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Build a Venue … and Throw in an Ecosystem, Too

The government of Qatar and its developers are building an 86,000-seat soccer stadium to host the final game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to a CNN Tech article. And that's not all. They're building an entire city, called Lusail, on a 28-square-mile strip along the Persian Gulf.If the World Cup actually lands in Qatar, despite activists pressuring FIFA to find another location, it'll be the first Arab country to host the World Cup. If not, well, Qatar...

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Dump Disrupt, Think Build

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about how, despite the fashion for tech businesses to talk about “disrupting” their industries, that’s never made sense to me. I’ve always felt that our role at Goldstar was to grow, support and improve our industry of live entertainment and the arts.My ears perked up, then, when I saw the coverage that a Brookings Institute paper received about how American businesses are getting older and older, including this write-up by Ben Casselman...

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Festival Bubble? How Not to Be a Victim

Joe Kennedy (President Kennedy’s father) made a fortune during the depression, and he claimed that he avoided the stock market crash of 1929 with the help of his shoeshine boy. Had the shoeshine boy learned some inside scoop from one of his high-powered clients that things were about to go sour in the market? No, quite the opposite. His shoeshine boy, financial wizard that he was, had a stock tip for him: a sure winner. That, Kennedy always claimed,...

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Mobile: The Time Is … Two or Three Years Ago!

A few months ago, I did a little tour of the websites of very well-known, well-funded arts and live entertainment organizations. The point of my little tour was to find out how a representative slice of the amply funded part of the business was handling the transition to mobile use among competitors. The result, as you can read, was so-so. About half of the sites were just the regular old websites, which the user's expected to pinch down to...

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If You’re Still Not Willing to Get Serious About Getting Outside the Four Walls of Your Venue

The old-fashioned mindset of “protecting” the live experience by making it as unavailable to anybody not present in the building at the time of the event doesn’t work. What it does is prevent people from being able to participate, which prevents them from caring, which prevents them from being a fan or supporter.This isn’t a theory. The sports guys know this. Imagine a world where you could only see an NBA game live. It’s been demonstrated by the National...

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A Cultural Force That’s Bigger Than You Think, Revisited

Back in January on Selling Out, Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy stated, "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."Now, Alexis Petridis covers Las Vegas' gamble with dance music in The Guardian.Here are a few interesting excerpts from his article: "If you were looking for evidence of how EDM has taken over America, and Las Vegas in particular, you wouldn't necessarily need...

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Serenbe Playhouse’s Best Kept Secret Is Out

Serenbe Playhouse founder Brian Clowdus was chosen as a 2014 "15 under 40" Honoree by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. His accomplishment? "Serenbe Playhouse under Clowdus’ guardianship is a fierce force in Atlanta theater -- doubling audiences each season, selling out shows and winning awards like “Best Musical” by BroadwayWorld and ArtsATL for last season’s Hair.""Serenbe Playhouse has grown so much in five years, and I count my lucky stars that we are able to grow like this in a...

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Arts Thriving in the Middle of Nowhere

In this New York Times article, Siobhan Burke profiles New Yorkers Mathew Pokoik and his wife, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, who bought 114 acres in Mount Tremper (pop. 1,100) -- 10 miles west of Woodstock -- and decided to build a center for experimental performance in what Pokoik calls “the middle of nowhere.” What started as a "desire to support independent artists like themselves, mainly from New York City" has grown into "a magnet for adventurous urban artists and a devoted local...

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How to Allow “True Fans” to Buy Tickets First

In the olden days, if you wanted a ticket to a hot concert, the best way to secure one was to camp out overnight, usually outside a record store*, so as to be in line when the tickets went on sale. Sure, you got a pretty lousy ticket, but at least you got one. I never had to do this myself, but I certainly Tom Sawyer-ed a couple of my friends in high school into doing it for me.Today,...

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Orchestra Iowa Gets Creative to Stay in Business

With the recession and floods that forced them out of their concert hall, Orchestra Iowa hasn't had an easy time the past few years. But instead of closing their doors or cutting back on performances, the company is thriving and managed to balance their $3.1 million budget. How did they do it? Diana Nolan of The Gazette spoke with Orchestra Iowa's CEO Robert Massey and Music Director Timothy Hankewich. You can read the full article here, and we gathered...

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