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‘We Gotta Start Makin’ Changes’: The Live Industry, Nation Grapple With Racism

By: Francisco Rendon Hands UpA man protesting police brutality and systemic racism holds up his hands kept as demonstrators are kept in place on the Manhattan Bridge by police for hours during a citywide curfew in New York City. Days of protest, sometimes violent, have followed in many cities across the country in response to…
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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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The Pros and Cons of Live Nation Going Bust

BY TESTSET Is the party over for Live Nation? It’s more likely than it ever has been for the concert behemoth to go bankrupt ….or just go away.  By David Icke Turner Primary photo by Edwin Andrade Live Nation isn’t exactly the easiest company to love. They are a publicly traded corporation that controls the…
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Tour Tales | David Norman talks Prince’s final tour with a band, Alicia Keys, John Legend and more

By Keith Nelson Jr  In this installment of “Tour Tales,” Norman discusses Alicia Keys touring with Beyonce and Missy Elliott in 2004, what he observed about Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s relationship in 2009, and Prince’s final tour with a live band in 2014. Read here. Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue,…
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Hear Us…The Unsung Hero’s of Live Entertainment.

By Rebekah Foster We need help, and we need you to use your voices to let the world know about it. We are the touring crew: Production managers, tour managers, merchandise managers, accountants, lighting designers, pyro technicians, videographers, FOH engineers, monitor engineers, guitar techs, drum techs, keyboard techs, carpenters, riggers, props managers, wardrobe managers, truck…
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Editorial This Is Tour Life It comes down to good leadership, not just in tough times but all times. Don’t waste this time, don’t waste this opportunity to make a better music touring industry and lead us into the future! -TTL By now the current state of affairs has become profusely clear… The music touring…
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Coronavirus Might Kill The Music Industry. Maybe It Needed To Die

BY WILLIAM RALSTON Venues, festivals and musicians face a precarious future, but could Covid-19 be a catalyst for reform in an industry that seriously undervalues its artists? At around eight o’clock on the evening of 12 March, Sir Simon Rattle stepped onstage at the Berliner Philharmoniker to an eery silence. It was his homecoming performance, with…
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