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COVID-19 ROCU Concert Tour Personnel Relief Fund

The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be the most devastating challenge ever to face the live music industry and the creative community as a whole. With thousands of tours across the globe having already been cancelled, along with an increasing number of music festivals in this time of unprecedented uncertainty, the future of the music…
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Hear At Last: A History Of Stage Monitoring

December 5, 2019  Becky Pell Key steps in the early days and milestones to where we are today It’s inconceivable nowadays that a band would perform a live show without stage monitors, but in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, that’s exactly what used to happen. In the early 1960s, sound systems were very…
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Lighting and staging professionals are invited to attend The NAMM Show.

Lighting and staging professionals are invited to attend The NAMM Show. Register now to earn free ETCP renewal credits, and gain access to 7,000+ brands, 300+ education sessions and 150+ special events. Use promo code PLSN20NAMM for a special badge rate. Register Now FEATURED EDUCATION SESSIONS 10 Years of Spectacular Creativity at Silent HouseCory Fitzgerald, Baz Halpin, Tamlyn Wright, Alex Reardon Making…
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Tour Manager David ‘5-1’ Norman and Production Specialist Gabi Parra Launch New Tour Consulting Startup

FOH Staff • NewsOn the Move • December 3, 2019 ON THE MOVE – SPONSORED BY  Tour Forensics logo Tour and production managers David ‘5-1’ Norman and Gabi Parra have teamed up to form a new tour consulting firm, Tour Forensics. Norman and Parra, who are based in Atlanta and New York, bring a wealth…
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Live Production Summit

January 23-25 2020 The Live Production Summit was founded on principles that made its predecessor, the Tour Link Pro Conference, a force within the industry… an event where experienced and developing live production personnel and businesses connect to one another and to opportunities… where businesses and partnerships form and launch… an event where all can…
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Tom DeWille, Founder of Pyrotechnics company Luna Tech, killed.

Tom DeWille, whose pyrotechnics sparked an explosive music scene, killed in Cullman County. by: Drew TaylorPosted: Oct 23, 2019 / 08:49 AM GMT-0500/ Updated: Oct 23, 2019 / 09:01 AM GMT-0500 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Peter “Pyro Pete” Cappadocia has no plans of flaming out anytime soon. Working as a pyrotechnician for the last four decades, Cappadocia has traveled…
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Roadies Of Color United 10th Anniversary Celebration

Save The Date February 7th, 8th and 9th 2020. We will be celebrating our Roadies Of Color United 10th Anniversary at the Marriott Evergreen Resort 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083 USA. Special Group hotel room rates via the link below for a limited time to our members planning to attend from out of…
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Eye On Efficiency: What I Learned Running A PA Company An overview of management strategies leading to better events, inventory control, and bottom lines.

By Ike Zimbel • July 30, 2019 In October of 1991, I left my job as a maintenance technician in a large recording studio complex for a position as senior manager of a large sound, lighting and staging company. It wasn’t a total leap as I’d worked for the same company in the early 1980s both as a…
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The Impact That Acoustics Can Have On Sound In Any Room

By Pat Brown • July 22, 2019 For most humans, there is nothing easier than breathing, seeing, smelling and hearing. We do these things without thought, and even take them for granted. Our senses were given to us to help us exist in a physical universe. They are transducers that allow physical stimuli to be converted into a…
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Stagehand (Non-Union) – Jiffy Lube Live

at Live Nation Job Description Must be at least 18 years of ageHigh school diploma or equivalent required, college degree preferredPrevious concert venue experience is a plusAvailable to work irregular hours including nights, weekends, holidaysMust be able to stand/walk frequently during shiftGood communication and interpersonal skillsHonesty and high moral standardsCourteous, observant, professional, reliable, team playerNon-Union**Local 22:…
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Jimmy Thomas Daniels RIP

By Lance K.C. Jackson The Roadies Of Color United Family is sad to announce the passing of one of our Tenth Anniversary Committee members Jimmy Daniels last week. We all knew how much he wanted to see our Anniversary Celebration to be a success. Jimmy was such a fine example and mentor to both his…
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Freelancers Union promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services.

Benefits such as health, dental, term life, disability, and liability insurance Community, including SPARK, local freelance hubs in nearly 25 major cities Advocacy for policy change, such as the annual Freelancing in America survey and the Freelance Isn’t Free campaign Resources, including the #1 blog for freelancers Freelancers Union is the largest and fast-growing organization representing the 57 million independent workers across the country. We give our 375,000+…
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A short documentary about female stagehands

by Shena van Spronsen. A short documentary about female stagehands in the IATSE Local 16 Stagehands Union in San Francisco, CA.  Produced and directed by Shena van Spronsen.

