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RIP Beloved UK Tour Manager Craig Duffy: The Damned, Blur, Duran Duran Pay Tribute To 'The Only Grown-Up In The Room'
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 6:39 pm
When longtime tour manager Craig Duffy died tragically in May, several of England?s most iconic musicians lost a man who had become a rudder for them on and off stage, a man now being hailed by those artists for his civility and warmth, his unwavering love of music, his supreme competence and reliability and for often being ?the only grown-up in the room."

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J. Cole Announces ‘The Off-Season Tour’ & Return Of Dreamville Fest
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 5:55 pm

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MSG Entertainment Taps Fibiger, Vaccarello For New Roles, Streamlining Bookings
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 5:44 pm
Madison Square Garden Entertainment has promoted Randy Fibiger to senior vice president, bookings, and expanded the role of Josephine Vaccarello to senior vice president of MSG Live & Business Operations, the company announced June 21.

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Farruko Unveils ‘La 167 Tour’
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 2:38 pm
Farruko is hitting the road in late 2021 into 2022 with a full tour of mixed venues. The tour is being promoted by Loud And Live.

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The Go-Go's Celebrate Their Rock Hall Induction And New Year With West Coast Run
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 2:24 pm
Celebrating its induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Go-Go?s will embark on a run of West Coast dates to celebrate. The live dates include intimate shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, along with two New Year performances at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas.

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Where Can We Go Now? Pollstar Live! Looks At The International Touring Landscape (With UTA, C3, Live Nation & More)
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 1:55 pm
At the Pollstar Live! conference in February of 2020, as COVID-19 was only beginning to ravage humanity, Ashish Hemrajani, founder and CEO of India-based BookMyShow, was talking about a record-breaking U2 show in Mumbai on Dec. 15.

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In Pollstar Live! 'Honest Look At Diversity And Inclusion,' Panelists Emphasize Importance of 'Real Action'
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 1:17 pm
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the live entertainment industry dominated conversations at this year's Pollstar Live!, but discussions about inclusivity and equity within the sector also permeated most conversations. Those topics took center stage at "An Honest Look At Diversity & Inclusion In Live Entertainment," a panel examining the challenges faced by marginalized groups in the industry ? and what actions can be taken going forward to remedy them

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'Now, Where Were We?' Heavy Hitter Agents Talk Re-Routing, Re-Launching Tours At Pollstar Live!
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 11:42 am
Everyone has a story about when the pandemic hit, with most touring artists either already on the road or about to hit the road in a big way. But not everyone had 50 stadium shows about to kick off (like AGI?s Adam Kornfeld), or a multi-year farewell arena tour playing across the globe (like Howard Rose, Elton John?s longtime agent), or a superstar client with seemingly limitless demand (Wasserman client Billie Eilish).

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'We Need This': Inside The UK's Download Festival Pilot With Live Nation's Andy Copping
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 7:42 am
Pollstar speaks to the promoter of Download Festival, Live Nation's Andy Copping, who was asked to promote a scaled-down edition of the beloved UK metal and rock festival, June 18-20, to gather data for the government's Events Research Program.

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Coachella Expands Ticketing Partnership with Festicket
 
Posted: 22 Jun 2021, 4:00 am
Festival discovery and booking platform Festicket announced an expansion of its partnership with Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as the festival?s exclusive UK & Europe ticket partner.

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Changing Lanes Panel At Pollstar Live! ‘The Pandemic Ushered In The Era Of The Digital Fan’
 
Posted: 21 Jun 2021, 10:00 pm
Pollstar Live! Has always been known as one of the best spots for networking and making new business connections, whether at the Opening Reception, the after-party following the Pollstar Awards, Agent Live or the hotel lobby bar. At the panel ?Changing Lanes: How to Turn Shutdown Fan Engagement Into Post-Pandemic Ticket Sales,? panelists were just about ready to make deals on stage, from TikTok?s Chayce Cheatham and Mandolin?s Mary Kay Huse encouraging Hitco Entertainment?s Jamal Jimoh to collaborate with their respective companies to Lyte?s Lawrence Peryer later telling Jimoh to ?see me backstage. I want to work with you.?

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NIVA's Dayna Frank, Audrey Fix Schaefer & Tobi Parks At Pollstar Live! ‘We Don’t Take No Well In This Industry'
 
Posted: 21 Jun 2021, 5:00 pm
For an industry desperately seeking assistance during the pandemic with restrictions on mass gatherings, the work of the National Independent Venue Association?s board members brought hope of survival and the promise that aid will soon rain down via the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) program ? which includes over $16 billion (!) in grants to be distributed to shuttered venues.

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Lorde To Bring ‘Solar Power’ Worldwide In 2022
 
Posted: 21 Jun 2021, 2:42 pm
Lorde recently dropped her latest single, ?Solar Power,? and has now shared news that there will be a full album and tour with the same name.

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Katie Couric Plots 2021 Book Tour
 
Posted: 21 Jun 2021, 2:22 pm
Katie Couric will be ?Going There? this fall with an 11-city book tour to celebrate her forthcoming memoir. The tour is being produced by Live Nation Women.

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Live Review: Foo Fighters Revive Live With Cathartic Madison Square Garden Marathon
 
Posted: 21 Jun 2021, 1:05 pm
Foo Fighters were back and, along with them, music at Madison Square Garden. And the most surreal aspect of the concert, one of the first full-capacity arena gigs in the country, was just how normal it felt.

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Denise Gonzales Named Booking Director At SoCal's Toyota Arena
 
Posted: 21 Jun 2021, 12:45 pm
Denise Gonzales has been named to fill the new position of Director of Booking for the 12,000-capacity Toyota Arena in Ontario, Calif., SMG Worldwide announced today (June 21).

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ICM Partners Signs Joss Stone For Worldwide Representation
 
Posted: 21 Jun 2021, 11:24 am
UK soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone has signed with ICM Partners for worldwide representation.

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Mason-jar maker Ball’s next iconic drinkware could be made from aluminum
 
Posted: 18 Jun 2021, 2:55 pm

By Danielle Bernabe, Fortune

In contrast to plastic, which has a limited recyclable rate before polluting our oceans and landfills, aluminum has an infinite life span. COURTESY OF BALL CORP.

The owner of a small bar in Colorado was eager to replace his glassware, which was frequently broken or stolen by patrons. He wanted something different: a durable cup not as costly as glass. A vessel that did not pose an environmental conundrum like the only other option at the time: plastic.

