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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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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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Consumer Sentiment Survey Results (Round One: Early May)

There are a lot of questions around when and how venues can reopen, but one of the most important is this: Are audiences ready to return to live events? In order to track their sentiments, Goldstar is conducting a survey every two weeks. You can see the results of the first survey (taken in early May) here: We’ll continue to share the results here and in our live expert chats. The next one is May 27.

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What Will It Take to Reopen Venues? Conversation With Virologist Vincent Racaniello and Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman, Pt. 2

Jim recently chatted with virologist Vincent Racaniello and Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman about reopening live entertainment venues. You can watch the full chat here, or read on for an excerpt of their conversation (which we’ll post in two parts — click here for part 1).  First, a little about Vincent: He is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and has done laboratory research on viruses since 1975, specifically influenza viruses. He also …

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What Will It Take to Reopen Venues? Conversation With Virologist Vincent Racaniello and Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman

Jim recently chatted with virologist Vincent Racaniello and Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman about reopening live entertainment venues. You can watch the full chat here, or read on for an excerpt of their conversation (which we’ll post in two parts).  First, a little about Vincent: He is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and has done laboratory research on viruses since 1975, specifically influenza viruses. He also writes a Virology Blog …

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LIVE CHAT on 4/29 — What Will it Take to Reopen? Virology and the Venue

You’re invited to a 30-minute deep dive with virologist Vincent Racaniello, Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman and Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy on Wednesday, April 29 at 3:00pm Eastern/12:00pm Pacific.  Vincent is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and has done laboratory research on viruses since 1975, specifically influenza viruses. He also writes a Virology Blog and hosts several podcasts about virology. Danny joined Pasadena Playhouse in 2016. Overseeing both the artistic and …

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#MondayMotivation: Invest More in the Things That Drive Results

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: You Can’t Cut Your Way to Greatness. When businesses and organizations reduce their costs, one of two things happens. Either they stop being able to do something useful that they previously could do, or they stop wasting resources that weren’t doing them any good. Of course, it’s more nuanced than that. Most budget cuts probably do at least a smidgeon …

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#MondayMotivation: What Does It Mean to Go Fast?

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: Clock Time vs. Calendar Time. What does it mean to go fast? To get things done quickly? To be productive with time? Does it mean moving through your tasks with Benny Hill-like speed? Does it mean, for example, moving your toothbrush up and down faster? Or, perhaps it means brushing for a fraction of the time you usually do? In the …

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PODCAST: Klaus Derendorf Talks Finding Success in Changing Times

Finding Success in Changing Times With Klaus Derendorf Having talent does not always equal success. Plenty of people have all the talent in the world, but will never make it big. So how do you find that balance between focusing on your creative talent and devoting time to the business and relationship skills you need to succeed?  This week’s guest has the answer. Klaus Derendorf is Chief Business Development Officer at VerifiR, a cloud-based marketing, sales, and authentification platform. VerifiR …

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#MondayMotivation: Hard to Use — That’s Where We Live

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: Does Our Industry Make It Harder to Buy Tickets on Purpose? Here’s the thing about live entertainment: It’s inconvenient. It’s just a fact. A potential customer has to transport her actual human body to a place other than her own sofa at a time that she doesn’t get to choose. That may sound stupid and obvious, but that’s only because it …

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