Hyper Releases The Mother Of All USB-C Hubs

The HyperDrive Ultimate Ultimate Hub Why have one USB port when you can have fifteen (15) USB ports? Wait, actually there are 3 more USB ports on the other side…plus a 3.5″ floppy disk drive and even more I/O! Built-in 100Wh airline-safe battery with 2-in-1 speaker and space heater using the same air vent in front! FOR IMMEDIATE…
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Live Tech: Master Tour Adds Features, Overcomes The Recession

By: Ryan Borba Master Tour, a leading tour management and logistics software, has gone into private beta for version 3.0, with updated features including auto-sync, visibility options and printable reports. This should come as great news for MT’s reported 150,000 users varying from Metallica to Zac Brown Band, Stormy Daniels, The Harlem Globetrotters and everything…
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Reggie Rutherford, Former Stage Manager on ‘Extra,’ Dies at 66

by Mike Barnes  He also promoted concerts, managed tours and served as operations manager on ‘Soul Train.’ Reggie Rutherford, who served as an operations manager or stage manager on Soul Train, Extra and many other programs, died Sunday in Los Angeles, his family announced. He was 66. Rutherford had sleep apnea and battled various health issues for years. A…
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Coachella Radius Clause Lawsuit Tossed Out

By: Francisco Rendon L-AcousticsCoachella Main Stage in Indio, California, USAL-Acoustics provided the systemA federal judge has ruled against Soul’d Out Productions in its suit accusing Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and promoters Goldenvoice and AEG Presents of anticompetitive practices related to the festival’s radius clause. The crux of the suit, filed April 9, was that the Oregon-based…
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On Tour with A$AP Rocky: Injured Generation

FOH/Monitor Engineer Brandon Blackwell (Camila Cabello, Big Sean, PartyNextDoor) discusses his current live setup, keeping turnt-up sound under control and meeting the challenges of the road head-on for A$AP Rocky’s Injured Generation tour. Brandon, you’ve been out on the road with A$AP Rocky before. What’s new this time around for the Injured Generation tour?  The production has changed a…
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Pollstar Live!: A Conversation With George Clinton

10:42 AM, Wednesday, 2/13/2019 By: Deborah Speer When George Clinton takes the stage – any stage – his goal is to “blow them outta here.” And he did just that in his Pollstar Live! interview with Pollstar executive editor Andy Gensler in front of a jammed International Ballroom on Pollstar Live!’s opening day at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.…
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Covid- 19 Financial Relief and Resources

Listing of relief resources and financial assistance Emergency Funding For Artists / Music Industry Professionals Who’ve Lost Income From Canceled Festivals/Gigs Because Of COVID-19  American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund:https://agmarelief.org/ Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund:https://equalsound.org/musicians-corona-relief-fund-application/ MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund:https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/covid-19-relief-fund-faq Musicians Foundation’s COVID-10 Emergency Aid Grant Program: http://www.musiciansfoundation.org/apply/ SoundGirls Coronavirus Relief (for production techs who…
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Oak View’s Tim Leiweke Talks Post-Coronavirus Safety Standards for Arenas and Stadiums (EXCLUSIVE)

By Jem Aswad The first words out of Tim Leiweke’s mouth are that he does not know when health officials will say it’s safe to return to concerts, sporting events and other mass public gatherings. Yet the live-entertainment veteran and CEO of the Oak View Group — an entertainment and sports facilities company he cofounded with Irving Azoff that includes…
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Tour Tales | Ronnie Stephenson talks working with Ne-Yo, JAY-Z, TLC, Cardi B and more

By Keith Nelson Jr  Apr 7, 2020 In this installment of “Tour Tales,” the tour manager discusses his duties on the “Best of Both Worlds Tour,” helping Cardi B reveal her pregnancy to the world, working with Ne-Yo and more. Read here.  Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live…
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The Reason For “Bad Sound” May Not Be The Sound System

By Pat Brown Three factors of roughly equal importance play the key role in good sound – and two out of three isn’t good enough. The Operator I’ve intentionally saved this one until last. The most overlooked link in the chain is the end user of the system. This includes the mixer operator and any…
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Live Nation Commits $10 Million To Crew Nation Relief Effort

By: Deborah Speer Live Nation announced Tuesday (March 31) the commitment of $10 million to a newly created Crew Nation relief fund to benefit crew members hit especially hard by the ongoing shutdown of live shows by the coronavirus pandemic.  The company will commit $5 million upfront and match the next $5 million donated by…
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Pollstar Projects 2020 Total Box Office Would Have Been $12.2 Billion

By: Staff Report Pollstar’s quarterly numbers are in and the preliminary gross revenue for the Q1 Top 100 Tours chart was up 10.9% over 2019’s record-setting year to $840 million for 2020 while ticket sales rose 4.5% to 9.4 million. Based on that growth, Pollstar can project the year’s box office would have reached $12.2…
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List Of Covid-19 Relief Organizations .

RESOURCES FOR TOURING PERSONNELGRANT AND LOAN OPTIONS FOR THE ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, AND TOURING PERSONNEL THAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS.UNITED STATESNATIONALTHE CARES ACTOverview: Self-employed songwriters, musicians and other music industry workers will be eligible for both grants and loans to make up for lost income during this unprecedented time under the “CARES Act (Coronavirus…
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EV At 90: Powering The Passion Of Performance For Nine Decades (And Counting)

By PSW Staff A look at the history of one of the most storied brands in professional audio, as well as where the company is going today and what’s planned for the future. The year was 1927, and the global professional audio industry didn’t exist. But things were about to change. It was the year…
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PRG Pivots Toward Combating COVID-19

By: Francisco Rendon Production Resource Group, LLC – a worldwide leader in event, entertainment and scenic production – is dedicating its substantial resources to supporting the medical industry while the world grapples with COVID-19. PRG and two local sub-contracting companies are working to manufacture face shields for 300,000 health workers in New York and the…
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Ali Harnell: Women Nation Is Our Nation

By: Holly Gleason Ali Harnell, the originating President of Live Nation’s Women Nation, has a concert-promoting pedigree that would make anyone envious. The two-time IEBA Promoter of the Year got her start in New York City working as a talent buyer for the legendary Ron Delsener.In 1996, she moved to Nashville as the Vice President…
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