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Whitney Cummings To Host Pollstar Awards
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2020, 3:00 am
Comic Whitney Cummings will host this year's Pollstar Awards, slated to take place February 6 at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton.

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Jason Mraz, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and John Densmore, Ingrid Michaelson & More Performing At Homeward Bound Benefit Concert
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 9:21 pm
Concert producer and talent manager Jonathan Shank of Redlight Management is bringing together a dozen artists for the inaugural Homeward Bound benefit concert at Los Angeles? Wiltern to raise awareness and funding for the area?s homeless community, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity. 

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Dugan's Attorney Hits Back At Recording Academy After Ouster
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 6:13 pm

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Mixed Messages: DOJ Claims Live Nation 'Repeatedly Violated' Consent Decree, Then Extends It (Analysis)
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 12:00 pm
The U.S. Department of Justice did not mince words in its Jan. 8 ?Memorandum In Support Of Motion To Modify Final Judgment And Enter Amended Final Judgment? against the world?s largest promoter. Written by DOJ Antitrust lawyer Meagan K. Bellshaw, it stated: ?The Defendant [Live Nation] failed to live up to their end of the bargain.

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Beckon Entertainment And Romeo Entertainment Group Form BERO Entertainment Group
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 11:06 am
Beckon Entertainment and Romeo Entertainment Group announced the formation of BERO Entertainment Group earlier this week.

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George Strait, Dead & Company, Billy Strings, Caamp Thrive On LIVE75
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 9:45 am
George Strait repeats as the top touring artist of the week on LIVE75 based on a sold ticket average of 15,155 from four late-2019 arena appearances. His average gross from two-show stints in Fort Worth, Texas, and Las Vegas totals $2.9 million for a second consecutive week, so he also retains the HEAVY HITTER status on the chart.

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Sax Appeal: Gender, Jazz & New Voices at NYC's Winter Jazzfest & Congress
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 9:12 am
Welcoming and celebrating women in jazz was central to New York City's 2020 Jazz Congress and the Winter Jazzfest, which was rife with creative, inspiring and disparate sounds and this year included many female-led bands from the all-women sextet Artemis to celebrated pianist Kris Davis to star-in-the-making Lakecia Benjamin and more.

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Recording Academy Places Deborah Dugan On 'Administrative Leave' On Eve Of Grammys
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 1:14 am
The Recording Academy has placed Deborah Dugan, its president and CEO of just six months, on administrative leave following an allegation of misconduct by a senior leader at the organization.

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High Road’s Frank Riley: On Creating A ‘Beacon For Working Musicians’
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 9:30 pm
Frank Riley, High Road Touring agency?s inimitable founder, has one of the most compelling careers in the agency business. For those who value independent music outside of the monochromatic mainstream and small businesses that don?t have to do the ROI corporate shuffle, Riley has established a thriving business that is something of a model for all. Working with hallowed artists from the golden age of independent music, including The Replacements, Television, Alex Chilton, Husker Du, the Meat Puppets, Robyn Hitchcock, The dBs, Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs and The Gun Club, among others, Riley helped develop the independent touring market, with its network of indie clubs, labels and festivals, that didn?t exist when he began in the early 80s and launched his own Venture Booking. His driving ethos to fight hard for his artists has guided his success throughout. 

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Week Of 1/16/20
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 8:59 pm

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Governors Ball Unveils 10th Anniversary Lineup: Tame Impala, Missy Elliot, Flume, Vampire Weekend, Stevie Nicks Top The Bill
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 12:32 pm
New York?s Governors Ball Music Festival is celebrating 10 years this year, and it is bringing a slew of big-name artists into Randall?s Island once again.

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Stevie Nicks, Dead & Company, Lizzo, Black Crowes, More Top Jazz Fest 2020
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 12:04 pm
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced a predictably stacked lineup for its 2020 iteration, slated for April 23-May 3, on Thursday. The event's bill is topped by The Who, Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Lionel Richie, The Lumineers and the reformed Black Crowes.

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Second-Year BeachLife Festival Bringing Steve Miller Band, Counting Crows, Marley Celebration To SoCal
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 12:00 pm

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Red Light Announces Sister Company Focused On Gaming
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 9:00 am
Red Light Management has announced the formation of a sister company focused on bridging the gap between gaming, brands, and music.

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Lineup Roundup: Primavera Sound Reveals Anniversary Bill, BRITS, Sónar & Flow Festival Add Names
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 6:51 am

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Eastern Europe Wins Big At European Festival Awards 2019
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 6:05 am
As is tradition, the annual European Festival Awards kicked, off Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Holland, on Jan. 15.  Half of the trophies, if you exclude the lifetime achievement award, which had been announced prior to the ceremony, went to individuals and companies from Eastern Europe.

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CTS Eventim & O2: 'The Biggest Branding Partnership In The German Live Entertainment Industry'
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 5:51 am
CTS Eventim today announced that it entered into a multi-year branding partnership with Telefónica Deutschland and its core brand O2.

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Bon Jovi Plots Summer Arena Tour & Announces New Album
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2020, 10:00 pm
Bon Jovi announced a North American arena tour and new album on Wednesday.

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Roddy Ricch Shines Atop Elite 100
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2020, 6:04 pm
Despite a push by Justin Bieber to get his new song ?Yummy? atop the sales and streams charts, it is Roddy Rich who came in at No. 1 on the Elite 100 Artists chart Jan. 9, 2019.

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New Northwest Coalition Forms to Address Climate Change
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2020, 3:25 pm

By The Wave

Media contacts:

Jonathan Lawson, Climate Solutions (206) 931-0565

Paul West, Gnosis Media (541) 499-5951

For immediate release

New Northwest coalition forms to address climate change

More than 100 business leaders and NGOs pledge to advance ambitious sustainability goals

 

SEATTLE, WA ? On January 15, some of the biggest brands in the Northwest will form The Wave, a coalition of diverse partners who pledge to work together to tackle some of the biggest sustainability challenges the region faces. The pledge may be viewed at jointhewave.earth.

Stakeholders will launch a social media campaign to urge individuals and organizations throughout the Northwest to join the mission and become part of The Wave by signing the pledge at jointhewave.earth. By demonstrating leadership in fighting climate change, The Wave will serve as a model for the nation.

The more than 100 stakeholders of The Wave will work together to advance bold sustainability progress for the Northwest in five key areas: 100% clean energy, clean and equitable transportation, zero waste, healthy and sustainable food, and clean air and water. They represent zoos, aquariums, science and technology centers, hotels, restaurants, universities, sports teams, convention centers, airports, ski areas, venues, commissions, landmarks, the food industry, exhibitions, non-profits, and corporations.

