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Week Of 11/26/20
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 4:01 pm

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Mark Davyd: Saving The Future Of Live Music
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 3:52 pm
?I need a holiday. A proper, long holiday. I think everybody on the team deserves a holiday,? said Mark Davyd back in October, after the Music Venue Trust (MVT) had just helped 259 grassroots music venues in the UK successfully apply for the UK government?s COVID relief fund. The holiday, however, had to wait. The 259 venues represented 89% of a total of 292 venues that had applied for the latest round of funds, meaning that 33 venues still required help. And if you know Davyd, you also know that he would never be able to relax, let alone go on a vacation, as long as there?s a chance of saving even one more venue from closure. 

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Leadoff: Europe Is Protesting For The Future Of Live As We Know It
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 3:24 pm
The willingness to protest is ever- present in Europe, albeit in some countries more than others. The people of Eastern Europe, for instance, only got rid of their communist dictators in 1989. Hence, you have festivals like Exit in Serbia, born out of a student protest against Slobodan Milo?evi?, or Revolution Festival in Timisoara, where the Romanian revolution of 1989 started, and which became the first city in the country to declare itself Communist-free. When Pollstar attended the East European Music Conference 2017 in Sibiu, Romania, we passed buildings still riddled with bullet holes. 

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Insomniac Unveils Multi-Date Audiovisual Drive-Through Experience 'Electric Mile' in SoCal
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 3:15 pm
Insomniac's Pasquale Rotella has announced the debut of the Electric Mile, a brand new, fully immersive, audiovisual drive-thru experience at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., an hour-long experience that opens Jan. 1 with a curated soundtrack accompanying attendees as they travel 1.5 miles through light installations and visual effects in a COVID-safe environment from the comfort of their own cars. 

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UK Music Managers Contact PRS Over 'Unworkable' Livestreaming Rates
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 3:05 pm
UK performing rights society PRS has proposed a tariff for livestreamed concerts, which seems to raise more questions than it answers, at least according to many artist managers, who have sent a letter to PRS demanding a proper consultation involving all stakeholders.

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USTA names Marisa Grimes as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 1:17 pm

By United States Tennis Association (USTA)

To support its business imperative of diversity and inclusion both internally and across the sport of tennis, the USTA has named Marisa Grimes as its Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Grimes will begin her tenure with the USTA on Jan. 4, 2021.

Grimes comes to the USTA after a decorated tenure at Mastercard, where she most recently served as Director, Diversity & Inclusion. There, she led all diversity and inclusion efforts across the company?s North American regional and global business units. Under her leadership, the company expanded both its internal and external diversity initiatives, impact and accountability.

As a senior executive, Grimes will report to USTA CEO and Executive Director Michael Dowse, and will be tasked to work with the USTA’s leadership team to develop and implement a cultural shift throughout all levels of the organization, reflecting its commitment to elevating inclusiveness and equity in the sport.

One of her highest priorities will be to ensure the USTA fulfills its mission of growing the game by bringing new generations of diverse players and providers to the sport across the United States, in order to transform the business and culture in every facet of both the USTA and the tennis ecosystem at large.

?The USTA has historically honored our sport?s cultural icons, such as Althea Gibson, Billie Jean King, and Arthur Ashe, but we understand that our actions have not always matched our beliefs,” said Dowse. ?We know that Marisa?s energy and leadership will help us bridge that gap and ensure that tennis is the inclusive sport we aspire it to be.?

Grimes will be responsible for creating tangible and measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives for staff and volunteers at both the national and section levels of the USTA, designing programs that improve cultural awareness and sensitivities and promote inclusive practices.

?My hope is that I can contribute to the USTA in a meaningful way to help create policy changes and actions that reflect a commitment to doing the right things for the right reasons to address longstanding inequalities in our country and the sport of tennis,? said Grimes. ?It is not going to happen overnight, but we can establish a solid pathway for progress.?

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Grimes also has a long history in corporate communications with a number of nationally-known media companies. She currently resides in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. with her husband and two children, and also sits on the board of directors for the Northeast STEM Starter Academy in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

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VfL Wolfsburg’s Fifth Sustainability Report Published
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 1:15 pm

By VfL Wolfsburg

In terms of taking responsibility for mankind and the environment, VfL Wolfsburg have been leaders in professional football for almost a decade now, both nationally and internationally. The Wolves detail the concrete measures they take in the area of sustainability in a biennial sustainability report, the fifth edition of which has now been published. In essence, the report states that over the last two seasons, 2018/19 and 2019/20, VfL once again achieved ground-breaking successes with their activities. However, the report also addresses the weaknesses of the past two years and sets out the objectives and plans for the coming reporting period.

