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Is the golf industry doing enough to combat climate change?
 
Posted: 10 Apr 2021, 1:15 pm

By Aubrey McCormick & Andrew Szunyog

Sports leagues are seeing the impacts and the surge of climate-responsible athletes using their platforms to promote positive environmental and social impact ? it?s something for the history books.

The golf industry, for one, is increasing its efforts to promote environmental sustainability and marketing to the general public its desire to embrace a more diverse demographic. Professional golfers have started speaking out about the changing climate, leading to some corporate sponsors rethinking strategies and how they can better align.

For many professional athletes, it?s no longer enough to represent a brand without purpose. The same can be said for consumers. People want to engage with companies, brands and industries that represent their values.

Over the last few years, the golf industry has made strides towards being more “sustainable,” but is it enough?

According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, “climate change is real and human activities are the main cause.” The future is net-zero, and re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement should be seen as a signal to step up and act faster than ever before. Nearly every country in the world, including the U.S., has agreed to voluntarily lower their carbon emissions, report progress and implementation efforts to show transparency.

In the U.S. alone, 2 million acres of land are used for golf courses. As the population grows, we may see more demand for this land to be used for agriculture, parks and real estate.

The UN Sports for Climate Action Framework aims to unite the global sports community to combat climate change through “commitments and partnerships according to verified standards including measuring, reducing and reporting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.” Currently, five golf organizations have joined: the United States Golf Association (USGA); Waste Management Phoenix Open; The International Golf Federation; World Minigolf Federation; and Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

Golf is making strides both on social and environmental impact. Internationally, the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) uses its OnCourse program to help facilities, tournaments and golf course developments meet strict voluntary standards of sustainability. GEO?s influence is found around the world with partnerships spanning over 60 countries, including its new partnership with the Saudi Golf Federation, which is implementing GEO?s current sustainability strategy.

New golf course developments in Asia, the Middle East and Africa are incorporating sustainability into the design and implementation phases of their projects. Particularly, Laguna L?ng Cô Golf Course and Resort in Vietnam has developed a regenerative model with a 17-acre rice field that runs throughout the property that yielded a 28-ton crop in 2020. As one of three golf courses in the world to be EarthCheck-certified, it is empowering employees to support the local community and protect the environment.

In the U.S., the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) just completed its three-year plan to establish Environmental Best Management Practices for all 50 states. In professional golf, several PGA Tour tournaments are leading the way to decrease their carbon footprints by becoming GEO-certified events. Led by the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the LPGA?s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, these high-profile events are the PGA?s platform to broadly engage local communities and fans while assessing and reporting the true impact their tournaments have on local ecosystems.

Nonprofit organizations such as the National Links Trust, recent bid winners to take over operations of Washington, D.C.?s three public golf courses, are dedicated to protecting affordable municipal golf courses, understanding the positive impact they have on local communities.

Issues of diversity and inclusion in the game are garnering more attention as investments are made in supporting golf programs managed by historically Black colleges and universities. Of particular note are the establishment of Howard University’s men?s and women?s golf teams by Steph Curry and “Capital One?s The Match: Champions for Change,” an event featuring Charles Barkley and Phil Mickelson that raised $6.4 million.

LPGA professional and two-time major champion Suzann Pettersen has emerged as a leading golf sustainability spokesperson, becoming the first professional golfer to openly endorse and partner with the GEO Foundation to establish new levels of awareness and action.

Said Pettersen at the 2020 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, “As a mother of a young child, it is incredible how concerned you become over the future of the planet, its biodiversity, air quality and climate. These things are absolutely vital to the health and wellbeing of future generations, so we all need to do our best to make things better.”

According to the National Golf Foundation 2019 Industry Report, there are about 15,000 golf facilities and 24 million golfers. This is equivalent to around one in every nine Americans playing some form of golf. The industry has significant reach and an opportunity to lead by example and align to the world?s global emission goals.

In the U.S. alone, 2 million acres of land are used for golf courses. As the population grows, we may see more demand for this land to be used for agriculture, parks and real estate. Subsequently, millennials and Gen Z individuals will become the majority of the population. As these generations mature, environmental transparency and carbon impact data, among many other sustainability-focused initiatives, will become the standard.

So, what?s next?

We have some ideas on how the golf industry can join the green sports movement and take action.

The Golf Channel should join the U.N. Sports for Climate Action Initiative. If the Golf Channel were to become the first major American sports broadcasting network to sign onto this framework, the move would be a signifier of the golf industry?s recognition of its environmental impact beyond golf course development and tournament operations and show leadership in sustainable broadcasting and messaging.

We need more sustainability commitments from golf equipment manufacturers. Incredible amounts of money are spent every year on R&D as top golf equipment manufacturers compete for consumer dollars. Implementation of transparent, ethical and sustainable practices into their supply and value chains would increase accountability and responsible sourcing of inputs, report true emissions impact and expose gaps where current sustainable initiatives can increase efficiencies. If Amazon, Waste Management (and any other Fortune 500 company) can do it, then certainly the top manufacturers such as Titleist, TaylorMade and Ping Karsten Group can, too.

The PGA of America should introduce a sustainability curriculum to its member certification process. With over 26,000 members around the globe, PGA golf professionals are the lifeblood of the golf industry and serve as the industry?s experts. Giving them the tools to redesign systems to be more sustainable, innovative and regenerative would generate significant ROI opportunities while adding value to the profession and meeting global emission reduction goals.

We?d love to see broad implementation of sustainable operations across professional tournament golf. The select few professional golf tournaments that have committed to zero-waste and emission goals have provided a blueprint for how to conduct largescale tournaments in harmony with local communities. However, as the sponsorship dollars driving Corporate America?s investment into professional golf tournaments shift focus to include social and environmental accountability, will the managers and operators of golf tournaments be prepared to answer the call? A tremendous opportunity to activate climate action awareness campaigns awaits as fans and sponsors begin to return to the course to watch the game?s greats.

Federal legislation should help cities reinvest and retrofit existing municipal and public golf courses. In an effort to build back better, include city-owned golf facilities in any legislation that calls for grants, policies or loans that make them more accessible, inclusive and able to incorporate renewable systems. Investment in energy efficiency, water reclamation and irrigation systems, solar technology and alternative agricultural uses of unused space present golf courses as living laboratories for regenerative and circular urban ecosystems. Imagine if golf courses could grow enough food to feed an afterschool program or provide enough energy to power a homeless shelter.