Following the launch, The Wave will host a series of sustainability symposia, where stakeholders will share best practices, form working groups, and advance initial on-the-ground projects designed to make progress in the five key areas.

As The Wave?s pledge states, ?We cannot wait. We will not wait.?

?The impacts of climate change are happening already and causing severe impacts across the globe like the wildfires raging in Australia and that have hit the Northwest and California at historic levels in recent years,? said Gregg Small, executive director of Climate Solutions. ?The combined reach of the diverse stakeholders of The Wave hold the potential to make a major difference in reducing carbon emissions and inspiring widespread public action that can demonstrate solutions that can scale across the nation.?

In addition to their own individual work on environmental sustainability, stakeholders in The Wave pledge to share tangible resources with one another in order to accelerate and intensify their results. ?We in the Northwest are uniquely positioned to serve and lead other regions in the country,? said Justin Zeulner, executive director of The Wave. ?The culture here in the Northwest is known for its embrace of sustainability in so many areas ? not only of our precious natural habitat and resources, but also for our vision for shared community, economic vitality, and social justice. We?re naturally drawn to collaboration, and now is an ideal time to take it to the next step with this coalition.?

The Wave and its stakeholders identify five key program areas on which to focus their energies and resources:

  • 100% clean energy- make the Northwest the first region in the nation to be powered by 100% clean energy.
  • Clean and equitable transportation- promote safe, affordable, and accessible clean transportation for everyone in the Northwest.
  • Zero waste- honor the entire life cycle of materials to minimize environmental impacts and conserve natural resources.
  • Healthy and sustainable food- transition to sourcing and producing food in the Northwest that is healthier for people and the planet.
  • Clean air and water- ensure the Northwest has clean air and water for all species and all generations.

 

About The Wave

The Wave is a regional coalition who come together to accelerate environmental programs that mitigate climate change, engage youth, and strive for environmental justice. With a keen appreciation for the good work already being done by individual organizations, they recognize the need to do yet more.

Stakeholders include zoos, aquariums, science and technology centers, hotels, restaurants, universities, sports teams, convention centers, airports, ski areas, venues, commissions, landmarks, the food industry, exhibitions, non-profits, and corporations. Collectively, they reach millions of people across the Northwest every year. For a complete list, please see theWaveNW.com.

The Wave is a program of Climate Solutions, a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of accelerating clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. More information is available at climatesolutions.org

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Stakeholders available to talk with media

Tim Kuniholm

Director of Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships

Seattle Aquarium

T.Kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org

(206) 386-4345

 

Kerston Swartz

Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy

Woodland Park Zoo

206.819.7487

Kerston.Swartz@zoo.org

 

Alan Varsik

Director

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium + Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

253-404-3634

alan.varsik@pdza.org

 

Mara Mote

Sports Marketing Manager

Seattle Sports Commission

MMote@seattlesports.org

206.461.5803

 

Jeff Blosser

President and CEO

Washington State Convention Center

Jeff.Blosser@wscc.com

206-694-5010

 

Scott Cruickshank

General Manager

Metro Visitor Venues (Oregon Convention Center | Portland’5 Centers for the Arts | Portland Expo Center | Oregon Zoo)

scott.cruickshank@oregonmetro.gov

503-797-1790

 

Heather Back

Communications and Policy

Metro Visitor Venues

Heather.Back@oregonmetro.gov

503-797-1811

 

Peter McGraw

Maritime Media Officer

Port of Seattle/Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

206-787-3446

 

Kate Hudson

Aviation Communications Manager

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

206-465-7826

 

Jordan Elliott

President

Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association

208-213-6169

Jordan@pnsaa.org

 

Danielle Cobb

Marketing Communications Manager

Pacific Science Center

Send media requests to: pr@pacsci.org

 

Brian McCullough

Ph.D. Associate Professor

Management Department

Seattle University

mccullob@seattleu.edu

(408) 799-6072

 

Doug Kunnemann

Business Development Leader

NatureWorks

(404) 862-0709

Doug_Kunnemann@natureworksllc.com

 

Sarah Woods

Chief Operating Officer

Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors

sarah@ecologyoutdoors.org

(503) 680-2389

 

Gregg Small

Executive Director

Climate Solutions

206-418-8792

 

Justin Zeulner

Executive Director

The Wave

503-307-1630

 

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Patchwork Presents: Veteran Talent Buyer Dave Poe And Ineffable Music Team Up
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2020, 3:00 pm
Veteran talent buyer Dave Poe and Ineffable music have announced Patchwork Presents, a joint venture teaming up to book and promote shows across the country including overseeing talent buying at The Criterion in Oklahoma City.

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Good Harbor: Dalton Sim, Ben Levin Start New Management Company With Clients Father John Misty, Fun., Dispatch, More
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2020, 2:09 pm
Artist managers Dalton Sim and Ben Levin have started the Good Harbor artist management company, with offices in Boston, Northampton and Los Angeles and clients including Fun., Father John Misty, Dispatch, and many others.

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4xFAR Music & Adventure Festival Bringing Top Talent, Fly Fishing, Land Rover Defender & More To Coachella Valley
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2020, 12:42 pm
With all the different kinds of immersive, boutique destination events cropping up, sometimes new ideas still stand out. The recently announced (and already taking place in just a matter of weeks) 4xFAR ?Music & Adventure Festival? in California?s Coachella Valley is notably different from the typical fare, and maybe isn?t really even a music festival.

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. Among Rock Hall Inductees
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2020, 12:24 pm
Posthumous inductees Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. will lead a new class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joined by Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T-Rex.

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Monsta X Takes On North American Arenas, Theaters
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2020, 8:51 pm
Get ready K-pop fans, because a Monsta is coming! The K-pop boy group Monsta X is heading to the U.S. this summer, taking in arenas or theaters in major markets. 

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Industry Vets Cindy Watts, Leigh Ann Pigue Join Rob Beckham And Bill Simmons’ AMG Management Firm
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2020, 8:00 pm
The AMG, the Nashville-based management firm launched last May by former Fitzgerald-Hartley partner Bill Simmons and former WME Nashville partner and co-head Rob Beckham, has brought in Cindy Watts, longtime country music/celebrities reporter at the Tennessean, and Leigh Ann Pigue, formerly of Varnell Enterprises, Inc., Pollstar has learned. The AMG client roster includes headliners Brad Paisley and Chris Young, as well as Big Machine artist Payton Smith.