“Take responsibility”

This year’s sustainability report takes a particularly close look at the two focal themes of climate protection and diversity. As recently as mid-November, the Green-and-Whites joined the United Nations’ “Race To Zero” initiative, thereby setting themselves the ambitious target of climate neutrality and net zero emissions by 2025. “We will seize our opportunities as a green football club that is sustainably transforming itself,” said VfL managing director Michael Meeske. “Today, more than ever, it is important to take responsibility for the future of football in all its forms and, more generally, for the livelihoods of the next generations.”

Living diversity

Over the past two years, VfL have also expanded their commitment to the second focus topic of diversity. The fight against forms of discrimination such as racism, sexism and homophobia is being supported through various projects. In addition, the Wolves regularly fly the flag for diversity. Be it via rainbow-coloured captain’s armbands or special jerseys, it is impossible to imagine VfL’s stadiums without visible statements in favour of an open society.

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Coors Light and Ball Team Up to Bring Infinitely Recyclable Aluminum Cups to Allegiant Stadium Fans
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 1:12 pm

By Ball Corporation

WESTMINSTER, Colo. and LAS VEGAS, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Coors Light and Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) today announced an agreement to bring the infinitely recyclable Ball Aluminum Cup? to guests at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Ball, a leader in cutting-edge, sustainable aluminum beverage packaging, designed the lightweight aluminum cups in response to growing consumer preference for more sustainable options when enjoying their favorite beverages.

Molson Coors (which makes Allegiant Stadium’s official domestic beer, Coors Light, as well as its official craft beer, Hop Valley, and official hard seltzer, Vizzy),  is doing their part to support the stadium’s sustainability goals, as well as their own.

“We’re proud to team up with Coors Light to bring fans at Allegiant Stadium an enhanced beverage experience and sustainable hospitality options from the start with our game-changing and infinitely recyclable aluminum cup,” said Daniel W. Fisher, Ball’s chief operating officer, global beverage packaging. “We introduced the aluminum cup to meet the growing demand for more sustainable packaging choices, and we’re excited that our partnership with Coors Light will give fans visiting Allegiant Stadium an opportunity to further their efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

“Coors Light has a long history of sustainable product innovation ? in fact, many people don’t know that we pioneered the first-ever aluminum cans to hit the market back in 1959,” says Adam Dettman, Director of partnerships and licensing at Molson Coors North America. “We’re proud to continue this history by partnering with Ball to ultimately provide fans with an eco-conscious experience, and a built-in piece of memorabilia that guests can take home after enjoying a game or event at Allegiant Stadium.”

Upon the start of activities at Allegiant Stadium, 100,000 of the 20-ounce aluminum cups will be available in the club seats at all events. Through this collaboration, Allegiant Stadium joins a growing number of professional football stadiums that feature the Ball Aluminum Cup? at scale. Molson Coors encourages fans to drink responsibly.

Infinitely recyclable and economically valuable, aluminum is the most sustainable beverage packaging material, and like aluminum cans, aluminum cups can be easily recycled. In fact, 75 percent of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today. In addition to its sustainability and recycling strengths, the aluminum cup is lightweight, sturdy, cool to the touch and provides an elevated experience. It also can be customized with logos and graphics, as it will be for Allegiant Stadium.

About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 18,300 people worldwide and reported 2019 net sales of $11.5 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Allegiant Stadium
Located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium is a global events destination, highlighted by the arrival of the NFL’s iconic Raiders. Allegiant Stadium is ideally located for both visitors and locals, fully enclosed and climate controlled with a capacity of 65,000. The technologically advanced stadium will host world-class entertainment including concerts and sporting events such as the Pac-12 Championship Game and Las Vegas Bowl, as well as serve as the home of UNLV Football. The stadium project is expected to generate an economic benefit of $620 million annually, while creating 6,000 permanent jobs in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit www.allegiantstadium.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Molson Coors Beverage Company
For over two centuries Molson Coors has been brewing beverages that unite people for all of life’s moments. From Coors Light, Miller Lite, Molson Canadian, Carling, and Staropramen to Coors Banquet, Blue Moon Belgian White, Saint Archer Gold, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Creemore Springs and more, Molson Coors produces some of the most beloved and iconic beer brands ever made. While the company’s history is rooted in beer, Molson Coors offers a modern portfolio that expands beyond the beer aisle with sparkling cocktails, hard coffee, canned wine, kombucha, cider and more.  Molson Coors Beverage Company is a publicly traded company that operates through Molson Coors North America and Molson Coors Europe, and is traded on the New York and Canadian Stock Exchange. The company’s commitment to raising industry standards and leaving a positive imprint on our employees, consumers, communities and the environment is reflected in Our Beer Print and our 2025 sustainability targets. To learn more about Molson Coors Beverage Company, visit molsoncoors.com.

