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Hear Us…The Unsung Hero’s of Live Entertainment.

By Rebekah Foster We need help, and we need you to use your voices to let the world know about it. We are the touring crew: Production managers, tour managers, merchandise managers, accountants, lighting designers, pyro technicians, videographers, FOH engineers, monitor engineers, guitar techs, drum techs, keyboard techs, carpenters, riggers, props managers, wardrobe managers, truck…
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NOW IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE – NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL!

Editorial This Is Tour Life It comes down to good leadership, not just in tough times but all times. Don’t waste this time, don’t waste this opportunity to make a better music touring industry and lead us into the future! -TTL By now the current state of affairs has become profusely clear… The music touring…
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GREATER EFFICIENCY: THE INNER WORKINGS OF COMPRESSION DRIVERS

Posted by Keith Clark Compression drivers and the horns that comprise the horn loudspeaker system have been a part of the audio industry from the very beginning of product development in sound reinforcement systems. As is true for cone loudspeakers, most of the early development in horn loudspeakers began when sound was first put to…
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Coronavirus Might Kill The Music Industry. Maybe It Needed To Die

BY WILLIAM RALSTON Venues, festivals and musicians face a precarious future, but could Covid-19 be a catalyst for reform in an industry that seriously undervalues its artists? At around eight o’clock on the evening of 12 March, Sir Simon Rattle stepped onstage at the Berliner Philharmoniker to an eery silence. It was his homecoming performance, with…
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Shure Working With Musicians To Start Online Sound Challenge While Supporting MusiCares Foundation

By PSW Staff Performances intended to serve as inspiration and bring attention to non-profit organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund that’s also been bolstered with $100,000 donation from Shure. Shure is working with artists from a range of musical genres to re-create songs using household items and posting their performance on social media, part of an initiative that…
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Tour Tales | K.C. Jackson on Andre Harrell and Heavy D show memories, being fired onstage by Rick James, and more…

By Keith Nelson Jr “In the case of Andre Harrell, I had the privilege of working for Heavy D & The Boys on his first tour,” Jackson said. “He was instructional in grooming Hev…” Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live performances instead. For ’Tour Tales,’ we dig…
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On The Tech Tip… Crossing The Line: Don’t Overlook Point Source Approaches

By Bruce Main Considering whether point source loudspeakers might be right for the toolbox as well as the particular needs of certain applications. It wasn’t too many years ago that most shows were supported with trapezoidal point-source loudspeakers that were either horn loaded or front loaded. There were numerous touring companies providing proprietary loudspeaker systems,…
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The Tech Flex: Innovation Leading The Way To A Reopened Concert Business

By: Ryan Borba Audentes fortuna iuvat. The Latin proverb reads “Fortune Favors The Bold,” at least depending on the translation, and the concert business is no different from others in that regard. Adaptation, innovation and implementation are the name of the game and have seen this industry weather actual storms, economic crises and human tragedy.  It’s…
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The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

Edited by Steven A. Adelman For Event Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic DOWNLOAD THE EVENT SAFETY ALLIANCE REOPENING GUIDE HOW TO USE THIS REOPENING GUIDE The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide is a collective work by event industry professionals to help our peers who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This document contains…
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A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)

by Billboard Staff The coronavirus pandemic has left countless members of the music community facing an uncertain future, as festivals and tours are canceled, studio sessions are called off and business travel is restricted. To help music professionals and their loved ones navigate the crisis, Billboard has compiled a list of resources at both the national and state…
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