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Keith Urban At The Drive-In: Lessons Learned And Silver Linings
 
Posted: 29 May 2020, 3:30 pm
The biggest obstacle for Keith Urban?s surprise May 14 drive-in concert for frontline medical workers just outside of Nashville was keeping it secret. Getting tickets, more specifically credentials, to Vanderbilt Health System workers, building a stage and production, and bringing in a scaled-down crew without anyone outside of the operation finding out wasn?t easy.

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Stubner's Shelter Music Expands With Notable Managers, Artist Clients
 
Posted: 29 May 2020, 3:26 pm
Carl Stubner?s Shelter Music Group has added some high profile managers and their artist clients, with Paul Geary, Steve Wood, Alison Taylor, Derek Brewer and Will Hoffman joining the fold.

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It's Official: Exit Festival Serbia Sets August Dates
 
Posted: 29 May 2020, 1:16 pm
A week ago, Serbia's prime minister Ana Brnabic asked the promoters of Exit Festival, not to cancel the 20th edition of the event, in light of an improved health situation in Europe. Now, the new dates have been set: Aug. 13-16.

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Brandi Carlile Monday Virtual Concert Through Veeps.com To Benefit Band And Crew
 
Posted: 29 May 2020, 12:07 pm

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Q’s With Business Manager Jamie Cheek Of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.
 
Posted: 29 May 2020, 9:00 am
Jamie Cheek of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc., handles the budgeting and financial planning for artists and their teams at every level of the business, and he has had a very busy last couple of months. Cheek jokes that he has been talking with some artists more in the last several weeks than previous years combined.

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Days After Approval, Wisconsin Country Music Festival Canned
 
Posted: 29 May 2020, 8:00 am
Two days after a country music festival in northern Wisconsin got the green light to hold four days of concerts expected to attract thousands, organizers on Thursday canceled the event.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Friday, May 29
 
Posted: 29 May 2020, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass, in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music. 

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Pearle Map Shows Reopening Phases Across Europe
 
Posted: 29 May 2020, 5:47 am
The Performing Arts Employers Association League Europe Pearle published a map informing about the current state of lockdown measures in Europe's individual countries, indicating which ones allow live events with audiences again.

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Rising Above The Industry Games: Why Chika Is On A Whole Other Level
 
Posted: 29 May 2020, 12:46 am
On May 16, at the age of 23, Jane Chika Oranika grabbed her mic and performed for more than 7 million viewers across five different television networks. Standing in front of a green screen flashing fluorescent patterns and a montage of a New Orleans mural reading ?Nobody Gonna Take My Crown? being painted by BMike, Chika sang those lyrics and rapped with a proficiency that some emcees twice her age couldn?t match.  

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Week of 05/28/20
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 7:47 pm

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CAA Signs Todrick Hall
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 4:36 pm
Rapper, singer, dancer, actor, director, model and choreographer extraordinaire Todrick Hall has signed to CAA in all areas. 

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Don’t Drop This Ball—How Sports Organizations Tackle Climate Change
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 4:13 pm

By Haley Shapley, SIERRA

Photo by Jay_Zynism/iStock

Dalila Jakupovi? was preparing to serve when she doubled over in a coughing fit. She tried to stand, but eventually she crumpled to her knees. The Slovenian tennis player was winning her first-round match at this year?s Australian Open when she could no longer breathe. As she withdrew, she wiped tears from her eyes with a towel her opponent offered.

?It was really scary,? she said the next day. ?I didn?t know what to do. I had the feeling like I?m gonna collapse on the court. . . . The whole match was tough for me to breathe, to get some fresh air, to get some air at all.?

Jakupovi? has no history of asthma or breathing issues, but the bushfires that ravaged much of Australia in late 2019 and into early 2020 created unhealthy conditions for even the healthiest among us. The air quality in Melbourne the day Jakupovi? was forced to withdraw was in the ?very poor? to ?hazardous? range, with a noticeable thick cloud of smoke hanging in the air. And this wasn?t the first time someone struggled at the Australian Open for reasons unrelated to the backhand accuracy of the person on the other side of the net. In recent years, players have fainted, felt sluggish, and hallucinated (one saw Snoopy).

It hasn?t always been that hot in Australia in January, but a study found that the probability of having this type of uncontrollable fire?which killed hundreds of people (through direct fire exposure and smoke inhalation) and an estimated 1 billion animals?has increased by at least 30 percent since 1900 due to climate change. Researchers believe the reason for these increased odds is most likely a rising temperature.

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Before COVID-19 postponed one of the world?s largest sporting events, there was worry that something else would derail the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo: climate change.

In the same time frame in 2019 that the games were scheduled in 2020?July 24 to August 9?the average high in Tokyo was 92 degrees, with humidity above 80 percent. This was 6 degrees higher than the 30-year average. Throw in thousands of athletes pushing their absolute limits and half a million spectators gathering to watch, and it?s a recipe for heat-related illnesses and even deaths.

As the world warms up, sports as we know them are on the verge of disappearing. Hotter heat waves, torrential downpours, rampant wildfires, and melting snow are all changing the game when it comes to outdoor recreation. What does that mean for the future of events like the Australian Open and the Olympics, and what are major sports organizations doing to both prepare for and reverse the effects?

Since 1998, Tennis Australia, which organizes the Australian Open, has had an extreme-heat policy that measures risk using factors such as radiant heat, humidity, air temperature, and wind speed. Depending on the risk level, players are provided with certain accommodations, including ice vests and longer breaks between sets. But is protecting participants enough?or does the organization have the duty to take things a step further and actively mitigate the effects of climate change?

United Nations Climate Change believes every sports organization should be doing more. Through its Sports for Climate Action Initiative, it’s working on bringing together sports governing bodies, federations, leagues, and clubs to take responsibility for their climate footprint, then reduce overall climate impact and promote sustainable consumption.