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New Calif. Stay-At-Home Order Tied To ICU Availability
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 12:17 pm
California is on the brink of a new stay-at-home order that would close businesses and curb travel in regions that could see hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

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Inside Live From Reykjavík: Iceland Airwaves Digital Edition 2020
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 10:08 am
Pollstar speaks with Will Larnach-Jones, director of Iceland Airwaves, the annual showcase festival in Reykjavik, which had to develop an alternative digital program this year in light of tight Covid restrictions in Europe.

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An 'Extraordinary Venue' Turns 150: Royal Albert Hall Unveils Anniversary Program
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 9:30 am
London's iconic Royal Albert Hall has unveiled the initial program for the upcoming 150th anniversary celebrations. Pollstar spoke to the program's curator Neil Warnock, UTA's global head of touring.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Friday, December 4
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass, in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music.

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LEVL UP Fest Announces Artist Lineup
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 10:09 pm

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Chris Daughtry Joins UTA
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 5:43 pm
Chris Daughtry and his band Daughtry have signed with UTA for full representation in North and South America. Daughtry is still managed by Jon Linton at Hard Eight/Working Group Management and attorney Gabe Fleet of Greenberg Traurig.

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Pre-Pandemic Plans Pay Off In St. Louis
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 1:45 pm
Pitch-level loge boxes, upper-level terraces with city views and a two-concourse building are among the newest design features for St. Louis City SC?s new MLS stadium, which opens in the spring of 2023.

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DICE Partners With Rough Trade On Livestreams
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 10:12 am
London-based record store Rough Trade is launching a livestream series by the name of Live From Rough Trade, which will be ticketed and broadcast by ticketing and gig discovery platform DICE.

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NITO Launches Charity Auction With Instruments From Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Many More
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 9:41 am
The National Independent Talent Organization (NITO), which comprises more than 1,000 independent talent agencies, management firms and other live touring professionals, announced a massive auction of guitars and stringed instruments on Thursday.

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Germany's Merkur Spiel-Arena Becomes Vaccination Center
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 8:58 am
Germany is setting up vaccination centers across the country, and D.LIVE just announced that Merkur Spiel-Area is going to be one of them.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Thursday, December 3
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass, in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music. Artists across the globe are stepping up to perform in creative ways, most notably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond.

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Legendary Agent Dick Alen Passes At 89
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 4:39 pm
Dick Alen, the legendary agent who represented such seminal artists as Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin, died Nov. 27 of reported natural causes. He was 89.

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MusiCares Launches ‘Help For The Holidays’ E-card Aid Program
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 3:49 pm
Musicians and event professionals with at least three years of past employment in the industry who have been impacted by loss of 

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Asia News: Arashi, Super Nintendo World, Avex & More
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 3:45 pm

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Australia News: Industry Looks To Recover, Seismic Talent, ARIAs & More
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 3:28 pm

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Hard Rock Sponsors ‘Play On’ Concert
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 2:55 pm
Hard Rock International will be a platinum-level sponsor for ?Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change,? a concert benefiting longtime partner WhyHunger and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.

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Singapore Promoter LAMC's ‘Words & Music’ Series Tops 750K Views With Top Talent And Insight
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 1:57 pm
Singapore-based promoter LAMC Productions has quietly gathered more than 750,000 views with its own ?Words & Music? podcast series that launched in May, hosted by LAMC co-founder and promoter Lauretta Alabons and featuring talent including members of Trivium, The Runaways, Within Temptation, Ru Paul?s Drag Race and much more.

