Month: August 2020

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INTRODUCING OUR SEPTEMBER 2020 FEATURED PROFESSIONAL OF THE MONTH REBEKAH FOSTER

ROCU Staff Rebekah Foster  has been in the business for over 35 years.  An unlikely profession for a Black woman who went to college to study sports medicine.  While in college, her passion for music, specifically audio engineering, could not be denied. She hustled! She was willing to work anywhere she could to gain experience and exposure. She…
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Voices Of Live: Black Promoters Collective Hopes To Move The Conversation

 By: Deborah Speer The Black Promoters Collective is a relatively new group of Black concert industry professionals who saw the need to unite in the face of the industry shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but is finding itself in a moment as events grew to include the Black Lives Matter movement and increased societal…
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VIDEO: DIGITAL SESSIONS WITH BILL REEVES AND LANCE K.C. JACKSON, CO-FOUNDERS, ROADIES OF COLOR UNITED INTERNATIONAL

Posted by Samantha Le | Jul 30, 2020 | Faces & Places, Front Row, General, People Interview by Andy Gensler Pollstar Magazine VIDEO: With over 40 years of success in the live production business, one would think tours of every stripe would be lining up to hire the eminently qualified Lance “K.C.” Jackson and Bill Reeves as tour or production managers. Unfortunately, for…
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A second stimulus may be coming soon. Here’s what could happen…

By Elyssa Duncan When the CARES Act was passed in March, it was unexpected that the #Coronavirus pandemic would be affecting the economy four months later. And while the one-time $1,200 stimulus payment was undoubtedly generous, for many it is unlikely that it has covered expenses from the spring through to now. With the additional $600 Unemployment…
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30 states approve $300 in Lost Wages Assistance

By Laila Nashat States are quickly applying to receive Lost Wages Assistance money to pass on to their unemployed residents. Figure out if your state has applied and how you can receive this financial assistance as soon as possible.  What makes Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) different to Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)? Under the CARES…
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Dan Parise Dies Of Cardiac Arrest

By: Francisco Rendon Dan Parise, who over the years worked with Live Nation, Diversified Production Services and many live events, died of cardiac arrest on Aug. 24, sources have confirmed with Pollstar. He was 61. Parise started his industry career more than 30 years ago and over the years worked with Global Citizen Festival, Made In…
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Update: Live Industry Awaits Aid; Venues Go On ‘Red Alert’

 By: Francisco Rendon Update: Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) – the Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate – stood with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and Rev. Moose of the National Association of Independent Venues and others outside of Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 18 to declare his support for the Save Our Stages Act.  Schumer, who is…
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An Open Letter To The Concert Production Industry: ‘It Is Easy To Backslide On Good Intentions’

By: Various Concert Industry Professionals We are living in unprecedented times. As citizens of this country and as workers in the concert production industry while we struggle to survive the turmoil and privation occasioned by the pandemic and the subsequent shutdown of our livelihood, we are also undergoing a moment of soul searching and self-examination…
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Roadies Of Color United Backstage with Crew Nation

Live Nation Presentation Roadies of Color United set the stage for some of the world’s biggest artists, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Anthony Hamilton and more. Get the inside scoop on how they bring concerts to life and their work behind the scenes advocating for more diversity within their industry on this episode of #BackstageWithCrewNation.  Powered…
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Venues and crew signal ‘red alert’ for live music, theatre and events

BBC Entertainment & Arts Music venues, theatres and their workforces have taken part in a day of action around the UK to highlight the crisis facing the live events scene. More than 300 venues including London’s National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall turned their lights red as part of the Red Alert campaign. And out-of-work…
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