So far, 125 organizations, including Tennis Australia, have made the pledge to work toward climate neutrality. They are focusing on initiatives including waste and landfill reduction at all events, introducing biodegradable and recyclable materials for food packaging, and reducing energy at Melbourne Park, where the Australian Open is held, through solar panels, LED lighting, and natural ventilation.

A recent report from the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub recommended moving the tournament to November or March, or extending the length so that there are more opportunities to play earlier and later in the day, when the heat is lower. ?While neither option?playing the event at a different time of year or extending the tournament?is without risk, this is the unfortunate reality of outdoor sports in a changing climate,? the report says. Tennis Australia has not announced any plans to change the format or timing of the Australian Open.

For the next Olympic Games, now scheduled for 2021, the Tokyo Organising Committee will be using zero-emission cars and launched a Cooling Project that involves installing misters, offering frozen desserts, and considering allowing spectators to bring in their own bottled water. They?re also planning to adjust the schedule for outdoor events?for example, rugby sevens will stop all matches by noon, while mountain biking won?t begin until 3 P.M., in order to avoid the hottest part of the day.

On a longer-term level, the International Olympic Committee helped launch the Sports for Climate Action Framework and also works with the UN Clean Seas initiative to address plastic pollution. In March, the IOC announced that the Olympics would be ?climate positive? from 2030 onward, meaning that the carbon savings will exceed the potential negative impacts of their operations. To help with that goal, the IOC will plant an Olympic Forest as part of the Great Green Wall project in Africa that?s tackling the effects of desertification.

?Climate change is a challenge of unprecedented proportions, and it requires an unprecedented response,? said IOC president Thomas Bach. ?Looking ahead, we want to do more than reducing and compensating our own impact. We want to ensure that, in sport, we are at the forefront of the global efforts to address climate change and leave a tangible, positive legacy for the planet.?

Climate change isn?t only an issue for summer sports. Just three decades from now, more than half of the 21 cities that have already hosted the Winter Olympics won?t be cold enough to host the games again. In Canada, researchers estimate that the outdoor skating season may shrink by a third in eastern Canada and 20 percent in western Canada.

That?s of major concern to the National Hockey League. In 2008, the NHL partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to create an environmental program for the league, known as NHL Green. Six years later, they issued the first sustainability report from a North American professional sports league.

?Our sport is affected by climate change more than any other,? said Mike Richter, a former NHL goaltender, in the 2018 Sustainability Report. ?Our game was born on the frozen ponds of North America. The availability of free ice creates the culture we love.?

Is protecting participants enough?or do sports organizations have the duty to take things a step further and actively mitigate the effects of climate change?

To help preserve that culture, the NHL offsets its emissions through certified renewable energy credits and carbon offsets, hosts a week dedicated to educating and engaging fans around environmental concerns, and facilitates communication among the clubs to help all reduce their impact. Every club collects food that?s been prepared but not touched and donates it to organizations in need, and three NHL arenas have installed fuel cell technology, which reduces utility consumption from the grid. They also started the NHL Greener Rinks Initiative to provide information about technologies and practices that community ice rinks can use to reduce their operating costs and environmental impact.

?With all that the National Hockey League is doing in terms of measuring and publicly being transparent about the footprint of the league, they?re setting a very good leadership example,? says Kristin Hanczor, senior partnership manager at the Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit that works with stakeholders in the sporting world to become more sustainable and promote healthy communities.

Some sports organizations are driven by the moral imperative to reduce their impact, while others are more motivated by dollars and cents. Whatever angle they?re coming from, Hanczor says, there?s much that can be accomplished.

?We see a lot of different reasons for committing to more sustainable practices. There are organizations that feel like this is the right thing to do and have leaders who strongly believe in doing what?s right and using the voice of their brand to do good,? she says. ?There?s also a general business case. A team or a league really is a business, and they need to look at sustainability the same way a company would?tracking impact and costs, monitoring energy prices, cutting and reducing waste, managing water use, switching to LED lights, using environmentally conscious products, investing in clean energy, etc.?

While the impact of every sport is different, there are some main areas where sports can have a big effect:

  • Energy

  • Water (think of golf greens and baseball stadiums)

  • Heating and cooling (large venues use enormous amounts of energy)

  • Food waste

  • Locally sourced food (?Food is a thing that everyone loves and can connect with, and it?s sometimes easier to understand than the intricacies behind HVAC systems,? Hanczor says)

  • Transportation

While league leadership like that of the NHL makes a powerful statement, much of the impact happens at the team level. Hanczor cites Major League Baseball?s Seattle Mariners and the National Football League?s Philadelphia Eagles as two teams that have stepped up and led the way.

?Sustainability-related fan engagement and education is something we?re looking for teams to do more of,? she says. ?That?s where sports have some of the greatest power?being able to educate everyone who comes to the game by offering compostable products, creating public service announcements, and raising awareness about environmental issues.?

One recent example of fan engagement that Hanczor liked was at this year?s Super Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, where Ball Corporation teamed up with Centerplate and Bud Light to offer its infinitely recyclable aluminum cups in place of typical plastic cups. It was better for the environment and didn?t detract from the fan experience?in fact, it enhanced it.

Those kinds of creative partnerships will have to continue. As marathoners scramble to enter races that won?t scorch their feet, competitive snowshoers search for enough snow in which to train (yes, that?s a thing), golfers tee up on soggy courses, high school football players collapse from heat stroke, and swimmers encounter lakes filled with algae blooms, the day of reckoning is here: What?s the role of sports in causing climate change, and how can the people who love them the most make sure they?re here to stay?