The time is now.

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Maximizing Our Efforts to Minimize Our Emissions
 
Posted: 10 Apr 2021, 1:11 pm

By Aramark

We?re passionate about serving people?and working to ensure the wellbeing of both people and our planet. While the pandemic dramatically changed how companies do business, we remained focused on practices that enable equity and wellbeing for millions of people and reduce our environmental impact across our operations.

This month, we?re celebrating Earth Day by highlighting our recent pledge to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by the end of 2025, thus reducing our carbon footprint. This commitment is part of our Be Well. Do Well. sustainability plan and targets those emissions we control and influence?in technical terms, our scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions. These three scopes identify our emissions based on where they originate, as well as our ability to control or influence. The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol is the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas accounting standard for companies and helps them track progress toward climate goals.

 

To establish our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory, we evaluated our emissions from a variety of sources.

?Mitigating the effects of climate change takes leadership?across government, industries, businesses, and consumers,? said Enterprise Sustainability Manager Kelly McCourt. ?Everyone plays a part and figuring out how to best address our part is an evolving initiative.?

Through the collaborative efforts of our food, facilities, and uniforms teams, we established our baseline emissions and identified key data gaps to close. We modeled different scenarios and evaluated the potential impact of various initiatives that will help to achieve our goal to decrease our carbon footprint. We?re also implementing practices to improve emissions tracking and expand our public reporting.

Gaining Momentum In Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions

Given the wide and diverse nature of our business?from the food we serve to thousands each day, to the vehicles we drive and the facilities we maintain?we have a unique opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We?ve already implemented many measures to help us reach our goal, and we?re accelerating our strategy that will guide us in identifying, evaluating, and implementing practices to further reduce emissions.

According to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), a non-governmental organization that runs the global greenhouse gas disclosure system, a company?s supply chain emissions ? included in scope 3 – are on average 5.5 times larger than a company?s direct operations. For a food service company, this presents both a challenge and an opportunity as we can determine which products we purchase, though ultimately our consumers choose their menu selections.

Through our inventory, we found that supply chain purchases, and animal products in particular, contribute a larger percentage of our emissions, while a smaller percentage is attributed to our building and vehicle operations. We also identified that emissions from kitchen equipment at our client locations present a significant gap in our inventory. So, in the next four years, we?ll advance our plans by taking a hard look at both our supply chain and our operations to implement practices that can help lower our emissions.

Across our company, we?re already lowering emissions by purchasing responsibly sourced products and reducing food waste. For example, our No-Deforestation Policy guides how we source palm oil, soy, beef, and paper products from healthy ecosystems not at risk of deforestation, since converting tropical forests for agricultural products such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper (timber) is a leading cause of deforestation, and a major contributor to climate change.

We also strive to eliminate waste before it?s generated through menu planning, customer and portion forecasting, smart purchasing, consumer engagement tools, waste tracking, post-analysis, and other initiatives. All our food service locations are tracking food waste using a variety of methods, including 400 of our largest accounts that have transitioned to a technology-based solution for tracking waste. Tracking waste enables better decisions about what to purchase and how much to prepare.

In our Higher Education, Healthcare and Business Dining food businesses, we?ve also made an innovative move to more plant-forward and plant-based menus, which are better for people?s health?and for the planet, because they not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also minimize demand for water and land resources and preserve natural habitats.

?As a company, our goal is to educate and enable consumers to make informed choices,? said Kathy Cacciola, Vice President, Enterprise Sustainability. ?For example, we?re striving to help our consumers understand the connection between having delicious, nutritious plant-forward meals and helping to reduce our collective greenhouse gas emissions.?

In our DSD business, we?ve set a goal of an 8% reduction in fuel consumption and the elimination of about 12,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) through telematics technology, route optimization, and fleet modernization. Our 31 all-electric step vans?on the road since 2017?have also decreased Aramark?s emissions by 433 metric tons of CO2, and we?re planning to add 50 more over the next two years.

 

We?re driving a greener future through the expansion of our electric fleet, a key component of our DSD (Uniforms and Refreshment Services) business.

 

And in our Facilities business, we implement energy management solutions that minimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiencies. Our deep knowledge and expertise enable us to develop tailored solutions that deliver on our clients? highest priorities such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions or helping to achieve time-bound climate goals.

While all of these are exciting accomplishments, we continue to raise the bar: we?re building on this momentum to deliver more emissions reductions. By tracking and quantifying environmental and financial impacts of these efforts, we?ll work toward our climate goal.

Meeting Customer Expectations and Bettering the Bottom Line

Not only is environmental sustainability the right thing to do, but it also has serious implications for our customers, clients, and bottom line. As consumers take steps to better themselves, they increasingly expect companies to be committed to social change and environmental responsibility. Similarly, many organizations?universities, companies, governments, sports teams?are escalating their expectations of partners and suppliers, wanting to ensure their vision and values are aligned.

?In our sustainability plan, we define sustainability as ?the three P’s?? people, planet, and profit. It’s a three-legged stool,? Cacciola said. ?By addressing climate change, our goal is to enable people to prosper, on a healthy planet, for generations to come while ensuring long-term business growth.?

We?re looking to the future with renewed determination to do good ? for our people and our planet ? across our entire business and in partnership with our employees, clients, investors, and stakeholders.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For The Weekend Of April 10-11
 
Posted: 10 Apr 2021, 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, most notably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond. 

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Q&A With Psychologist-Musician Dr. Zwig & New Concert Music Video For ‘High Fire’ From Orpheum Theatre Show
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 8:33 pm
?Is there a doctor in the house?? an announcer asks the crowd. ?I need a doctor!? As the audience enthusiastically responds, cheering and clapping their hands above their hands, Dr. Zwig and his band walk out from backstage, lights illuminate the front of the stage and the group triumphantly delivers the request by breaking into a spirited performance of ?High Fire.?

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Matt Gudinski Promoted To Mushroom Group CEO, 'Determined To Honour The Great Legacy My Father Left'
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 7:46 pm
Matt Gudinski assumes the role of CEO of Mushroom Group, just over a month after his father Michael Gudinski passed away unexpectedly at his home in Melbourne, Australia aged 68.

