue?s concessions, with the goal of implementing a closed loop system by 2022. The partnership will include a comprehensive recycling and sustainability plan designed to strengthen the venue?s collection, processing and reclamation, as well as investments in community education focused on aluminum recycling.

? In London, Ball will partner with Arsenal ? one of the most watched soccer teams in the world ? as its official sustainable aluminum beverage packaging partner. The partnership will explore ways in which Ball can support the club in reducing its impact on the environment and assist with educational initiatives for its global fanbase about the importance of recycling and other green practices.?Ball?s partnership with Arsenal builds on both parties? long history of working to support their community and signals a long-term commitment to a sustainable future.

? In Los Angeles, Ball will become the official Infinitely Recyclable Aluminum Packaging Partner of SoFi Stadium and the Los Angeles Rams. SoFi Stadium ? the new, 70,000-seat home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers ? will feature the company?s infinitely recyclable aluminum cups for draft beer and cocktails. The Rams will use the cups at team training facilities, camps and on game days. Additionally, the partnership will allow Ball to create local sustainability awareness events, targeted community recycling improvements and educational programming.

Ball, a leader in cutting-edge aluminum beverage packaging, as well as climate monitoring and weather forecasting technologies through the Ball Aerospace business, has madesustainabilityfoundational to its business, operations and products. This partnership builds on Ball?s success in developing and piloting the lightweightBall Aluminum CupTMin sports and entertainment venues. The cup, a direct response to growing consumer preference for more sustainable products, debuted in 2019 at the former Pepsi Center, now Ball Arena. It is also available at the University of Colorado Boulder?s Folsom Field and at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, among other major venues. KSE is a natural partner as Ball seeks to expand the cups? reach and provide an infinitely recyclable solution to sports fans, concert-goers and consumers around the globe.

Throughout the life of the partnership, Ball and KSE will develop and implement fan-facing activities in all three venues, and focus on educational and recycling infrastructure programs for the surrounding local communities to celebrate and encourage aluminum recycling ? an everyday sustainable choice for consumers and a cornerstone of making a circular economy a reality.

About Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 18,300 people worldwide and 2019 net sales were $11.5 billion. For more information, visitwww.ball.com, or connect with us onFacebookorTwitter.

About Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

Denver-based Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) is one of the world’s leading ownership, entertainment and management groups. KSE?s portfolio of professional sports teams and venues include: Arsenal F.C. (EPL), the Los Angeles Rams (NFL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Colorado Mammoth (NLL), SoFi Stadium, Emirates Stadium, Ball Arena, Dick?s Sports Goods Park and the Historic Paramount Theatre. Additional properties under KSE’s umbrella include Altitude Sports & Entertainment, a 24-hour regional television network and Altitude Authentics, the company’s official retail provider.

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Earthquakes, Hunger at Home Partner to Distribute Meals
 
Posted: 22 Oct 2020, 11:53 am

By SJEarthquakes.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.? The San Jose Earthquakes are partnering with Hunger at Home to help feed those in need here in Silicon Valley.

Hunger at Home is a leader in food collection and distribution, working with local convention centers, hotels, and sports stadiums to collect excess food and goods and distribute through its large network of nonprofit partners. To date, Hunger at Home has distributed more than 3.5 million meals as well as various important household items.

?We are extremely proud and excited to continue building on our partnership with Hunger at Home,? said Earthquakes Director of Community Relations Rahul Devaskar. ?They have a longstanding reputation of keeping food out of landfills and supporting in-need members of our community. Hunger at Home is also a founding member of our Pledge 74 campaign and have helped us identify the areas where our efforts would make the most impact.?

The partnership was kicked off last week with ~120 families picking up semi-prepared meals in a COVID-compliant, drive-through format on Earthquakes Way, immediately adjacent to Earthquakes Stadium. In addition to serving as the host venue for the event, the Earthquakes also provided volunteers through their Pledge 74 campaign, which has contributed more than $100,000 and 500 hours of community service in the fight against food insecurity.

Click here to download b-roll from last week?s pilot event at Earthquakes Stadium

Last week served as a pilot for future events at Earthquakes Stadium, which is expected to host two distribution events per month that may accommodate as many as 200 families each.

When fans can safely return to watch the team play at Earthquakes Stadium, Hunger at Home will become the official gleaner of the Quakes, collecting unused food following each match and redistributing to those in need.

Hunger at Homewill also be hosting their Bridge the Gap Gala: Drive Thru Edition at Earthquakes Stadium on Saturday, October 24. The event runs from 2-5 p.m. and features many family-friendly activities, such as magicians and live bands, with all families taking home a ready-to-cook gourmet meal and paired wine. Tickets are still availablehere.

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Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee Announces the Launch of their Host Committee Sustainability Program, Presented by Tampa Electric
 
Posted: 21 Oct 2020, 12:53 pm

By Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee

Tampa, FL.?October 13, 2020? The Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee announced today the launch of the Host Committee Sustainability Program, presented by Tampa Electric, their official sustainability partner for Super Bowl LV in Tampa on February 7, 2021.

As part of the partnership agreement, Tampa Electric will work with the Super Bowl LV Host Committee to incorporate sustainability principles and programs alongside Super Bowl-related and Host Committee-related events in the Tampa Bay area.

The program will focus on mitigating the environmental impact and making a positive contribution to the host community by offsetting energy at events through the purchase of solar blocks, supporting NFL Green?s community greening initiatives, developing unique fan engagement activities and aiding in food and material recovery efforts.

?Tampa Electric is committed to protecting and preserving our environment, which we demonstrate as the state?s top producer of solar energy per customer,? said Rene Gallant, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Tampa Electric. ?We look forward to the opportunity to educate the community about clean energy and creating a greener future, as well as supporting community greening projects which will help preserve our natural wildlife and resources.?

Renewable Energy Offsets:
The Host Committee plans to work directly with Tampa Electric to purchase solar blocks throughthe Sun to Go programto offset electricity usage at their sanctioned events. This initiative, which is also available to residential and business customers, will allow the equivalent of the electricity used at these events to be generated from local solar installments to the grid.

Fan Engagement:
In addition, the Host Committee will partner with local non-profit organizations to develop multiple fan and volunteer engagement initiatives leading up to and during Super Bowl LV week, including but not limited to community clean-ups, food packing events, a sustainability incentive program and activating a Riverwalk Green Team.

Community Greening Program:
In partnership with NFL Green, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee and Tampa Electric will support the Community Greening Program which will develop projects focused on leaving a permanent green legacy in the Tampa Bay community. For Super Bowl LV, numerous community greening projects are planned ranging from mangrove planting and sand dune restoration to neighborhood beautification projects and community gardens. The first Sand dune project at Picnic Island Park was recently completed and highlighted by the symbolic passing of the ?Golden Shovel? from Miami to Tampa.

The press release and VNR package from this event can be foundHERE.

?With sustainability being a key pillar of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee?s legacy program, Forever 55, we are so grateful for Tampa Electric?s ongoing support and thought leadership, said Claire Lessinger,? Chief Operating Officer of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee. ?We look forward to uniting the community around greening initiatives and ultimately leaving a lasting impact and legacy together.?

For more information on the local hosting efforts for Super Bowl LV, you can visit the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee?s official website atTampaBayLV.com.

About Tampa Electric:
Tampa Electric, one of Florida?s largest investor-owned electric utilities, serves about 780,000 customers in West Central Florida. Tampa Electric is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

About the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee:
Forward. Forever. Together. The Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, a private, non-profit 501 (c)(6), represents local community leaders in business, tourism, sports, entertainment, and government and serves as the direct liaison to the National Football League for the region?s collective hosting effort. The Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee will focus on raising the bar for the fan experience in the region, implementing lasting legacy initiatives, showcasing the destination?s recent progress and exciting future, all while delivering a fifth world-class Super Bowl. For news and event information, follow us on social at @TampaBayLV or visit TampaBayLV.com

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SC outlines Qatar 2022 Sustainability Strategy during Green Sports Alliance Virtual Summit
 
Posted: 20 Oct 2020, 2:05 pm

By FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Qatar?s efforts to host a sustainable FIFA World Cup? in 2022 were discussed during the 2020 Green Sports Alliance Virtual Summit.