Will it be, as Bach envisions, that sport does more than just negate its own impact but becomes an agent of change? Or in the years to come, will athletes like Jakupovi? have to settle for coughing fits and fainting spells until there?s no longer an environment for sports to thrive in at all?

Even for fans of teams that perennially drop the ball, that would be a loss too heartbreaking to bear.

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Guy Oseary Steps Down From Maverick’s Day-to-Day Operations
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 3:04 pm
Guy Oseary, co-founder of Maverick Management, which he has run since 2014 under Live Nation?s auspices, has stepped down from day-to-day operations. He will continue to consult for Live Nation and managing superstar clients Madonna and U2.

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Musically Fed: Maria Brunner And Jake Berry Help The Production Industry Feed Its Own
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 2:29 pm

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StubHub President Transitioning Out, Company Announces Additional Layoffs
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 2:08 pm
StubHub President Sukhinder Singh Cassidy announced she will begin transitioning to an advisory role and Jill Krimmel, currently serving as general manager of North America, will assume the role of interim president beginning June 1. The company also confirmed it is restructuring several other leadership roles to lower costs and will further reduce its North American workforce after the previous round of furloughs in March.

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Coachella Rescheduling Rumors Ramp Up After Bloomberg Report
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 1:58 pm
A report in Bloomberg says that Coachella organizers are asking artists to play the industry-leading Southern California festival in 2021 rather than the already-rescheduled October dates, which were announced in early March as North America?s biggest yearly concert event was one of the first to reschedule due to the coronavirus.

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Leadoff: Livestreaming Goes Hard (Ticket) As Some Join Forces With The Live Biz
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 1:00 pm
 Ten Atoms president Ryan Matteson was chatting on the phone with Pabst Theater Group Chief Operating Officer Matt Beringer about their respective livestreaming efforts when he had an epiphany: He wanted to partner his management client Japanese Breakfast?s ticketed livestream concert with PTG?s Milwaukee venues and other partners. 

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Tune In: Pollstar One-On-One With Marcie Allen, President Of MAC Presents
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 11:00 am
Marcie Allen, president of MAC Presents, sits down with Pollstar today at 12:30 p.m. PDT on Facebook for the latest in the series of One-On-One live streamed interviews in the digital series.

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Wireless Festival Goes Virtual With MelodyVR
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 10:05 am
The promoters of Wireless Festival are going to offer fans 360-degree virtual content on the days the popular London event would have taken place, July 3-5.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Thursday, May 28
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass, in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music. 

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DEAG Off To A Successful Start To Financial Year 2020
 
Posted: 28 May 2020, 6:19 am
Thanks to event cancellation insurance that also covers pandemics, Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG) emerges as the only major promoter in Europe able to report a "stable and profitable" Q1, which ended on March 31.

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Northern Wisconsin Country Music Festival Given Green-Light For July
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 11:00 pm
A country music festival in northern Wisconsin won approval to stage the event in July, despite opposition from the county health department and the cancellation of similar large-scale events across the state and country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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NWSL announces 2020 Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 10:52 pm

By Matthew Levine, NWSL

Tournament opener and championship game to air on CBS, CBS All Access to stream all 25 games live as League also announces multi-year partnership with Verizon

The National Women?s Soccer League announced today that the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret will mark the return to action for all nine clubs. The 25-game tournament will kick off on June 27, 2020 at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. While spectators will not be in attendance, fans can catch all the action via CBS All Access with the opener and championship game also airing live on CBS.

This tournament marks the league?s first competition since the 2019 NWSL Championship which saw the North Carolina Courage defeat the Chicago Red Stars to become back-to-back NWSL Champions. In addition to the tournament?s presenting sponsors P&G and Secret, the league also announced today a new multi-year partnership with Verizon, another landmark in the continuing commercial success of the NWSL.

The format of the tournament will feature the league?s nine clubs each playing four games in the preliminary rounds to determine seeding. The top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals, when the tournament becomes a knockout competition. The semifinals and Final presented by Budweiser will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, with the Championship match slated for July 26, 2020 where we will also announce the tournament MVP Award presented by Budweiser. Budweiser has been an Official Sponsor of the NWSL since 2019 and supporter of the U.S. women?s national team for over three decades.

Both the tournament opener and the Final will air on CBS and will be streamed on the CBS All Access subscription service. All other games will be live on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Canada and will re-air on CBS Sports Network. Fans outside the U.S. and Canada can stream the full tournament on Twitch.  A full tournament schedule, including game times and further broadcast details, will be provided in the days to come. Spectators will not be permitted in the venue.

?As our country begins to safely reopen and adjust to our collective new reality, and with the enthusiastic support of our players, owners, as well as our new and current commercial partners, the NWSL is thrilled to bring professional soccer back to the United States,? said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird. ?This exciting month-long tournament will showcase our league?s talented players and provide our fans the type of world-class entertainment they?ve come to expect from the NWSL.?

Building on the momentum of a record-breaking 2019 and the growing success of women?s sports, on and off the field, the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup is a unique opportunity for players to return to competition with the unanimous support of the league owners and the players association.

?The NWSLPA, working closely alongside NWSL, is excited to provide players the opportunity to return to sport, while also securing compensation and other necessities to make sure players? concerns, feedback, and safety are at the forefront of all conversations,? said NWSLPA Executive Directors Yael Averbuch and Brooke Elby. ?As the plans for the tournament unfolded, it was our priority as the NWSLPA to protect our players, and we feel that NWSL shares those values.?

?P&G is proud to support the world-class women athletes of the NWSL. In the face of the added challenges of competing in these unique times, we are delighted to help them bring this innovative tournament to life and bring greater visibility to these elite players and teams,? said Janet Fletcher, Director Sports Marketing, P&G. ?As a longtime champion of gender equality, and an advocate for women?s equal pay in sports and beyond, our Secret deodorant brand team is committed to continuing our efforts to help women in sports advance without having to sweat the obstacles in their path.?