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Technical Glitches Mar Opening Applications For SVOG Funds
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 3:56 pm

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'A Beautiful Mess': Live's Revival Brings Fall Festival Firehose
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 1:18 pm
The festival business can?t resume on a dime, and this fall?s crowded calendar ? packed with events like Bonnaroo that typically take place earlier in the summer, along with ones that historically happen in September and October ? has challenged promoters, agents, artists and fans alike.

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Rapper-Actor DMX, Known For Gruff Delivery, Dead At 50
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 1:03 pm
DMX, the raspy-voiced hip-hop artist who produced the songs ?Ruff Ryders? Anthem? and ?Party Up (Up in Here)? and who rapped with a trademark delivery that was often paired with growls, barks and ?What!? as an ad-lib, has died, according to a statement Friday from his family. He was 50.

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Dead & Company's Playing In The Sand Sells Out, Band Eyes Second Weekend
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 12:25 pm
Less than an hour after becoming available to the general public on Friday, tickets for Dead & Company's Mexican destination event Playing In The Sand sold out.

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Saving Nashville's Soul: Exit / In's Chris Cobb Bids For Building Being Sold To Hotel Developer
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 9:00 am
Jimmy Buffett played the first gig here. Comedian Steve Martin was an early regular, before becoming famous. It has a cameo appearance in Robert Altman?s groundbreaking film ?Nashville.?

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Friday, April 9
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 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, most notably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond. 

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Rage Against The Machine Announced For Festival d’été de Québec 2022
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 7:52 am
Festival d?été de Québec has announced Rage Against the Machine for its 2022 edition.

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German Promoters Boycott Hamburg Clubs Over Coronavirus Posts
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 7:10 am
Eleven promoters and Hamburg's interest group representing the city's music business announced their boycott of two Hamburg clubs, Große Freiheit 36 and Docks, who've been criticizing the German government's handling of the crisis as well as the validity of claims made about the danger of Coronavirus.

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DJ Koze, José Gonzáles Headline New One-Day Festival In The UK
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2021, 5:12 am
UK promoter Labyrinth has announced a new one-day festival at Tofte Manor in Bedfordshire, England, headlined by DJ Koze and José Gonzáles, Aug. 7.

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Insomniac's Pasquale Rotella Confirms Electric Daisy Carnival Is Happening May 21-23
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 9:27 pm

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Week Of 04/08/21
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 8:59 pm

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Andrea Bocelli Announces Dates For North American Tour Launching In October
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 4:30 pm
Andrea Bocelli is ready to return to the road, with dates unveiled today for a 21-city   North American tour kicking off Oct 13 in Milwaukee at the Fiserv Forum. The beloved Italian tenor is supporting his latest album, Believe. 

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Kane Brown Plots ‘Blessed & Free’ Tour For Fall-Winter
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 3:10 pm

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Australia News: TEG, Tame Impala, Marvel Stadium & More
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 3:00 pm

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Asia News: Japanese Promoters, Ones To Watch, HYBE & More
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 3:00 pm

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Roger Waters Pushes Arena Dates To Summer 2022
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 2:29 pm
Roger Waters has rescheduled his ?This Is Not A Drill? tour to summer of 2022, with a full arena routing through North America.

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Year of the AUX: Dre London's New Platform AUX Live Hosts Post Malone To Frank Sinatra
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 1:39 pm
As Post Malone?s manager, Dre London has overseen the rapid rise of one of music?s hottest stars. If all goes as planned, London will soon oversee similarly explosive growth in the streaming world by way of AUX Live, the new platform he launched in March.

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Billboard's Leila Cobo, Author of 'Decoding Despacito,' Decodes The Latin Market
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 1:04 pm
Leila Cobo is an indomitable force of nature. As Billboard?s VP of Latin Music and author of a new book, ?Decoding ?Despacito:? An Oral History of Latin Music,? she is one of the world?s foremost experts on all things Latin music. Originally from Cali, Columbia, and now based out of Miami, this polymath is also a classical pianist, novelist and a Fulbright scholar and programs Latin Music Week, one of the genre?s tent pole events. Here, Pollstar speaks with Cobo to learn more about her new book, today?s explosive Latin Market and what?s happening on the live side.

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Pohoda Festival Forced To Cancel 24th Edition Again; Smaller ‘Pohoda on the Ground’ Fest Events Planned For Summer
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 12:00 pm
One of mainland Europe's most beloved festivals, Slovakia's Pohoda Festival,  can't take place for a second year in a row. The 24th edition has been pushed to July 7-9, 2022.

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AmazeVR Announces $9.5 Million In Funding; Immersive Concert Experiences In The Works (Exclusive)
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 9:00 am
Virtual concert platform AmazeVR is continuing its mission of building the next evolution of music and creating a new class of artist experiences with the news announced today that the company has raised $9.5 million in funding from a number of global investment firms including Murex Partners, We Ventures, Bass Investment, and Dunamu & Partners. Existing investors including Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Mirae Asset Capital, Partners Investment and Timewise Investment also participated in the funding round. 

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Thursday, April 8
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 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, most notably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond. 

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COVID Status Certificates As Entry Requirement Hotly Debated In The UK
 
Posted: 8 Apr 2021, 7:06 am
The UK government just announced a series of pilot events across the country.  The fact that COVID-status certification is to be trialled as part of the pilot program is cause for a lot of debate.

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New SCORE initiative seeks more access for Black coaches in college soccer
 
Posted: 7 Apr 2021, 5:43 pm

By Jeff Carlisle, ESPN

The Soccer Collective On Racial Equity (SCORE) released an initiative on Wednesday that aims to expand access and increase representation among Black soccer coaches at the collegiate level.

Dubbed the Clive Charles Diversity Hiring Initiative after the legendary University of Portland and U.S. men’s national team assistant coach, the effort is an opt-in pledge by Division I men’s soccer programs to include Black candidates in their pool for coaching vacancies. The initiative’s aim is to ensure equal opportunity in the hiring of coaches and to address the barriers that have faced underrepresented minority groups.

The initiative is also supported by Major League Soccer’s Black Players for Change and the USL Black Players Association.