Luckily, he had friends atBallCorp., theFortune500 manufacturer of metal cans and packaging, whom he phoned to help. And over a few years, the conversation spawned the Ball Aluminum Cup, the first-of-its-kind rival to disposable plastics of yore. One that is cool to the touch, sturdy, and can spin like a windmill during a ferocious game of flip cup.

When the team at Ball conceptualized this cup, the company was nearing its 140th anniversary. It became one of the many sustainability initiatives that Ball has integrated into its expansive capabilities. More than a year after its inception, the cup is commonplace atretailersand a driving force at green-minded sports and entertainment arenas.

Plastic versus aluminum

To understand the aluminum cup is to know the underlying differences between aluminum and plastic. For one, not all aluminum products are created equal. Extracting and refining raw bauxite ore (the main component in aluminum)takes two and sometimes five times as much energy to produce as new plastics. Using recycled aluminum, however, reduces that by 95%.

Aluminum, unlike plastics, is infinitely recyclable, giving it endless opportunities to engage in a circular system when and if recycling programs are in place. Because of this,The Aluminum Associationestimatesthat almost 75% of all aluminum ever produced is in use today. In contrast, only 3% of plastic is still viable because of its degradation over time.

?If you compare plastic against aluminum and only look at the divergent composition, without taking into account the infinite recyclability of aluminum, the carbon footprint of plastic is better,? says Ball Corp. president Dan Fisher. If a circular system is sufficiently in place, using recycled aluminum reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint during production. However, when virgin material is used, it is crucial to lower energy through wind and solar power and other renewable sources to counteract the impact.

The Ball Aluminum Cup Courtesy of Ball Corp.

By the end of 2021, all of Ball?s U.S. operations will run onrenewable energyand achieve 55% absolute reduction in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. By eliminating the most significant issue in aluminum manufacturing, Ball?s aluminum cup has an advantage. ?The reality is we use 72% recycled content,? Fisher says. ?And under any measure, if you?re applying what?s actually happening today in the world and in the carbon footprint, aluminum is significantly better.?

Take me out to the Ball game

In 2019, Ball Corp. partnered with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) venues?SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles; Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal Football Club, in London; and newly branded Ball Arena in Denver?to swap plastics for aluminum cans, bottles, and cups, and vitalize recycling programs. They aim to create a better circular system at large-scale events, which will be fully realized at Ball Arena by 2022.

The environmental impact of sporting events is enormous. The fans, players, and teams travel from various locations to attend the game; the stadium burns fossil fuels to illuminate the field or court; the supply needs and waste of amenities, food, and packaging are extraordinary. AnEPA study of stadiums? environmental impactestimated game attendees generate 39 million pounds of trash per year from concessions and food packaging.

?Venues are a microcosm of society and cities,? says Roger McClendon, executive director of theGreen Sports Alliance(GSA)?a trade organization engaging teams, conferences, governmental agencies, fans, and more in environmental operations. In its 11 years, GSA has helped green more than 340 affiliates across collegiate, professional, and international leagues. ?When you think about the supply chain and all the things that go into it, you see the scale is massive.?

McClendon sees diverting waste from landfills as one of the biggest tasks for arenas. If 80,000 attendees are at a professional sports game, approximately 160,000 cups or bottles are used. Unless sporting events eliminate concessions altogether (and what fun is that?), it?s almost impossible to avoid it. Thus many venues are leaning into thoughtful procurement of packaged goods and better trash management. The aluminum cup has become an easy way to divert waste from landfills and engage the consumer.

?When you can?t reduce the actual physical container that a person is using, there are different ways to reduce the impact on the environment and sometimes even create a positive impact,? says GSA senior partnership manager Kristin Hanczor.

The Ball KSE Los Angeles Rams cup Courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams

A core challenge is human error and cross contamination of waste with the recyclables, but Hanczor thinks clear signage, convenience, and incentivizing are key factors in determining consumer participation. ?A lot of people are not actively trying to put things in the wrong place,? she says. ?Oftentimes, it is about convenience, maybe not paying attention, and then just not really knowing and maybe being concerned to ask.?

At each location, Ball and KSE are increasing sustainable opportunities beyond the cup by focusing on clear communication and recycling infrastructure in-venue and by urging surrounding local communities to make recycling aluminum second nature. Additionally, KSE and Ball partner with area schools in the Green Assists educational program to promote aluminum recycling. Whereas the many tiers of plastics create confusion and defeat, aluminum is recyclable no matter what stage of its life.

Currently, lottery systems are in place at KSE venues to motivate attendees to participate. Some may win the opportunity to meet players and go backstage at concerts, while others can snag tickets for future events just for collecting their trash and throwing a cup away in the correct bin. ?There are really engaging and entertaining ways we can do this. And our customers and we are exploring it,? says Fisher of Ball and KSE?s continuing efforts to grow the initiative.

Partnerships and products like the aluminum cup have opened doors for Ball to stimulate sustainability within the industry. ?The aluminum cup is giving us an opportunity to sit down with major retailers in a meaningful way to have these conversations. They?re happening today in a way that we couldn?t a few years ago,? says Fisher.

He noticed the shift around 2001 when David Attenborough?sBlue Planetdocuseries illustrated the grave consequences plastics have on our oceans. Now, increasingly, retailers and consumers want a more environmentally friendly option on their shelves. New products in cans, such as water and other beverages, are on the rise. In 2019, 67% of new drinks launched in the United States were sold in aluminum cans.

Though neither aluminum nor plastics are especially beneficial to the environment, global societies have grown used to the convenience of disposable containers. The absolute solution doesn?t lie in continuing to succumb to these deeply ingrained behaviors. However, itisa big step to do better, to manufacture in a more sustainable way, and to drink and recycle more responsibly.

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Pollstar Live! 2021 Conference Hub
 
Posted: 18 Jun 2021, 3:00 am
Welcome to the Pollstar Live! 2021 Conference Hub. This page includes both previews of this year's confab as well as reports from the Pollstar Live! conference which will continually be updated with recaps of conference panels, announcements, keynotes and more as they happen.Pollstar Live! is the world?s largest gathering of live entertainment professionals and the flagship event for Pollstar magazine, the leading trade for the global live entertainment industry. For the full-schedule gohereand for more information on the conference including registrations and speaker bios clickhere.

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‘I Really Did Forget My Wallet: The Next Era in Cashless/Touchless’ Pollstar Live! Panel Recap
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 9:00 pm
As contactless technology adoption accelerates in venue ticketing and concessions as a result of the pandemic, several experts speaking at the 2021 Pollstar Live! conference weighed in on their subject during a panel entitled, ?I Really Did Forget My Wallet: The Next Era in Cashless/Touchless.?

