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2014 Trends: What’ll Get You Going Out More

Now that 2014 is underway, here’s what to expect more of this year.• Large-Scale, Real-Time Entertainment: Like NBC’s live performance of The Sound of Music. Blogger Deb Rox says, “Twitter has transformed everything from sporting events, awards shows, series final episodes and political debates into massive fan experiences, and audiences crave more.” She predicts we’ll see more of these events with more meaningful ways to participate.• Mockbusters: This is the second time in 10 minutes I’ve read about the made-for-TV...

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Bright Ideas

Concert Window Founder Dan Gurney at TedxBroadway 2014

If you haven’t yet heard of Concert Window, here’s the scoop: You can webcast your performance from a venue or your living room all around the world. Musicians can make extra money and gain fans worldwide, and viewers can chat with others while enjoying the best seat in the house. And you can stream or watch on your smartphone, tablet or Apple TV.There are over 100 exclusive concerts a month -- 210 shows in the next 30 days, to...

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What Reinvention Sounds Like

Slate's Mark Vanhoenacker has declared classical music "dead" in America. I'm not sure if there are other continents or republics where it's all the rage, but here in the U.S.A., it's not just in trouble. It's deceased, passed on, bereft of life.As John Cleese would say, it's an "ex-parrot."This, of course, is an exaggeration, but only technically. Both financially and in terms of cultural relevance, it's bad, and there are very few arrows pointing up.But here's my theory. Death...

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Marketing

An Unexpected Upside to Niche Programming

Programming content for a  venue has more impact than probably anything else on sales. A lot of people approach this with the assumption that it's best to appeal to more people -- as many and as broad a group as possible.Funnily enough, it often works the other way around. Narrowing the focus of your content to a group that can seem unbelievably small can be even more effective. An off-Broadway show called Craving For Travel (bit of an awkward...

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Innovation

A Cultural Force That’s Bigger Than You Think

Perry Farrell (of Jane's Addiction fame) is developing an immersive, EDM-based musical in Vegas. In addition to being a magnet for more hashtags than a NASCAR has ads (I count Vegas, musical, EDM and immersive), it's also pretty intriguing. I'd go.Keep an eye on this! The evolution and maturity of EDM (electronic dance music) as a cultural force is going to have a big impact on the world of the near future. Just as rock 'n' roll and later...

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“Frozen” Songwriter’s On Fire at TedxBroadway 2014

TEDxBroadway 2014 speaker Bobby Lopez is on fire right now! And, ironically, it’s all because of Frozen.Not only is his song “Let It Go” sweeping the nation, but the show is now destined to appear on Broadway. He must feel like Pacino in The Godfather, Part III, where as soon as his work leaves Broadway, “they keep pulling him back in!” In this case, though, it’s a very good thing!I’ve been privy to his thoughts about his TEDxBroadway talk,...

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P&L

Think Twice Before You Complain About Sales

This infographic about music sales in 2013 is designed to entertain you, but I think it needs a headline. I'll give it one now:Recorded Music Sales Shrink Again.Let's give it a subhed or two:Even Most Popular Albums Sell Relatively Few Copies. Digital Formats No Longer Growing in Sales.Remember this whenever you start feeling a little whine coming on because you're in the live entertainment business.

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Experience

The Real Battle is Getting People Out More

Stephen Wood is the executive director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the UK and though he likes the National Theatre’s NT Live broadcasts of some of its theater productions, he wants to make sure they're not a "substitute" for actually going to the theater.We cover this topic a lot. As a rule, increasing the ability for people to get access to something makes them "consume" more of it and think about it more. The bigger worry by far, as...

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Innovation

No Breakthroughs Without Risks and Failures

London seems to be leading the way in shows that very actively engage all five senses. First, there was the fireworks show, and now there are the BitterSuite symphonies.It's a classical concert that makes you smell, touch and taste things as part of the program. Lindsey Winship of The Guardian (UK) describes it like this: "The audience were blindfolded and fed different sensory experiences in parallel with the music: fizzy pop and cola bottles for the effervescent second movement...

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Bright Ideas

“Nonprofit” Doesn’t Mean You Have to Be a Financial Wreck

I would simply like to call your attention to this very strong piece, titled "Is Your Nonprofit Theater Headed for its Final Curtain Call?" by Allan Vella of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, that, despite the dire title, is not so much about an organization facing its “final curtain” as it is about some very practical, sound and concrete tips for running a nonprofit arts organization.But before I give way, I’d like to say, Allan, that I’m going to flatter myself...

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