?Sports are such a huge part of our culture and give us a sense of connection ? something we?re all craving right now,? said Marissa Weseloh, Director of Strategic Sponsorships, Verizon. ?Partnering with the National Women?s Soccer League allows us to connect with the soccer community in a meaningful way as the sport continues to grow.?

This ?international-style? tournament allows the league to safely return to the pitch and will be hosted by Dell Loy Hansen, owner of Utah Royals FC, who will accommodate all housing, training, and competition needs for the league?s nine teams and create an ?NWSL Village? to control as much of the environment as possible.

?With the efforts of our frontline workers, our state?s early adoption of preventative measures, and our facilities at Zions Bank Real Academy, Rio Tinto Stadium, and America First Credit Union Field, Utah is uniquely prepared to host the nine teams in the NWSL and put on a tremendous tournament,? said Hansen. ?With the full support of the Governor and the medical experts in our community, we are thrilled to bring the tournament to Utah.?

Under the leadership of Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the State of Utah and its citizens have drawn praise for their public health efforts, making Utah an ideal host for an event with the size and scope of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret. Commissioner Baird and Hansen have met with Governor Herbert, Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, the Utah Sports Commission, and local health officials, and all parties have enthusiastically endorsed the way forward.

?Utah is home to strong health care systems and dedicated medical professionals ? and public health and safety are always a top priority for our communities. Because of those factors, I believe our state will be a great location for the National Women?s Soccer League to host its competition in 2020,? Governor Herbert said.  ?I?m grateful to Dell Loy Hansen for his work to find a solution that we believe will benefit the league and our community as a whole.?

The NWSL?s Medical Task Force, comprised of a team doctor from each of the league?s nine teams, has worked tirelessly over the last nine weeks, in coordination with public health officials, to develop thorough and detailed medical and testing protocols to ensure the safest environment for a return to play and competition. Each player, official, and essential staff member will be tested 48 hours prior to departure for Utah and upon arrival and will be subject to consistent testing, temperature readings, and symptom review throughout their stay in Utah. The full protocols have also received unanimous support from the NWSL board of directors and the NWSLPA and can be found HERE.

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FGBC Certifies UF’s Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium ‘Florida Green’
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 10:48 pm

By Mike Bonts Public Relations, (904) 424-6641, mike@bontspr.com

 

Photo by Tim Casey/University Athletic Association

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (May 27, 2020) ? The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the leading certifier of green construction projects in the state, has certified Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on the University of Florida campus FGBC ?Florida Green?at the Gold Level.

?Any time we set out to improve our athletic facilities we take into account the needs for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. In addition, we are also committed to reducing the negative impact we have on the environment and improving sustainability throughout all our facility projects. With the recent renovation to Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium, it?s exciting news that we were able to achieve the first ?gold-level? certification on campus from the Florida Green Building Coalition,? said Chip Howard, Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs.

The home of Florida?s two-time national softball program is located on the corner of Hull and Museum Roads in Gainesville, Fla. Improvements, such as the recent expansion, enhances the game day experience.

“When the nation’s top collegiate teams take the field, Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium will also be in the spotlight, demonstrating the applicability and adaptability of Florida Green Building Coalition green certification. The University of Florida has shown great leadership and a commitment to sustainability for making the stadium expansion a showcase for Florida Green construction,” said C.J. Davila, Florida Green Building Coalition Executive Director.

The expansion is part of the University Athletic Association?s facilities master plan developed to improve the efficiency of the University of Florida?s athletic programs, Designed by Populous in partnership with local firm Walker Architects, Scorpio of Gainesville was the contractor.

Projects are visited, reviewed, and certified by a third-party green verifier. Dr. Jennifer Languell of Trifecta Construction Solutions was the FGBC Certifying Agent. Dustin Stephany of the University of Florida was the FGBC Designated Professional.

Unlike other national and international certifications such as USGBC LEED and Green Globes, FGBC are the only standards developed with Florida-specific criteria. They address Florida?s hot-humid climate, distinctive environment, unique topography, resiliency, and natural disasters.

Points are awarded by FGBC for each of the individual green certifying levels – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Numerical points are given for selecting and integrating individual environmentally friendly green products, best practices, and sustainable techniques from a menu of available green options. The stadium was certified FGBC Gold with a score of 175.

Celebrating 20 years, FGBC?s five certifications provide pathways to build green homes, developments, local governments, high rises, and commercial buildings. The free market aspect of FGBC certification also keeps costs reasonable.

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Ultra Music Festival Ticketholders File Class Action Lawsuit Over Refund Policy
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 10:00 pm
Shortly after Ultra called off its flagship Miami event in early March because of the oncoming coronavirus pandemic, the festival made headlines for offering ticketholders passes to the 2021 or 2022 editions in lieu of refunds. Two fans have now filed a class action lawsuit against Ultra, demanding to get their money back. 

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Joe Bonamassa Throws Musicians A Lifeline With Stream-A-Thon
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 9:23 pm
Guitar guru Joe Bonamassa is organizing a streaming benefit for musicians in need during the COVID-19-prompted shutdown of the live industry.

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Slipknot Launches New Knotfest.com Media Platform With Streamed Event Friday
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 5:54 pm
Slipknot and the band?s team at 5B Artist Management have announced Knotfest.com?s re-imagining as a multimedia hub for news, interviews, performances merch and more, with an exclusive Knotfest Roadshow streaming event this Friday.

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Alan Jackson Plots Alabama Drive-In Concerts
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 5:43 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has the entertainment industry down, but not out, and Alan Jackson is putting on a pair of shows at drive-in theaters in Alabama next week. Both shows will feature Cory Farley Band as support.