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The State of the Market for Tour and Event Sponsorships in 2021 and Beyond: Pollstar Live! Recap
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 8:00 pm
When the pandemic took hold on the global economy, the live event and venue sponsorship landscape was altered, but it was hardly a time for rash actions.The right approach was and continues to be a matter of doing what?s right for a particular brand, with a perspective that?s anything but short-term, even if that means forgoing some revenue, attendees at the 2021 PollstarLive! conference were told.

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The 'Growth Pattern' Continues: Fogel, Diamond, Adler, Laffitte, London Look Ahead To 'Golden Era 2.0' In Pollstar Live! Panel
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 7:10 pm
"If we were three weeks from now, everybody would be too busy to come out," said moderator Ray Waddell, president of media and conferences at Oak View Group, at the start of the "Golden Era 2.0: How The Concert Business Comes Back & What It Looks Like" panel, which featured Live Nation's Arthur Fogel, Wasserman Music's Marty Diamond, CAA's Jenna Adler, Patriot Management's Ron Lafitte and London Entertainment's Dre London.

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Pollstar Live! Closing Remarks Demonstrate Big Bets On Live Business With Leiweke, Wasserman, Corbin
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 6:11 pm
Pollstar Live!?s closing remarks featured a panel that could be considered a case study in taking big bets (and by all accounts succeeding) during the pandemic.

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Australia News: Letter From Live Sector, Harvey Lister, eMusic Live & More
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 4:37 pm

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Asia News: Dragon Dancing, COVID Restrictions, BTS Meal At McDonald’s
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 4:34 pm

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International Coalition Formed by Sports-Focused NGOs Seeks to Promote Health Protocol Verification of Venue Operations at Global Scale in Light of COVID-19
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 4:14 pm

By International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

(New York, June 17, 2021) ? A coalition of some of the world?s most prominent non-governmental organizations focused on sports and planetary health announced today that they have joined with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to launch a global awareness campaign to advance health and safety practices in venues of all sizes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The collaboration will benefit from the combined reach and influence of Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI), Green Sports Alliance (GSA), Sports Environment Alliance (SEA), Golf Environment Organization and EcoAthletes, who collectively include sports organization members in more than 50 countries on multiple continents. SandSI, GSA and SEA will work in concert with IWBI to promote the importance of independent assessments of health and safety measures being taken at sports venues in thousands of communities.

Recognizing that human health is inextricably linked to both the health of the planet and the strength of socio-economic institutions that support everyday life, Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Chairman of SandSI?s Board and Environmental Science Advisor to the New York Yankees, said, ?Good health and well-being are prioritized as one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and, given the influence of sports, this can be a powerful way to highlight the impact of our buildings on our health. Addressing the pandemic from a global perspective is of the utmost importance. We need a coordinated global effort to give fans confidence that their favorite teams and venues are taking every precaution so they can feel confident returning to the stadiums and arenas.?

Accordingly, this effort is focused on encouraging all sports federations, leagues, venues and teams to enhance their venues? health and safety protocols and assuring that those protocols are assessed by a credible third party that focuses on health and facility operations.

?We?re excited to have already in place and in market theWELL Health-Safety Rating, which has proven to be a useful tool for the more than 30 sports and entertainment facilities in the U.S. applying it, many of which have already achieved the rating,? said IWBI President and CEO Rachel Hodgdon. ?We know that there are myriad league and organizational protocols that have been established and a patchwork of varying municipal, regional and national guidelines that have been laid out. But our customers needed something that could help them communicate clearly and succinctly that the health and well-being of their employees, guests and community stakeholders were the top priority and specific strategies were being implemented, built on the available science.?

Hodgdon noted that the WELL Health-Safety Rating was developed in response to acute health threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic and that it has far-reaching applicability for supporting the ongoing health and safety needs of people in a given space, during both normal operating periods and in times of emergencies.

By focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder engagement, the rating empowers organizations to prioritize the health of their staff, visitors and stakeholders.

The WELL Health-Safety Rating has resonated since its launch. Spaces enrolled in the rating have crossed 1.7 billion square feet, spanning all industries and building types. Achieved in just 11 months, the milestone signals accelerated global adoption of strategies that use our buildings as frontline caregivers in the immediate battle against COVID-19 and helps companies move toward a long-term commitment to healthier places. As a result, adoption of all IWBI programs applying WELL Building Standard (WELL) strategies, including via pursuit of the rating or WELL Certification, now stands at nearly 2.6 billion square feet across 97 countries.

Sports organizations have been aggressively pursuing the rating. More than 30 sports and entertainment venues have enrolled in or achieved the rating since September 2020. Those that have achieved the rating include:

  • Amalie Arena / Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
  • AT&T Stadium / Dallas Cowboys (NFL)
  • BB&T Center / Florida Panthers (NHL)
  • Bridgestone Arena / Nashville Predators (NHL)
  • Fenway Park / Boston Red Sox (MLB)
  • Golden 1 Center / Sacramento Kings (NBA)
  • PNC Park / Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
  • Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse / Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) and Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
  • Rose Quarter Campus / Portland Trailblazers (NBA)
  • Scotiabank Arena / Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA) and Toronto Marlies (AHL)
  • Spectrum Center ? Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
  • AT&T Center and Toyota Field / San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
  • State Farm Arena / Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
  • Wells Fargo Center / Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) and Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
  • Yankee Stadium / New York Yankees (MLB) & NYCFC (MLS)

Philippe Duperrex, Secretary General of SandSI – Sport and Sustainability International: ?Reducing the spread of the pandemic requires a massive coordination of civil society. The world aches for trusted organizations to guide us toward healthier communities, and sports can play an important role to lead by example and help inspire others.??

Roger McClendon, Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance:
“The number one priority of sports teams, leagues, and venues is to get fans back in the stands safely. Helping ensure the health and wellness of employees, players, and fans within arenas and stadiums so they can confidently experience the thrill of live sports together continues to be a major focus for the Green Sports Alliance. IWBI and the WELL Health-Safety Rating are valuable resources to ensure that Green Sports Alliance members have the expert science, knowledge, tools and procedures to help provide a safer environment for everyone. I look forward to continuing to share the WELL Health-Safety program with our members as we continue our journey to safely get back in the stands to watch our favorite sports teams!?