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Asia News: GMG Productions, Sejong Center, Queen + Adam Lambert & More
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2020, 6:40 pm

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CAA Signs Charlotte Lawrence
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2020, 3:24 pm
CAA announced the signing of Charlotte Lawrence on Tuesday. The agency will support the 19-year-old Angeleno singer-songwriter, who is signed to musician and producer Andrew Watt's Gold Tooth Records.

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Live Nation Inks Long-Term Deal To Operate LA’s Belasco Theater
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2020, 11:51 am
The Belasco Theater becomes the latest nightclub venue to join Live Nation?s expanding roster in Los Angeles with the signing of a long-term lease agreement, Live Nation announced today (Jan. 14). The venue joins The Wiltern, Hollywood Palladium, Echoplex, Echo and the Regent Theater in the company?s Clubs & Theaters portfolio.

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Brooks & Dunn Announce First Tour In 10 Years With 'Reboot 2020'
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2020, 10:05 am
Country duo and four-time Entertainer of the Year winners Brooks & Dunn will hit the road this summer for the first nationwide tour in 10 years, with the "Reboot 2020 Tour" kicking off May 15 in St. Louis and playing amphitheatres into September. 

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Fetty Wap Signs With APA For Exclusive Worldwide Representation
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2020, 9:21 am
?Trap Queen? artist Fetty Wap has signed with APA for exclusive worldwide representation, the agency reports today (Jan. 14). Alex Chaykin and Sia Aghaiepour will serve as responsible agents, while the artist will continue to be represented by attorney Navarro W. Gray and Worldwide Entertainment Inc.

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David Stern: A Tribute to a Green Sports Champion
 
Posted: 13 Jan 2020, 3:32 pm

By Allen Hershkowitz, The Sustainability Report

A week after the passing of the iconic NBA commissioner, Allen Hershkowitz remembers his leadership, foresight and empathy when the pair worked to establish the league?s pioneering sustainability initiative

In 2007, my colleagues and I at the Natural Resources Defense Council began collaborating with NBA  commissioner David Stern and members of his staff. Our goal was to create an NBA environmental initiative, which resulted in our creation of ?NBAGreen?, the league?s successful sustainability programme. David Stern was one of the first sports commissioners to speak publicly about the need for climate action.

I watched Commissioner Stern inspire and mentor an extraordinarily diverse and talented group of NBA colleagues, encouraging them all to pay attention to the environmental challenges we face. Through his support for NBAGreen and the senior leadership he assigned to lead it, David Stern helped create one of the most influential environmental projects in the world. Not just in sports: in business, and in culture as well.

David Stern was a tireless champion for environmental health and justice. He believed in sound science, and was a transformative cultural innovator, two traits that led him to leverage the influential cultural and market platform of the NBA to promote environmental literacy.

A practical idealist, David?s top eco-concern was climate change. He allocated funds a decade ago to set up a system to calculate energy use and greenhouse gases at all NBA venues and events, and he supported fan education through animation, TV,  as well as social and traditional media.

Eco-ads about energy use aired on NBATV thanks to David and he encouraged all NBA teams, venues, sponsors and fans to recycle, compost, use eco-intelligent transportation and to think about shifting to renewable energy. David also supported the greening of the NBA?s premier events, including the All-Star Game, Draft, Playoffs and Finals.

David?s view of sustainability was broad, going beyond just the environment. Words can only belittle how committed David was to inclusive racial and gender diversity and equality ? qualities that are now deeply embedded in NBA culture. He saw the need to authentically respect the evolving cultural empowerment of athletes and shifting demographics among fans. As a result, the entire NBA ecosystem is more racially and gender diverse than most leagues.

After he died, Kathy Behrens, NBA president for social responsibility and player programs, told me: ?David always made things better.? I saw that, and I saw as well that he always wanted to help. I learned much from his natural style of servant leadership.

David Stern left a visionary legacy committed to service, to humanitarian purpose. His intelligent life was marked by probity, fairness, generosity, and success by playing by the rules. He was a blessing to many, and the NBA?s growing global commitment to sustainability will forever benefit from his vision of a green and peaceful planet. I wish he had lived longer. He had so much to offer, so much good. I join thousands who send condolences to Dianne and family.

Allen Hershkowitz is the co-founder and former president of the Green Sports Alliance, the environmental science advisor to the New York Yankees, and chairman and founding director of Sport and Sustainability International

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IOC’s Plastic Game Plan For Sport to Help Sports Organization Tackle Plastic Pollution
 
Posted: 13 Jan 2020, 3:27 pm

By Olympic Games News

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THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) HAS LAUNCHED A NEW GUIDE WHICH AIMS TO HELP THE SPORTS COMMUNITY ADDRESS PLASTIC POLLUTION.

 

The guide, entitled Plastic Game Plan for Sport, was published in collaboration with UN Environment and includes contributions from World Sailing. Referencing successful examples from across the sports world, it provides guidance to event organisers on creating an effective plan to reduce plastic waste. This includes key steps such as eliminating single-use plastic items, reducing the amount of plastic used, reusing plastic items and recycling.

?Plastic pollution is one of the biggest challenges facing our environment today and sport ? like any other industry ? has an urgent responsibility to address it,? said Marie Sallois, IOC Director of Corporate and Sustainable Development. ?The IOC?s Plastic Game Plan for Sport aims to provide sports organisations, event organisers, athletes and fans with clear, step-by-step guidance on how to eliminate plastic waste from their operations and everyday lives.?

The guide?s recommendations include introducing reusable or compostable cups and tableware at events, providing water refill points, recycling bins and reducing the use of ?hidden plastic? such as merchandise, signage, branding and ticketing. In addition, the guide encourages event organisers to leverage their reach to raise awareness of plastic pollution. It also offers tips for athletes and fans on how to cut down their own plastic waste and inspire others to do the same.

In line with Olympic Agenda 2020 ? the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement ? the IOC has committed to driving sustainable practices across the International Sports Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), and the wider sports community. The IOC itself is reducing waste at its headquarters and is working with suppliers to ensure materials used at its events are sourced responsibly.

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In June 2018, the IOC joined the UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign to fight plastic pollution in the oceans, calling on the entire Olympic Movement to follow suit. Eleven IFs, four NOCs and three commercial partners have so far committed to the initiative, putting concrete measures in place to reduce plastic waste.

In September 2019, the IOC supported the Big Plastic Pledge campaign, launched by Olympic sailing champion Hannah Mills. The campaign calls on athletes and fans to reduce their use of single-use plastic. Almost 200 elite athletes have signed the pledge so far, committing to reducing plastic use in their own lives and encouraging others to do the same.