“The Clive Charles initiative represents both acknowledgement of the current lack of Black coaches and tangible action to create processes to move towards equitable opportunities in the sport of soccer,” said Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow, who is also the Executive Director of Black Players for Change. “We are encouraged by the enthusiasm in response to this initiative by Division l Soccer programs and hope that our progress will be a guiding light as we continue our fight for equality.”

In a bid to increase access of Black coaches to job openings around the country, SCORE said it will maintain a “Ready List” of qualified Black men and women coaches. Collegiate programs that choose to enroll in the initiative pledge to interview at least one minority candidate which can come from the Ready List, though that isn’t required.

By agreeing to take part in the initiative, participating collegiate programs will send formal interview requests in writing to candidates, with SCORE maintaining interview records and reports. At the point that the final decision-maker involves themselves in the process, they must continue that involvement through the process’ conclusion. The final decision-makers must conduct interviews using similar platforms, venues and length of time.

“There has to be a strong and systemic movement in the direction of recognizing that there is racial disproportionality in the power positions off the field and rectifying it,” said N. Jeremi Duru, a law professor at American University in Washington, D.C., whose specialty areas include sports and entertainment law and employment discrimination law. “SCORE is moving forward with this initiative with that goal in mind.”

Among the coaches and programs that have agreed to take part in the initiative are: Sasho Cirovski of the University of Maryland, Nick Carlin-Voight of the University of Portland (WCC), Chaka Daley from the University of Michigan (B1G), Terry Davila of Cal-State University at Northridge (Big West), Chris Gbandi from Northeastern University (CAA), Leo Griffin from the University of San Francisco (WCC), Kevin Grimes of the University of California, Berkeley (Pac-12), Ryan Hopkins from San Diego State University (Pac-12), Bobby Muuss from Wake Forest University (ACC), Bo Oshoniyi of Dartmouth College (Ivy) and Ray Reid from the University of Connecticut (Big East).

“When I reached out to the coaches, I was blown away by not only their amazing response to the vision and mission set forth by SCORE, Black Players for Change and USLBPA last summer, but also by their sheer commitment to make a difference,” said SCORE Executive Board member Allen Hopkins, who crafted the initiative. “The fact that the premier college programs in the country are part of the charter group is special and reflects not only the character of the men who lead those programs, but also to the institutions they represent and the importance of equity in opportunities. Actions mean everything and in regards to equity and representation, this is by far the most significant step any organization has taken within the U.S. soccer landscape.”

While the initiative is focusing on college soccer, the hope is that a similar approach can be used at the professional level. At present, MLS has just two Black head coaches in Colorado Rapids’ Robin Fraser and CF Montreal’s Wilfried Nancy, and just two Black player personnel executives in Toronto FC sporting director Ali Curtis and New York Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett.

“I am relentlessly optimistic about the impact the Clive Charles Initiative will have on college soccer and also at the highest levels of the game, including MLS and U.S. Soccer,” Hopkins told ESPN in a subsequent email. “Ultimately, what is most exciting is that the legacy of the initiative will be authored by those talented people, who receive the right support at the right time through the [CCI].”

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Washington Hires Natalia Dorantes As Coordinator Of Football Programs
 
Posted: 7 Apr 2021, 5:20 pm

By Kyle Stackpole

When Natalia Dorantes virtually attended the fifth annual NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum in February, she had to introduce herself to Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera.

So, as Commissioner Roger Goodell kicked off the event, she directed messaged him over Zoom.

“I’m a very proud Latina, and that’s like the first thing I said,” Dorantes recalled in a virtual interview Wednesday. “I was like, ‘As another Hispanic, I think it’s great that you’re in football because there’s not many of us, so thank you for that and thank you for being on the forum. It shows a lot that you’re just here supporting us.”

That introduction turned into a conversation, which then blossomed into a relationship and finally resulted in a job offer. Dorantes, 26, will serve as the team’s coordinator of football programs, working with all of the organization’s department heads to manage the internal requests for Rivera. It’s a job that requires trust, organization and confidence, Rivera said, and he believes Dorantes is the right person for the job.

“This is kind of new ground for us because I’ve never had a ‘chief of staff,'” Rivera said. “So I needed a person that’s gonna be able to interact with coaches, with coordinators and may have to say, quite honestly, ‘No, I don’t think Coach wants that,’ or ‘No, Coach doesn’t want that,’ you know what I mean? Because the one thing I want her to understand is that she’s going to have my voice, and I trust her.”

Rivera began his NFL coaching career as a defensive quality control coach for the Chicago Bears in 1997, so he understood all of the logistics associated with being a head coach. But since reaching that position with the Carolina Panthers in 2011, he always did those types of things himself.

That was until the 2020 season, when his cancer battle forced others to take over some of his workload, including all of the calendar and planning responsibilities. Once he beat cancer and Washington began its playoff push, he realized how grateful he was not to have to expend energy on those assignments.

In reflecting on the campaign, Rivera concluded he needed someone to handle those duties full-time, and he looked to the Cleveland Browns for the guidance. Callie Brownson was thriving as the chief of staff for new head coach Kevin Stefanski, so Rivera talked to Sam Rapoport, the NFL’s senior director of diversity and inclusion, about Brownson’s job description and how he could create a similar role in Washington. He then spoke with former Panthers defensive coordinator and current Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott, who hired Matt Worswick to be the assistant to the head coach in 2017.

Little did Dorantes know that she would be the next person to join the NFL in this capacity. Previously a recruiting communications coordinator for the Texas A&M football team, Dorantes was not looking for a job. But the more she got to know Rivera, the more she wanted to be a part of what he was building.

“On my interview, I couldn’t even put into words how awesome he was,” she said. “That whole process of me getting to know him, him getting to know me, meant so much more than, ‘Hey, can you do this?’ Of course I can, but do you know me? Do you know how I think? How I speak to people? Things like that really helped, and so that really made me excited for this because it’s all about the people.”

Dorantes was actually recommended to Rivera when he first arrived in Washington by Mike McCartney, who worked with Rivera in Philadelphia and who’s currently an agent. About a week before the NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum in February, McCartney reached out to Rivera again. It just so happened that Dorantes would be in his roundtable group.