Engineer Bodour Al Meer, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy?s (SC) Sustainability & Environment Senior Manager, provided insight into Qatar?s sustainability projects during the summit?s keynote session ? a fireside chat entitled ?Looking Ahead to the Next Decade of Regenerative Sporting Events?.

Al Meer said: ?Qatar is a small and rapidly developing country. Hosting the World Cup has accelerated our national development plans set out in our National Vision for 2030. Our vision for our country is to have harmony between economic growth, social development and environmental protections. The environmental section of the Qatar 2022 Sustainability Strategy is perfectly aligned with our national goals.?

Al Bayt Stadium

?Our five strategic environmental focus areas are green building, carbon neutrality, air pollution, water management and waste minimisation,? continued Al Meer. ?Two highlights of these are that all our stadiums are certified using the GSAS [Global Sustainability Assessment System] green building scheme. We will also deliver a fully carbon neutral event.?

Moderated by Nihal Mohamed Al Saleh, Qatar Foundation?s Project Manager for Sustainable Cities, the discussion also featured FIFA?s Head of Sustainability & Environment, Federico Addiechi, who spoke about the collaboration between world football?s governing body and the SC.

?Qatar 2022 is going to be the first in so many dimensions. It?s the most compact of any FIFA World Cup since the first one in 1930 in Uruguay, with everything basically happening in one city,? said Addiechi. ?In itself, that compact nature is going to help us in our efforts to reduce emissions from travelling while ensuring a friendly and inclusive experience for everyone attending the event. We are proud of the positive collaboration with the SC so far and of our joint commitment and work to delivering a more sustainable FIFA World Cup in 2022.?

Generation Amazing

When asked about what makes Qatar 2022 a unique sustainability story, Al Meer emphasised the benefits it will provide the country from a legacy standpoint once the tournament concludes.

?As a Qatari national, making sure the FIFA World Cup leaves a legacy for my country is very important,? Al Meer said. ?We started to plan for the legacy [of the tournament] as early as the bid phase back in 2010 and our programmes are now bearing fruit. We have detailed legacy plans for each new building we construct, including our stadiums. Perhaps even more important are the social legacy programmes we are delivering. These programmes will improve our society and include sustainability awareness capacity building for youth through Generation Amazing, our football for development initiative. I think the legacy [strategy] for a host nation for mega events is going to become even more important in the future as a result of Qatar 2022.?

Click here for further information about Qatar 2022?s commitment to sustainability.

Click here to read the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Sustainability Strategy.

 

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Major League Soccer Announces Steps to Combat Racism and Increase Black Representation
 
Posted: 19 Oct 2020, 5:39 pm

By MLS Communications

NEW YORK(October 19, 2020) ? Major League Soccertoday unveiled a series of initiatives to combat racism, advocate for social justice and increase representation in the sport. The new programs, which include the formation of a Diversity Committee consisting of members of the MLS Board of Governors, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, representatives of the Black Players For Change (BPC), and other members of the soccer community, are the result of several months of discussions with key stakeholders across the league, including a recent meeting between the MLS Board and the BPC.
?Major League Soccer is committed to utilizing our wide-ranging platforms to create meaningful programs to address racism and social injustice in society and in the sport of soccer,? said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. ?Importantly, alongside key stakeholders, including MLS owners, Black Players For Change, former players, Black members of our technical staff and other employees, we have created a series of initiatives to close the representation gap across soccer in the U.S. and Canada.?
The MLS league office, along with the MLS Board of Governors and member clubs, have committed to the following initiatives:
  • MLS Diversity Committee? The creation of thisgroup, which will be part of the formal MLS committee structure,will include MLS owners, BPC leadership, club executives, head coaches, academy coaches, former MLS players and members of Pitch Black, a resource group of Black employees from MLS? league office. Among the committee?s goals will be to work with the league to develop a strategy toward diversity, inclusion, opportunity and social justice, including supporting and championing the proposed initiatives.
  • Civic Engagement Initiative?MLS will use league resources to address issues of public concern among marginalized communities. Areas of focus will include the recently created MLS Unites to Vote initiative, along with turnkey programs that encourage community participation in civic activities.
  • Soccer Upward Mobility Initiative? MLS will provide access, exposure, and clearly defined career paths that develop talent from underrepresented groups. This initiative will include developing pathways of entrance and advancement for emerging and current talent, in addition to creating policies and an educational ecosystem to increase Black representation in executive and sporting positions at the league office, the member clubs and other North American soccer organizations.
  • Youth and Grassroots Community Initiative? MLS will use league resources to close the representation gap across the broad spectrum of the sport in North America with the goal of increasing participation and opportunity for members of underserved communities. This initiative will include collaborating with MLS NEXT to increase representation among players, coaches and referees.
  • Supplier Diversity Program? MLS is building a Supplier Diversity Program to provide meaningful opportunities and economic inclusion to minority-owned businesses. This will include spending around MLS major events, hiring of agencies, and the selection of vendors, among many areas of league and club business.
  • Partnerships with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and 100 Black Men of America? MLS has formed partnerships with 100 Black Men of America and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. In addition to a financial commitment, MLS will collaborate with both organizations to develop long-term programming centered around mentorship, workplace development, social justice, health and wellness, and financial literacy.
In addition to these initiatives, MLS owners have contributed $1 million to Black Players For Change to aid in the growth of the organization in the coming years.
About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer? celebrating its 25thSeason in 2020 ?features 26 clubs throughout the United States and Canada, in addition to future expansion teams in Austin, St. Louis, Sacramento, and Charlotte. For more information about MLS, visitwww.MLSsoccer.com.

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Powered by Nature, Driven by Purpose: SailGP launches Race for the Future
 
Posted: 9 Oct 2020, 2:53 pm

By SailGP

SailGP launches Race for the Future SailGP

With a sense of purpose that goes beyond entertainment, SailGP will use its global platform to accelerate change to a cleaner and more inclusive future via a newly launched initiative: Race for the Future.

SailGP – the sport’s pinnacle league featuring the world’s fastest sail racing – will set a new standard as the first climate positive sports and entertainment property, while delivering actions and innovations that advance the global adoption of clean energy. Underpinning the plan is a diversification of the league, with the goal of immediately progressing gender and racial inclusivity.

Having postponed its second season events due to the pandemic, SailGP is building on the foundations set in year one when it launched a gender-balanced youth and community outreach program – SailGP Inspire – and set the initial goal of winning the race to zero carbon.

SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: “We have a responsibility and a purpose that goes beyond our compelling entertainment proposition. Sustainable development is paramount to the world’s future, and through SailGP, we have a unique platform to accelerate change. Race for the Future takes us from intention to action, with a real ability to effect environmental and social transformation within and outside of the sport.

“Having a zero-carbon footprint and a diverse staff is not enough; we’ve challenged ourselves to think bigger and broader. These issues go beyond SailGP, beyond the sport and beyond the industry, and we will strongly advocate for the critical adoption of clean energy, while serving as champions of inclusivity.”

Race for the Future, Part 1: Environmental

Setting the New Standard

SailGP is the first climate positive sports and entertainment property, going beyond a net zero carbon footprint in all business and event operations. To be climate positive, SailGP will both drastically reduce its carbon output and invest in projects to eliminate more than the remaining emissions, ultimately creating an environmental benefit.