The Plastic Game Plan for Sport is the latest instalment in the IOC?s ?Sustainability Essentials? series, which provides practical guidance on key aspects of sustainability for NOCs, IFs and other sports organisations. Previous guides in the series include Introduction to sustainability, Sports for climate action and Sustainable sourcing in sport.

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No Matter Who You Root for, Sports Fans Should Be Saying “Go Green!”
 
Posted: 30 Dec 2019, 3:05 pm

By Kelley A. Martin, Impacting Our Future

The sports industry is constantly innovating to become more efficient, generate less waste, decrease energy use, and reduce its environmental footprint. Just as the games we love are fast-paced and evolving, so, too, is the sports greening movement.

As a fan, have you noticed what your favorite sports teams are doing in the sustainability space? As sports leagues and teams continue to improve their sustainability initiatives, they will motivate millions of fans to implement sustainable practices at home, work, and play via fan engagement campaigns, in-game public service announcements, athlete involvement, and stadium infrastructure.

When attending your local team?s games, have you ever been inspired to bring some of their eco-friendly practices back home? Here are three sustainability focus areas where you can take a page out of the sport industry?s playbook and bring it back to your home field.

Food for the win

Innovative food options have been finding their way into sports venues around the world. The Seattle Mariners offer toasted grasshoppers as a concession option ? edible insects have long been a sustainable global protein source and are seen by the United Nations to have positive environmental, health, and livelihood benefits over more ?traditional? protein sources.

A majority of venues are offering meatless concessions as well, offering plant-based versions of game-day staples like hotdogs and burgers ? the famous Dodger Dog now comes in a veggie version.

If you attend a San Francisco 49ers? game, you may eat vegetables and herbs grown in their own rooftop stadium garden, to the tune of 7,500 pounds of produce grown annually. The garden is part of their 27,000 square foot green roof, which also reduces heating and cooling needs in their suite tower.

Fenway Farms, which sits above the Red Sox front offices, is a garden that produces about 4,000 pounds of produce annually, assists with energy conservation via improved thermal performance, and lends to storm water amelioration.

Other venues focus on sustainable and regional sourcing. The Sacramento Kings? Golden1 Center has a ?Farm-to-Fork? philosophy that sources 90 percent of its ingredients from within a 150-mile radius of the stadium.

Several venues, including Golden1 Center, are recycling their fryer oil to be converted to biodiesel by local companies. From the kitchens of the 2019 US Open, more than 12,000 gallons of food grease were converted into biodiesel fuel!

Many venues work with local organizations to donate leftover food to those in need within the community. Super Bowl LIII collaborated with EPA-Second Helpings Atlanta to prevent more than 17,000 pounds of food from going to waste, enough to provide over 14,200 meals to those in need in the Atlanta area.

What can you do as a fan?

If it?s game day, go out of your comfort zone and try something new at the stadium ? whether it?s a plant-based or locally sourced option, support your team and the planet by trying out their sustainable offerings.

At home? Consider participating in Meatless Mondays (or going plant-based one day a week). If everyone in the United States skipped meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road!

Buying and eating local foods plays a huge role in reducing your carbon footprint, and supporting your local economy and community. It also benefits local farmers, which in turn supports soil health, conservation efforts, and local businesses.

Lastly, you can support food recovery organizations and food banks. Donate if you can or consider volunteering your time.

Racing toward zero waste

Waste is an ongoing issue in the sports industry and an area that arguably experiences the most innovation. Venues continuously seek to reduce the waste produced during events while trying to improve the gameday experience for fans. From reducing single-use plastics to implementing composting, minimizing the overall waste generated at venues remains an issue at the forefront of the sports greening movement.

The Portland Trail Blazers have a closed-loop composting system at their venue. They collect compostable materials in clearly marked bins ? including compostable serviceware ? during games and events, which is then sent to a local composting facility. The compost material is then returned to the venue where it is used for landscaping. This closed-loop system has saved the organization millions of dollars by reducing waste hauling and landfill costs.

Some sports venues have turned to biodigesters to manage their waste. Biodigesters turn food waste into energy or they decompose food waste so it?s small enough to send through the sewer. The Philadelphia Eagles? use two aerobic digesters and diverted more than 36 tons from landfill in 2018.

Single-use plastic reduction is also at the forefront of waste reduction. Hundreds of sports venues have bid farewell to plastic straws and other single-use plastics.  Many events, such as marathons, are transitioning away from single-use plastic water bottles to compostable cups at drink stations. Taking it one step further, the 2019 NHL All-Star Game featured uniforms made from upcycled marine plastic debris, incorporating sustainable innovation and storytelling.

What can you do as a fan?

Take efforts to reduce the waste you generate in your daily life by using durable goods whenever possible. Replace single-use plastic dishes, utensils, and cups with glass, metal, or ceramic options. Bring your own reusable shopping bags with you and use a refillable water bottle instead of single-use plastic ones.

Consider asking for no straw when you dine out or bring your own reusable option. Did you know that plastic straws are among the Top 10 items found during beach cleanups alongside plastic bags and cigarette butts?

Consider composting at home. Many cities offer gardening clubs and community resources to get you started. Reduce waste by placing collection bins in various places around your home and office to make recycling convenient. Use different bins that follow your city?s recycling policies so you don?t have to separate it out later.

When cleaning out your closet, consider donating items instead of throwing them out. In Europe alone, 3.1 million tons of textile waste is sent to landfills or incinerators each year, so choosing to donate them keeps them out of the landfill.

When attending a sporting event, look around for composting and recycling bins, and see what efforts the venue is making to reduce its waste. If you?d like to know more about what they?re doing, ask! Many facilities and operations staff are happy to tell you what happens behind the scenes, and typically offer tours on non-event days where you can learn more and see it in action.

Lighting the way

Sports venues are replacing existing lighting systems with LED lighting. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that if LED lamps displaced virtually all others by 2030, total annual lighting sector energy consumption in the United States would decrease by 60 percent.

Upgrading to LED lights saves money and the lights can have a life expectancy of more than 30 years (depending on the product). Yankee Stadium will reduce its energy demand by more than 16.4 million kWh ? an amount equal to reducing carbon emissions by 12,469 tons ? as a result of its LED lighting installation.

The St. Louis Cardinals updated to LED lights earlier this year and the new lighting system provides a quality of light that is 90 percent of the quality of natural light with improved uniformity, while reducing shadows and glare ? something that is crucial when trying to catch that fly ball. The stadium will benefit by seeing less labor needed to maintain the lights and there is up to a 60 percent decrease in the energy required to operate the lights.

What can you do as a fan?

If you?re inspired by sports venue LED lighting upgrades, consider replacing your home?s five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR. In doing so, you can save on your utility bills (approximately $45 each year) and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

By choosing the ENERGY STAR LED lightbulbs, you?ll be using 90 percent less energy than conventional bulbs and they?ll last 15 times longer.

