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Live Chat — Creating Successful Online Events With Jeremy Wein & Jay Nash

You’re invited to a 30-minute deep dive with the experts on creating successful online events. Jim McCarthy will be joined by theater producer and director Jeremy Wein and musician Jay Nash on Wednesday, April 22 at 4:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Pacific.  Jeremy is the cofounder of Play-PerView, which streams live theatrical and original content, and the founder of the New York City Podcast Festival. He’s also produced live performances including Kevin McDonald: ALIVE, Neva, and the 2011 Broadway revival of Godspell.  Jay is...

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Experience

Theaters Rethink Their Culture

We've written about theater etiquette here on Selling Out (You can see people’s biggest theater etiquette pet peeve here). It's something we all think about as people who market (and attend) live events. Last year, we covered what are known as relaxed performances, which don't frown as much on late arrivals, noise or movement. In his Guardian article, David Jays examines the rise of relaxed spaces where anything goes. Jays quotes performer and activist Jess Thom, who has Tourette syndrome: “These spaces can...

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Fresh Idea Friday: Freestyle Love Supreme

It’s the end of the week — when we share a TEDxBroadway talk from our vaults. This week’s Fresh Idea Friday features Freestyle Love Supreme and their 2014 performance from TEDxBroadway. TEDxBroadway will be returning to the New World Stages on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. As you know, we sell out every year and quickly, so we encourage you to get your tickets now! Read More: TEDxBroadway Announces Speakers Customer Commitment – The Customer Is Always Right? Edition Apps Are Dead. Long Live the App. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left;...

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Long Beach Ballet Wins 12th Annual “Nutty” Award

Long Beach Ballet has won the 12th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award! As the winner of the only award that honors live performances of the seasonal classic, Long Beach Ballet will receive a cash prize to go toward education and accessibility programs; the coveted “Nutty” statuette; and is officially named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. for 2018. This production competed in a field of more than 65 nominees to take top honors in the audience-favorite competition. “This is indeed a...

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#MondayMotivation

#MondayMotivation: Sometimes the Most Obvious Thing Is the Most Important Thing

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: Programming Decisions Should Be Reconsidered Every Couple Centuries. A lot of discussions occur about how to save classical music institutions, but I think the one that is so obvious that it almost avoids being discussed at all is content. This article makes the point that there are a handful of “Great Men,” as the author calls them, whose music...

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Marketing

Pro Tip: Marketing With Sandeep Khera

Meet Sandeep Khera Title: VP of Marketing Hometown: Cincinnati, OH Best Live Show He’s Ever Seen: “My wife and I loved seeing the Long Beach Ballet perform The Nutcracker. True to form, it was great for our kids and got the two of us into the holiday spirit!” SO: What’s the best advice you have for arts marketers as they start their 2018-19 season? SK: With a new season starting, I’d love to see arts organizers focus on building awareness early on. By doing...

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News & Noteworthy (Week of May 10)

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! Sharing Space, Orchestra Boosts Students' Performance: Eight years ago, one of Europe's best-known orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, began sharing a building with a secondary school in the northern German city of Bremen, reports Matt Pickles for BBC. "Since then the school's...

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#TBT

#TBT: The “Great Performance” and the “Better Mousetrap”

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: The "Great Performance" and the "Better Mousetrap." I'd like to share something that's been on my mind: the idea that the only thing that’s important is a “great performance.” Here’s what I have to say about that: • A "great performance" is a necessary but not sufficient condition. It’s more accurate to say that without a great performance, you’ve got nothing and no chance, but saying that all you need is a “great performance" is...

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#TBT

#TBT: The Album is Dead. Long Live the Album

Happy #TBT. In light of the fact U2 is going to tour 1987's The Joshua Tree in honor of the album's 30th anniversary, we thought we'd share this oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: The Album is Dead. Long Live the Album. The album is dead. I agree with many observers who say that the future of a collection of songs packaged up as a single commercial product pressed onto plastic or even encoded into MP3s with the expectations of significant sales is a thing...

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Experience

#Ham4Ham: What a Live DVD Extra Looks Like

Two hours before each performance of the hit Broadway show Hamilton, a huge crowd gathers outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre for a ticket lottery to try to score $10 front-row seats. These drawings have become (mini) performances of their own, known as #Ham4Ham, where anything can happen -- from three of the show's actors lip-syncing to a stage-door guy spitting almost all of Slick Rick's lyrics. Lin-Manuel ­Miranda, creator-songwriter-star of Hamilton, tweets before lunch about what to expect at the...

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