SailGP Sustainability Director Dr. Susie Tomson said: “We are facing a global climate emergency that requires aggressive action. We have to take decisive and ground-breaking measures, leading by example not only in sailing but across the marine and sports industries. Through technology and innovation, we will be able to reduce our impact, and will utilize our events, network, partners and fans to showcase and inspire change.”

In setting a new standard for clean event delivery, SailGP will track and verify its carbon emissions through a partnership with One Carbon World, a global resource partner of the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative.

Three of SailGP’s primary activity areas – on the water, onshore and in cities – have been identified to reduce the league’s carbon footprint. In each area, SailGP is partnering with like-minded and innovative companies to fully transition to clean energy solutions.

The remaining carbon that cannot be eliminated will be offset through One Carbon World and via the advancement of pioneering blue carbon projects, helping to maintain or restore critical carbon-sequestering shoreline ecosystems around the world. Blue carbon projects will be delivered through a partnership with Worldview International Foundation, starting with planting mangroves to contribute to the charity’s ambitious goal of planting a billion trees and mitigating 500 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.

On-Water

SailGP’s F50 race boats are one of the best showcases of clean energy in the world – they harness the power of the wind, traveling at 3-4 times its speed.

A key project to ensure both the race and support boats are powered by nature is reducing the carbon impact of the support boats – necessary to safely manage SailGP racing. Working in partnership with ePropulsion, a leading innovator of portable electric outboard boat motors, SailGP will transition 11 boats to ePropulsion motors for the start of Season 2.

SailGP has also partnered with Evoy, an innovative Norwegian company providing high-output electric propulsion systems for boats, to find a solution for the electrification of the league’s high-speed chase boats. Through a ‘pilot partnership,’ an initial boat will be upgraded to test at the first European event in Season 2 and, if successful, a plan will be implemented to transition the remainder of the boats to electric engines.

The overall goal is to have a fully electric support boat fleet by 2025 – removing the equivalent of 175 cars from the road – and helping to lead a clean energy revolution in the marine industry.

Onshore

On the shore, SailGP is shifting from technologies based on fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable power by 2025. At the core of the project will be temporary event power supplied by generators using clean fuel.

Though the race boats are inherently powered by nature, they require batteries to run the electronics and store power during racing, so it is essential that once onshore, these are recharged using clean energy. To meet the goal of the race boats being fully powered by nature, a new mobile off-grid solar solution was implemented in Season 1, working in partnership with Tesla and using a Tesla Powerwall system. SailGP will work to expand the initiative to power additional elements of its technical boat operations, including the electric outboard motors that will be used by the support boat fleet.

Another key onshore project is looking at the circularity in the production of the race boats. A partnership with ELG Carbon Fibre – the world’s first carbon fiber recovery plant based in the UK – will allow waste carbon fiber from the F50s to be recycled and reintroduced into the manufacturing process for the evolution of the race boat in future seasons, ensuring a responsible and reduced carbon manufacturing process. This will be a vital step in addressing the issue of global carbon consumption and raising awareness of closed loop recycling within the marine industry and beyond.

In Cities

Another new development for 2021, each of the eight national teams competing in SailGP will race with purpose. Every team will sign a Race for the Future charitable partner in their market, not only offering valuable commercial space on the boat to raise awareness for the partners’ causes, but also to secure funding for their partner through race results. The teams will work with their partners on projects that align with SailGP’s sustainability efforts.

New Zealand SailGP Team co-CEO Blair Tuke said: “SailGP’s global platform is a massive opportunity to accelerate change and shine the light on key issues facing our environment. Our partner Live Ocean will help raise awareness for the protection and restoration of our oceans, which are one of our best defenses against climate change. It’s really exciting that as a league we can bring focus on the urgent need for change using Race for the Future.”

Accelerating Change

SailGP will deliver actions and innovations that accelerate the global adoption of clean energy by investing in clean technology, serving as a collaborative innovation lab and inspiring action.

Clean Tech

SailGP will invest in clean technology solutions through both SailGP’s own research and design capabilities, and with the creation of a start-up investment fund. The aim will be to develop, test and bring to market new sustainable innovations that have broader applicability beyond the marine industry, as well as allow the league to reinvest in projects that nurture and protect the environment where SailGP races.

The first project is with E1 – the new electric powerboat series that was launched last month. SailGP is engineering and developing the initial race boat concept, which will allow the league to continue its push toward sustainable innovation and help drive forward the electrification of the marine industry.

Innovation Lab

The global championship will serve as an innovation lab and bring together partners, stakeholders, thought leaders and change makers to collaborate and facilitate advances in clean tech innovations. SailGP events will become the ultimate showcase, and through demonstrations, forums and interactive sessions, bring together innovators to shape the future of clean technology and marine sustainability.

Inspire Action

From grassroots youth programs to consumer campaigns, SailGP will look to inspire action among its audiences, partners and fans. Using its global events, social, digital and broadcast platforms, SailGP will create clean energy advocates of the future. In addition, 10,000 young people will be educated about sustainability through SailGP Inspire in event host cities.

ROCKWOOL Group CEO Jens Birgersson said: “Sustainability is at the heart of our business at ROCKWOOL Group, and SailGP provides us a global platform to raise awareness, showcase sustainable solutions and share our optimism around today’s sustainability challenges, especially in urban environments. We believe that a more sustainable future is possible, and that, together, we can accelerate change, drive innovation, and inspire current and future generations to take action.”

Race for the Future, Part 2 will be released on October 20 with details regarding female athlete inclusion in the league for Season 2, as well as robust initiatives to fully integrate diversity, equity and inclusion in every part of the business.

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Why Green Sports Are Good Sports
 
Posted: 7 Oct 2020, 6:50 pm

By Heather Gillin, Texas A&M University College of Education & Human Development

Environmental initiatives can be socially and economically beneficial to many organizations, a Texas A&M sport ecology expert says. iStock

The sports that we enjoy today could not take place without a natural environment to compete in, and Texas A&M University sport ecology expertBrian McCulloughsays sports can also benefit financially by going green.

McCullough, an associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology in the College of Education & Human Development, said leagues, teams and fans all share a responsibility to promote and choose environmental sustainability in the sports sector.

?It is necessary that a healthy natural environment exists to ensure our enjoyment of participating and watching sport continues,? McCullough said. ?It is possible to do so without sacrificing our experiences but may require some behavior modification or rethinking organizational processes to be more sustainable, yet profitable for sport businesses.?

McCullough is the director of the Sport Ecology Laboratory. He has beenresearching sport ecology, or the bidirectional relationship between sport and the natural environment, for the past 12 years. In 2017 he was invited to contribute to the creation of theUnited Nations Climate Secretariat?s Sports for Climate Action Framework.

McCullough said recent wildfires, flooding, extreme heat and shorter winter seasons all impact sport ? whether we are participating in it or watching it as a spectator.

?We can see the effects that the wildfires in Australia had during the Australian Open or the recent wildfires on the West Coast of the U.S. had on the concerns of air quality and whether or not to delay sport events in baseball and football,? McCullough said.

Sport relies on the well-being of the natural environment to engage in our favorite athletic, recreational and physical activities. This is why McCullough created the Sport Ecology Laboratory to empower the sport sector, practitioners, participants and fans to be more sustainable in producing and consuming sport through accessible and practical information resulting from the lab?s research.

Some sports leagues and teams have been embracing environmental sustainability even before it became mainstream. ThePhiladelphia Eagleswere the first team in North America to embrace environmental sustainability in 2003, starting with a simple employee recycling program.

?There are a host of sports leagues and individual teams that have focused on a variety of initiatives,? McCullough said. ?Some of the most notable are reducing carbon emissions from team travel, stadium operations and even fan travel.?