Dr. Sheila Nguyen, Executive Director, Sports Environment Alliance:
?The health and well-being of our community has always been a focus for the sports industry. Enduring and learning from challenges such as COVID-19, emphasizes the fact that we must have the tools and means to be our most resilient, so we can protect the places where we play and the people who love to play sport. Initiatives such as the IWBI WELL Health-Safety Rating lead the way and help shape our understanding in this field. We are supportive of all the local and international efforts such as IWBI?s that provide health and safety options for our industry, so we can build back resilient.?

Lew Blaustein, Founder, EcoAthletes:
?EcoAthletes, which inspires and coaches athletes to lead climate action, understands that climate health and public health are inextricably intertwined. That?s why we believe that sports venues can and must address COVID-19 and climate change is a must. Those stadiums and arenas that achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating are on the way to doing both.?

Hershkowitz noted that the collaboration of these esteemed NGOs is critical as the world continues to respond to the devastating impacts of the pandemic. ?Sporting organizations have an outsized opportunity to demonstrate best practices at scale, and to communicate those practices in ways that both educate and reassure their vast publics and we want to harness that voice,? said Hershkowitz. ?We?re looking forward to rolling out the elements of the campaign in the coming weeks.? These will include toolkits for the NGOs to use to help spread the word to the venues and organizations in their memberships, and visibility for those organizations who successfully achieve the third-party rating for their efforts.

About the International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation and the world?s leading organization focused on deploying people first places to advance a global culture of health. IWBI mobilizes its community through the administration of the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and the WELL Health-Safety Rating, management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and well-being everywhere. More information on WELL can be foundhere.

International WELL Building Institute pbc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delos Living LLC. International WELL Building Institute, IWBI, the WELL Building Standard, WELL v2, WELL Certified, WELL AP, WELL Portfolio, WELL Portfolio Score, The WELL Conference, We Are WELL, the WELL Community Standard, WELL Health-Safety Rating, WELL Health-Safety Rated, WELL Health-Equity, WELL and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute in the United States and other countries.

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Jonathan O?Connor,jonathan.oconnor@finnpartners.com? Europe/Australia
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Kenny Chesney Gets To The "Here And Now," Sets Stadium Tour For 2022
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 3:27 pm
Good news for No Shoes Nation: Kenny Chesney?s ?Here and Now 2022? stadium tour, previously billed as the ?Chillaxification Tour,? postponed twice thanks to COVID, is back on the calendar, launching April 23 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

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Make 'Em Laugh: Sebastian Maniscalco & Judi Marmel Keynote Q&A At Pollstar Live!
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 3:25 pm
Sebastian Maniscalco prides himself on avoiding politics and current events, as well as overtly sexual or mean-spirited jokes in his routine. Asked about what the comedian/actor hopes that audiences take away from his shows, the answer is pretty simple and sincere.

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Eagles Take Two Nights At MSG To Kickstart Return Of 'Hotel California Tour'
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 3:06 pm
Eagles have booked two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 22 and 24, in what will be the continuation of the band?s ?Hotel California Tour.?

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OVG Retains CAA ICON For Project Management On Co-op Live Manchester
 
Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 7:18 am
CAA ICON, the owner?s representative and strategic management consulting firm for the sports and entertainment industries, will serve as the project management consultancy for Co-op Live in Manchester, England, the arena's developer Oak View Group (Pollstar's parent company) announced today.

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Tim Leiweke Addresses 'The Hardest-Hit Industry' At Pollstar Live!
 
Posted: 16 Jun 2021, 10:52 pm
Oak View Group CEO and co-founder Tim Leiweke welcomed in-person and virtual attendees to the 2021 version of Pollstar Live! today, telling the audience of live entertainment business professionals the busiest period ever is around the bend for an industry hit as hard as any by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Beyoncé, Troubadour, Forum, Coachella, Billy Strings, Bert Kreischer Among Pollstar Awards Winners
 
Posted: 16 Jun 2021, 8:41 pm
The great Beyonce, the historic Troubadour, the iconic Forum, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, lauded upstart Billy Strings and uproarious comedian Bert Kreischer are among the winners of the 2021 Pollstar Awards held tonight at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

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NatureWorks welcomes PGA Tour Winner, Brendon Todd, as first golf ambassador
 
Posted: 16 Jun 2021, 5:12 pm

By NatureWorks

MINNETONKA, Minn., June 16, 2021?NatureWorks, the world’s leading manufacturer of low-carbon PLA biopolymers made from renewable resources, announced today its sponsorship of PGA Tour winner Brendon Todd. Todd will be featured in NatureWorks’s social media efforts and corporate brand development opportunities. The NatureWorks logo will be displayed on Todd’s shirt at all PGA Tour events he participates in this year including the upcoming United States Open Championship.

“We are excited to continue building on our long-term commitment to the growth of sustainability in sports by welcoming Brendon Todd as NatureWorks’s first golf ambassador,” said Rich Altice, President and CEO of NatureWorks. “Brendon Todd is a very talented golfer whose perseverance and success throughout his career mirrors that of NatureWorks as we continue to grow the market and develop innovative applications for our Ingeo biopolymer.”

Over the last few years, there has been a shift in the plastics and materials space where consumers are using their voice to demand more solutions that are biobased, have a lower carbon footprint, and reduce waste. The sport of golf has seen similar demands for increased sustainability. In response, courses, events, and players are embracing and implementing the sustainability principles that will help maintain the quality of the outdoor environment and contribute to mitigating climate change for future generations.

“I’m excited to join the NatureWorks team as their first golf ambassador and contribute to their efforts to raise awareness around sustainability,” said Brendon Todd. “Golf is an outdoor game, and I’m proud to be associated with a company that is helping to have a positive impact on climate change and plastic waste. I was raised to leave the world better than I found it. My hope is that my kids and future generations will have the same opportunities to enjoy the outdoors that I have had.”

From Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Brendon Todd turned pro in 2007 and has had three PGA Tour victories, including back-to-back wins in 2019 at the Bermuda Championship and the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

NatureWorks has long developed partnerships in the world of sports beginning with their support of theGreen Sports Alliancein 2010. Since that time, NatureWorks has partnered with both collegiate and professional sports venues to demonstrate how circular principles like food waste diversion to compost could be successfully executed, economically beneficial, and contribute to more sustainable communities.

For more information about NatureWorks, Ingeo, andcase studies in food waste diversionto compost at sports venues, visitwww.natureworksllc.com. Follow NatureWorks onTwitter (@natureworks) for the latest updates.

