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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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Roadies Of Color United Co-Founders Set For Thursday’s Pollstar Live! Digital Session

By: Sarah Pittman 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 over four decades in an industry lacking in racial diversity and inclusion,…
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Welcome to Pollstar’s 2020 Impact 50 list

Welcome to Pollstar’s 2020 Impact 50 list, honoring the executives most impacting the live entertainment industry in these most challenging of times. Compiled by the Pollstar editorial team,  the list represents individuals who excel in our business in such areas as innovation, leadership, artist development, fan engagement, altruism, social awareness, and commitment to excellence.   Read…
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Roadies of Color United (R.O.C.U.) Working to Remove Barriers to Backstage Diversity

Kevin M. Mitchell • News • July 14, 2020 Open is Part of the Solution Around 2009, longtime friends and touring buddies Lance “KC” Jackson and Bill Reeves noticed in the live event trade magazines (including this one and PLSN) that the stories seemed to always be on the same group of people, pretty much all…
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Lance ‘K.C.’ Jackson & Bill Reeves On Why White Tours Don’t Hire Black Tour & Production Managers

By: Andy Gensler Courtesy Lance K.C. JacksonRoadies United: Bill Reeves and Lance “K.C.” Jackson at the first annual Roadies of Color United International, an organization with over a 1,000 members, in Atlanta this past February.With over 40 years of success in the live production business, one would think tours of every stripe would be lining up…
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Live Nation Rolls Out Sweeping Global Initiative To Increase Diversity By 2025

By: Deborah Speer Live Nation President and CEO Michael Rapino laid out an ambitious diversity initiative in a memo to the company’s global staff July 9, including plans to increase the numbers of women and people of color across leadership positions, its festival lineups and board of directors as well as increased investment in minority…
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Diversity and Inclusion Efforts That Really Work

by David Pedulla In the wake of major social and political changes over the past decades, leading companies are taking steps to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. Yet progress in most sectors remains tepid. Programs designed to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace often fail. So that leads to a natural question: What’s actually working? Focusing on…
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What Will Your Crew Call Look Like When We Get Back?

By Erica D. Hayes My name is Erica D. Hayes and I am a lighting designer, programmer and video director. In 2008, I started my LLC and went on my first tour with KEM. Since college, I’ve toured with Ledisi, Keyshia Cole, TYGA, Floetry, Khalid, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, TANK, Janelle Monae, Playboi Carti, Faith Evans,…
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Without Shows, Lizzo’s Audio Engineer Is Twitch Streaming, Trading Stocks, and Writing a Book

By SAMANTHA HISSONG “I’ve never once thought about writing a book, but right now we don’t have anything but time — so why not?” says Brandon Blackwell, who’s been without work since March. After years on the road with the likes of A$AP Rocky and Nicki Minaj, Brandon Blackwell had to suddenly find new revenue…
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Recognizing (and Removing) the Barriers to Diversity in Live Event Production

By Mike Wharton Clockwise from top left: David “5-1” Norman, Bill Reeves, Barry Claxton and Lance “KC” Jackson. A Conversation with David “5-1” Norman, Bill Reeves, Lance “KC” Jackson and Barry Claxton The protests sparked by the death of George Floyd exploded from the Twin Cities in late May across the U.S. and around the…
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