Make a play

As the sports world strives toward making positive, sustainable progress in their industry, you can also make a difference in in your own home and community. Take the excitement you have for your favorite team and let it inspire you to make a positive, sustainable play where you live!

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LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park Partner with Volta to Provide Free Electric Vehicle Charging
 
Posted: 30 Dec 2019, 1:48 pm

By LA Galaxy

In conjunction with the Protect the Pitch program, which continues to lead the industry in stadium sustainability and clean energy efforts, Dignity Health Sports Park has installed 12 new Volta electric vehicle charging stations that will be available to guests free of charge at all events.

?We are extremely excited to install Volta electric vehicle charging stations at Dignity Health Sports Park,? said General Manager Katie Pandolfo. ?We continue to prioritize creating the most sustainable stadium and aligning with Volta is an opportunity that will impact those efforts greatly.?

Volta designs electric vehicle charging networks for forward-thinking businesses seeking to provide seamless, simple and free charging. The company leverages machine learning, and artificial intelligence to predict the number of stations and charging speeds needed to match customer visit times. Volta designed Dignity Health Sports Park?s charging network as a foundation for further expansion to match the park?s rising electric vehicle demands. Projecting out based on the average Volta station impact in Los Angeles, Dignity Health Sport Park?s 12 stations will offset an estimated 250,000 pounds of CO2annually.

?We are proud to partner with Dignity Health Sports Park as their provider of electric vehicle charging services. They are leading their industry in sustainability,? said Scott Mercer, Founder and CEO, Volta. ?Adding Volta charging to their property will expand their lead by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in their community. We look forward to scaling their charging network as their volume of electric vehicles continue to grow.?

The LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park have launched numerous sustainability efforts to reduce carbon footprint and become more sustainable through the Protect the Pitch initiative. Dignity Health Sports Park?s partnership with Volta is a perfect complement to the club?s Protect the Pitch sustainability initiative.

This year, the LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park were nominated for The StadiumBusiness Awards 2019 for the Sustainability & Community Award for their efforts behind Protect the Pitch.

All Dignity Health Sports Park/LA Galaxy Protect the Pitch Initiatives

In-House Resources

  • Inside the Galaxy Garden, Dignity Health Sports Park houses chickens in a dedicated chicken coop on site to produce eggs that are used on site for staff and players.
  • A greenhouse and garden at Dignity Health Sports Park produces numerous types of vegetables that provide food for tenants of Dignity Health Sports Park.
  • Dignity Health Sports Park is home to four separate beehives that produce over 800 pounds of honey per year.

Energy

  • Motion sensors throughout the facilities save energy by ensuring lights stay off when no one is using them.
  • New and upgraded LED lights less 60 percent less energy than the lighting array it replaced.
    • Dignity Health Sports Park is the only soccer-specific MLS stadium to utilize LED stadium lights.
  • Dignity Health Sports Park uses 1-megawatt of Tesla batteries, allowing the venue to manage energy usage in a more responsible and environmentally friendly way.

Water

  • The LA Galaxy use recycled water to irrigate fields at Dignity Health Sports Park, reducing potable water use by 33%.
  • Dignity Health Sports Park uses waterless urinals, low-flow toilets, and faucet aerators to reduce water use in our restrooms.
  • LA Galaxy train employees to help minimize water use when cleaning up the stadium.

Waste and Recycling

  • LA Galaxy partner with Copia? to utilize unused and excess food on game days at Dignity Health Sports Park to be donated to those in need in the Los Angeles community.
  • LA Galaxy capture bottles, cans, cups, cardboard, paper, and more through our recycling program
  • Dignity Health Sports Park became the first soccer-specific stadium in the country to offer paper straws upon request to minimize plastic straw pollution.
  • Our composting program sends grass clippings from our fields to a local nursery and brings them back on-site as mulch.
  • Have irrigated fields and landscaping with recycled water since opening in 2003.

Community

  • The LA Galaxy Foundation and Herbalife Nutrition team up to make an impact in the local community by expanding Garden School Foundation?s (GSF) Seed to Table School Program to Annalee Elementary School and Leapwood Ave. Elementary in Carson.
  • The LA Galaxy open their doors at Dignity Health Sports Park to local elementary students by offering tours of the stadium?s on-side garden and chicken coop, in addition to providing other resources throughout the year.
  • LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park employees volunteer to help keep our community healthy through numerous initiatives, including planting trees and cleaning up beaches.
  • The LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park partner with local nonprofits to organize annual events for Earth Hour, Earth Day, California Clean Air Day and America Recycles Day.

Transportation

  • Dignity Health Sports Park features on-site bike racks to make it easier for Galaxy fans to bike to the game.
  • LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park provide the Galaxy Express service to offer fans free non-stop shuttles to and from Dignity Health Sports Park for every LA Galaxy home match.
    • The Galaxy Express can be utilized in two separate locations and operate approximately every 10 minutes.

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Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational Achieves World-First Recognition in its First Year
 
Posted: 30 Dec 2019, 1:43 pm

By LPGA

MIDLAND, Mich. (December 19, 2019) ? The 2019 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Dow GLBI) recently was named a GEO Certified® Tournament, designating it as the first-ever professional golf tournament to receive this recognition during its first year of operation and the first event on the LPGA Tour to be fully certified. The certification, awarded by the Scotland-based GEO Foundation (GEO), is an internationally recognized award for sustainability in golf.

To become GEO Certified®, the Dow GLBI ? the only team event on the LPGA Tour ? executed the first year of a 5-year sustainability strategy that is designed to balance environmental impacts, conserve natural resources and benefit the local community. In addition to the thorough review conducted by GEO, a third-party verification was carried out by the Council for Responsible Sport, the official verification body for the GEO Certified Tournaments in North America.

To earn certification, the Dow GLBI achieved a total of 45 out of 55 points across six categories ? planning & communications, site protection, procurement, resource management, access & equity and community legacy.

?The certification process is rigorous and comprehensive, and we are thrilled to achieve this world-first designation for women?s golf during our first year of operating this event,? said Chris Chandler, executive director of the Dow GLBI. ?By working in partnership with GEO Foundation and many local partners, we will continue to push the boundaries on environmental sustainability and community value at our future events, with the goal of enriching the Great Lakes Bay Region community and educating and inspiring others.?

Highlights from the 2019 event include:

68 percent of waste generated during the Dow GLBI was recycled or reused, with major efforts to avoid single use materials and to pioneer recycling of bulk materials such as banners and wraps.

