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Join Our Expert Chat on August 5: What Does the Future Hold for Fans?

Every live event organizer wants fans. Having an established group of enthusiastic people to fill your house, concert hall, comedy club or gin joint is considered a slam dunk or homerun, right?  That’s why we invited two incredible figures from the sports world to join our Expert Chat on Wednesday, August 5 at 3:00pm Eastern Time: LA Sparks President and COO Danita Johnson and SF Giants’ EVP Staci Slaughter. We’ll be talking about building and maintaining a fan base, even …

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Join Our Live Chat on the Future of Broadway

We all want to know when Broadway will be back, but we’re also thinking beyond the initial reopening date — to the future. And, by future, we mean 20 or even 40 years into the future of Broadway, but not just Broadway. We think some of our younger members of the TEDxBroadway community have great insight into what this future should look like. So, we hope you’ll join us Tuesday, June 30 at 4:30pm Eastern for a live chat. Register here …

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#MondayMotivation

#MondayMotivation: Are You Offering “the Usual”?

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: Is the Future of Arts About Broadcasting? Michael Kaiser of the Kennedy Center speculates in this article about the future viability of regional and medium-sized arts organizations as producers of actual live entertainment. He doesn’t directly express an opinion, but he seems to be implying that the ability to broadcast performances (like the UK’s National Theatre or the Metropolitan Opera) will basically …

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Innovation

Do You Know Where You Were … 8 Years Ago Today?

Do you know where you were … 8 years ago today? We do. We were at the first-ever TEDxBroadway conference, held Monday, January 23, 2012. That first year we asked, “What’s the Best Broadway Can Be in 20 Years?” It was a big question. And, to us, a very important question — one that was framed to deliver only positive answers. A question we got a lot when we announced this TED-like event was … “What’s a TED?” In case …

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#WednesdayWisdom

#WednesdayWisdom: The Future Is a Niche Market, Part II

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 Future Is a Niche Market, Part II. [This article was originally published in 2009.] A recent USA Today article gives a nice overview of how “non-major” sports leagues (like professional lacrosse, women’s soccer and arena football) are doing. Here’s a fairly representative snippet: “While a few big-league teams defy the economic logic of the times — take the …

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#TBT

#TBT: The Very Bright Future of the Live Entertainment Business

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: The Very Bright Future of the Live Entertainment Business. This site is devoted to bringing about the future which I believe is not only possible, but likely: the ascendancy of live entertainment as the leader in the entertainment industry overall. How can such a thing be possible? Value comes from relative supply and demand. Over the last generation, the percentage of our lives that are “real” has dropped dramatically, and seeing …

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Innovation

The Future of Opera Looks Like This

Recently, we highlighted Backstage.com’s list of seven theater companies doing immersive theater right, performing in abandoned schools, factories, hotels, even taxi cabs. This week, we have some refreshing news from the world of opera: The Huffington Post named 14 artists transforming the future of opera. From San Francisco-based “electrodiva” Pamela Z (No. 1) to Texas-based guerrilla performance artist and filmmaker Lisa E. Harris (No. 14), these avant-garde artists are adding excitement, and drawing new fans, to the genre.

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Technology

Onstage Technology Can Do More Than Just Raise the Dead

I love the fact that the technology being used to put realistic animations of deceased stars like Tupac and Sinatra onstage is based on an invention from the 19th century! This isn’t exactly new news. The Tupac thing first happened a couple years ago now, and it has not really progressed a lot since then. The market for bringing back the dead is bigger today than the technology can handle, but that won’t always be the case. We’ll be able …

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Technology

Is the Future of Arts About Broadcasting?

Michael Kaiser of the Kennedy Center speculates in this article about the future viability of regional and medium-sized arts organizations as producers of actual live entertainment. He doesn’t directly express an opinion, but he seems to be implying that the ability to broadcast performances (like the UK’s National Theatre or the Metropolitan Opera) will basically create a star effect and drive regional organizations into obsolescence. Three answers and a comment: • This will only happen if you don’t believe there’s …

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Jim on Bloomberg Talking Live Events and Mobile

Earlier today, I spent some time chatting with Carol Massar from Bloomberg TV about the future of mobile and live entertainment.

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