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nugs.net Announces Discounted Subscriptions, Sweet Relief Partnership
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 10:49 am
nugs.net has played a major role in the streaming sphere in 2020, building upon its established product to bring fans new content nightly and integrate charitable aspects into its offering.

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Trey Songz To Host LiveXLive Inaugural Lockdown Awards
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 9:00 am
Trey Songz will host LiveXLive?s Lockdown Awards, which will feature presenters including Busta Rhymes, Alex Rose, Meg Donnelly, Kiiara, Infinity Song and Tigirlily and raise badly needed funds for independent live music venues, streaming Dec. 11 at the event?s website. 

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Wednesday, December 2
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass, in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music.

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'We Will Protest Until We See Change': Save Our Scene UK Takes To The Streets In London & Bristol
 
Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 5:50 am
Save Our Scene (SOS) UK, an Instagram fundraiser supporting UK charity Help Musicians, has announced two protests in London and Bristol, respectively, Dec. 2-3.

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Bad Bunny Is Spotify’s Most-Streamed Artist Of 2020
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2020, 6:12 pm
The year?s most played artist on Spotify? Globally speaking: Bad Bunny.

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DWP To Produce Dance Gavin Dance Fan-Voted PPV Livestream Concert Dec. 19
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2020, 1:26 pm
Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the ?Tree Sessions Volume 2? livestream event with Dance Gavin Dance, which will see fans voting on the progressive metal band?s setlist performed at their hometown landmark Sacramento Tower Bridge Dec. 19.

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Spotify 2020 Wrapped Campaign Includes NIVA Partnership, $500,000 Donation
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2020, 12:15 pm
Spotify's annual Wrapped campaign has kicked off by announcing a partnership with the National Independent Venue Association, with the music streaming giant taking over space on the marquees of more than 30 COVID-shuttered music venues and donating a total of $500,000 to those stages and the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund. 

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Jeff Nickler And Casey Sparks To Run Moody Center
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2020, 12:09 pm
The band is back together in Austin, a city known for its strong live music scene. Jeff Nickler and Casey Sparks are teaming to run Moody Center, the new University of Texas arena operated by Oak View Group.

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Rovers and One Tree Planted reforestation pledge
 
Posted: 19 Nov 2020, 8:32 pm

By Conor Shaw

One Tree Planted have pledged to plant ten trees for every goal Forest Green Rovers score during the 2020/21 League Two season.

The Vermont-based reforestation non-profit aims to create a healthier climate by planting trees, also supporting biodiversity and having a positive social impact for those involved.

In partnership with Rovers, who are described as the greenest football club in the world by FIFA, One Tree Planted will support reforestation efforts at the Talla & Gameshope Native Woodland Restoration project, which covers 1832ha of hill ground in the central Southern Uplands Hills of Scotland.

One Tree Planted 3

Shareholder Hector Bellerin partnered with the charity to pledge 3,000 trees for every Arsenal victory during the ?project restart? over the summer ? and attracted interest from the wider football community who also backed the campaign.

Diana Chaplin, Canopy Director of One Tree Planted, said: “It’s great to partner with a team that’s passionate about sustainability, and to connect the enthusiasm of goals scored with an environmental benefit. We can’t wait to plant these trees!”

Dale Vince added: ?Goals don?t grow on trees (if only they did), but with this initiative FGR?s goals this season will grow some trees, which is fab.

“Tree planting and reforestation are essential activities, not just to fight the climate crisis, but also to reverse the disaster of habitat depletion and wildlife extinction, which is a global problem ? here in Britain just as much as anywhere else.”

?I?m going to match the pledge of One Tree Planted and any pledges made by our fans ? to double the impact.?

Fans can further support this initiative and learn more at Forest Green Rovers Plant Trees.

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International WELL Building Institute and the Green Sports Alliance Announce Partnership to Leverage Sport and Sustainability to Advance Health and Well-being for Everyone, Everywhere
 
Posted: 16 Nov 2020, 4:28 pm

International WELL Building Institute and the Green Sports Alliance Announce Partnership to Leverage Sport and Sustainability to Advance Health and Well-being for Everyone, Everywhere

IWBI and GSA today announced a multi-year partnership focused on supporting teams, leagues, conferences, venues, corporate partners, governmental agencies, athletes, and fans to promote healthy, sustainable communities.