Rivera may not have connected with Dorantes if not for the forum, and the same could be said about now assistant running backs coach Jennifer King. She participated in the event in January of 2018, then made history two years later by becoming the NFL’s First African American Female Assistant Position Coach. In Rivera’s mind, these examples illustrate the importance of the annual event.

“What this [forum] does is it puts more than qualified people, sometimes overqualified people, in front of us,” Rivera said. “As you look at these women and you look at their accomplishments and you look what they’ve done and you look at the willingness to work for nothing to get themselves in front of people because they want the opportunity, I think that’s important, and that’s why I do it, and it’s important to me because I want to make sure I do it right.”

Rivera has long been praised for having some of the most diverse staffs in the NFL, but he is not singularly focused on bringing in diverse people. He appreciates different perspectives, which typically come from people with distinct backgrounds. His wife, Stephanie, is a prime example. As a former women’s basketball coach, she sees things differently than Rivera and his football-minded cohorts. Similarly, King and Dorantes can provide refreshing point of views in their particular areas of expertise.

At the same time, Rivera looks forward to a time when these hires are normalized. Women like Dorantes and King should not be singled out for their gender; they should be praised for taking the next step in their professional careers.

Rivera believes the league has gotten “much closer” to this realization over the years, and he’s excited to be a part of the continued progression.

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OL Reign’s Commitment To Sustainability
 
Posted: 7 Apr 2021, 5:15 pm

By OL Reign

Sustainability is a topic of growing importance, environmentally, socially, and economically. The journey is just beginning for the professional sports industry, including OL Reign. From individual player efforts, to changes in the way that the team and staff operate, the club is committed to focusing on sustainability now and in the future, through a variety of intentional efforts.

Many of OL Reign?s sustainability efforts are taking place in the locker room, beginning with education about implementing sustainable habits. Educational signage has been posted around the training facility highlighting how consumptions habits impact biodiversity and the environment, offering players more information about the importance of the sustainability efforts the club is participating in. The club is also providing 30-40% vegan meals, giving athletes the option to eat vegan or simply start the conversation about veganism and sustainability.

To reduce waste and eliminate the use of single-use plastics, OL Reign utilizes reusable plates, cups, and silverware for the locker room, and has transitioned to using items that are purchased in bulk, such as snacks, soap, bodywash, and conditioner, reducing the amount of packaging discarded by the club. The club is also transitioning to the use of reusable towels in place of paper towels whenever possible.

OL Reign?s commitment to sustainability is supported by new partnerships, such as the club?s partnership with Everybody Water, a boxed water brand that comes in 100% recyclable packaging and contains water from a community system. Partnerships like these have aided OL Reign in its efforts to eliminate the use of single-use plastic water bottles by providing sustainable hydration options.

Impact on Retail

OL Reign is currently in the process of transitioning to completely recyclable or compostable packaging on the retail side of the organization. In the Team Store at Cheney Stadium, OL Reign will use 100% recycled paper bags rather than standard plastic bags. For items that need to be shipped, the organization is moving to a 100% recyclable poly mailer to avoid creating packaging waste that will go into a landfill. In addition, new compostable packing tissue and packing stickers will be used.

A new way of printing t-shirts is also being implemented. This direct-to-garment printing will avoid the use of harsh chemicals and use a vinegar base when applying graphics to apparel items.

 

M.A.D Travel Kits by Lu Barnes

OL Reign defender, Lu Barnes has started her own sustainability effort in the form of M.A.D Travel Kits, which were announced on April 6. M.A.D Travel Kits, short for ?Make a Difference,? are eco-friendly travel kits filled with everyday products that are useful for professional women?s soccer players, such as protein powder, reusable utensils, reusable water bottles, toothpaste, deodorant, and more. These kits will be distributed to members of the club. The purpose the project is to encourage professional athletes to support sustainability efforts with their everyday habits and to encourage other professionals and fans to make an effort to do the same.

Barnes is looking forward to launch of these kits, as well as the efforts that the club is taking to become more sustainable.

?For the past six months I have been working with some incredible companies that have a proven track record in sustainable products. Together we have designed the ?M.A.D? (Make A Difference) eco travel kit and are taking a pledge to reduce our single-use plastics to lessen our impact on the environment in sport,? said Barnes. ?As a team we are passionate about the health of our planet and as a club we?ve made strides to becoming a more sustainable organization. With the backing of OL we have put together some exciting initiatives to further our journey towards a greener future.?

 

Jas it Up by Jasmyne Spencer

OL Reign forward, Jasmyne Spencer started her own sustainable clothing brand, Jas it Up, in 2017 with the goal of having a positive impact on the environment and society. Spencer works to make sure that her clothing is sustainably sourced on an environmental level, using manufacturing practice and materials that are better for the earth, as well as on a people level, ensuring that the work being done under ethical conditions and those doing the work are paid a fair wage.

?Jas It Up at its core is just an extension of myself and everything that I?m passionate about?preserving our environment and creating opportunities for our youth,? Spencer said. ?We all have a responsibility to leave the world in a better place for future generations. That starts with being conscious of how the products we buy and use on a daily basis affect the Earth and the people we share it with.?

OL Reign?s sustainability journey is just getting started, but the club is doing everything it can to ensure that it can continue to improve on its sustainability efforts. It has partnered with locally-owned businesses to achieve its sustainability metrics and is looking into the future to create a formal sustainability plan as part of its social impact plan.

OL Reign Associate General Manger, Santiago Gallo, thinks that the organization has a great opportunity to set an example when it comes to sustainability.

?Our team has a huge platform that if used in the right way, can create change to make a sustainable world and positively impact our planet,? shared Gallo. ?For us, it?s what we do on the pitch and outside it, and part of it is making a better world for all our stakeholders and future generations so they are able to enjoy the sport we love, like we are doing right now.?

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COVID Wrecked Live Entertainment, Grants Are Here To Help: Are You Ready To Apply? (Guest Post)
 
Posted: 7 Apr 2021, 5:00 pm
The last year has been devastating for the live entertainment industry. Over a few short weeks, nearly every concert and in-person event was canceled and every venue was shuttered. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people lost their livelihoods. Trade groups have estimated that the concert industry alone lost nearly $30 billion in revenue last year! Despite all the pain of the last 13 months, it seems that things are looking up and we are turning a corner. However, that does not mean we?re out of the woods and it does not mean that entertainment businesses no longer need help. 