About NatureWorks

NatureWorks is an advanced materials company offering a broad portfolio of renewably sourced polymers and chemicals. With performance and economics that compete with oil-based materials, naturally advanced Ingeo? biomaterials are valued for their unique functional properties and used in products from coffee capsules and appliances to tea bags and 3D printing filament. NatureWorks is jointly owned by Thailand?s largest ASEAN leading integrated petrochemical and refining company, PTT Global Chemical, and Cargill, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Learn more atnatureworksllc.comand follow NatureWorks onTwitterandLinkedin.

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TVE Installs New Indoor Air Quality Technology
 
Posted: 14 Jun 2021, 9:26 pm

By Tammi Bryan

AtmosAir Solutions bi-polar ionization installed at Tacoma Dome and Greater Tacoma Convention Center to improve indoor air quality

Tacoma Venues & Events announced today that the Tacoma Dome and the Greater Tacoma Convention Center have installed AtmosAir Solutions bi-polar ionization (BPI) technology to provide an improved indoor environment in both venues.

AtmosAir Solutions BPI devices, installed in both building HVAC systems, improves wellness by

suppressing airborne and surface micro-organisms and pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and mold, and reduces odors as well as unhealthy and irritating volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The technology makes both buildings more sustainable while reducing energy and operational costs.

?This is another step in our commitment to our guests and staff as we safely return to events,? said Kim Bedier, Director for Tacoma Venues & Events. ?Combined with our GBAC Star cleaning standards, and new protocols to reduce touchpoints throughout our guest journey, our crew has developed a safe way forward in welcoming guests back for enjoyable event experiences.?

?We’re are very pleased to partner with the City of Tacoma in providing improved indoor air quality in the Tacoma Dome & Convention Center,? said Steve Levine, president and CEO of AtmosAir Solutions.

?As more people are vaccinated and entertainment venues reopen, it’s important that people know safety and wellness initiatives have been considered as a layer of protection in these venues. By adding our indoor air purification technology, those who attend future events can feel confident that both venues have taken steps to provide piece of mind for improved indoor environments.?

AtmosAir?s BPI technology also plays a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus. Tests performed by Microchem Laboratory, one of the world?s preeminent laboratories for testing sanitizing products registered by the EPA and FDA, confirmed that the presence of coronavirus was reduced by 99.92 percent within 30 minutes of exposure to AtmosAir?s BPI technology in a contained space.

The Tacoma Dome and Greater Tacoma Convention Center join a long list of venues that have installed BPI technology including: The Staples Center in Los Angeles, TD Garden in Boston, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. and US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis are some of the indoor sports facilities that also use BPI technology.

About the Tacoma Dome and Greater Tacoma Convention Center:

In addition to cleaner air, the Tacoma Venues & Events team is transforming the guest journey to reduce touchpoints at both venues including implementing a clear bag policy, cashless transactions, and mobile pay parking.

For more information about the venues? focus on guest safety, please visit the Greater Way Forward at theGreater Tacoma Convention Centerand Returning to Live Events at theTacoma Domewebsites.

About AtmosAir Solutions:

AtmosAir Solutions of Fairfield, CT is an indoor air purification company that provides clean green indoor air technology for commercial buildings, health care, hospitals, assisted living, hotels, cruise lines, universities and sports facilities. AtmosAir?s clean air technology improves wellness, makes buildings more sustainable, reduces their operational costs and its proven air purification technology is a continuous disinfectant, removing airborne and surface contaminants from indoor spaces. With more than 7,500 installations worldwide, AtmosAir Solutions patented bi-polar ionization technology suppresses airborne and surface microbials and pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and mold, and reduces odors as well as unhealthy and irritating volatile organic compounds (VOCs). More information can be found atwww.atmosair.com.

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Hawks’ Playoff Game On Sunday, May 30 At State Farm Arena Recognized As First True Certified Sporting Event In The World
 
Posted: 14 Jun 2021, 9:21 pm

By Atlanta Hawks

State Farm Arena Sets New Industry Standard for Leadership in Zero Waste with TRUE certification from Green Business Certification Inc.

ATLANTA? Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the world?s leading sustainability and health certification and credentialing body, announced that Game 4 of the Atlanta Hawks? first-round playoff series against the New York Knicks earned TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) certification. This delegation marks the first time a sporting event in the world has received TRUE for events. The game, which was sold out with 16,458 fans in attendance, took place on Sunday, May 30.

In order to become TRUE certified, an event must meet requirements from GBCI. These requirements include having a zero waste policy in place, having achieved an average of 90 percent or greater overall diversion from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment for solid, non-hazardous wastes. The event must reduce, reuse, recycle, compost and/or recover for productive use in nature or the economy, and meet all federal, state/provincial, and local solid waste and recycling laws and regulations. In addition, the project complies with all air, water and land discharge permits required for collection, handling or processing of materials and meets or exceeds through data documenting of waste diversion efforts and measurements.

?As we continue our journey in making State Farm Arena a zero-waste venue, we are grateful for our staff and fans who all worked together to earn this certification from GBCI,? said Sofi Armenakian, Director of Sustainability and Operations for the Hawks and State Farm Arena. ?We recognize how important it is for sports to create change and know this is just another way how a sports venue can contribute positively and act sustainably in their community.?

In this endeavor, the Hawks were assisted by various organizations such as the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), which aids in creating various recycling solutions for the city of Atlanta. CompostNow who provides commercial composting solutions- CompostNow enables us to compost all of our compostable service ware, cutlery and packaging. In addition, the venue activated 15 volunteers, teachers from Jonesboro Middle School, who joined for the event as zero waste volunteers. In their roles, they aided guests at the venue in the process of properly sorting to reduce contamination. Additionally, Levy Restaurants, the official food and beverage partner of the Hawks and State Farm Arena, helped in the supply chain process. Pritchard Sports & Entertainment, the team?s official housekeeping partner, also assisted operationally with the collection and sorting of all materials.

?We all want the world to be a cleaner and healthier place for future generations, and we can?t accomplish this without bringing a critical focus to waste reduction and elimination efforts. TRUE seeks to instill a more circular economy and enable businesses and organizations to address these issues head on by defining, pursuing and achieving zero waste goals for their facilities,? said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. ?Reducing the negative impacts of waste on people and the environment will require organizations of all kinds to step up and demonstrate leadership by prioritizing policies, operations and actions that dramatically reduce waste and limit resource extraction and use upstream. The Hawks and State Farm Arena?s dedication to pursuing TRUE for Events certification is truly moving us closer to becoming a zero-waste community that?s healthier for us all.?