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2020 ? The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), the global leader in transforming our buildings, communities and organizations in ways that help people thrive, and the Green Sports Alliance, an environmentally and socially focused nonprofit organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world, today announced a multi-year partnership focused on supporting teams, leagues, conferences, venues, corporate partners, governmental agencies, athletes, and fans to promote healthy, sustainable communities.

?The Green Sports Alliance has long been a force for good across professional, collegiate and community sports, leveraging the powerful voice of sports to help drive more sustainable practice. We?re excited to work with them to shine the spotlight on the role our facilities and venues play in protecting and advancing our health,? said Rachel Gutter, IWBI President and CEO, noting that IWBI will also continue its Gold level support of the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit.

The partnership will focus on providing educational resources that will promote new mental models within the sports industry that connect the wellness of the athlete and fan with the performance and sustainability of the venues they occupy; promoting healthier communities and places for people to live, work and play through a variety of events and collateral; and assessing ways in which systems within the built environment can help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and address other infectious diseases.

Included in the partnership is a 25 percent discount for Green Sports Alliance members on the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management. Trusted by major professional sports teams such as the New York Yankees, Cleveland Cavaliers & Monsters, and Charlotte Hornets, the rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types. Focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education, the rating demonstrates leadership and transparency to help instill confidence in athletes, staff and fans in a post-COVID-19 environment.

?The sports industry is in a watershed moment as we face three highly interconnected global crises?COVID-19, climate change, and racial injustice,? said Roger McClendon, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance. ?We are thrilled to amplify the leadership of the International WELL Building Institute and leverage their expertise in health and wellness to help our members operate safely and protect the resiliency of sport.?

About the International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings, communities and organizations in ways that help people thrive. It deploys the WELL ecosystem to help buildings, communities and organizations improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI mobilizes the wellness community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere.

International WELL Building Institute, IWBI, the WELL Building Standard, WELL v2, WELL Certified, WELL AP, WELL Portfolio, WELL Portfolio Score, The WELL Conference, We Are WELL, the WELL Community Standard, WELL Health-Safety Rating, WELL Health-Safety Rated, WELL Workforce, WELL and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute pbc in the United States and other countries.

ABOUT GSA
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Visit greensportsalliance.org for more information.

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Arsenal joins with UN to tackle climate change
 
Posted: 16 Nov 2020, 12:36 pm

By Arsenal Media

We’re delighted to reinforce our commitment to tackling climate change by becoming the first Premier League club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.

The UN initiative aims to bring together the global sports community with a commitment to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement and support the ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

The signatories to this initiative, which already include FIFA, the FA and the IOC, aim to support these ambitions by adhering to the following five principles:

  • Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Reduce overall climate impact
  • Educate on climate action
  • Promote sustainable and responsible consumption
  • Advocate for climate action through communication

In a 2019 study by the BBC and the United Nations-backed Sport Positive Summit, we topped the league table on sustainability among Premier League clubs. One year on, we are proud to build on the work we are already doing in this area and encourage positive climate action to our millions of supporters around the world.

?Arsenal is committed to leading the way on sustainability among Premier League clubs and we are proud to be the first club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework,” our operations director, Hywel Sloman, said.

?Together with our partners, we?ve already implemented a number of environmentally-friendly practices across the club. This includes becoming the first Premier League club to switch to 100 per cent green electricity?since the beginning of our partnership with Octopus Energy in 2016, and a new partnership with aluminium packaging company Ball Corporation, which is designed to help us and our millions of fans around the world reduce our impact on the environment.

?We will continue to use the power and reach of Arsenal to inspire our global communities and push each other towards a more sustainable future.?

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sports for Climate Action Lead at UN Climate Change, said: ?Football inspires so many of us around the world and there is a remarkable potential for the game to become greener, more climate resilient and lead by example for millions of global fans. We are delighted to welcome Arsenal as the first Premier League club to the UN Sports for Climate Action community, as we raise awareness of climate change and use this opportunity to make a difference together.?

Arsenal and sustainability

In recent years, we have implemented a number of environmentally-friendly initiatives across the club.