Today, the Eagles? efforts include a closed-loop recycling program, water conservation efforts, a bike share program, compostable straws and a carbon offset initiative to plant 10 trees for every field goal made by the team each season. Their sustainability measures earned themLEED Gold statusby the U.S. Green Building Council and anISO 20121 Certification.

A soccer club in England ? the Forest Green Rovers ? hasbeen the most proactive globally and was recognized for its efforts by the United Nations.

McCullough said carbon offsets and circular economies like the Philadelphia Eagles have implemented are excellent initiatives that build on the most common gateway initiative, waste management.

?Some of the best organizations achieve zero waste, which means that 90 percent or more of waste produced at an event is diverted from the landfill by being recycled or composted,? McCullough said.

A recent example of this is Ball?s aluminum drink cup that reduces the amount of plastics disposed of in the stadium. The cup was successfully implemented at the last Super Bowl.

McCulloughhas foundthat environmental initiatives are lucrative socially and, more importantly, economically to many organizations.

?Promoting such initiatives and having an authentic approach can deepen the loyalty of fans ? increasing revenues ? and can open new opportunities for corporate partnerships and sponsorship inventory to further increase revenue generation,? McCullough said.

However, a majority of sport organizations are not actively engaging in environmental sustainability initiatives or making the most sustainable choices based on their circumstances. McCullough hopes to promote, advance and refine these initiatives through his research.

?We want to address these issues and find the solutions to overcome these constraints by making a strong business case that show the financial costs and benefits but also the social returns on investment including protecting the natural environment,? McCullough said.

Sport is one piece in the broader puzzle of climate action to address and decrease the global environmental impact of human activity, but it can have a major influence in promoting environmental awareness and social pressure for businesses, corporations and governments to take meaningful action to protect the natural environment.

?Ultimately, taking climate action and addressing the causes of climate change makes not only the natural environment more stable but the global economy and the wellbeing of the global population,? McCullough said.

The Sport Ecology Laboratory partnered with theGreen Sports Allianceto celebrate Green Sports Day on Oct. 6.

 

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Making waves in offshore sailing
 
Posted: 2 Oct 2020, 6:08 pm

In an effort to address the carbon impact of building and refitting sailing boats, organisers of a new round the world boat race have announced plans to deliver the most innovative sustainability program the sport has ever seen.

Working with academics, The Race Around will explore the latest sustainable innovations in boat building, including the use of recyclable fibres and resins, to integrate a more circular approach to construction within the class and wider industry. A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the Class40 build process will use the data to quantify the reduction in environmental impact of sustainable materials and processes.

The vast majority of sailing boats are currently constructed using energy intensive methods that produce high levels of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur dioxide. At the end of life most are sent to landfill.

The collected data will help set a benchmark for the carbon footprint of the entire boat building process. The outcomes of the research could also be applied to the car and renewable energy industries, amongst others.

In a sailing first, The Race Around will also offer entry fee reductions to competitors actively cutting the carbon impact of the boat building or refit process who share their data with race organisers ahead of the 2023 event. A mandatory carbon budget will then be introduced for the second edition of the race in 2027.

A prototype Class40 boat, to be built early next year, as part of the research project, will act as a case study to showcase the capabilities of the cutting edge materials at regattas and boat shows and provide vital insights for other industries. Ways to extend the lifespan of existing Class40 boats and integrate sustainable approaches to refitting as well as tackling the problems of end of life disposal are also being studied as part of The Futures Program.

Sam Holliday, co-founder of The Race Around, said: ?The sailing industry is addressing certain elements of its environmental impact but more needs to be done. We want to disprove the theory that sustainable alternatives to traditional methods, whilst reducing carbon emissions, impact performance.

?By collaborating with academics, and sharing the data with the wider industry, which will also be relevant to other businesses and industries, we want to drive real change and large scale transformation.?

The organisers already have a track record of implementing sustainability measures through The Atlantic Cup which was the first regatta to be certified Platinum in 2016 by Sailors for the Sea, an achievement repeated in 2018. It was also the first sporting event to be certified ISO 20121 compliant in the United States.

For more information:

Robin Clegg, e: robin@wearecurve.com t: +44 7765 157136

About The Race Around and Futures Program

The Race Around is a short-handed, classic, multi-staged around the world Class40 yacht race starting in the summer of 2023. The race course will feature The Three Great Capes of ocean navigation and the challenging Southern Ocean.

The Futures Program?s mission is to inspire the sailing industry to integrate sustainable initiatives within boat building and recycling operations to reduce their environmental impact. It actively encourages diversity and through a collaborative, curriculum-based education program, aims to raise awareness of the issues we face and to showcase positive solutions for real change.

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Very Cool! UML 16th on Sierra’s List of Eco-friendly Schools
 
Posted: 1 Oct 2020, 9:38 pm

By Ed Brennen

UMass Lowell is one of the “Coolest Schools” in North America, according to Sierra magazine’s annual ranking of the greenest colleges and universities.

UMass Lowell is one the ?Coolest Schools? in the country, according to Sierra magazine?s annual ranking of North America?s greenest colleges and universities.

UML placed 16th on this year?s list, its highest ranking ever. This is the first time the university has cracked the top 20; it was No. 28 last year and No. 165 as recently as 2016.

Compiled by the national magazine of the Sierra Club, the Cool Schools ranking assesses colleges’ performance on everything from how they get their electricity and dining hall food to what they teach students in the classroom. A record 300-plus schools participated in this year?s survey.

?If you look at where we started a few short years ago, the jump has been remarkable,? says Director of SustainabilityRuairi O?Mahony, who credits this year?s rise to the university?s latest Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report, which Sierra uses as a basis for its rankings.

Last year, UML became the highest-rated STARS campus in Massachusetts ? and one of the top 10 in the country ? with aSTARS Goldscore of 77.56.

That helped give UML a Cool Schools score of 80.04 from Sierra this year, putting it in a statistical dead heat with No. 15 UMass Amherst.

The University of California Irvine finished first on the Sierra list with a score of 89.95, followed by Stanford University (89.86) and Canada?s Thompson Rivers University (89.63).\

Rowdy the River Hawk checks out the electrical vehicle charging stations across from University Crossing.

?This is the first time we?ve accurately been able to capture all the work we?ve been doing over the last four or five years at once for the rating systems,? says O?Mahony, who adds that the ranking is a result of a university-wide commitment to sustainability that ?starts with Chancellor(Jacquie) Moloneyand extends throughout campus to our students, faculty and staff.?

?UMass Lowell has a lot to model for schools everywhere,? says Katie O?Reilly, Sierra?s adventure and lifestyle editor. ?We at the Sierra Club have been continually impressed with this powerhouse research university?s commitment to teaching and embodying excellent environmental stewardship in all areas. The River Hawks are truly standouts in this increasingly important space.?

Established in 2015, theOffice of Sustainabilityserves as a focal point for that commitment, providing resources and support for campus operations, education, research, student engagement and community partnerships.

From itsUrban AgricultureandFarm Shareprograms, to its efforts aroundrecycling and waste diversion, to theS.E.E.D. Fundgrants it awards to promote green projects on campus, the office has helped the university become aleader in sustainability.

While the coronavirus pandemic has put many of those programs on hold, O?Mahony says the office is still providing core services such as recycling, and it continues to work with Mill City Grows on its partnership at theRist Urban Agriculture Greenhouse and Farm.

?We?re using this time to strengthen our overall sustainability program,? O?Mahony says. ?We got this great ranking, but the work continues. We need to move the needle further.?

The university received high marks for curriculum and research in its latest STARS assessment, something that O?Mahony says will get a further boost from the recently created Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy (RISE). Integrating the Office of Sustainability, the university?sClimate Change Initiativeand renewable energy engineering, RISE promotes sustainability-related faculty and student research through its fellowship program.