In February 2021, Hawks and State Farm Arena successfully diverted 97 percent of fan-generated waste during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game with the help of Rubicon, a software platform that provides waste, recycling and smart city solutions to businesses and governments worldwide.

In June 2019, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced State Farm Arena, has received the LEED Gold certification. At the time, USGBC and GBCI President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam presented Hawks and State Farm Arena CEO Steve Koonin with the designation plaque during the Greenbuild Atlanta Cultivation event at the venue.

To learn more about State Farm Arena?s Sustainability efforts, visitStateFarmArena.com/Sustainability. To purchase tickets for an upcoming event at State Farm Arena, visitStateFarmArena.com.

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Philadelphia Eagles join Team Ocean
 
Posted: 10 Jun 2021, 6:02 pm

By Ocean Conservancy

The Eagles are working with Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Foundation on Seagrass and Mangrove restoration in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 8?The Philadelphia Eagles have entered into a landmark partnership with Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Foundation to offset all team travel from 2020 through seagrass and mangrove restoration efforts in Puerto Rico. As part ofTeam Ocean, this partnership merges theEagles? robust Go Greenprogram with Ocean Conservancy?s work in the world of sports, going back to their role as Ocean Partner for theMiami Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl LIV.

?The Eagles are setting an example for professional teams in the U.S. leveraging their resources to protect the environment,? said George Leonard, Chief Scientist, Ocean Conservancy. ?We couldn?t be happier they are joining Team Ocean with this work. We believe this will be a benefit to the ocean, to the community in and around Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico, and a valuable addition to the Eagles? robust environmental portfolio. Eagles fans can be proud that their team is setting the example on this critical, global issue.?

The Ocean Foundation, a partner organization of Ocean Conservancy, will handle the planning and implementation of seagrass and mangrove restoration in The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (JBNERR), a federally protected estuary located in the municipalities of Salinas and Guayama in Puerto Rico. The 1,140-hectare reserve is an intertidal tropical ecosystem dominated by seagrass meadows, coral reefs, and mangrove forests and provides sanctuary to endangered species including the brown pelican, peregrine falcon, hawksbill sea turtle, green sea turtle, several species of shark, and the West Indian manatee. Accompanying restoration projects are also taking place in Vieques.

The Eagles offset their carbon footprint in 2020, which included air and bus travel to eight road games, by a total of 385.46 tCO2e. The calculations were made by The Ocean Foundation using the travel details from the Eagles 2020 itinerary. The funding for this project is broken down the following way:

  • 80% ? Labor and supply restoration efforts
  • 10% ? Public education (workshops and trainings to build local scientific capacity)
  • 10% ? Administration and infrastructure

EDITOR?S NOTE:To download digital assets (photos and video) of seagrass and mangrove restoration efforts for media coverage purposes,please click here.Credit can be attributed to Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Foundation.

Ocean Conservancy created the Blue Playbook in 2019 as a guide for pro sports teams and leagues to take on ocean-facing actions. Investing in blue carbon restoration projects is recommended under the Carbon Pollution Pillar and is an area the Eagles have been proactively invested in.

?Our sustainability journey began with a few recycling bins in the office back in 2003 and has since grown into a multi-curriculum program that is now focused on aggressive action to protect our planet ? and this includes the ocean,? said Norman Vossschulte, Director of Fan Experience, Philadelphia Eagles. ?This next chapter with Ocean Conservancy is an exciting beginning as we face the climate crisis. We met with Ocean Conservancy in 2019 to discuss ocean-related efforts, and in the time since, have been inspired by their scientists and experts on the value of protecting our ocean. Whether you are on the Delaware River, down at the Jersey Shore, or on the other side of the planet, a healthy ocean is vital to all of us.?

?Working with Ocean Conservancy on their travel offsets over the past few years has reinforced the dedication and creativity they bring to this work and this latest dive into the world of sports and with the Eagles is more proof,? said Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation. ?We?ve been working in Jobos Bay for three years and feel like this project with the Eagles and Ocean Conservancy will bring tangible results to the ocean and also serve as inspiration for more teams to look at using their sustainability platforms for the ocean.?

Seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, and salt marshes are often the first line of defense for coastal communities. They occupy 0.1% of the seafloor, yet are responsible for 11% of the organic carbon buried in the ocean, and help mitigate the effects of ocean acidification as well as protect against storm surges and hurricanes by dissipating wave energy and can help reduce flooding and harm to coastal infrastructure. By capturing carbon dioxide and storing it in the biomass of seagrass, salt marshes, and mangrove species, the amount of excess carbon in the air is reduced, thereby lessening greenhouse gas contribution to climate change.

For every $1 invested in coastal restoration projects and restoration jobs, $15 in net economic benefit is createdfrom reviving, expanding, or increasing the health of seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, and salt marshes.

The Eagles? Go Green program has been internationally recognized for its commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly measures. In recent years, the team has earned LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council, an ISO 20121 international certification, and a GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) STAR accreditation. As part of this progressive approach to serve as proud environmental stewards in Philadelphia and beyond, the team?s award-winning Go Green program has contributed to the Eagles running a zero-waste operation fueled by 100% clean energy.

About Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today?s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visitoceanconservancy.org, or follow us onFacebook,TwitterorInstagram.

About The Ocean Foundation

The mission of The Ocean Foundation is to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. The Ocean Foundation (TOF) focuses on three main objectives: to serve donors, generate new ideas, and nurture on-the-ground implementors through facilitation of programs, fiscal sponsorship, grantmaking, research, advised funds, and capacity building for marine conservation.

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USC plans dramatic expansion of sustainability curriculum
 
Posted: 10 Jun 2021, 5:59 pm

By Gary Polakovic

Student organizers speak at a climate strike on USC?s campus, part of a growing focus on sustainability issues at USC. (Photo/Jessica Doherty, Annenberg Media)

USC is planning a major expansion of its undergraduate curriculum focused on sustainability in the coming school year to help prepare future leaders to protect the planet.

A recent survey shows USC students are overwhelmingly interested in sustainability, including ways to slow climate change and promote social equity. Similarly, President Carol L. Folt has made environmental issues atop priority. Anew sustainability planthat will guide university facilities, operations, research and education over the coming decade is due later this year.

In support, thePresidential Working Group on Sustainability, which was created by Folt, and the Office of the Provost launched the Sustainability Across the Curriculum program to teach certain basic concepts to USC undergrads. The long-term goal is to educate USC?s 20,000 undergraduate students in how sustainability intersects with their major field of study before they receive a diploma.

