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INTRODUCING OUR JANUARY 2021 FEATURED PROFESSIONAL OF THE MONTH Karrie Keyes

ROCU Staff Hailing from Los Angeles, Karrie has spent the last 30 years as the monitor engineer for Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder. Karrie is the Executive Director and Co-Founder Of SoundGirls. Karrie started out doing sound for punk bands in Los Angeles in 1986 under the tutelage of Dave Rat of Rat Sound, where…
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BMAC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

PSA Relief BMAC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Powered by Sweet Relief Musicians Fund Eligibility Requirements: At least 3 years where more than 50% of your income came from employment in the music industry or as a musician, and currently negatively impacted by COVID-19. Required Documentation: Please include the following items required with the completed application:…
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Music’s Road Crews Are Overwhelmingly White and Male. Meet the People Trying to Change That

Artists and roadies alike are stepping up to address a long-standing industry problem By David Browne Rolling Stone Magazine By the time he signed on for Justin Bieber’s Believe tour in 2012, Lance “K.C.” Jackson had more than 30 years under his belt as a stage manager and touring pro; he’d worked with Prince, Destiny’s…
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MUSICARES APPLICATION FOR COVID-19 RELIEF AND SUPPORT GROUPS

Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve vetted and approved 20,200 individuals to receive assistance. That’s more than double the amount of people we’ve helped in any previous year. MusiCares is grateful for all the support we have received to date and humbled to be in a position to help those who so desperately need it…and…
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The Year In Diversity: Inclusivity, The Comeback And Not Wasting The Lessons of 2020

By: Bill Reeves & Lance “KC” Jackson It would be safe to say that we’ll all be happy to see the end of 2020. The turmoil, chaos and economic devastation engendered by the pandemic, issues of racial equality and deep political divisiveness have made 2020 a year we would all like to forget. Or, alternatively,…
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A Bit Of Nostalgia, An ‘Extraordinary Venue’ Turns 150: Royal Albert Hall Unveils Anniversary Program

 By: Gideon Gottfried Photo By: J Collingridge The Royal Albert Hall’s auditorium.Neil Warnock, global head of touring at UTA, told Pollstar, “I don’t think there’s another auditorium in the whole world that is like the Albert Hall.” London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall has unveiled the initial program for the upcoming 150th anniversary celebrations. Pollstar spoke…
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INTRODUCING OUR DECEMBER 2020 FEATURED PROFESSIONAL OF THE MONTH Michael Huggy Carter

R.O.C.U. Staff Growing up in Oakland, CA Huggy was exposed to music early in life. Playing drums with his jr. high school orchestra, he enjoyed the creativity and social connections with other musicians. During his time in high school, he played with several local club bands. In 1978 he got to go to Japan and…
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Roadies Of Color United Premieres Our Spotlight on Touring Series November 20, 2020 4pm.

Rocu Staff/ Produced By Ronnie Stephenson The Roadies of Color United Spotlight On Touring Series is the vision of Lance Jackson and Produced by Ronnie Stephenson. The Idea is to present a unique series of programs, Panels and Seminars as lead ups to our upcoming Roadies Of Color United Virtual Conference to be scheduled in…
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Coming soon Live Events Lift Up Festival

A free livestream benefit called Live Events Lift Up Festival will be held on Dec. 16 for the more than 12 million people affected by the shutdown of the live entertainment industry.Scheduled to feature more than 25 artists and entertainers, LEVL Up Fest will stream from the historic Ryman Auditorium on the No Cap Shows…
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Racism on the Road: The Oral History of Black Artists Touring in the Segregated South

By Steve Knopper Billboard spoke with Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Booker T. Jones and other legendary acts who faced extreme racism to bring their music to the American South in the 1950s and ’60s. Powered byWordPress Support Excerpt of an Excellent Read. One day in the early ’50s, three jazz legends were on a road trip…
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