More than 1,000 pounds of unused prepared food was donated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, a nonprofit organization that distributes food through a network of hunger relief partners in 22 counties.

5,500+ students were introduced to the First Tee?s golf and life skills curriculum, and 600+ children attended The First Tee Junior Clinic at the Currie Golf Course.

More than 1,450 individuals recorded 28,214,989 total steps as part of the #TeamUp and Step Up for Healthy Living Challenge.

36 local non-profits received a total of $200,000 as a result of the #TeamUp for the GLBR program, in which non-profits were paired with teams of LPGA players and had the chance to earn additional contributions based on how the LPGA teams finished in competition.

Scoping and calculating the comprehensive baseline carbon footprint for the event

The United Nations? 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that sport can be an important enabler of sustainable development and can contribute to health, education and social inclusion objectives. Through its partnership with GEO Foundation, Dow, as the tournament sponsor, seeks to share its experience and inspire other organizers to forge collaborations that will help maximize the positive environmental, economic and social impacts of their sporting events, according to Dr. Anastasia Behr, technology & sustainability leader from Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions.

?Our vision has been to host a tournament that benefits and engages the Great Lakes Bay Region locally and helps set a benchmark in sustainability for other golf tournaments and their commercial partners on the LPGA Tour,? said Behr, who is the Dow GLBI?s sustainability advisor. ?This aligns with one of Dow?s 2025 Sustainability Goals, in which we are collaborating with like-minded partners to develop sustainable blueprints that will advance the well-being of people and the planet.?

To achieve GEO certification, the organizers must complete a robust, custom-built program for golf tournaments that includes document and evidence submission, a third-party verification carried out by the Council for Responsible Sport, a thorough review by GEO, and agreement to Continual Improvement Points for future tournaments.

?This achievement is the result of a tremendous team effort – led by the golf and sustainability groups in the Dow Corporation, well supported by Octagon and backed up with active participation from Midland Country Club,? said Jonathan Smith, executive director of the GEO Foundation. ?Together they have put in place long term vision, strategy and policies, taken immediate action, and delivered meaningful results in the first year of the event. This is a great example of how, with the right attitude and approach, all golf tournaments can accelerate their work to reduce resource consumption, waste and climate impacts, working to ensure the tournament delivers net positive benefits to people and the environment. We have no doubt this will be a model and catalyst for other golf events on the LPGA and more widely.”

In addition to the Dow GLBI being named a GEO Certified® Tournament, the Midland Country Club, which hosts the tournament, achieved the widely endorsed and accredited GEO Certified® eco-label in June 2019 for its own commitment and action in fostering nature, conserving resources and supporting the community.

The full Dow GLBI GEO Certified® report can be found online at: https://bit.ly/2Z3YyB2

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Women in Sport Movement Gathers Pace with Key Milestones Achieved in 2019
 
Posted: 30 Dec 2019, 1:41 pm

By The Irish Times

Katie Taylor celebrates following her WBO Women?s Super-Lightweight World title fight against Christina Linardatou at the Manchester Arena. For the third year in a row, Taylor was named Ireland?s most admired sports star. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Women in sport has been a very hot topic in Ireland throughout 2019, and really for the latter half of this decade.

This conversation has run parallel with the cultural change movements that have dominated mindsets and news agendas, from the sustainability and climate change agenda to the search for stronger corporate purpose and values, to the wider debate around gender equality and women in business. Women in sport, and increasing the investment in, respect for, coverage of and participation in, is very much aligned to these wider conversations.

In 2019, we have seen significant milestones. Media outlets have spent significant budget on purchasing rights to female events and ensured female analysts are included in their teams for both male and female sports events. Sport for business continues to drive the agenda when it comes to women in the business of sport, The Irish Times has a page dedicated every week to women?s sport, while Cliona Foley and Newstalk have the Off the Bench podcast. All of this is contributing to this momentum. It is this ?positive discrimination? that continues to make a difference.

The pace of change has been swift, aided somewhat by an enlightened societal acceptance that this is the right thing to do and aided by advances in technology and bolstered by the fact that it now makes commercial sense.

Momentum

The momentum around the women in sport movement was particularly evident with the launch of the Sport Ireland Women in Sport policy last March. This is underpinned by two years of extensive research and provides a long-term, sustainable plan for women in sport that is designed to deliver tangible improvements across four pillars: coaching and officiating, active participation, leadership and governance, and visibility. This policy has the support, structure and Government funding to ensure a significant difference can, and will, be made.

When it comes to women in sport in Ireland, the picture is certainly more positive than it has been in previous years but the reality is that this is still a somewhat confused and contradictory picture.

The Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index (TSSI) is a 1,000-person nationally representative survey that examines the Irish general public?s attitudes towards sport. This is the 10th year of the report and second year that the survey has had an extra specific focus on women in sport. The results demonstrate that while progress is certainly being made, there is still a road to travel.

It is not surprising that the perception of the majority of those surveyed (73 per cent) is that more is being done in the media to actively profile women?s sport this year than ever before.

A good example of this standout media coverage in 2019 was a televisual first for Ireland when RTÉ and TG4 teamed up to show all games of the 2019 Fifa Women?s World Cup last summer.

This was a real statement of intent by the national broadcaster. The decision to show this tournament was very much justified through the audience figures (an average of 83,700 per game with a peak of 265,000 during the final) and demonstrates the appetite among the Irish public to consume top-class sporting action regardless of the gender.

Encouraging

Despite the perception that more is being done, only a quarter (25 per cent) of those surveyed said that female sport receives enough coverage. But the dial is moving in the right direction as this is up from 19 per cent in 2018.

With the opportunities to watch women?s sport on TV or online at an all-time high, it is encouraging, yet expected, to see an increase in the numbers who tuned in going from 41 per cent in 2018 to 45 per cent this year. With so much choice on our screens, these people do not have to watch female sports, but choose to do so.

However, half (53 per cent) of our population say women?s sport still does not get enough media coverage. I would argue that these people need to act on their words by consuming it at every opportunity which does not seem to be the case based on these results.

Another major contradiction with the women in sport movement remains those who actually attend female sporting events. In 2018, 13 per cent of people said they had attended a women?s sporting event but this year it has dipped to 11 per cent. For context, 34 per cent of those surveyed said they had attended a sports event of any kind, male or female.

Given that 2019 was a year where the opportunities to attend a female sporting event was also at an all-time high (there was another record-breaking year when it comes to women?s Gaelic football and camogie finals, there was a ?first? in a crowd of 10,886 attending the women?s football semi-finals, a record crowd of 5,328 saw the Irish women?s soccer team beat the Ukraine in Tallaght, and Energia Park saw the Irish women?s hockey team qualify for the Olympics in front of another record crowd), it is concerning that those who attended a female sporting event did not increase. It may well be the case that a loyal cohort is supporting female sports codes but it has yet to break out into mass audience fan base.