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Asia News: Fuji Rock Falsely Reported Cancelled, Hyundai Sponsors Drive-In In South Korea
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 1:15 pm

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Live Nation Moves To Terminate OCESA/CIE Acquisition Deal
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 9:45 am
Live Nation has moved to terminate its pending deal to acquire Latin American concert promoter OCESA Entretenimiento, saying the parties have been unable to agree on modified terms.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Wednesday, May 27
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass, in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music.

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Pollstar + VenuesNow Digital Series
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 8:00 am

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Survey: 82% Ready To Return To Live Events After Lockdown
 
Posted: 27 May 2020, 4:30 am
It's a question many promoters are worrying about in the current shutdown of the world economy: how comfortable will festivalgoers feel about returning to live events, once the lockdown has been lifted?

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Clemson introduces interactive map to aid food insecure families during crisis
 
Posted: 19 May 2020, 9:11 pm

By Michael Staton, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Clicking on each individual map marker on the Food Access Map brings up a variety of information on each site.

Clemson University faculty and staff in coordination with the United Way and Ten at the Top have created an interactive map that provides information on different food resources across the Upstate for individuals and families facing food insecurity.

Clemson?s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences created the Food Access Map as part of its efforts to aid Upstate residents facing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The map includes nearly 400 providers across 10 counties complete with information on the type of assistance they provide as well as operating hours and availability.

According to Leslie Hossfeld, dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, the Food Access Map will make the process of finding reliable information on food resources that much easier for people in need.

?There are individuals and families in the Upstate region who face food insecurity even at the ?best? of times,? Hossfeld said. ?A crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic only makes clearer the need for good, reliable information on what type of help is available and where to find it. This map has been put in place to serve as a hub for that information.?

Hossfeld said the process of collecting all of the detailed information contained in the interactive map was daunting for those involved. To ensure accuracy, multiple employees of Clemson?s Joseph F. Sullivan Center phoned each individual food pantry, food distribution group and grocery assistance organization to obtain or update information.

Mike McGirr, director of Clemson?s Land Grant Local, coordinated the effort. Clemson faculty and staff also relied on information from United Way partners and Ten at the Top, a nonprofit organization that exists to stimulate economic and community health through collaboration.

According to Jeremy Price, director of programs for the United Way of Pickens County, the Food Access Map was built partially on the United Way?s 2-1-1 system (a national emergency resource system) and Ten at the Top?s senior resources map. He said the collaboration with Clemson and Ten at the Top added nearly 350 resources to the 2-1-1 system, pushing the total amount to over 400.

?The efforts of the Clemson team tremendously boosted and strengthened our list of food resources,? Price said. ?This work is incredibly valuable to our community in Pickens County and to the entire Upstate as well.?

Sharon Purvis, director of outreach and special projects for Ten at the Top, said she was heartened to see so many organizations pool their efforts for the greater good of the Upstate community. She said there is a great deal of work and coordination involved in pulling together so much information from various resources, but all partners involved knew the work was imperative at a time when these resources were in higher-than-usual demand.

?Many people, perhaps for the first time in their lives, are experiencing food insecurity and unemployment due to COVID-19,? Purvis said. ?It was vital that we move as quickly as possible to develop a resource that helps people find food assistance and helps agencies promote the assistance they provide.?

Hossfeld said she is sure the map will help in the short term for people in need due to COVID-19, but she is also excited for what the map will do in the future for the Upstate region. She said the work to maintain the map won?t end along with social distancing; it will be maintained for use year-round and will only improve so that it is available when the next crisis comes along.

?The last few months have been unprecedented, and there?s be no shortage of uncertainty and bad news,? Hossfeld said, ?but this is one undeniably good thing to come out of all of this. The Food Access Map will serve the entirety of upstate South Carolina for years to come.?

The Food Access Map is a detailed, extensive resource, but it is by no means complete. It will remain a work in progress as more sites are added and the resource is kept up to date. Clemson University, United Way of Pickens County and Ten at the Top representatives encourage any agencies not currently represented on the map to provide their information for inclusion. Contact Mike McGirr (mmcgirr@clemson.edu), Sharon Purvis (spurvis@tenatthetop.org) or Jeremy Price (jprice@uwpickens.org) for more information.

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Dow collaborates with multiple partners to develop and donate Level 2 medical isolation gowns
 
Posted: 19 May 2020, 8:58 pm

By Kyle Bandlow, Dow

Dow collaborates with multiple partners to develop and donate Level 2 medical isolation gowns (Photo: Business Wire)

  • Collaboration included Magna International, Inc., 3M, Cadillac Products Packaging Company, DuPont, Fitesa, Landaal Packaging Systems, Plastixx FFS Technologies, Shurtape and Volkswagen
  • 100,000 isolation gowns to be donated to healthcare professionals

MIDLAND, Mich. ? May 18, 2020 ? For healthcare professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation gowns are among the most used and needed personal protective equipment (PPE). In response to this critical need, Dow (NYSE: DOW) collaborated with nine key partners across a myriad of industries to develop and donate 100,000 isolation gowns to help frontline workers in Texas, Louisiana and Mexico.

Dow collaborates with multiple partners to develop and donate Level 2 medical isolation gowns (Photo: Business Wire)

?The Dow team is proud to continue developing PPE to help our frontline workers, but this effort would not have been possible without our partner companies, each of whom readily stepped up to make this project a reality,? said Michelle Boven, global marketing director for Health & Hygiene at Dow. ?It?s also a testament to how quickly companies can innovate when a diverse team from different organizations across industries come together to achieve a common objective.?

