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Remote Music Production

By Paul Hedges Successful Recording Over The Internet Freed from the need to worry about engineering concerns, the author nails a killer vocal take… Social distancing needn’t mean the end of studio recording. We explain a simple, free setup for real-time online collaboration. I’ve been making music with my friends since the very early ’80s,…
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Payroll Protection Program

If you work in the Gig Economy, are a 1099 worker, a 1 person business, independent contractor , work for hire, self-employed, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A PAYROLL PROTECTION LOAN along with any business with less than 500 employees Go to your banks website or call your banker and ask about the government Payroll Protection…
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ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN THE CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT– FINAL VERSION

By Tara O’Neill Hayes Updated and corrected March 26, 2020, 9:20am EST to account for the expiration of the $600 increase in weekly payments for all UI recipients after July 31, 2020. Executive Summary Included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—the third emergency response package to deal with the economic fallout of the…
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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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The History of the Ghost Light

By Cristina D’Almeida IIt’s usually known as an end of night procedure. You might hear people say, “hey don’t forget to put the ghost light on” before they leave the theater for the night. A night would not be complete without lighting it. So many have asked through the years what is the purpose of…
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Rolling With The Changes: The Busy Life & Times Of Audio/RF Technician Gary Trenda

By Kevin Young Catching up on the career and outlook of a busy professional working high-profile events like the Super Bowl to gigs that can be less demanding.  In late January 2020 when I caught up with audio and RF technician Gary Trenda, he was getting ready to head out to his next job, Super…
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Petition Leads To Formation Of Live Events Coalition To Lobby For Production, Event Professionals

By: Francisco Rendon The “COVID-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry” petition previously reported on by Pollstar has led to the formation of the Live Events Coalition, whose membership includes Live Design, International Live Events Association and PRG & VER.  The purpose of the new coalition is to lobby the president and congress to create a task force…
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Live Entertainment Professionals Buried in the COVID-19 Mix

Chris Ward “ We need to share and get this information out to the Media as well as our representatives in the Senate and Congress.  “We are an industry almost 2.5 times the size of GM with total yearly revenues  in excess of $337 Billion in 2016 compared to  $125 Billion for GM in 2019.…
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Covid-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry Petition

Isaac Rothwell started this petition to President Donald J. Trump Federal Aid Package for Events Industry The 1st domino is falling… The past month has seen an unprecedented number of event cancelations in the US and worldwide. The Covid-19 virus is nothing like anything we have faced in our modern economic times.  The purpose of this petition…
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Charlie Watkins Audio Pioneer 1923 — 2014

By Gary Cooper Few have contributed as much to the technology behind rock & roll as Charlie Watkins and his company, WEM. We celebrate the life of one of audio’s great inventors. Look closely at the video of Stones In The Park and there, among the Hell’s Angels, Mick Jagger in his frock, Keith Richards…
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