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Join Us June 24 for an Expert Chat on the First Socially Distanced Show

You’re invited to join us for an expert chat with Michael S. Brown, who organized “the first-ever socially distanced concert in America.” Hosted by Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy, Michael will share his experience navigating city government, safety protocol, marketing and selling tickets for the first show since the COVID-19 pandemic began.   We’ll also reveal the most up-to-date Return Readiness Score and survey results of our ongoing research into just how thousands of Goldstar subscribers feel about returning to live...

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Reaching Audiences Beyond the Concert Hall

It's a given: Most of us are "searching for new ways to reach audiences beyond the concert hall" -- Those are the words of Madeleine Careau, CEO of the OSM (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal), as quoted in the Montreal Gazette. "For the next three years, the team from SAT [Société des arts technologiques] will spend a week each year recording OSM rehearsals and concerts to create immersive acoustic projects," reports Brendan Kelly. "The OSM already has opened a space just beside...

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The Secret That Las Vegas Has Figured Out

Chicago has plans to build a casino -- and according to reporter Chris Jones for the Chicago Tribune, "fevered debate is underway about the most desirable location for the newly authorized Chicago casino." "But these arguments are absurd," writes Jones, "the far more important question is what should be inside this still mythical Chicago casino." The answer? Live entertainment. Jones continues: "Here’s why. Gambling revenues are in decline from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut ... to the Las Vegas Strip. ......

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#MondayMotivation

#MondayMotivation: People Value Live Experiences More

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: The Value of Live Entertainment: Still Growing. The value people place on live entertainment continues to rise. I don’t understand why people in the live entertainment business obsess so much about the increased cost of delivering live entertainment and think so little about the crazy upward trend in the price the market is willing to pay. By looking back a few years,...

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Marketing

25th Anniversary of Vans Warped Tour: Kevin Lyman’s TEDxBroadway Talk

Vans Warped Tour is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a few special concert events in 2019. Three dates have been announced so far -- as well as the epic lineup. On the day the event lineup was announced, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman tweeted: Lyman shared his thoughts about Vans Warped Tour at TEDxBroadway: "When your festival is older than your customers ... " Watch it here: Read More: Are You on Pace for a Record Season?The Show...

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Remember the “Good Old Days” of the Live Entertainment Business?

You should remember them, because they're now! That's right, we're living in a Golden Age of live entertainment, and 2019 looks like an excellent environment for our industry. Let's break that down: Consumer confidence is high, people have fewer distractions with new tech gadgets than they've had in a while, and we're seeing record interest in concerts, Broadway and sports tickets. We're very much living in the Experience Economy that was first written about all the way back in...

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#MondayMotivation

#MondayMotivation: We Sing Along Because We Care

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: The Great Thing About a Live Event Is It Includes You. I had fun reading this article, in which the author complains about her recent trip to an Elton John concert. The problem was that people were singing along to Elton’s songs so much that she couldn’t even hear Elton sing. I sympathize, kinda. But not really. Because the last thing...

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Marketing

A Good Reason to Go See a Show Live

"The Album Is in Deep Trouble" exclaims the title of a recent Rolling Stone article. Author Tim Ingham reports that "sales are plummeting, and the music industry is returning to the era of track-led consumption." Jim tackles this topic in his post, The Album Is Dead. Long Live the Album, in which he also discusses why performing an album at a concert is a great idea: "It brings a coherence and a total experience to a musical performance. And while the album...

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#WednesdayWisdom

#WednesdayWisdom: Finding an Audience and Generating Revenue Is an Art

Looking for a little #WednesdayWisdom? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: The Experience Economy and Live Entertainment Entrepreneurship. Recently, I saw one of my favorite live bands, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Probably best known for their appearance in the movie Swingers back in the mid-’90s and a couple of hits from the brief swing resurgence of the same time, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has eight members, all of whom have...

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The Week That Was in Live Entertainment (Week of April 13)

A lot goes on in our world each week -- some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn't want you to miss 'em! Here She Comes: American Girl, Live: The company who brought us Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! is working on a new musical production: American Girl, Live. The Mattel-owned American Girl doll line has sold more than 30 million dolls! According to Variety,...

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