The end-product, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Level 2 gowns, required concepting, design, testing, package development and a supply chain. In this case, each collaborator brought their unique expertise to the table, all donating valuable time and resources to the project.

  • The gown is made with polyethylene nonwoven coated with a layer of polyethylene film made with resin donated by Dow.
  • Fitesa manufactured the nonwoven material that provides tear resistance and soft touch.
  • Cadillac Products Packaging Company provided extrusion coating of the film making it durable enough for AAMI Level 2 performance.
  • 3M and Shurtape donated the tape to provide barrier performance on the gown sewn seams.
  • Mobility technology company, Magna International, Inc., – identified through Dow?s relationship with Volkswagen ? provided resources to cut and sew the gowns.
  • DuPont provided isolation gown design expertise.
  • Landaal Packaging Systems has donated all the boxes to ship the gowns.
  • Plastixx FFS Technologies donated the bags for each gown to be packaged in for distribution.

The 100,000 AAMI Level 2 gowns will be distributed equally to government agencies in Mexico and in the states of Louisiana and Texas.

?Our teams are problem solvers by nature and their passion around helping during these unprecedented times has been nothing short of inspiring,? said Frank Eupizi, director of engineering, Magna International. ?It?s been an honor to witness the same passion at Dow and to collaborate with them to provide medical gowns for healthcare professionals using the skills and expertise normally applied to producing automotive seat covers. We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference together.?

?Many companies have shown tremendous ingenuity and speed in changing over production to meet the needs for respirators, masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and other products critical to fighting this pandemic,? said Boven from Dow. ?With the accelerated product development, testing and certification of these medical gowns, Dow is proud to be among these innovators and we will continue to look for ways to use our vast material science expertise to address the needs of frontline workers around the world.?

The gowns conform with ASTM and ANSI standards and are labeled in compliance with FDA guidance on non-surgical apparel.

These isolation gowns are the latest action Dow has undertaken to help address the COVID-19 global pandemic crisis:

  • On May 14, Dow, Whirlpool Corporation and Reynolds Consumer Products announced the development of a powered, air-purifying respirator, or PAPR, which takes the place of a traditional medical face mask and faces shield.
  • On April 17, Dow announced the open source design for a simplified face shield and the donation of 100,000 face shields to hospitals in Michigan.
  • On April 9, Dow announced an additional $500,000 donation to the Great Lakes Bay Region in Michigan to aid COVID-19 relief efforts in Dow?s global headquarters community.
  • On March 30, Dow announced that sites across North America, Europe and Latin America were set to produce more than 200 metric tons of hand sanitizer, equivalent to more than 880,000 eight-ounce bottles, to be donated to local health systems and government agencies.
  • On March 23, Dow committed $3 million to aid COVID-19 relief efforts, with donations going towards global relief organizations, as well as non-profits in communities where Dow operates.

Dow?s material science expertise and production capabilities are used to develop some of the most vital hygiene medical products and technologies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, such as disinfectants, sanitizers, cleansers, plastics used in the production of disposable PPE for medical professionals, and memory foams for hospital beds.

 

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company?s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow?s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

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Beijing 2022 Releases Sustainability Plan
 
Posted: 19 May 2020, 8:51 pm

By The International Olympic Committee

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Today, The Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing 2022) Released the Official Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Sustainability Plan.

The Plan was developed jointly by the People?s Government of Beijing Municipality, the People?s Government of Hebei Province and Beijing 2022. It serves as a programmatic document guiding the sustainability work of the Olympic Games Beijing 2022, and is being implemented throughout the entire process of staging and delivering the Games.

The Beijing 2022 Sustainability Plan reflects the Beijing 2022 mission of being ?green, open, inclusive and clean?, and the reforms introduced through Olympic Agenda 2020 ? the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic MovementIt is also aligned with the United Nations? 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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?The IOC welcomes the publication of the Beijing 2022 Sustainability Plan, as it provides a comprehensive framework for the overall sustainability vision of the Olympic Games Beijing 2022,? said Juan Antonio Samaranch, Chair of the Beijing 2022 IOC Coordination Commission. ?The Plan also highlights the fact that the Organising Committee Beijing 2022 is working hand-in-hand with the national and regional authorities to achieve their ambitious sustainability objectives.?

The plan promotes the Beijing 2022 Games? sustainability vision of ?Sustainability for the Future?, and identifies three key themes of ?positive environmental impact?, ?new development for the region? and ?better life for the people?. These three themes are supported by 12 actions, 37 key tasks and 119 specific measures, including the environment of the competition zones, regional development, and improvement of well-being for the host communities in Beijing and Zhangjiakou.

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A number of measures in the sustainability plan have already been implemented through Beijing 2022?s Sustainability Management System (SMS), which received ISO 20121 certification in November 2019.  Good progress has been achieved in environmental, regional and social development.

  • In terms of environmental conservation, the relevant work following Beijing 2022?s production of the Evaluation Standard for Green Snow Sports Venues has been conducted, including monitoring transplanted trees in the competition zones to conserve native flora, and using renewable and recyclable materials in venue construction. Carbon dioxide refrigerants have been introduced to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and a cross-regional electricity trading mechanism has been established to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy in the venues.
  • As regards regional development, Games preparations have accelerated the completion of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway and Beijing-Chongli Expressway; the development of the ice and snow industry has accelerated the development of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Sports Culture Tourism Belt; and Shougang Park has been transformed, becoming a new landmark of urban regeneration.
  • Social development has been seen throughout communities, with many residents around the competition zones engaging in new employment structures that have improved their standard of living. Participation in national fitness and community winter sports activities continues on an upward trend, in line with Beijing?s vision of engaging 300 million people in winter sports in China

By Beijing 2022

For more information, visit the Beijing 2022 website.