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Eric Church To 'Gather Again' In The Round For Full U.S. Tour Kicking Off Sept. 17
 
Posted: 7 Apr 2021, 3:00 pm

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Full Stream Ahead: Marc Anthony Plots ‘One Night Only’ Showstopper
 
Posted: 7 Apr 2021, 1:28 pm
Marc Anthony has been one of Latin music?s most recognizable names for decades and he has decided to bring his renowned live show into the digital realm for ?One Night Only.?

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Q's With BrandMark President Maureen Valker-Barlow: Sponsorship & Branding Division ‘Going To Be Great’
 
Posted: 7 Apr 2021, 1:27 pm

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AGI Makes Branding Deal With BrandMark Sponsorship And Branding Agency
 
Posted: 7 Apr 2021, 1:00 pm
Major talent agency AGI (Artist Group International) has signed with the recently unveiled BrandMark Agency, marking the first major singing for the standalone sponsorship, marketing and branding agency headed by Maureen Valker-Barlow and announced exclusively by Pollstar. 

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New arenas for Kraken, Islanders to embody NHL Green initiative
 
Posted: 5 Apr 2021, 8:49 pm

Existing venues also developing methods to fight climate change, promote sustainability

By William Douglas

As part of the NHL Green initiative celebrating Green Month in April, NHL.com will feature stories on how the NHL is looking to grow and protect the game of hockey and its communities for generations to come. Today, how new and existing NHL arenas are combating climate change and promoting sustainability.

NHL teams and their venues are placing a greater emphasis on environmental sustainability and wellness, from existing arenas to facilities that will open next season.

In the 11th year of the NHL Green initiative, the 31 NHL teams, as well as the expansion Seattle Kraken, who will begin play next season, have taken environmental consciousness beyond improving recycling efforts and installing energy-saving LED lights as symbols of their commitment to combat climate change.

Multipurpose sports and entertainment venues like the Kraken’s aptly named Climate Pledge Arena and the New York Islanders’ UBS Arena are being designed and built with environmental impact in mind.

Existing arenas have upped their game too, from replacing fossil-fuel-powered ice resurfacing machines with electric ones, to installing solar panels and obtaining certifications to adhere to stringent health and safety measures in the age of COVID-19.

“We just think it’s good from a corporate citizenship standpoint to take this stance,” said Hank Abate, president of arena operations at UBS Arena, scheduled to open next season. “And we think, in the long run, we’d rather be the leader than a follower in this area.”

The Islanders new home has set a goal of being carbon neutral by 2024, Abate said.

“We’ll be encouraging mass carpooling,” he said. “We’ll have two train stations, one in existence, the other under construction, that will be coming in from both Grand Central [Station] and Penn Station. We’ll be utilizing electric vehicles, electric shuttles to bring folks in from various parking lots.”

UBS Arena

There will be 1,000 vehicle charging stations for arena patrons to use use during games or during lot operating hours.

The arena will have all LED lighting and all appliances will be Energy Star-efficient. Water consumption will be about 40 percent less than other venues through low-flow plumbing, Abate said.

In Seattle, even the ice will be green. Rainwater will be collected from a section of the new arena’s iconic roof — a holdover from the old KeyArena — and stored underground in a 15,000-gallon cistern. The water will be used to resurface the arena’s ice.

The arena will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, said Rob Johnson, vice president of sustainability and transportation for the Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena. Mechanical systems, gas combustion engines, heating, dehumidification and cooking will all be electric.

“We’re looking at new investments with our partners at Amazon in effectively new wind and solar farms to generate the remainder of the energy and wield that back to the grid to power the arena,” Johnson said.

The Kraken are offering fans subsidized public transit to games to further reduce carbon emissions and encourage them to leave their cars behind.

“We estimated that as much as 70 percent of the building’s operating emissions would come from people and stuff coming to and from the building,” Johnson said.

The Kraken and the arena are even establishing a sustainable strategy to sourcing food. House wines and beer will come from Washington and Oregon and 75 percent of the food will come from a 300-mile radius of Climate Pledge Arena, when seasonably appropriate.

The arena seeks to leave little waste behind by eliminating non-compostable single-use plastics such as straws, food containers and single-serve condiment packaging.

The Florida Panthers and BB&T Center have focused on the arena’s impact on the environment as well as the human condition during the global coronavirus pandemic.

In December, the arena became the first in the NHL to achieve the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management.

Well Safety sign and BB&T Center

The certification, confirmed by a third-party verifier, Green Business Certification Inc., recognizes BB&T Center’s adherence to IWBI’s guidelines and protocols for combating COVID-19 and preparedness to safely accommodate fans.

It addresses five core areas, including air quality management, cleaning and sanitation procedures, emergency preparedness programs, health services resources and stakeholder engagement and communication.

“It was something that we thought was important to bring the fans back,” BB&T Center general manager Tom Embrey said. “We want them to have that confidence. We feel that with the austere approach that we’ve taken and the amount of care and detail that we’ve put into this, that we are a far safer option than many other options within the area in terms of entertainment, or anything just in daily life.”

Other NHL arenas that have received WELL Health-Safety certifications include Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Ball Arena in Denver and Amalie Arena in Tampa.

UBS Arena will open with a Sharecare Health Security verification for its health safety procedures. Developed by Sharecare, a digital health industry leader, and Forbes Travel Guide, the verification covers more than 360 standards across health and hygiene protocols, from cleaning procedures to ventilation to social distancing.

Some of the environmental and health efforts adopted by NHL arenas are also being implemented at practice facilities and community rinks affiliated with or owned by NHL teams.

At the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, the Philadelphia Flyers’ practice site, work was recently completed on the installation of a 1.06-megawatt onsite solar system to help make the facility powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

PHI practice arena solar panels

In addition, the Skate Zone replaced its propane-powered Zamboni with an electric-powered model.

“These environmental efforts reinforce the League’s commitment and progress in creating vibrant and healthy communities through hockey for the next generation of passionate fans,” said Kim Davis, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs.

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MLB moving 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over Georgia voting law
 
Posted: 2 Apr 2021, 7:32 pm

By Alden Gonzalez, ESPN

Major League Baseball announced Friday that it is moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to a new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to restrict voting access for people of color.