Campus and community engagement are other areas where the university excels.

Earlier this year, UML and the City of Lowell established aGreen Community Partnershipthat will award grants of up to $10,000 for joint university-community projects that advance sustainability.

The university is also working closely with the city on a Pawtucket Street Greenway project that will improve the link between South Campus and the rest of campus for bicyclists and pedestrians.

And to advance its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, the university recently received a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to create a renewable energy master plan for the campus.

With the pandemic putting a strain on university budgets across the country, O?Mahony says outside grant funding will be more important than ever, as will energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly practices in general.

?This pandemic has highlighted the importance of the programs we?re doing,? he says.

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Virginia’s History, Resorts and Culture Make it an Attractive Meetings Destination
 
Posted: 24 Oct 2019, 5:00 am

Virginia’s history, resorts and culture make it an attractive meetings destination in 2019. Read to discover the state’s best-in-class venues and other group offerings.

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New and Expanded Convention Centers Heat Up the Texas Market
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 6:20 am

The Texas convention center scene is a competitive market. With new developments stretching from the DFW Metroplex to West Texas, read the latest on the Lone Star State convention scene.

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Caesars Forum Strides to Open
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 4:00 am

Ahead of IMEX America 2019, Meetings Today content developer Kate Cripe got a sneak peek of the $375 million Caesars Forum. During a hard hat tour, she got a first hand look at how the conference center project, which is expected to open in March 2020, is progressing.

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4 Reasons to Leverage Digital Displays at Conventions
 
Posted: 26 Aug 2019, 12:10 pm

Learn why digital display technology is one of the best ways to take your event to the next level. We explore what it can mean for branding, the attendee experience, sustainability and more.

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Boise Centre Unveils New Art Installation
 
Posted: 23 Jul 2019, 4:30 am

A glass sculpture titled You Are Here by Boise native Amy Westover was designed to inspire attendees and guests to look beyond the walls of the city's Boise Centre.

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Speakers in the Open Expo Hall? A New Way to Maximize Conference Content
 
Posted: 21 May 2019, 6:00 am

When it comes to conference speaking, an innovative speaker stage setup can drive more and unexpected engagement. Meetings Today Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe reports live from DES Madrid on how the "open air" concept works for attendees and presenters.

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6 Tips for Working With a Convention Services Team
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2019, 7:35 am

Meeting and event planners working with a facility’s convention services team can help ensure their program is a success by providing some very basic, but essential, information. Maxine Compean, associate event manager for the dual-branded the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, offered the following six tips to keep meeting and event planners and the convention services team on the same page.

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An Event Planner’s Take on the New Kentucky International Convention Center
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 3:05 pm

Event planner Christa Mekki, founder and senior planner at Magnetic Magnificent Events, was one of the first to experience the brand-new Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Meetings Today reached out to Mekki for her take on the reimagined convention center.

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6 Innovative Convention Center Projects That Are Reinventing the U.S. Meetings Landscape
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 7:30 am

Innovation is requisite for staying ahead in the convention business. It’s second nature for Las Vegas, and it’s also the watchword for reinvention in convention markets around the U.S.

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Event Venue Titans AEG Facilities and SMG Announce Merger
 
Posted: 8 Feb 2019, 10:20 am

AEG Facilities and SMG owner Onex announced they will merge to create ASM Global. The new company will be headquartered in Los Angeles and will operate over 300 venues across five continents that include arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers.

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San Francisco’s Moscone Center Nearly Doubles in Size
 
Posted: 19 Dec 2018, 5:45 am

As the new year approaches, so does a new beginning for San Francisco’s meetings business. The long-awaited opening of an upgraded Moscone Center came in early January, as the convention complex debuted a $551 million expansion.

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Q&A With David Gibbons, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
 
Posted: 20 Nov 2018, 8:45 am

Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman touched base with Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Executive Director David Gibbons on the MCCA’s increase in group business and the future of the facility.

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Orlando Continues Convention Center Expansion
 
Posted: 25 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is moving forward with a $605 million campus improvement plan. The project will bring expansions and new meeting and exhibit space in the North and South concourses, further increasing the center’s seven million square feet of total function space.

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IACC Set to Double European Members
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2018, 9:00 pm

IACC, the association that represents the global conference center segment, is set to more than double its number of European facilities within the next four months if a deal to add the supplier members of two conference center groups comes to fruition, according to IACC CEO Mark Cooper.

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St. Louis Convention Center Plans Extensive Renovation
 
Posted: 7 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

The America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis will undergo an expansion and extensive renovations. The AC Next Gen Project, which will include the addition of 92,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 65,000-square-foot ballroom and meeting area, a new outdoor pavilion and 26 new loading docks, was announced during a press conference held on October 3.

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How to Cope With a Convention Center Renovation
 
Posted: 26 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

On a recent tour of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Meetings Today spoke with John Page, general manager for SMG for the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). Page shared his advice for navigating a convention center renovation or expansion.

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5 Things You May Not Have Known About the Chattanooga Convention Center
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

Once you’ve seen one convention center you’ve seen them all, right? A recent visit to the Chattanooga Convention Center left me surprised to find some nice touches that many of its bigger—and smaller—city counterparts lacked. Following are five standout features I noticed during my tour of the Chattanooga Convention Center led by Executive Director Mike Shuford, during a press trip with the Chattanooga CVB.

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Convention Center Reopens in Louisville
 
Posted: 5 Aug 2018, 8:00 pm

The Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) hosted a grand opening ceremony, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 following a two-year, $207 million renovation and expansion project. State and local government officials, along with KICC facility officials and staff welcomed meeting clients, local stakeholders, interested citizens, and media to an open house that showcased how the new facility will host small to large-scale events.

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Caesars Forum Conference Center Breaks Ground in Vegas
 
Posted: 16 Jul 2018, 8:00 pm

Caesars Entertainment broke ground on its $375 million, Caesars Forum conference center on Monday, July 16, during a ceremony for trade press, industry executives and Caesars staff members. The ceremony was also livestreamed by Caesars so that people could tune in from all over the world.

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Q&A With Jennifer B. Davis on Greater Columbus Convention Center Updates
 
Posted: 30 Jun 2018, 8:00 pm

Meetings Today contributor Carolyn Blackburn interviewed Jennifer B. David, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager with the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), to discuss recent updates to the facility. The GCCC, which features 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, wrapped a two-year $140 million renovation and expansion project in July 2017 to improve the overall guest experience, including the installation of an impressive art collection and local F&B concepts.

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5 Campus Conference Centers That Will Enhance Any Event
 
Posted: 1 May 2018, 8:00 pm

College towns are happening hubs of activity, where the arts, sports and culinary delights thrive. All that and more is on deck for planners who book a university setting for a conference.

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Vegas Convention Center Expansion Design Unveiled
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2018, 8:00 pm

Architects have submitted their designs for the phase two expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Creativity Takes Center Stage at Convention Centers
 
Posted: 26 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The artwork installed at an increasing number of popular convention centers transforms these necessarily utilitarian buildings into magnificent galleries that rival some of the most inspired museums in the world.

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Arlington Unveils Plans for Massive Esports Stadium
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The City of Arlington announced plans for Esports Stadium Arlington, an esports-specific venue designed to draw competitive gamers and fans from around the world. The proposed venue will be built within the existing Arlington Convention Center in collaboration with architecture firm Populous.

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Q&A With Michele Hughes, Director of Sales, Connecticut Convention Center
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Meetings Today checked in with Michele Hughes, Director of Sales & Marketing with the Connecticut Convention Center (CTCC).

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Convention Centers Are Making Bold New Statements
 
Posted: 1 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Goodbye big-box, bunkeresque venues. Hello green rooftop micro-environments, wellness spaces and hip street-party-scapes.