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Georgia World Congress Center Authority transforms for community during the pandemic
 
Posted: 19 May 2020, 8:40 pm

By Timothy Trefzer, USGBC

The Atlanta convention center has become a temporary medical space for COVID-19 patients.

Shortly after the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) was established by the Georgia General Assembly in 1971, its board of directors developed a mission and vision for the new organization, which now includes the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), Centennial Olympic Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. GWCC, the first state-owned convention center in the U.S., and the entire 220-acre downtown Atlanta campus, is now globally recognized as a top conventions, sports and entertainment destination.

However, it may be surprising to some that the GWCC mission statement is not only to serve as an economic engine for the state of Georgia, but also to enhance the quality of life for its citizens. It?s this last part that has resonated with our staff, clients and community as GWCC has transitioned to an alternative care facility in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Over the nearly 10 years I?ve been with the organization, I have emphasized environmental and social sustainability as a means to enhancing the lives of Georgians. The 4-million-square-foot GWCC became the largest LEED-certified convention center in the world when it achieved LEED Silver certification in 2014. We fought to improve that status and achieved LEED Gold certification in 2017 following a significant $28 million investment into energy and water saving technology and equipment that saw a reduction of utilities by more than 40%. Along with three beehives, 4,000 solar panels and an extensive waste diversion effort, the impact the GWCC has on the community ranges from local food and material donations to literacy and education partnerships and job training and development.

Now, as much of the hospitality industry has come to a standstill, GWCCA has embraced a new role facilitating the care and recovery of Georgia?s COVID-19 patients.

Many other convention centers and public assembly facilities have also become temporary hospitals during this pandemic. These venues not only benefit the events and guests they host, but they also serve the surrounding communities and environments in unique and unassuming ways. With 200 beds and a sizable medical staff to boot, GWCC is grateful for the opportunity to work with other state and federal entities to assist in Georgia?s recovery during this unprecedented time. Likewise, it will step up to future opportunities to support our great city and state for the benefit of its people.

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Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts pitch in for front-line hospital workers
 
Posted: 19 May 2020, 8:35 pm

By Jorge Catillo, Los Angeles Times

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman (above), manager Dave Roberts and their wives have been using the time off distributing meals to hospitals to feed front-line workers.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Andrew Friedman misses baseball. The thrills each day provides. The camaraderie the marathon cultivates. Even the losses.

?Kind of makes me feel alive,? he said.

The Dodgers? president of baseball operations has spent the last two months working more as an accountant than a baseball executive since Major League Baseball suspended its operations. His days consist of phone and Zoom calls, communicating with his staff and checking in on players, unsure if they?ll have a season.

?When it?s safe and plausible, everyone?s interests are perfectly aligned to get back going and that gives me optimism for it happening,? Friedman said.

Friedman spoke over the weekend before MLB and its 30 owners on Monday approved a proposal to present to the players? association. The proposal calls for a regular season between 78 and 82 games, no fans at least to start the season, and limited travel.

MLB also will propose players receive salaries based on a 50-50 split of revenues during the regular season and postseason. The union is expected to dispute the financial outline.

?Everyone involved appreciates that this, no matter what, will be a highly unusual season and just to make the most of it,? Friedman said. ?And obviously it?ll be a strong signal for the entire country when we?re able to get back out there and play.?

In the meantime, Friedman has spent some of these uncertain times helping his community.

Friedman, his wife, Robin, along with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and his wife, Trisha, have had meals distributed to local hospitals from two restaurants ? Union in Pasadena and Bar Hayama in West L.A. ? once a week since March. The plan was hatched from a video chat between the four after Roberts and his wife had begun a similar effort in his native San Diego area.

?We got word that the only thing available to them was vending machines,? Roberts said. ?To help those front-line workers really was a no-brainer.?

Andy Otovic, who works in the Dodgers? medical department, helped coordinate between the restaurants and hospitals.

?From our standpoint, we were able to accomplish two things with this,? Friedman said. ?One was to help local restaurants and the another was providing great food to the people working on the front line during all of this.?

Friedman and his wife, who is on the board of Teach for America in Los Angeles, also have helped get tablets and hotspots into the hands of inner-city children to participate in distance learning. It?s a problem Robin, a former teacher, identified before the pandemic and knew would worsen with schools closed.

?Watching my kids at home, it would be impossible to learn without the resources,? Friedman said. ?So we just wanted to do whatever we can for the education gap not to widen.?

It?s one of the many troubling realities spawned from the pandemic. Baseball?s shutdown pales in comparison, but its return would provide a welcome diversion for fans. For the Dodgers, it would give them a chance to win a World Series with a roster as talented as any in the majors.

?We have a highly motivated group,? Friedman said, ?that?s excited about getting back out there when we?re able to.?

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Mariners to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 test
 
Posted: 19 May 2020, 8:29 pm

By Greg Johns, Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE — With Major League Baseball still sidelined, the Mariners are opening up their T-Mobile Park parking garage to be used for free COVID-19 drive-through testing on Wednesday and Thursday.

Pre-registration is required for participants, with about 250 vehicles allowed each day of the initial trial run between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT.

Registration can be made online by Seattle area residents at krogerhealth.com/covidtesting or by calling (888) 852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3).

Those seeking a test will use a virtual screening tool based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible. Those eligible will select a testing location and appointment time. Registrants will receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork to complete.

When a person arrives for their test, they should have their photo ID ready and should leave their window rolled up for check-in until a health-care practitioner comes to the car to administer the test.

Patients remain in their cars throughout the process, which takes just a few minutes using self-administered test kits with nasal swabs, which are less painful and designed to increase safety. This onsite testing is supported with laboratory services provided by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Test results are expected within about 48 hours.