The 2021 MLB draft, a new addition to All-Star Game festivities this year, will also be relocated.

In a statement, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league is “finalizing a new host city and details about these events will be announced shortly.” A source told ESPN that the 2022 All-Star Game is still planned for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and that that site won’t be moved up to fill the void this summer.

“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” Manfred said in his statement. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box. In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”

The Atlanta Braves said they were “deeply disappointed” by the outcome.

“This was neither our decision, nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city,” the team said in a statement. “The Braves organization will continue to stress the importance of equal voting opportunities and we had hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance the discussion. Our city has always been known as a uniter in divided times and we will miss the opportunity to address issues that are important to our community.

“Unfortunately, businesses, employees and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.”

The Players Alliance, consisting of more than 100 current and former players who have united in an effort to empower Black communities, came out in support of MLB’s decision with a statement that read in part: “We want to make our voice heard loud and clear in our opposition of the recent Georgia legislation that not only disproportionately disenfranchises the Black community, but also paves the way for other states to pass similarly harmful laws based largely on widespread falsehoods and disinformation.”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law last week a sweeping, Republican-sponsored bill that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run. The bill, which also prohibits volunteers from distributing food and water for voters waiting in line, was finalized on March 25 roughly 15 miles from the Braves’ stadium, Truist Park.

The new voting law, SB202, came in the wake of the first Democratic victories in presidential and Senate elections in Georgia in a generation, which triggered repeated unproven assertions by former President Donald Trump that the state’s election was fraudulent. Supporters of the new law have said it merely ensures election integrity and stamps out potential fraud, while critics have described it as a voter-suppression tactic that would make it more difficult for minorities, particularly people of color, to vote, citing how it reduces ballot access in urban communities that lean Democrat.

A recent examination of the 98-page bill by The New York Times identified 16 provisions that either hinder Georgians’ right to vote or strip power from state and local elections officials and give it to legislators.

The governor said in a statement that MLB “caved to fear” by moving the All-Star Game.

“I will not back down. Georgians will not be bullied,” Kemp said. “We will continue to stand up for secure, accessible, fair elections. Earlier today, I spoke with the leadership of the Atlanta Braves who informed me they do not support the MLB’s decision.”

Stacey Abrams, a Democratic former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights activist, tweeted about her disappointment but understanding over MLB’s decision.

“Like many Georgians, I am disappointed that the MLB is relocating the All-Star game; however, I commend the players, owners and League commissioner for speaking out,” Abrams wrote. “I urge others in positions of the leadership to do so as well.”

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said last Friday that he “would look forward” to discussions around moving the Midsummer Classic — slated for July 13 — out of Atlanta. Five days after that, President Joe Biden, who won Georgia by less than 12,000 votes, told SportsCenter he would “strongly support” such a decision, calling the new bill “Jim Crow on steroids.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was among those expressing support for MLB’s decision on Twitter.

Despite moving the All-Star Game, Manfred said that “MLB’s planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects will move forward” and that legendary Braves player Hank Aaron, who died in January, would still be celebrated during the All-Star festivities.

Atlanta has previously hosted the All-Star Game twice, in 1972 and 2000.

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Miami Heat – The Women of Health in the Hood
 
Posted: 2 Apr 2021, 3:37 pm

This Women?s History Month we honor women who are making a difference in our communities. We?d like to shed light on two women leading Health in the Hood, an important partners of ours – Founder Asha Loring and Opa Locka Community Garden Manager Corine Newsome. Health in the Hood is a non-profit which began as a passion and is now on a mission to end food disparity in South Florida, striving to create a comprehensive health and wellness environment for urban communities that don?t have access to natural food supply.

Asha has made a conscious effort to create eight farms in South Florida with most of them in the northwest quadrant of Liberty City, Overtown, Miami Gardens, Pinewood, and Little Haiti, and one more farm they?re currently building. She noticed the need for healthy and natural food sources in these urban communities, which led her to educate families about these programs.

?I was so confused as to why I could go to the gym, stop by Publix and get healthy food but people who were just a mile away from where I worked, exercise, and live didn?t have that same access,? said Asha.

Health in the Hood is the answer to food insecurity, as a local 501c(3) that builds vegetable gardens in food deserted neighborhoods throughout the 326 food deserts in South Florida. The program receives land donations and converts them into various vegetable gardens. To maintain the gardens, they hire local residences in the neighborhood who serve as great educators for students and families to connect with their food source, learn about nutrition, and how to grow their own food.

Health in the Hood
Health in the Hood

Being a women entrepreneur is extremely rewarding for Asha, as she mentions, ?we have so much work as women so to navigate through makes me feel very proud. Makes me feel like my story can inspire other women who want to suppress those barriers.? 90% of the garden managers are women who nurture the plants in the gardens.

I think it?s about being resilient, being valuable, and being the magical powerful beings that we (women) are by nature that allow us to break those barriers and to continue to fight for equality and what better way to do it than by putting our steaks in the ground and making history everywhere we can because that?s what we are here to do I think,? said Asha Loring.

Corine Newsome joined the Health in the Hood program in 2013 and lives in the Opa-Locka neighborhood managing their garden. Her involvement began when she saw a garden in need of maintenance by her home. She began to pull out the weeds and put the vegetables to the side. One day Asha came by the garden and saw her maintaining it, and that is when she asked Corine to join Health in the Hood.

?Community is more than where you stay. I?ve always seen my neighborhood as where I reside. But to really be in the garden, you run into issues like watering the grounds. For the neighbors to pay attention and connect the water hoses to help me water the garden. Community is unity more than anything and it really makes me look at my surrounding area differently,? said Corine

Health in the Hood
Health in the Hood

Corine and the Health in the Hood organization are breaking the stereotype of what a typical gardener looks like. She along with her team of volunteers is taking risks and going for it when it comes to planting. She?s a big advocate in getting out there and doing something to help grow the community.

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NHL partners with Signify for sustainable lighting initiative
 
Posted: 2 Apr 2021, 3:35 pm

By NHL Public Relations

Plan to help 4,800 ice rinks in North America reduce carbon footprint, improve energy efficiency

NEW YORK & SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced their partnership to help the more than 4,800 ice rinks across North America, from major arenas to community facilities, transition to sustainable LED and connected lighting. These solutions can help the hockey industry reduce its environmental footprint by improving energy efficiency, while also delivering health and well-being benefits and an enhanced fan experience.

