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Month: April 2020

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Lockdown Lessons: A Guide For Sound Engineers & Techs

ByAndy Coules A wide range of resources for learning more about audio, mix practicing and improvement, discovering new consoles, ear training and more. Live events were one of the first industries to be hit hard by the global COVID-19 pandemic as large gatherings and international travel were first discouraged and then banned. Virtually overnight many…
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More Than 800 Music Venues Join Together to Ask Congressional Leaders for Aid

ByETHAN MILLMAN “Because of our unprecedented, tenuous position, for the first time in history, there is legitimate fear for our collective existence,” National Independent Venue Association president Dayna Frank says in open letter A new coalition of independent concert venues from across the country has issued a letter to Congress asking legislators for further assistance to cushion…
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Let’s Protect Touring Crews Long After This Pandemic Is Over (Guest Op-Ed)

by Tom Ross Now is the time to start thinking about a permanent plan to take care of crew members, says pioneering booking agent Tom Ross. The concert business is a multi-billion dollar industry that is now shut down. Estimates, which I believe are low, say the touring world employees at least 200,000 “gig” employees who are…
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Free online training and course offerings

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many companies are offering free online training courses. Many of these courses are certificate courses. These courses provide great free training opportunities . *Updated March 19*Need something to entertain your brain while you wait for the gigs to return? Here is a list of free online education you can take…
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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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