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News & Noteworthy (Week of June 29)

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! “Philadelphia’s Tony Awards” Are Changing: The Barrymore Awards, otherwise known as “Philadelphia’s Tony Awards," are going gender-neutral, according to John Timpane for The Inquirer. Timpane explains, "Instead of a best actor and best actress, there will now be awards for best...

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News & Noteworthy (Week of June 21)

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! Wake Up Call Music Festival Goes Global: W Hotels is taking its music festival series around the world this fall. Wake Up Call will travel to Hollywood, Barcelona and Bali, with a different lineup in each city. Isis Briones reports for...

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News & Noteworthy (Week of May 24)

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! Who's Funding "Highbrow" Arts? Mike Scutari reports for Inside Philanthropy that, "While the tech monied classes may be cool to the arts, other Bay Area funders have been stepping up over the past few years." He cites The Koret Foundation; the William...

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Pricing

Would You Pay $1,000,000 For a Ticket?

It sounds almost crazy. According to TicketNews, "Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival in June offers a number of unique perks for its golden ticket" -- which costs $1,000,000. TicketNews writes: "This is the most expensive and exclusive festival pass in the world, and only a single one is up for grabs." A few of the perks include: partying in a volcano, daily pampering, horseback riding and a personal chef. This year's Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik will feature Slayer, Gucci Mane, Stormzy, Steve...

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The Week That Was in Live Entertainment (Week of April 26)

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! Welcoming New Students With Interactive Theater: What's the best way to welcome incoming college students during their orientation? The Daily Collegian reports that Dan Murphy, director of the Office of Student Orientation and Transition Programs at Penn State, thinks it’s time...

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#TBT

#TBT: Captured on Film: How to Be a Successful Arts Marketer

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Captured on Film: How to Be a Successful Arts Marketer. If you want to see how good marketing works, read up: First, You Are Your Own Marketing by doing something courageously and consistently that most people think is crazy at first. Second, You Make The Future in a Niche Market because you build a small but motivated and loyal following. Third, You Have a Meaning because instead of just being a weirdo doing something weird, you...

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Social Media

Did Going Mobile Help Break Box Office Records?

They did it again: The Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe broke box office records for their events this year, reports The Stage. And focusing on mobile may have played a big role in their success. Thom Dibdin writes, "New initiatives from the society to help promote ticket sales and the audience's ability to navigate the festival included an upgraded smartphone app for buying tickets and finding nearby shows." Jim has written about the importance of going mobile -- read more from him below: • Why Do...

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Bright Ideas

Want New Fans? Pop Up Somewhere Unexpected

Here on Goldstar, we list shows that blend science and theater, like Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science and MythBusters, which can bring new audiences to the theater. Another way to find potential new fans is to go somewhere you haven't been before. Here's an example: According to BBC News, "The World Music Festival, Womad, hosted a science pavilion this year. It's the latest attempt to reach non-scientific audiences by bridging the gap with the arts." You never know who or...

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Marketing

Country Music Festivals Are Booming … But For How Long?

Jim's post, Festival Bubble? How Not to Be a Victim, came to mind when reading Angela Bunt's SeatGeek article, The Best Country Music Festivals in 2015: Everything You Need to Know. She states: "nearly all of the festivals featured on this list are either brand new or in their infancy." In his post, Jim comments on a nicely written and revealing piece by Grayson Haver Currin about the rise and perhaps eminent fall of the summer music festival. Jim hopes to add...

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Spotlight On

Spotlight On … The Festival 2014

Here we are again discussing Food IS Entertainment. It's a topic that seems to be popping up in the news lately. People are turning their yearning for a taste for food and drink into fun and successful live entertainment. Like The Festival 2014, a beer festival focusing on "a bevy of international producers and American craft brewers seldom seen on the West Coast," according to this Los Angeles Times article. A large number of brew lovers showed up to Crafted...

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