This shows that while strides are being made, it remains the case that in order to keep the momentum going it is the responsibility of all involved to ensure that women?s sporting fixtures are readily accessible and attractive for people to attend. Irish sports fans need to make the effort to get out and go to these events.

A generational thing

It has been said that ?it?s a generational thing? when it comes to parity of women?s sport, with the inference being that the older generations don?t have as much interest. The findings of this research tell a different story and show that there is a balanced interest across the age groups.

Those in the 55-plus age group lead the way (50 per cent) when it comes to tuning in on TV or online in 2019 while those aged 45 – 54 lead the way (17 per cent) with the 18-24-year olds for attending matches.

It is also worth noting that when it comes to both watching and attending female sports events that Irish men score higher than women in almost every category. Men still prefer to watch, attend and play sport but the gap is closing.

Equally, I believe that the argument that young girls do not have, or are not aware of, female sporting role models is no longer valid. According to the TSSI, Katie Taylor is Ireland?s most admired sports star for the third year running and the Irish women?s hockey team were joint first with the Dublin senior men?s football team when it came to team of the year.

The 20×20 campaign and initiatives such as the ?She Can? colouring book, along with initiatives from governing bodies and sponsors, have certainly delivered in profiling elite female athletes to a younger cohort.

Eighty per cent of females aged 18 – 24 say that they believe there has been more media coverage of female sports in 2019 than in previous years.

If the rate of progress remains at the pace it has been at this year then I believe that the younger generation, those aged 5 – 15, will simply watch or go to ?a match? and have sporting heroes without any gender differentiation. The argument ?if you cannot see it, you cannot be it?, may never apply to young girls who will now grow up watching elite female sports. This battle for exposure is being won. Complacency is the only enemy.

Crucially, sponsors now understand the value to be had with women?s sport. Not a week goes by whereby our sponsorship team isn?t asked to recommend a female sports sponsorship to a client. Leading sports administrators now see female sports codes and their success as critical to financial success.

We now need to move our focus to two specific areas for the coming decade; the first being to feed the ever-increasing appetite of Irish people to watch and attend female sporting events and the second, in order to ensure a sustainable difference is made, is to increase the number of females in leadership positions in sport in Ireland. This allied, to the ever-increasing range and quality now on show in female sports codes, with increased commercial investment, will ensure the product gets even more attractive to watch and better promoted.

Wouldn?t it be great if ?positive discrimination? and a lobby for more coverage were no longer needed in 2029? I believe this will be the case.

The train has left the station. Full steam ahead.

HOW WOMEN VIEW SPORT IN 2019

Favourite sport
1. Gaelic Games 19%
2. No favourite sport 18%
3. Walking 15%
4. Swimming 9%
5. Rugby 8%
6. Soccer 7%
7. Tennis 5%
8. Athletics 4%
9. Golf/Horse Racing 3%
10. Cycling/Ladies Gaelic Football/Other 2%

Greatest sporting achievement of 2019
1. Katie Taylor becoming a two-weight world champion 24%
2. Irish Women?s Hockey Team qualify for Tokyo 13%
3. Shane Lowry wins The Open 11%
4. Dublin footballers win five-in-a-row 9%
5. Tipperary Hurlers win the All-Ireland 7%
6. Paul O?Donovan and Fintan McCarthy win gold at World Rowing Championships 6%
7. Ireland win the U20 Six Nations 5%
8. Rhys McClenaghan wins bronze at Gymnastics World Championships/Galway win camogie All-Ireland 4%
9. All tied on 2%
a. Dundalk winning the League of Ireland Premier Division
b. Dublin ladies footballers win three-in-a-row
c. Al Boum and Willie Mullins win first Gold Cup at Cheltenham
d. Tiger Roll becomes first horse since Red Rum to win back to back Aintree Grand Nationals
e. Sanita Puspure wins gold at World Rowing Championships
f. Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal win World Para Cycling Championships

Most memorable Irish sporting moment of 2019
1. Katie Taylor defeats Christina Linardatou 35%
2. Shane Lowry?s walk up the last fairway at The Open 27%
3. Róisín Upton scores the winning penalty with a broken wrist for Ireland to qualify for Tokyo 2020 11%
4. Seamus Callanan scores in the All-Ireland final, meaning he scored a goal in every c?ship game 5%
5. All tied on 4%
a. Wexford winning the Leinster championship
b. Rhys McClenaghan winning World Championship bronze
c. Tiger Roll winning back to back Aintree Grand Nationals

Team of the Year
1. Ireland Senior Women?s Hockey team 33%
2. Dublin Senior Men?s Football team 17%
3. Ireland Rugby u20s team 14%
4. Dublin Senior Ladies Football team 10%
5. Tipperary Senior Hurling team 9%
6. Ireland men?s rowing team 8%
7. Galway Senior Camogie Team 6%
8. Dundalk FC 3%

Most anticipated sporting event of 2020
1. Tokyo Olympics 2020 28%
2. Six Nations/All Ireland Hurling Championship 13%
3. Euro 2020 10%
4. All-Ireland Football Championship 8%
5. Cheltenham/Ryder Cup 6%
6. Tokyo Paralympics 2020/2020 Irish Open 4%
7. All Ireland Ladies Gaelic Football Championship 3%

Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index 2019

Nationwide Female-only Statistics

 

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FIFA Forward Fosters More Green and Sustainable Football Infrastructures Worldwide
 
Posted: 30 Dec 2019, 1:37 pm

By FIFA.com Who We Are

  • From 9 to 10 December 2019, a two-day FIFA Forward Green building and sustainable workshop took place at FIFA Headquarters
  • Sustainable construction best practices were shared to build green and eco-friendly sports infrastructures responding to the most recent international standards
  • How to implement sustainable technical centres, community pitches and headquarters were subjects more specifically shared with the participants

In order to avoid impacting the social, economic and ecological processes related to human equity, diversity, and the functionality of natural systems and environment, FIFA has taken the initiative to support its 211 MAs to build highly innovative and long-lasting sustainable sport infrastructures. To emphasise this necessary direction, a two-day workshop took place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich from 9 to 10 December 2019, gathering high level experts representing many different regions of the world (Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe) who provided insightful presentations, and several FIFA specialists in connection with the different topics.

