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Ready to take charge of 2021?

An image announcing the Take Charge of Your 2021 Theatremakers Challenge with pictures of the featured guests and speakers

2020 felt like a never-ending carjacking complete with offroading, plenty of bumps, and an unknown course change at every turn. Now it’s time to slide into the driver’s seat, grab the wheel and determine where you’re going next. Of course, it helps to have a like-minded community to help you navigate the best way forward — a convoy, if you will. Which is why we’re excited about the free five-day “Take Charge of Your ’21” TheaterMakers Challenge, starting January 18. …

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Innovation

The Sneaky Power of Pay-Per-View (And How You Can Harness It)

If you’ve ever seen one of those listicles online about the world’s richest athletes, you probably recognize a lot of the names, even if you don’t follow sports: LeBron James, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods.  But near the top of the most recent list is one name that’s not so well recognized, even by a lot of people who follow sports: Canelo Álvarez. He was the fourth-wealthiest athlete in the world on the Forbes 2019 list, above LeBron James, Aaron …

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What’s ahead for 2021?

As 2020 comes to a merciful end, 2021 promises more serious challenges, but also better days. That means it’s time to start thinking ahead so we can plan accordingly. So I got out my crystal ball to see what it would show me, and here’s what I see. Season by season, quarter by quarter, here’s what’s shaping up to happen, and here’s what we in the live entertainment industry need to be doing. Winter 2021. The Bottom. What’s going to …

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A few takeaways from a stellar evening

Last night’s Jagged Little Pill live reunion concert on Stellar was the closest we’ve been to a Broadway show in 10 months. Like the rest of the global audience that tuned in, we were feeling all the feels. A quick tour of social media during and after the show reinforced the trends we’ve seen since Stellar first went into beta back in August. A livestream show sells your IRL show too. In the show’s chat and on social media, viewers said they intended to see the …

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Expert Chat

Expert Chat — Jagged Little Pill Producers: Onstage to Online

Join us and Jagged Little Pill producers, Eva Price and Arvind Ethan David, for an Expert Chat on Wednesday, December 9 at 3:00pm Eastern Time. The producers behind the staggering 15 Tony Award-nominated show will be talking with Jim about how they’re making the leap to online shows as they ready the cast and crew of Jagged Little Pill for an upcoming live reunion concert streaming on Stellar. These two powerhouse producers will discuss how they’re getting people back to …

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Expert Chat: Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday and Virologist Vincent Racaniello

Please join us for a very special Expert Chat with Broadway’s original “Dreamgirl,” Jennifer Holliday and “Earth’s Virology Professor,” Dr. Vincent Racaniello. Our extraordinary guests will share insights from their unique perspectives. Jennifer will talk about how she used online events — including her birthday celebration show on Stellar — to supercharge her career, and Dr. Racaniello will bring the science and facts to update us on the race to a vaccine. Both will be happy to answer your questions! Plus, Jim will …

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Goldstar Subscribers’ Return Readiness Score for Early November

Twice a month, Goldstar is surveying its audience of live entertainment enthusiasts to see how they feel about returning to in-person events. The results are interesting! The highlights from early November are below: When asked to “describe your willingness to go out to live events” on a scale of 0-100: The average response score was 41. If venues followed strict cleaning routines and social distancing policies, that number goes up to 48 out of 100. When asked about wearing a mask to an event, …

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Expert Chat Replay: Bands, Fans & the Future of the Music Industry

This week, Jim sat down with veteran music agent Wayne Forte (Founder and President, Entourage Talent Associates, Ltd.) to talk about his work with Tedeschi Trucks Band. When the band couldn’t do their beloved annual live show, he helped them set up live broadcasts of last year’s show recordings to bring fans together and support the band and crew with ticket sales, merchandise sales, and donations. The resulting experience was amazing for all involved — interacting with fans in chat and seeing them …

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Goldstar Subscribers’ Return Readiness Score for Mid-October

Twice a month, Goldstar is surveying its audience of live entertainment enthusiasts to see how they feel about returning to in-person events. The results are interesting! The highlights from mid-October are below: When asked to “describe your willingness to go out to live events” on a scale of 0-100:  the average response score was 42. If venues followed strict cleaning routines and social distancing policies, that number goes up to 50 out of 100. When asked about wearing a mask to an event, …

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Join Our Expert Chat on Oct. 28: Bands, Fans & The Future of the Music Industry

For our next Expert Chat, Jim McCarthy is talking to music agent Wayne Forte (Founder and President, Entourage Talent Associates, Ltd.). You probably know many of the bands he represents, including Joan Armatrading, Joe Satriani, Procol Harum, Ikebe Shakedown, and Tedeschi Trucks Band (to name just a few). In fact, it’s usually at this time of year that Wayne’s overseeing the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s residency at the Beacon Theatre. With the COVID-19 shutdown, the band’s plans have changed. Wayne’s vision for …

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