The program is in partnership with the city of Seattle, QFC and Fred Meyer.

“While we wait for baseball to return to T-Mobile Park, we are proud to have the ballpark continue to serve as a valuable community asset by hosting the drive-through COVID-19 testing through this partnership with the city of Seattle and Kroger,” said Trevor Gooby, the Mariners senior vice president of ballpark operations.

“Our vision is to help people live healthier lives, and it has never been more important as we help to expand testing across Washington,” said Chris Albi, president of QFC.

The Mariners had previously opened up T-Mobile Park to be used as part of a blood drive with Bloodworks Northwest to help local hospitals maintain their supply during the COVID-19 crisis. That program will continue through May.

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Sun Devil Nation shows up for the Navajo Nation
 
Posted: 19 May 2020, 8:26 pm

By Terry Grant, Arizona State University

Volunteers unload contributions from cars during the First Peoples? COVID-19 Resource Drive on May 7.
Photo by Darryl Sam

ASU alumni organize essential-needs drive for tribal communities affected by COVID-19

With less than three weeks to organize and gather sponsor support, a trio of Arizona State University alumni loaded a 21-foot moving truck on May 7 and delivered emergency supplies for the people of the Navajo Nation beleaguered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When ASU alumnus Darryl Sam, a member of the Navajo Nation, and his wife, Katherine, saw how the pandemic was ravaging the people who live on Navajo tribal lands, they knew they had to help.

?We were sitting on our couch at home watching reports that per capita, the Navajo Nation was the third-largest COVID-19 epicenter in the country. We decided we had to do something,? said Sam, who has many relatives living there. ?This is my family.?

The Sams? family project started out of their garage, using social media, texting and phone calls to friends and co-workers to spread the word. Sam, the owner of Sam Construction and an owner?s representative with minority-owned Dextera LLC, also began to reach out to his industry connections.

Around the same, ASU alumna Kari McCormick, national director of client services for Wenaha Group, a Native American-owned construction management/owner?s representative firm, was also seeking ways to help.

One of the first tribes to be affected by COVID-19 was the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon, which is the tribal community of the Wenaha Group?s President Rob Quaempts.

?By mid-March, everything in Washington was crazy as we watched the pandemic play out,? said McCormick. ?When COVID-19 hit the Navajo Nation, people around the country contacted me to ask why it was hitting the tribal nations so hard, especially Navajo. As I explained the systemic issues that create a perfect storm, like multigenerational families living in close quarters, people were shocked and wanted to help.?

Wenaha Group tasked McCormick with taking action to see what, as one small business, they could do.

?I immediately reached out to Darryl and Katherine, and it was like a miracle unfolding with everyone and everything fitting into place,? said McCormick.

Together, the alumni created the First Peoples? COVID-19 Resource Drive.

?We were very intentional about naming the fundraiser ‘First Peoples’ as we recognized that not only the Navajo Nation was being hit hard by this pandemic, so were other tribes,? explained McCormick. ?It was our commitment to be able to help any Southwestern tribe that needed additional support.?

McCormick, who is on the board of directors for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering?s Construction in Indian Country Program, enlisted Program Director Marcus Denetdale for support. Denetdale is also a Sun Devil alum.

?ASU was all in,? said Denetdale, who ? with ASU Foundation Engineering Business Relations Coordinator Anna Wales ? rapidly navigated the approval and permit process to host a different kind of tailgate event in the Tempe campus’ stadium parking lot.

The first result of the collaborative effort was three drive-through locations for drop-offs on Thursday, May 7, the largest of which was in Sun Devil Stadium Lot 59. The other two locations were Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix and the Native American Fathers & Families Association in Mesa.

In conjunction with orchestrating the drive-throughs and securing the necessary equipment, social distancing supplies and volunteers for the event, McCormick also coordinated the effort with the Navajo Housing Authority.

For the collected resources to get directly into the homes of those most in need, McCormick knew it would require someone who interfaces regularly with elders and had direct connection to the tribe.

?NHA had been working on a needs assessment plan for seniors for 10 years,? said McCormick. ?Within the last few months, they were able to release a 311 App for elders. The timing was perfect.?

The app enables seniors to notify NHA of urgent needs ? ranging from water and food to items like toilet paper and disinfectants.

?The NHA will deliver the supplies directly to the elders so they don?t have to leave their homes,? McCormick explained.

The NHA also cleared out a warehouse in Fort Defiance to store the supplies gathered during the First People?s Covid-19 Resource Drive.

NABEDC, a federally funded agency that serves all tribal individuals and enterprises, and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also jumped in, reaching out to their networks to promote the event, find volunteers and provide boxes and packaging materials.

Dose Moving and Storage donated a large moving van and the services of two drivers to transport the collected supplies to the Navajo Nation, and M3 Commercial Moving and Logistics provided boxes and staffing and helped set up the website.

According to Darryl Sam, dozens of small contractors also helped provide packaging materials and volunteers, as well as funding through the group?s GoFundMe page.

Additional drive-throughs are planned in the near future, according to Denetdale, with the donations going to other affected tribal nations, including the Hopi and San Carlos Apache people, as well as to a Pueblo in New Mexico.

Requested donations are listed on the First Peoples? website.

?It was so gratifying to be there on Thursday morning as the parade of Sun Devils came through the donation line,? said Denetdale. ?Everyone was flashing their ‘forks up’ hand signs, and many were wearing ASU gear.

?Many who actually live closer to other drop-off locations made the trek to the stadium,? said Denetdale. ?Not only did they bring critical supplies, they made on-site donations. Children gathered their change or proudly donated their allowance.

?The Sun Devil Nation showed up for the Navajo Nation.?

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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
Take 10 - Conference Centers

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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
Conference Center Changes

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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
Campus Culture

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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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