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What Will It Take to Reopen Venues? Conversation With Virologist Vincent Racaniello and Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman, Pt. 2

Jim recently chatted with virologist Vincent Racaniello and Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman about reopening live entertainment venues. You can watch the full chat here, or read on for an excerpt of their conversation (which we’ll post in two parts — click here for part 1).  First, a little about Vincent: He is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and has done laboratory research on viruses since 1975, specifically influenza viruses. He also...

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What Will It Take to Reopen Venues? Conversation With Virologist Vincent Racaniello and Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman

Jim recently chatted with virologist Vincent Racaniello and Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman about reopening live entertainment venues. You can watch the full chat here, or read on for an excerpt of their conversation (which we’ll post in two parts).  First, a little about Vincent: He is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and has done laboratory research on viruses since 1975, specifically influenza viruses. He also writes a Virology Blog...

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Join Wednesday’s LIVE Chat With Virologist Vincent Racaniello & Broadway Producer Arvind Ethan David

It’s going to take a lot of experts and data to answer the question “What will it take to reopen?” With that in mind, you’re invited to join us for another live chat on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:00pm Eastern / 12:00pm Pacific. There, we’ll have both: experts and data. Our CEO Jim McCarthy will share exclusive research, collected recently from thousands of Goldstar subscribers around the country, that reveals how people feel about returning to live entertainment. We’ll also have insights from Broadway producer...

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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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Live Chat Replay: Decoding the COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Did you miss our live chat Wednesday, going over the COVID-19 Stimulus Package? Our CEO Jim McCarthy chatted with Sibi Thomas, a Partner in the Nonprofit, Government & Healthcare Group at Marks Paneth LLP and an expert in accounting, auditing, tax and consulting experience in the nonprofit industry.  You can catch the replay to learn:  How independent contractors and small nonprofits can use the programs. Why applying at more than one bank may be a good idea.  What the limitations...

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PODCAST: Producing Broadway Shows With Eva Price

Starting something new -- whether that’s a career, a business or a project -- can feel scary and daunting, especially taking that first step. But what happens if you do make the leap and then fail? Do you give up?  Eva Price, this week’s guest, went through that failure when she left her job in news and started producing shows. She shares her advice, and why she thinks failing was better for her in the long run than succeeding.  Eva Price...

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PODCAST: Jennifer Ashley Tepper Talks Broadway in the Age of Social Media

It’s no secret that Jennifer Ashley Tepper is one of our favorites. Besides the fantastic work she does as: The creative and programming director at Feinstein’s/54 Below, which combines performances by Broadway’s best with a world-class dining experience. A producer of Be More Chill, which recently ended a successful Broadway run. The author of The Untold Stories of Broadway: Tales from the world’s most famous theaters (Volume 1). There’s also 4. the straight up contagious joy she has for the industry. So,...

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#MondayMotivation: Move Yourself Closer to Something Special

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: You Might Fail, So at Least Fail Up. I have a friend who is a very successful live entertainment producer. He’s a creative genius, not as an artist, but as a business person and an impresario. He sees more ways of getting people excited to be in the same building with a bunch of other people to see a...

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Inspired By — Q&A With Actor-Writer-Producer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni

As Jim has written before, “A ticket to a great show or game is not just entertainment — it’s a personal upgrade.” Seeing a live show can — and often does — inspire your own personal creativity. Here’s another interview with an inspiring, creative person from Goldstar Pulse. Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is creator and star of One Drop of Love, a solo show co-produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. She’s a spokesperson on the arts and racial identity, a...

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Why Selling Out Is So Important in Live Entertainment

In the live entertainment and arts business, selling out is urgent. It has short and long-term strategic implications for venues and producers as well as the industry overall. Partly, this is because of the financial structure of most live entertainment: The costs are almost all "fixed." That means that regardless of how many people buy tickets to a show or event, the costs to deliver that show are very nearly the same. One person could show up, or 400 could...

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