?Every discipline will be affected. Students in art, engineering, dance, law, you name it; they are going to encounter some aspect of sustainability. Every discipline can add perspective and solutions to sustainability, which is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity,? saidAndrew McConnell Stott, vice provost for academic programs and dean of the USC Graduate School.

Afaculty online symposiumis scheduled for 11 a.m. June 9 to help professors learn from colleagues who are adding sustainability components to existing courses as well as to explain the Sustainability Across the Curriculum grant program.

USC?s expanded sustainability curriculum builds upon existing courses

Dan Mazmanian, chairman of the working group and a professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy, says USC?s vision for sustainability education will go beyond environmental topics, such as climate change, resource depletion, food production, waste generation and biodiversity loss. He said courses will show how those issues intersect with people and societies and include topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion.

?USC?s mission is to cultivate engaged human beings who are empowered to have a positive impact on society,? saidJill Sohm, professor of environmental studies at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. ?To this end, an understanding that sustainability presents one of society?s greatest challenges is essential. We depend on healthy ecosystems for our survival, but a sustainable world will not be attainable unless benefits extend to all.?

USC?s mission is to cultivate engaged human beings who are empowered to have a positive impact on society.

Jill Sohm

Of course, USC has long offered courses in environmental science and engineering. USC Dornsife offers nine sustainability-related majors and eight minors and has been teaching the subject through entities like theUSC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studiesand theDepartment of Earth Sciencesfor decades. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers more than two dozen courses in renewable energy, climate adaptation and sustainable building design and construction, among other topics.

Last semester, a pilot project launched at USC Dornsife included six courses, involving about 300 students, augmented to teach sustainability: ?Black Social Movements? (AMST 252), ?East Asian Ethical Thought? (EALC 130), ?Advanced General Chemistry? (CHEM 115), ?Introduction to Psychology? (PSYC 100), ?Science, Technology and Social Conflict? (Sociology 210) and ?Race and Class in Los Angeles? (AMST 101). USC Dornsife proved fertile ground because its sustainability-themed majors, minors and courses made it easy for environmental science faculty to partner with other professors teaching the six courses.

Faculty symposium will provide insight into sustainability program grants

At the June 9 symposium, three new types of grants available to support the program will be discussed:

  • Integrating sustainability into existing courses. This would focus on big classes as well as courses centered on diversity, equity and inclusion. Also, faculty with sustainability expertise could partner to create course materials. Instructors of any undergraduate class may apply. Grant amounts total up to $5,000.
  • New course proposals. These would be new courses that focus on sustainability or social justice or utilize experiential learning, such as research, travel or public service. Instructors from any school are eligible. Grant amounts up to $10,000 are available to develop new course materials.
  • New minors or certificates. This category would create new minors or certificates using existing and new courses with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies. Practical, solution-focused sustainability proposals are preferred. Faculty and departments would have to launch the new programs within three years, and grant awards would vary.

Tempering expectations, Mazmanian cautioned it will take time before the Sustainability Across the Curriculum program is evident to most USC undergrads. He said achieving change for about 40% of classes ? comparable to peer universities with top sustainability education programs ? could occur by 2028.

?Scaling this up will be a heavy lift,? he said. ?We need new classes and additional faculty. This will involve coordination to achieve continuity in grading methods, assessing the competencies taught, managing the program and funding it.?

A2020 surveyshows that nearly two-thirds of USC students are very interested in sustainability. Students said they wanted to be more involved in such efforts and wanted to see the university lead on issues like clean energy, recycling and climate change. Folt often praises USC students for pressing the administration and faculty to do more to protect the planet. For example, in February USC announced it wouldcease fossil fuel investmentsand liquidate existing investments, a policy long advocated by student leaders.

Said Stott: ?USC prides itself in producing citizens who contribute proactively to the well-being of society. In the 21st century and beyond, we will need leadership that has a profound and nuanced understanding of what sustainability means and how it works in an interdisciplinary way.?

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The KB Stars Lead ESG Management Practice in Sports: First to Join the “Green Sports Alliance”, Holding an “Environmental Protection” Event
 
Posted: 4 Jun 2021, 8:00 am

By KB Stars

As part of leading the practice of ESG management in Sports, the Cheongju KB Stars (Owner: Heo In) announced that it became the first organization in Korea to join the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), in which approximately 600 global sports groups are promoting environmental actions.

Both parties are sharing the consensus on the role of sports for future generations. Based on future cooperation, they plan to prepare sustainable activities at the team operations level to enhance public awareness regarding environmental protection.

In celebration of being the first in Korea to join the GSA, the KB Stars are holding a ?Let?s Protect the Environment with the KB Stars!? event on World Environment Day (June 5). The event is intended to share and introduce to the public everyday ideas to help protect the environment. It will take place by having the participants take and upload photos of their stories, surroundings worthy of praise, etc. to social media and hashtagging the event name.

In addition, among those who participate in the event, there will be a drawing for 100 participants to be provided with specially designed pouches, tumblers, etc. The pouches are produced by upcycling the basketballs used during training and games by the KB Stars team from last season, and the items will include autographs of the team members, which will be limited-edition gifts in commemorating last season. The details of the event can be found on the official team website and social media channels.

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Meet the team tackling cycling’s garbage problem and eliminating single-use plastics
 
Posted: 3 Jun 2021, 4:08 pm

By Sadhbh O’Shea, VeloNews

Canadian women’s continental team InstaFund Racing is getting rid of its single use plastics as it aims to tackle the team’s environmental impact.

Professional cycling has a garbage problem.

The UCI has tried to address part of the issue by restricting where riders can drop their garbage and excess clothing in an effort to prevent it from littering the landscape. It has caused some controversy with the way it has been dealt with and, while well-intentioned, doesn?t tackle the issue of cycling?s use it and chuck it mentality.

One team that is trying to take control of its garbage problem is the Canadian women?s continental team InstaFund Racing. The squad, now in its third season, has set itself the big goal of going almost entirely free of single-use plastic, from June 1. It also aims to work towards having a carbon-neutral footprint from 2022.

?We want to try and show other teams this can be done without affecting performance and increasing the quality the riders? environment,? team manager Adam Korbin toldVeloNews. ?If you start to think about the single-use plastics you interact with as a cyclist, it should be minimal, to begin with, if you put a bit of thought into it.?

The idea to take a more ecologically friendly approach to race came from within the team. Reflecting on her own experience in sailing as she was preparing to leave the sport for cycling, InstaFund rider Isabella Bertold saw how it was looking to improve its environmental credentials. She started to assess what she could do and that approach has been carried into the ethos of the cycling team.

