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What More Can We Do?

The answer is, a lot. The live entertainment industry is made up of the smartest, heartiest, most resilient and creative people. And, we’re going to get through this — together. First, an update. As you know, we mobilized the Goldstar site and audience to support organizations like yours all over the country. We’re still getting hundreds of submissions up, and more important, we’re starting to see donations from our subscribers come in. If you haven’t listed your organization for this, …

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Whatever Happens, We’re Here to Help

As an industry, we’re facing a level of uncertainty over the next few months that doesn’t happen very often. It’s unsettling even for those of us who’ve been in the live entertainment and arts world for a while. But whatever happens, our goal is not just to help your organization and our industry get through this, but to emerge together as strong as possible, ready for the time when people can’t wait to get back out to shows, games and …

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When Doing Good Gets People’s Attention

There are many ways to give back to our communities. Donating proceeds to a charity is one way; collecting canned goods or clothes is another. Billboard reports that the Metropolitan Opera is offering a pair of free tickets per performance through the end of this month to federal government employees during the current government shutdown. Not only is this a good deed that improves the quality of life for these employees, but it’s also a great way to attract people’s …

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Italian Government Gives Teens Money to Go Out More

It sounds almost too good to be true. According to The Local, every Italian teen who turns 18 before December 31, 2016 will get €500 from the government to spend on cultural items — to buy books, concerts tickets, theater tickets, cinema tickets, museum visits and trips to the country’s national parks. The Italian government will spend €290 million on about 575,000 teenagers, but it’s money well spent. Parliamentary undersecretary Tommaso Nannicini commented: “It reminds [youngsters] how important cultural consumption …

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#TBT

#TBT: Powerlessness Corrupts

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Powerlessness Corrupts. I read that in a book by Rosabeth Moss Kanter about what happens when people in an organization begin to feel that they have no ability to influence events, or when they feel that the destiny of themselves or their organization are out of their control. (It’s also nicely summarized in this Harvard Business Review article, too.) That’s what I thought of when I read the collection …

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Why Having Diverse Sources of Funding Equals Success

This is a fascinating story from the Globe and Mail about public theater funding in Canada right now. To summarize, the total amount to be given to theater organizations has been the same for several years, so the question is how to distribute it. One theory is give it to the big guys, who’ve proven they can use it. Another theory is give it to the new guys, who need it to get going and who can bring new vitality …

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Marketing

Olympic Pretendinitis?

Anecdotally, in the early days of the Olympics, I’m seeing empty seats in Sochi as I watch, and others are pointing out the same. Somehow, the BBC is reporting a sales figure of 70% sold overall for the tickets at these games as of two weeks before the start. This compares to the 97% figure that they reported for past games in London and Vancouver at the same point. It’s a tough comparison, because London and Vancouver would have had …

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The NFL Gets It Backward

It started as a bad idea and, over the course of a generation, it didn’t age well. I’m talking about the Federal Communications Commission’s Blackout Rule, which was implemented in 1973 for the National Football League. It says a lot of things, but to sum them up if a team doesn’t sell out its stadium by 72 hours from game time, broadcasters in the local market can’t see the game. Why? To improve ticket sales, of course. I could be …

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