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Conference centers revamp to provide connectivity
 
Posted: 1 May 2017, 8:00 pm

Addressing profound changes in how their customers are approaching learning, many conference centers are in a process of reinvention

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Convention centers design for a sense of place
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm

Many convention centers are striving to reflect and showcase their locations.

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Groups in Greater Boston utilize college campuses
 
Posted: 31 Oct 2016, 8:00 pm

An exceedingly intelligent choice for meetings and events.

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CEIR Releases Third Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 24 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 24 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the third report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Three: Education Content that Builds a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers.

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CEIR Releases Second Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 10 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 10 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the second report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Two: Exhibition Floor Features that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers

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Fourth Annual IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Another Sold Out Event
 
Posted: 4 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) celebrates another successful Women?s Leadership Forum on 26 April 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. More than 200 attendees sold out this year?s event which featured education sessions for women at all stages of their career.

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IAEE Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants
 
Posted: 3 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 3 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the application process for the 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants, which aid qualified professionals in their pursuit of continuing education and career development in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Now Accepting 2016 Helen Brett Scholarship Applications
 
Posted: 2 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 2 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and EventsTM (IAEE) has opened the application process for the Helen Brett Scholarship awards in 2016. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college-level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support.

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Conference center education shifts dramatically
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

The times they are a changin’, and all for the better from this reporter’s perspective.

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CEIR Debuts New Report Series Focusing on Attendee Retention
 
Posted: 28 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 April 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the first report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights. Reports from this exciting new, landmark study offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into a loyal fanbase. The series consists of five reports, beginning with Part One: Basics for Creating Your Attendee Retention Strategy: Tracking, Profiling and Why They Come Back.

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IAEE Public Events Council Releases 2016 Survey Report
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 26 April 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Public Events Council released its Public Events Industry Report: 2015 Results. In 2009, the Public Events Council distributed a survey to public event organizers across 22 public events industry sectors to examine overall industry performance. The report identified which public events industry sectors fared well, which sectors struggled and their expectations for the future. As a follow-up to the benchmark report, the survey is repeated annually with subsequent reports detailing individual and comparative statistics over the years.

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Your Industry - Your Voice!
 
Posted: 22 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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CEM Week - Register Now!
 
Posted: 18 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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2016 CEIR Index Report Now Available
 
Posted: 13 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 12 April 2016 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the 2016 CEIR Index Report. The CEIR Index analyzes the 2015 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years. Despite widespread pessimism and deceleration of activity during the fourth quarter, the U.S. economy still displayed significant signs of strength in 2015, led by personal consumption and residential construction. These strengths were offset partially by deterioration in energy development and net exports to produce real GDP growth of 2.4%. According to CEIR?s current projection, 2016 growth will be about the same, or perhaps slightly weaker as the trade gap widens further, before GDP accelerates in 2018 (see Figure 1).

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IAEE Renews Reciprocity Agreement with JEXA
 
Posted: 5 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 5 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) and the Japan Exhibition Association (JEXA) announced the renewal of a reciprocity agreement to benefit members of both organizations. Originally signed in 2012, the agreement renews the commitment of IAEE and JEXA to promote and develop the exhibitions and events industries in their respective countries through membership collaboration.

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IAEE Announces New Chapter in India
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) announces the addition of its latest chapter in Asia, the IAEE India Chapter. The IAEE Board of Directors approved the creation of this new chapter during its meeting held 31 March 2016 at the HITEX Exhibition Center in Hyderabad, India.

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Convention centers transform to meet attendees’ needs
 
Posted: 1 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

Generic big-box convention centers seem to be going the way of the buggy whip and typewriter.

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IAEE MATSO Council Adds New Content for May Meeting
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 31 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council?s program for this year?s MATSO Spring Program on 23-24 May 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. will focus on exchanging information that address challenges, share best practices and understand the changing landscape of Tier 1 cities.

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IAEE Awards Jacqueline Russo with 2016 Woman of Achievement Award
 
Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 30 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) proudly congratulates Jacqueline Russo, Vice President of Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., as this year?s recipient of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award. This award recognizes a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the exhibitions and events industry, exhibited outstanding leadership, and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.

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CEIR Releases New Industry Insight Series Report Written by Candy Adams
 
Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 29 March 2016 ? Today the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announces a new Industry Insight Series report, 99 Cost-Savings Tips and Tricks for Exhibit Managers written by Candy Adams, CTSM, CME, CEM, CMP, CMM, a revered and well-known exhibition industry veteran and owner of ?The Booth Mom? Trade Show Consulting.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Krakoff Leadership Institute
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 March 2016 ? Registration is now open for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) to be held 7-9 August 2016 at The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif. The program is open to IAEE members interested in enhancing their strategic skills, and broadening their knowledge as current and future leaders in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Congratulates its 2016 International Excellence Award Recipient
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 17 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) congratulates Edward J. Krause III (Ned), President and CEO of E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) as this year?s recipient of the IAEE International Excellence Award. The IAEE International Excellence Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made exceptional strides in creating, launching and managing an international event in the exhibitions and events industry on an international scale.

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CEIR Releases Final Digital Toolkit Report
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 15 March 2015 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the release of the final report in the CEIR Digital Toolkit series. The new report, entitled Focus Report on Exhibition Organizer Onsite and Post-event Offerings provides an in-depth look at attendee preferences compared to business-to-business exhibition offerings for show mobile apps, as well as other onsite digital amenities and post-event digital communications.

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IAEE MATSO Council Announces City Working Group Initiative, Finalizes Governance Procedures
 
Posted: 9 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 9 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council announced it will resurrect city task force updates following a recent council meeting that focused on future programming and governance procedures.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Call for Nominations for Individual Awards
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 8 March 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the Call for Nominations for its annual awards program to recognize exceptional professionals in the exhibitions and events industry. Industry professionals who meet the outlined criteria may be nominated for any of the awards listed below, and recipients will be honored at Expo! Expo! IAEE?s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held 6-8 December in Anaheim, Calif.

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Conference center experts weigh in on five hot trends
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2015, 8:00 pm

Here is the top feedback when it comes to staging cutting-edge conference meets.

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Convention center tradeshows focus on interaction
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 8:00 pm

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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State College brims with entertaining endeavors
 
Posted: 30 Oct 2014, 8:00 pm

When it comes to putting fun on the agenda, State College is one smart choice.

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Can a team have too much talent?
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Yes, and here?s why having too much talent on a team is bad.

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Shared activities make experiences more intense
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Here?s some scientific support on the value of live experiences.

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Elmer Randolph 'Randy' Pugh
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Randy was employed with the City of Virginia Beach as the Operations Supervisor of the Pavilion Convention Center from 1980-1999.

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The Firestation Centre launches its neo-ticketing project
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
With its new project, the venue wants to find out if it will sell more tickets, if guests will get better deals, and if artists will earn more.

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The Marvel Experience lets you save the world
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The event will incorporate augmented reality, multiperson gaming, and RFID tracking for full fan immersion.

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Watch: Hugh Jackman talks about ticketing
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Hugh Jackman and the show's producer are making sure pricing allows anyone that wants to see his new play will not have to worry about scalpers.

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Upcoming webinars
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
These two, free webinars next week will focus on becoming a CFE and the Mentor-Connector Program.

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Ebola and the venue industry
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
IAVM is actively monitoring the impact of recent Ebola incidents. At the direction of Chair Kim Bedier, CFE ? in collaboration with our Industry Affairs Council and key IAVM staff ? an Ebola task force has been formed to work on relevant communications to the IAVM community.

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Close encounter of the third kind with Google Glass, part 2
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
More from Portland?5?s Joe Durr about this ?cool? technology product.

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AEG Live acquires two historic Virginia theatres
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Those theatres are The National Theatre in Richmond and The NorVa Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

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VenueConnect's environmental impact was minimal
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
VenueConnect's is the first conference that the Oregon Convention Center has measured the water, waste, and energy statistics.