?There?s a very disposable attitude in cycling. A simple example is a water bottle gets used once and then it is thrown away when it is supposed to be reusable,? Korbin said.

?I don?t think the attitude is within the peloton but I think it is in the team structure. The practicalities of running a team don?t necessarily need to conflict with environmental goals. As in ?This is the way that things have been done and we?re going to keep doing them this way?, rather than trying to think of different ways of trying to approach problems.?

Overhauling the way an existing team operates to make it more environmentally friendly will be a big task and will take time to implement ? that?s if the team is willing to take it on. However, Korbin believes there are some quick victories to be had in the fight to limit waste and combat the use of plastic without any major effort.

?The simplest example is using beeswax wraps for your food on training rides instead of foil and zip lock bags. At some point, things will fly out of your pockets. It?s inevitable, it will happen,? he said. ?At least if it is a piece of beeswax wrap then it?s slightly better than foil and you?re also reusing that wrap, when you?re at home, multiple times. The team is also using reusable grocery shopping bags for all of the riders going forward.

?I still don?t understand why people buy 1.5 liter bottles of water in countries with potable water, and then take that bottled water and dump it into cyclists bike bottles. Safe tap water is totally fine, or have a little filter that you can put over the tap. Water quality in developing nations is another problem and that?s a problem in the world of water logistics. I?m hoping that by looking for ways to innovate in cycling that some to those ideas can translate into solving global problems.

The gel conundrum

While there are many simple changes that teams and riders can alter without having much of an impact on one?s daily life, one of the major sticking points ? quite literally ? is the packaging for gels. They are a necessity for elite cyclists and the team has looked at alternatives but has been unable to find a suitable replacement, for now.

The nature of gels ? with the complex materials used to make the wrappers and the sticky contents ? means it is very difficult to recycle through the normal channels. Not happy with just chucking them, the team has found a way of ensuring the packaging is dealt with properly but there are still plans to stop using the single-use wrappers altogether.

 

?One thing that we?re still struggling with is gel wrappers and how do you work around that because gels are ultimately race fuel. We have tried using a reusable squeeze tube but, so far, all the ones we have been able to find are too big to fit into jersey pockets,? Korbin said.

?We?re going to do our best to collect every single gel wrapper and send them off to the proper recycling. There is a programme through a company called TerraCycle where you can send your gel wrappers to them, and they will properly recycle them.?

The next few months will be a steep learning curve for the team as it tries to eradicate single-use plastics, but Korbin hopes that it will spark a change across the sport.

?Our goal is to show what is possible. We?re certainly not trying to preach, but I?m hoping other teams will look for their own ways to reduce their use of plastic. There?s not a lot of risk for us trying a lot of things. If something doesn?t work, then that?s ok. The best part about taking this on is the enthusiasm from our suppliers, they?re keen to learn and experiment along with us.

?Hopefully, larger teams will start to adopt things and hopefully we can learn from them, too, and see what works well for them and what doesn?t work.?

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11th Hour Racing Expands to Tennis as Official Sustainability Sponsor of Hall of Fame Open
 
Posted: 2 Jun 2021, 6:48 pm

June 2, 2021, NEWPORT, R.I.?11th Hour Racing announced today its sponsorship of The Hall of Fame Open, the ATP Tour tournament hosted annually at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which this year will be held July 11-18.

11th Hour Racing, a leading organization that harnesses the power of sport to promote collaborative, systemic change benefitting the health of our ocean, will serve as the tournament?s Official Sustainability Sponsor. Both the Hall of Fame Open and 11th Hour Racing are based in the coastal town of Newport, Rhode Island.

?This is an exciting, new sponsorship for 11th Hour Racing, with a lot of potential for meaningful impact. Until this point, our work has focused on sailing. However, we believe in harnessing the power of sport to create change and engage people on the critical concept that sustainable behavior on land is key to ocean restoration. There is no better place to draw this connection to the sea than in Newport, where the ocean surrounds us,? stated Rob MacMillan, co-founder and president of 11th Hour Racing.

As part of the new sponsorship, the Hall of Fame Open facilitated a review by a sustainability consultant to develop a clear plan for immediate and long-range tactics to improve the tournament?s overall environmental impact.

New initiatives being implemented at this summer?s Hall of Fame Open will include:

  • Elimination of single-use bottles, straws, and plastic bags.
  • An enhanced composting program for food and landscaping waste.
  • A sustainability charter that all caterers and on-site vendors will be required to abide by.
  • Use of recycled paper in all printed materials.
  • Use of custodial paper products made from recycled materials.
  • Use of cleaning products and hand soaps certified by Green Seal, Safer Choice, or Eco Logo.
  • Implementation of an improved and comprehensive recycling program.
  • Tracking key indicators to be utilized in sustainability initiatives in future years, such as water, electricity, and fuel usage.

In addition, a key focus of the partnership will be to communicate with tournament fans, players, and volunteers proactively about behavior changes individuals can implement at the event and at home to make a long-term positive impact on ocean health.

?As a large-scale event in a coastal community, it is the International Tennis Hall of Fame?s responsibility to our community to operate in a manner that will help sustain our ocean and environment. We are grateful for 11th Hour Racing?s sponsorship and expert guidance as to how we can improve the event?s behaviors and impact in both the short and long term,? said Todd Martin, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Open will be held July 11 ? 18 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. It is the only professional tennis tournament played on grass courts in North America. Tickets for the event are on sale now onwww.HallofFameOpen.com.


About 11th Hour Racing
11th Hour Racing works to mobilize sailing, maritime and coastal communities with an innovative approach to inspire solutions for the ocean. Driven by a philosophy of ?local solutions to global problems,? the organization connects international sailing teams with global events and utilizes these platforms to spotlight a broad portfolio of community grant projects.Learn more atwww.11thhourracing.org.

Aboutthe Hall of Fame Open

Hosted on the historic grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, the Hall of Fame Open is the only ATP Tour event played in the Northeast and the only pro tournament played on grass courts in North and South America. The 2021 tournament will be held July 11 -18, 2021. Topping off a week of exciting pro tennis, a highlight of the week will be the International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on July 17. The tournament is operated by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and proceeds directly support the organization?s efforts to preserve and promote tennis history, celebrate its greatest champions, and inspire the future of the sport. For additional information, visitwww.halloffameopen.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An exceedingly intelligent choice for meetings and events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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