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The Stage Managers’ Association Announces 2020 Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management

PLSN Staff NY – The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) has announced its annual Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management.  The 2020 honourees are distinguished Philadelphia based stage manager Patreshettarlini (Pat) Adams and Chicago based stage manager Alden J. Vasquez.  In addition to these Lifetime Achievement Awards, the SMA will…
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PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 Signed Into Law, PPP Application Deadline Also Extended to Aug. 8

By PLSN Staff WASHINGTON, DC — On July 5, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 into law. An amendment to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the CARES Act, the PPP Flexibility Act expands its loan forgiveness provisions from eight to 24 weeks, or until Dec. 31, 2020, whichever…
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Big Trade Shows Have All Been Canceled. Why They May Never Come Back.

By Eric J. Savitz As I watched Tim Cook and his colleagues deliver their virtual keynote at Apple’s developer conference this past week, I had a surprising realization: The digital show was better than the annual event I’ve spent years covering in person.  Apple used much of its two-hour broadcast to preview software, but it was also a homage…
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Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Regarding Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Release Date: Monday, June 8, 2020 Release Number: 20-45 Contact: Press_Office@sba.gov, (202) 205-7036 WASHINGTON –SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today following the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act: “We want to thank President Trump for his leadership and commend Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy for working on…
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AUSTRALIA UNVEILS $345 MILLION COVID CONCERT INDUSTRY SUPPORT PLAN

With restrictions for live music venues and nightclubs easing, the Australian and New Zealand live performance sectors are looking past COVID-19 with a re-build plan officially locked in. Live Performance Australia unveiled June 4 an ambitious $345 million plan to restart and rebuild the industry. Its main thrust is a $90 million Business Reactivation Fund…
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Some Thoughts from Bandit Lites’ Michael T. Strickland: June 30 Might Define Live Events for the Year

By PLSN Staff NASHVILLE — Bandit Lites chair and founder Michael T. Strickland issued a statement on June 3 that includes his thoughts on reopening events after this year’s Covid-19 shutdowns. In his statement, he notes how protests in recent days may yield, as an unintended consequence, important data on the risks of gatherings by…
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Some Thoughts from Bandit Lites’ Michael T. Strickland: June 30 Might Define Live Events for the Year

By PLSN Staff NASHVILLE — Bandit Lites chair and founder Michael T. Strickland issued a statement on June 3 that includes his thoughts on reopening events after this year’s Covid-19 shutdowns. In his statement, he notes how protests in recent days may yield, as an unintended consequence, important data on the risks of gatherings by…
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CAA Appoints Metelus To Board, Announces Participation In Tuesday Blackout

By: Francisco Rendon Creative Artists Agency announced today that as a part of its ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion it is appointing Lisa Joseph Metelus to the CAA Board and all CAA employees will observe “Blackout Tuesday” and be provided the opportunity to disconnect from work to promote accountability, change and meaningful action.…
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Why #TheShowMustBePaused In Solidarity With The Black Community

10:00 AM, Wednesday, 6/03/2020 By: Sarah Pittman “Love black people like you love black culture,” a homemade sign at a protest in Fresno, Calif., on Sunday declared, a plea to give the same attention to fighting racism and taking a stand against the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police as people…
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Members of Live Event Production Industry Encouraged to Write Congress for Federal Relief

By PLSN Staff LAS VEGAS – A group of industry leaders that includes PLSN publisher Terry Lowe, NAMM, and others encourage members of the live event production industry to contact their representatives in Congress for a federal relief plan that will help them stay afloat until mass gatherings become feasible again. You hear about airlines. You hear…
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