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New Miami convention center and hotel approved
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The new development will be on the site of the old Miami Arena.

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Yarra, Australia, creates venue soundproofing fund
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The city house 500 venues, 50 of them live music venues.

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Wesley Burtch Dickson
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Wes founded his business, Advanced Equipment Corp., in 1957. In 1959, the business moved to Orange County, California.

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Session proposals wanted
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Please submit your session ideas for IAVM?s conferences. Presentations cannot be sales pitches, and if your topic is selected, IAVM will contact you concerning the coordination of the session speaker/panelists.

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Earl R. Williams
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Earl was employed with Kimble Glass Co. and later Ball State University as Conference Director and General Manager of Emens Auditorium.

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Take 10 - Invigorate Your Large Events!
 
Posted: 13 May 2014, 8:00 pm

Dana Freker Doody answers questions from Meetings Focus' Invigorate Your Large Events webinar.

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Cookie-cutter conference centers are a thing of the past
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2014, 8:00 pm

Today's conference centers are more about standing out than fitting in.

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Scheduling events at Florida colleges and universities is a smart choice
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Educational facilities throughout Florida give attendees a chance to relive the college experience.

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Convention centers adapt to tradeshows of today
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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IACC Americas Conference Sees Attendee Uptick
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

The 2014 IACC Annual Conference reported it has attracted the most registered attendees since 2008.

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State College, Pennsylvania, is a happening, business-savvy hub
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2013, 8:00 pm

State College, home to Pennsylvania State University, welcomes groups with its vibrant ambiance and excellent on-campus (and off-site) facilities.

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A quick take on recent openings and upgrades in the world of conference centers
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm

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A Q&A with Mark Cooper, new CEO of the International Association of Conference Centres
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm
IACC's new CEO shares his insights on the events industry

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Get Smart
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
On the fence about booking a college venue? These benefits might convince you.

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Areas of Study
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
University meetings think outside of the classroom

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School Spirit
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
College stadiums and arenas are a classic choice for large groups

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Exclusive: Flaming Lips to Star in Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 4:32 pm
When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game,  a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name.

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13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. So, how best to manage MIDEM?

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Downtown Sells Label to Cofounders, Focuses on Publishing
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 7:00 am
Downtown Music LLC, the privately held parent company of Downtown Records and Downtown Music Publishing, today announced the sale of its recorded music business to cofounders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam.

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Black Keys File Third Lawsuit Against 'Soundalikes' in TV Commercials
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:50 pm
After settling two lawsuits with Pizza Hut and Home Depot in December over alleged use of its songs in commercials, the Black Keys have filed a third lawsuit -- this time, against Pinnacle Entertainment, which runs casinos throughout the United States, and Manhattan Production Music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising.

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Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:24 pm
Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month, a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties, Billboard has learned.

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Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 3:48 pm
Sony Music and Ultra Music -- the electronic/dance record label, publishing house, management company and media platform owned and operated by Patrick Moxey -- have announced a globe-spanning strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the deal Moxey was named president of electronic music for Sony Music Worldwide.

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Searching For The Next 'Sugar Man'? Try 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
This year's Sundance had a half-dozen music-driven docs, including: Dave Grohl's "Sound City," "History of the Eagles, Part One," "Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer," "Narco Culturo" and "Mussel Shoals" -- all fine films. But the power of Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a story chronicling of the lives of background singers who sang on era-defining records from the 1960s into the 1990s, is such that it transcends the typical music documentary ecliciting gasps of disbelief, spontaneous applause and tears. It's a winner.

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Building the $100 Billion Dollar Music Business: Guest Post by Tom Silverman
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
In this guest post, New Music Seminar/Tommy Boy Entertainment founder Tom Silverman describes how we can grow the music business into one that reaches $100 billion in annual retail revenue in the next decade.

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Three Directors Step Down at Sirius XM Radio as Liberty Media Takes Control
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 4:50 pm
Leon Black, Lawrence Gilberti and Jack Shaw resign from the board of the satellite firm.  

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Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 3:08 pm
Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients.

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Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 2:07 pm
Not only did Kobalt sign a deal with Dave Grohl this week ( the company is also formally introducing a new Label Services division that will handle digital and physical releases for independent artists as well as Kobalt clients. Though the division has quietly released several albums in recent months, it will gain major attention next month with the release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Push the Sky Away,” due out Feb. 18 through Kobalt Label Services  and Cave’s Bad Seed Ltd.

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Welcome to the New Billboard
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
The Jan. 26 edition of Billboard features a cover-story interview with Prince, but that world exclusive is accompanied by something else: A whole new magazine. This week, Billboard relaunches, and from the new logo on the front cover to the information packed graphic on the back page, the magazine is dedicated to the delivery of business journalism that leads and informs the essential conversations around the music and businesses it covers.

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Warner Music, NMPA Reach Agreement on Royalty Rate for Music Videos
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:43 pm
The Warner Music Group has become the second major label to agree to pay songwriters and publishers a royalty from revenue they derive from music videos, in a deal negotiated by the National Music Publishers' Association.

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Tim Leiweke on AEG Sale: 'We're Getting Down to the Final Straws'
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm
The sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group is “taking longer” than expected, AEG CEO, Tim Leiweke told Billboard.biz, but not due to lack of interest. While Leiweke declined to mention who the serious bidders were, he did indicate that the field has narrowed.  “We’re getting down to the final straws here,” he said.

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'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer,' 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Sell At Sundance
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 6:17 am
Add “Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer” to the growing music-centric documentaries sold at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO Docs acquired U.S. TV rights to the political documentary that received its world premiere Jan. 18. "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which tells the stories of several prominent backup singers, sold on Thursday to Radius and the Weinstein Co.

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Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, New File-Sharing Service
 
Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 4:09 pm
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new file-sharing website called Mega. "As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government," Dotcom tweeted on Saturday, along with a link to the new site.

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Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier on New, 'Quite Reasonable' Pandora Deal
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
Sony/ATV pulled a major coup earlier this week by negotiating a higher royalty rate from Pandora. Chairman/CEO Martin Bandier spoke with Billboard.biz about the deal.

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Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 4:45 pm
From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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CD Baby Parent Company AVL Digital Group Sold
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:44 am
AVL Digital Group -- the parent company of CD Baby, Disc Makers and other self-publishing platforms -- has been sold to Stephens Capital Partners, a private equity group based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Billboard.biz has learned.

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NARM Names Muve Music's Jeff Toig, Dimple Records' Dilyn Radakovitz to Board
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:34 am
Muve Music senior VP Jeff Toig and Dimple Records founder and owner Dilyn Radakovitz have joined the board of directors of both NARM, the music business trade association, and digitalmusic.org, its digital initiatives arm.

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Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit Comedy Showcase
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:13 am
At the height of his lowest point, Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels says he considered suicide. Before leaving the world, however, he wanted to publish an autobiography, his life story beyond music; a conversation with his mother shortly thereafter revealed more information than he had bargained for.

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Backbeat: Carrie Underwood Celebrates No. 1 With 'Blown Away' Co-Writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 4:46 pm
Carrie Underwood joined Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, the two songwriters who penned "Blown Away," at the CMA offices on Wednesday to celebrate their song hitting the top of the charts.

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Elizabeth Sobol Named Decca Label Group President and CEO
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Elizabeth Sobol, current managing director at IMG Artists North America, has been named Decca Label Group's president and CEO. Sobol will report to Universal Music Group International's chairman and CEO Max Hole, who was promoted to that position last week.

