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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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Shure Working With Musicians To Start Online Sound Challenge While Supporting MusiCares Foundation

By PSW Staff Performances intended to serve as inspiration and bring attention to non-profit organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund that’s also been bolstered with $100,000 donation from Shure. Shure is working with artists from a range of musical genres to re-create songs using household items and posting their performance on social media, part of an initiative that…
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Tour Tales | K.C. Jackson on Andre Harrell and Heavy D show memories, being fired onstage by Rick James, and more…

By Keith Nelson Jr “In the case of Andre Harrell, I had the privilege of working for Heavy D & The Boys on his first tour,” Jackson said. “He was instructional in grooming Hev…” Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live performances instead. For ’Tour Tales,’ we dig…
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The Tech Flex: Innovation Leading The Way To A Reopened Concert Business

By: Ryan Borba Audentes fortuna iuvat. The Latin proverb reads “Fortune Favors The Bold,” at least depending on the translation, and the concert business is no different from others in that regard. Adaptation, innovation and implementation are the name of the game and have seen this industry weather actual storms, economic crises and human tragedy.  It’s…
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The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

Edited by Steven A. Adelman For Event Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic DOWNLOAD THE EVENT SAFETY ALLIANCE REOPENING GUIDE HOW TO USE THIS REOPENING GUIDE The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide is a collective work by event industry professionals to help our peers who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This document contains…
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A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)

by Billboard Staff The coronavirus pandemic has left countless members of the music community facing an uncertain future, as festivals and tours are canceled, studio sessions are called off and business travel is restricted. To help music professionals and their loved ones navigate the crisis, Billboard has compiled a list of resources at both the national and state…
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European Cities Launch Drive-In Concert Series With Great Success [Video]

By Tom Shackleford Concerts, live events, and any other type of mass gathering are on complete hiatus for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 here in North America. Over in Scandinavia, however, where some national governments are handling the global pandemic slightly different than others, the coastal city of Aarhus in Denmark has found a loophole in…
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More Than 800 Music Venues Join Together to Ask Congressional Leaders for Aid

ByETHAN MILLMAN “Because of our unprecedented, tenuous position, for the first time in history, there is legitimate fear for our collective existence,” National Independent Venue Association president Dayna Frank says in open letter A new coalition of independent concert venues from across the country has issued a letter to Congress asking legislators for further assistance to cushion…
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Let’s Protect Touring Crews Long After This Pandemic Is Over (Guest Op-Ed)

by Tom Ross Now is the time to start thinking about a permanent plan to take care of crew members, says pioneering booking agent Tom Ross. The concert business is a multi-billion dollar industry that is now shut down. Estimates, which I believe are low, say the touring world employees at least 200,000 “gig” employees who are…
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