“The NHL is committed to advancing sustainable business practices and reducing the environmental impact of all levels of hockey for future generations of players and fans,” said Max Paulsen, Director, Business Development, NHL. “Upgrading to LED and connected lighting is better for our planet – and offers a practical and cost-effective solution for rinks across North America. Through our partnership with Signify, rink owners will have the opportunity to reduce operational costs, streamline maintenance and focus resources on improving the holistic, in-venue experience. We are thrilled to name Signify the Preferred Lighting Company of the NHL and look forward to working together to support facilities’ switch to sustainable lighting solutions.”

Signify offers custom lighting services to help sporting venues assess their current equipment and create a plan according to their needs, whether it’s a retrofit upgrade or installing a new connected lighting system like Interact Sports. Signify also provides high-quality lamps, luminaires and software for a range of indoor and outdoor applications, from UV-C lighting to help disinfect locker rooms to color-changing, exterior façade lighting to excite spectators.

“We are proud to partner with the NHL and bring better, sustainable lighting solutions to hockey facilities across North America,” said Martin Stephenson, Head of North American Systems & Services, Signify. “Together, we can have a positive impact on the sport’s environmental footprint and on all who play and enjoy the game.”

To learn more about Signify, its lighting innovations and commitment to sustainability, visit www.signify.com.

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U-M discontinues investments in the largest contributors to greenhouse gases
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2021, 4:09 pm

By Don Jordan

7/15/15 2015 Summer Aerials: Central Campus – Burton Tower, Rackham, North Quad, Hatcher, Shapiro, UGLI, West Hall.

The University of Michigan will immediately shift its natural resources investments to focus more on renewable energy, stop investing in funds primarily focused on certain fossil fuels and discontinue direct investments in publicly traded companies that are the largest contributors to greenhouse gases.

The new investment strategies are part of a commitment approved by the Board of Regents today to ensure the university?s investment portfolio reaches a ?net-zero? carbon footprint by 2050, likely making it the first public university in the country to take this step to address climate change.

In conjunction with the announced shift in strategy, the Board of Regents also voted to approve a $140 million investment in three funds directed toward renewable energy development and sustainable infrastructure development.

?Endowments by their very nature are future-looking,? said U-M President Mark Schlissel. ?Today we position our investment strategies to meet the challenges of the future.?

While a number of universities have focused on one tactic or another, U-M is the first American university to publicly commit to this combined set of strategies designed to mitigate the financial risks of global climate change.

Image courtesy: University of Michigan

Image courtesy: University of Michigan

?A net-zero endowment strategy considers the greenhouse gas emissions from all of the university?s investments,? Schlissel said. ?Substantial greenhouse gas emissions occur outside of the energy sector, and net-zero applies broadly rather than targeting a single industry.?

The president and regents outlined the new approach during a Board of Regents meeting as a part of a supplemental action item to modify the university?s existing portfolio of natural resources investments and approve a new investment strategy designed to mitigate climate change-related financial risk.

?The University of Michigan chooses to lead with a comprehensive, concrete investment plan to address the climate change crisis,? said Regent Mark Bernstein. ?We are making a clear commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our entire investment portfolio to net-zero. But that is simply not enough. We must do more, and we are. I?m proud that we are also the very first public university in the United States to publicly adopt this comprehensive combination of commitments, paving the way for others to follow.?

Regents unanimously approved the recommended action, which commits the university to doing the following:

  • Transition its endowment?valued at $12.5 billion as of June 30?to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while maintaining its fiduciary duty to manage risks and maximize risk-adjusted returns.
  • Shift its natural resource investment to renewable energy investments, including infrastructure and services that support energy efficiency and emerging technologies that support the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.
  • Discontinue directly investing in companies that are the largest contributors to greenhouse cases, currently defined as the top 100 public coal companies and top 100 public oil and gas companies as compiled in the Carbon Underground 200 list. U-M does not currently hold any direct investments in these companies.
  • Discontinue investing in funds whose primary focus is oil reserves, oil extraction or thermal coal extraction.
  • Continue a strategy of not investing in companies that extract thermal coal or extract oil from tar sands. U-M has not invested in such companies for the past decade.

Achieving net-zero emissions for the university?s endowment means balancing greenhouse gas emissions linked to U-M assets with emissions reductions.

With the action Thursday, U-M joins a small group of universities?including Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of Oxford?that have pledged to transition their endowments to net-zero emissions by 2050, according to data compiled by the nonprofit Intentional Endowments Network.

The $140 million in new investments aligned with the transition to a more sustainable economy and approved by regents included:

  • Up to $30 million to D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, a solar and wind developer and operator that has built more than 40 utility-scale projects across the country, including in Michigan.
  • Up to $50 million to Aplomado Partners, which partners with solar developers to put together the land rights necessary to develop utility-scale solar projects.
  • Up to $60 million to Cresta Energy Sustainable Infrastructure, which invests in energy infrastructure across the United States and will focus on investments to reduce carbon emissions, sequester carbon dioxide and develop and support renewable power.

Announcement of the new investment strategy builds upon the university?s efforts to address sustainability through both academic research across disciplines and limiting its own carbon footprint.

Last week, the President?s Commission on Carbon Neutrality delivered its final report, including 50 recommendations to help the university achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the Flint, Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses, including Michigan Medicine.

Recommendations pertain to direct U-M emissions, purchased electricity and indirect emissions sources, like commuting and food procurement. Proposed actions include converting heating and cooling infrastructure on all campuses to a more efficient system, transitioning university vehicles to a fully decarbonized fleet and incentivizing commuter electric vehicle use.

The commission designed recommendations to be scalable, transferable, financially responsible and environmentally just. Schlissel praised the PCCN report and said he will respond with initial action steps in the next month or so.

In addition, the university continues its progress toward meeting its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2011. The Ann Arbor campus is expected to meet its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25%, relative to a 2006 baseline, later this year on an annualized basis.

It is expected to fully meet its annual goal during the next fiscal year?three years ahead of schedule. This will mean a net reduction of nearly 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year?equivalent to removing 43,000 cars from the road each year.

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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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