Representatives of the international sports organisation such as the member associations division, tournament infrastructures, sustainability and diversity, high performance programme, football research and standards, and lastly, procurement, were also attending the workshop to support the participants and share their knowledge on the different modules highlighted. In addition, essential tools that can be used to complete the tender processes and will help the participants to develop their future pilot projects were also shared.

FIFA Forward fosters more green and sustainable football infrastructures worldwide

Representing FIFA?s member associations division, Véron Mosengo-Omba highlighted the importance of organising such initiatives: ?FIFA took the opportunity to reflect deeply on its responsibility towards the sustainable development of all FIFA Forward-funded infrastructure projects. So far, these working groups have proven to be very fruitful in this regard. ?

Bosco Büeler, co-founder and member of the European & Global Network Ecobiology (ECOHB), highlighted essential key aspects with the attendees: ?Incorporating more sustainability into the development of stadiums and in every FIFA Forward infrastructure project is a new challenge. On the other hand, it represents a tremendous opportunity for the organisation to lead by example towards a successful and sustainable future without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.?

Also attending the event, Wayne Forde – president of the Guyana Football Federation – seized the opportunity to show his support and commitment: ?I am extremely proud to be part of a global leading organisation that embraces its obligation to adapt to environmental values and sustainable best practices, it clearly stands out to build and improve every existing football infrastructure across OUR planet.?

By developing more sustainable infrastructures worldwide, FIFA through its development programme, is taking the lead to ensure football development leaves a long-lasting impact and legacy for everyone.

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ASB Classic to Cover Carbon Emissions for Travelling Superstars
 
Posted: 26 Dec 2019, 1:16 pm

By NZ Herald

Serena Williams during the ASB Classic WTA Womens Tournament in 2017.  Photo: Chris Symes / www.photosport.nz

The ASB Classic will offset carbon emissions for the flights of all players, support staff and officials heading to Auckland for next year’s tournaments.

With the ongoing drive towards sustainability and heightened environmental awareness, it was probably a natural step for the event, but it’s a welcome one.

Tennis is one of the world’s truly global sports, with tournaments in every corner of the world.

During the year the sport resembles a travelling circus, as most weeks players, coaches, support staff and tournament officials are in a different city, especially at the elite levels.

Serena Williams, who has won 23 grand slam titles in a storied career, typically travels with a large entourage while other big names coming to Auckland next year include Caroline Wozniacki, Daniil Medvedev and current US Open champion and world No 5 Bianca Andreescu.

Around 200 people will fly into Auckland for the tournament fortnight.

Aside from players and their support teams, there are ATP and WTA operations staff, umpires and line judges and other event officials.

Tournament sponsor ASB is taking the first step towards making the event more eco-friendly, by offsetting the carbon emissions from all those trips.

They are also working with Tennis Auckland to implement a sustainability plan, with the long term aim of having no single use plastic and no landfill waste by 2022, among other environmental measures.

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11th Hour Racing Awards 12 New Grants to Address Environmental Challenges of Coastal Communities Around World
 
Posted: 26 Dec 2019, 12:55 pm

By 11th Hour Racing News

Continuing its work with coastal communities around the world to restore ocean health, 11th Hour Racing announced today a dozen new global grants to organizations that are addressing sea-level rise, habitat loss, science education for underserved students and plastics pollution.

11th Hour Racing awarded $473K in grants, funded by The Schmidt Family Foundation, to projects in Argentina, France, Kenya, the U.K. and the U.S. This latest round of grants brings the total of new grants for 2019 to $1.7 million. The funding will support the work of these organizations to advance the following four areas that serve as catalysts to improve ocean health:

  • Reducing plastic pollution
  • Advancing clean technologies and best practices
  • Tackling water quality and climate change through ecosystem restoration
  • Fostering ocean literacy and stewardship

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Reducing plastic pollution / Advancing clean technologies and best practices

  • Clean Water Fund (Providence, R.I., U.S.) will partner with restaurants in Rhode Island to replace single-use plastic with sustainable alternatives.
  • The Final Straw Solent (Hampshire, U.K.) will engage 700 local businesses and organizations in its efforts to reduce plastic pollution and promote sustainability.
  • Unplastify (Buenos Aires, Argentina) will challenge youth from 15 sailing centers in the country to design an action plan for eliminating single-use plastics from their facilities.

Tackling water quality and climate change through ecosystem restoration

  • Save The Bay (Providence, R.I., U.S.) will expand its Narragansett Bay pollution prevention education and enlarge its salt marsh adaptation initiatives throughout the state.
  • Seacology (Berkeley, Calif., U.S.) will collaborate with residents of Giriama (Robinson) Island, Kenya to replant and protect 200 acres of mangroves while providing the community with access to clean water.

Fostering ocean literacy and stewardship

  • Baltimore County Sailing Center (Baltimore, Md., U.S.) will educate 50 children from two homeless shelters in Baltimore in STEM education through on-the-water activities.
  • Community Boating Center (Providence, R.I., U.S.) will offer week-long STEM education for students from Providence Public Schools.
  • Courageous Sailing (Boston, Mass., U.S.) will provide on-water STEM education focused on marine debris, waste management, composting, climate change and endangered species.
  • EXPLORE (Concarneau, France) will develop 12 hands-on educational toolkits for students ages 6 to 23.
  • Hudson River Community Sailing (New York, N.Y., U.S.) will provide hands-on STEM and sailing education to middle school students from underserved schools in New York City.
  • Muséum National d?Histoire Naturelle, Station Marine de Concarneau (Concarneau, France) will expand its public marine education offerings at the Marinarium and nearby beaches.
  • Ocean Discovery Institute (San Diego, Calif., U.S.) will engage 120 students from low-income middle and high schools in first-hand research, mentoring and weekly academic support.

?These grantees represent a varied scope of projects and locations, allowing us to support and foster ocean conservation in diverse communities,? said Michelle Carnevale, 11th Hour Racing?s Grant Program Director. ?While each grant has a unique scope, the overall themes are integrated to advance systemic change — empowering individuals to take action on the climate crisis and to restore their coastlines, enabling students to learn science through hands-on education in the natural environment, and reducing plastic pollution by stopping it at the source through clean technologies and proven best practices.?

The first deadline to submit an application for a 2020 grant from 11th Hour Racing is Jan. 31, 2020. Click here to learn more about 11th Hour Racing?s grantmaking strategy.

Combining sport and philanthropy, 11th Hour Racing works to mobilize sailing, maritime and coastal communities to create systemic change and restore ocean health. Driven by a philosophy of ?think global, act local,? the organization connects international sailing team sponsorships with global events and utilizes these large platforms to spotlight grant projects led by community organizations. For more information, visit 11thhourracing.org.

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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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