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Maceo Price talks Cash Money landing a helicopter in a Superdome, Chris Brown and Rihanna’s epic 2007 VMAs set, and more

By Keith Nelson Jr In this installment of “Tour Tales,” Maceo Price talks how Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill’s relationship affected Meek’s performances, how Chris Brown’s epic 2007 MTV Video Music Awards performance with Rihanna came together, and more.  Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live performances instead.…
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Tour Tales | Ronnie Stephenson talks working with Ne-Yo, JAY-Z, TLC, Cardi B and more

By Keith Nelson Jr  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.  Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live performances instead. For ’Tour…
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A Thank You Letter To ‘Lady A’

By: David ‘5-1’ Norman Dear Lady A, Red Light Management and CAA,This correspondence is in reference to the recent Pollstararticle earlier this week on your name change. I must admit that I never really paid much attention to the connotations of Antebellum, but after reading your words of wisdom and kindness, I appreciate what you’ve done more…
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‘The Safe Way Forward’ Joint Report from the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, and Teamsters

Detailed Protocols Grounded in Latest Science From Foremost Epidemiologists and Experts Los Angeles — In the next major step toward the resumption of film and television production, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and…
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Why Our Industry Needs To Wake The F- Up Now (Guest Post By WME’s Kevin Shivers)

By: Kevin Shivers Blackout Tuesday is over, but this does not mean the work is done. In fact, we are only at the foot of the hill.   Collectively, Black Americans are hurting. We are hurting from years of systemic racism and police brutality. We are hurting from the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna…
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Avatar-Concert Startup Wave’s $30 Million Round Draws Scooter Braun, Alex Rodriguez Among Investors

By Todd Spangler Scooter Braun, for one, thinks there’s a market for virtual concerts in which fans see their favorite artists performing as digital avatars. L.A.-based startup Wave announced $30 million in funding, with participation from investors including Braun, ex-Yankee ballplayer Alex Rodriguez, Superfly co-founder Rick Farman, and Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin. The new funding will “elevate Wave’s…
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Creativity Will Not Be Quarantined

By Chris Lose Illustration by Andy Au “The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.”—Kurt Vonnegut Disclaimer: I am not encouraging anyone to do anything stupid, dangerous or illegal. I am a human being and I have desires that conflict with reason and…
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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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