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HMV Shutters Irish Operations, Appoints Receivers as Staff Stages Sit-In
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 11:45 am
Staff at two HMV stores in Ireland have staged sit-in protests to secure their wages following the closure of the company’s 16 Irish stores, according to reports. HMV’s Irish operations were placed into receivership 24 hours after the British music retailer HMV confirmed it was suspending the trading of its shares and entering administration, the U.K. equivalent of Chapter 11.

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Dave Grohl, Avicii and Afrojack: A Promoter's Approach to Booking Music at Sundance
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 10:31 am
Park City Live is the only regularly operating nightclub in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival running Jan. 17-27, which will enter its second year of operation as a concert venue the day the festival begins. Here, Park City Live CEO Kathryn Burns talks about her first year promoting the venue.

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Sony/ATV Negotiates 25% Royalty Increase From Pandora: Report
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 8:01 am
The newly combined Sony/ATV-EMI music publishing powerhouse has used its market clout to negotiate a 25% royalty increase from Pandora, according to a report in the New York Post. The deal is said to run for the next 12 months.

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Mark Poston, EMI Australia Chairman, Steps Down
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 9:38 pm
Mark Poston, EMI Australia’s chairman, is out as Universal Music continues its global integration of EMI. According to Universal Music, Poston “decided to step down” from his current position as chairman and senior VP marketing, Australasia at EMI Music Australia. UMA's president George Ash will oversee EMI Australasia until a replacement is announced.

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LyricFind Partners with Gracenote, Gets Investment from Larry Marcus
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 4:40 pm
LyricFind will now power all of Gracenote's lyric services as part of their new partnership, while BandPage director Larry Marcus will be providing his experience, and a personal investment, to the company.

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SoundExchange Distributions Grew 58% to $462 Million in 2012
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 2:21 pm
SoundExchange distributed $462 million in digital performing royalties in 2012, a 58% increase over 2011, the organization announced Wednesday

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Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
Innovation Forum, an inaugural summit of business leaders from the U.S. and U.K., will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy week. UMG Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge, Sony Ent. CEO Michael Lynton, Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of WME, and musician will.i.am will co-host the event co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment.

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Sony Music Boosts Digital Team With Ole Obermann and Mark Piibe
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
In a statement today from Sony Music Entertainment's president of global digital business and U.S. sales Dennis Kooker, the company announced the creation and appointment of two new, digitally focused positions; current Sony Music executive Ole Obermann has been named executive vice president, digital partner development and sales, while Mark Piibe will be leaving EMI to take on the role of executive vice president, global business development and digital strategy.

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Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' Aiming for First-Week Sales of 350,000
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 4:44 pm
As reported yesterday (Jan. 14), Justin Timberlake's new single "Suit & Tie" is selling briskly and bound for a big first-week sales figure; label sources suggest that "Suit & Tie" may sell around 330,000 - 350,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Universal Music France President Pascal Negre Named UMG's Global Head of New Business
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Pascal Nègre, president at Universal Music France, Italy, Middle East and Africa, has been promoted to UMG's global head of new business, according to a press release.

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Billboard's Parent Company Names Ross Levinsohn CEO
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 10:41 am
Billboard's parent company has a new leader: Former Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media executive Ross Levinsohn.

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Universal Music Japan's Kazuhiko Koike To Head EMI Japan
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 8:07 am
Universal Music Japan today announced that its President and CEO Kazuhiko Koike will assume on the role of president/CEO of EMI Music Japan as well, replacing longtime CEO Hitoshi Namekata.

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Warner Music Sued for Millions by George Gershwin Heirs
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 8:39 pm
A new lawsuit objects to the way that the music giant has licensed famous compositions and booked revenue.

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Greg Sandoval, Senior CNET Writer, Resigns Over CBS Controversy
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:39 pm
CNET editor Greg Sandoval told Twitter earlier today that he's quitting the venerable tech news site over parent company CBS's apparent demand that the publication drop Dish Network's ad-skipping Hopper feature from consideration for its "Best of CES" awards.

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Indie Band Love in the Circus Explores 3D Imaging at CES
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:14 pm
Music can be as much about the visuals as it is about the sound. Among the more intriguing demonstrations of this at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was a video display in the Sony booth from an independent band called Love in the Circus; the Los Angeles based band used projection imaging to create a live stage that evokes a Cirque du Soleil-esque setting, wrapping custom animations around a physical stage set.

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Pop Leads U.K. Album Sales for Second Year Running
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
Big-selling albums from Emeli Sandé, Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction ensured that pop remained the most-popular genre in the United Kingdom in 2012, according to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body the BPI.

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Rolling Stones Lead Hot Tours with '50' Shows
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:05 am
Rock legends the Rolling Stones stand at the top of Hot Tours this week with ticket sales reaching $38.6 million from the 50 and Counting Tour, while Nickelback, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John reach the top ten on the strength of their Australian tours.

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Virtual Visionaries
 
Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 7:00 pm
Emilie Barta and John Pollard aim to take the fear out of planning hybrid events

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Take 10 - Conference Centers
 
Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 8:00 pm
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New School
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 8:00 pm

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Final Bow
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Makes Global Push; Criteria to 'Evolve'
 
Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Board Sets New Service Standards
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2011, 7:00 pm

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Association Meetings 3.0
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 5:10 pm
What does the association meeting of tomorrow look like and how can you prepare to provide your members with the type of meetings they need? A presenter at ASAE's 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo provides her expert glimpse into the future.

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Rethinking Sponsorships in the Age of Social Media
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:56 pm
Technology is changing our lives in seemingly countless ways, including association event sponsorships. Find out what a leading event software expert believes are the best ways to make the most of sponsorships in the age of social media.

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What You Need to Know About Simultaneous Interpretation
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:54 pm
As more associations venture overseas, simultaneous interpretation is more important than ever. Two experts who have conducted events around the globe share their insights.

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Reduce Expenses for Meetings of Any Size
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:51 pm
Even the largest associations sometimes have meetings that don't represent a lot of room nights, which can reduce your ability to negotiate with the host hotel. Here are nine tips to help you get the best deal for your next meeting, no matter how many attendees you have.

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Strategic Meeting Planning
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 11:00 am
We use strategic planning in our everyday lives but often get too caught up in all the details to apply it effectively during the meeting planning process. Discover how to be truly strategic the next time you're planning an important meeting.

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New Models for Successful Convention Strategy
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:56 am
There's more to meetings than good content and a nice location. An ASAE Fellow and association business strategy consultant shares his views on factors such as information needs, competing resources, and strategic barriers that impact attendance at association conventions and tradeshows.

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Post-Recession Economy Requires New Guidelines for Association Events
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:53 am
Association events are making a comeback following the deep recession, but everyone remains sensitive to appearing too extravagant and expensive. Here's a process for determining what's appropriate for your next events.

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Increase Exhibitor Engagement Without Increasing Your Budget
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:49 am
Every association tradeshow is under pressure to increase traffic, but at what cost? Follow these strategies for increasing traffic and enhancing exhibitor loyalty without busting your budget.

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Letter From the Chair: ME Section Contributes to "199 Ideas" for Planners
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:47 am
The Meetings & Expositions Section Council chair discusses the debut of an exciting new resource for association planners, provides a glimpse of the upcoming Annual Meeting & Exposition, and lends his perspective on the value of associations to society.

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Tips to Make Transportation at Your Conference Greener
 
Posted: 9 May 2011, 10:09 am
Greening meetings has come a long way in recent years, but you can take it to the next level with a little strategy and a lot of enthusiasm. Learn how to get your group actively involved in being a deeper shade of green.

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2011, 8:00 pm
Collegiate athletic venues are ideal for team building and spectator fun

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
With mounting competition, conference centers get flexible

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Conference Center Changes
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
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On Location - Convention Centers
 
Posted: 31 May 2010, 8:00 pm

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2010, 8:00 pm
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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 8:00 pm

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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University Venues
 
Posted: 28 Feb 2010, 7:00 pm

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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