  • We became the UK?s first football club to install large-scale battery energy storage in 2018. The battery storage system can power Emirates Stadium for an entire match, or the equivalent of 2,700 homes for two hours
  • Since 1999, more than 29,000 trees have been planted at our training centre in London Colney to create the Colney Wood
  • We have installed a water recycling system at our training centre to reuse water that comes from the pitch ? in the last year, we have recycled more than 4.5 million litres of water
  • Following the launch of the partnership with Octopus Energy in 2016, we were the first Premier League club to switch to 100 per cent green electricity
  • In partnership with Camden Town Brewery, we were the first Premier League club to trial the reusable cup scheme during the 2018/19 season. This scheme became fully integrated at the start of the 2019/20 season, saving the use of approximately 20,000 single use plastic cups per game when Emirates Stadium is full
  • In October this year, we launched a partnership with global aluminium packaging company Ball Corporation designed to help the club and our millions of fans around the world reduce their impact on the environment
  • Our training centre is now 95 per cent single use plastic bottle-free
  • We have introduced more water dispensers across all sites ? saving 150,000 single-use plastic water bottles per year
  • We have reduced energy by installing automated LED lighting at all club sites

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SoFi Stadium Commits to Recycled Water Usage
 
Posted: 16 Nov 2020, 12:33 pm

By TheStadiumBusiness

SoFi Stadium has taken its first delivery of recycled water through a partnership that will see it receive millions of gallons per year for usage such as landscape irrigation.

The West Basin Municipal Water District will produce and distribute recycled water for maintenance, irrigation and aesthetic purposes at the home of Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. Reclaimed or recycled water is the process of converting wastewater into water that can be reused for other purposes.

Combined with several recycled water connections nearby, the West Basin project will provide 26 million gallons of recycled water per year, saving an equal amount of drinking water for the region. The water, delivered via 27 connection points, will be used for Lake Park and the greenscapes surrounding the stadium.

West Basin, which maintains more than 450 recycled water system connections for municipal and industrial customers throughout Los Angeles County, said the use of an environmentally friendly source of water was an important commitment from the 300-acre sports and entertainment destination.

?SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park is a great example of public-private partnership. Together we are able to help reduce the use of our precious drinking water sources by investing in a recycled water system that is world class,? said West Basin board president Gloria Gray.

Lake Park, the central water feature at the SoFi Stadium development, consists of an upper and lower lake bridged by cascading waterfalls with a total volume of approximately 16 million gallons.

The nearly six acres of lake will utilise approximately 35 acre-feet of recycled water per year, the equivalent of 11.4 million gallons each year. One acre-foot of water is equal to about 326,000 gallons, which is enough water to cover an acre of land, about the size of SoFi Stadium?s football field, one foot deep.

Other parts of the property making use of recycled water include greenery along the street medians and parking lots and landscaped areas surrounding the stadium.

Jason Gannon, managing director for SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, said: ?Onsite recycled water is vital for sustainable water usage at SoFi Stadium.

?The lakes on the property will serve as an irrigation reservoir for the more than 20 acres of public parks and open space surrounding Lake Park, with additional sustainability achieved by blending stormwater and runoff that is captured and cleaned through the wetlands.?

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Climate Pledge Arena Registers for Net Zero Carbon Certification
 
Posted: 13 Nov 2020, 12:25 pm

By Climate Pledge Arena

Makes progress as it works to become the first arena in the world to receive certification by the International Living Future Institute

SEATTLE ? Nov. 12 ? Climate Pledge Arena and Oak View Group today announced that the arena has submitted its registration to the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) as it works to become the first arena in the world to be net Zero Carbon certified.

 ILFI, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to advancing sustainable building practices, will now begin reviewing documentation provided by the arena, as well as twelve consecutive months of performance data once the building opens in 2021, to ensure it meets the net Zero Carbon standard.

?Registration with ILFI represents the next big step for Climate Pledge Arena on its road to achieving a net Zero Carbon certification,? said Jason F. McLennan, Founder of the International Living Future Institute and CEO of McLennan Design. ?The arena is making major strides in energy efficiency, elimination of natural gas from the building and both on-site and off-site renewables that should achieve net zero carbon operating status in its first year of operation.?

?Climate Pledge Arena shows beyond a doubt that buildings of all sizes and uses can pursue net Zero Carbon certification,? said Shawn Hesse, Director of Business Development at the International Living Future Institute. “With this move, the project team is raising the bar for professional and collegiate sports arenas – and for other global organizations – by embracing independent verification of their climate commitments.”

The 18,100-seat multi-purpose venue located at Seattle Center is expected to host 200 events each year, including the NHL?s 32nd and newest expansion team Seattle Kraken, four-time WNBA world champion Seattle Storm, live music and entertainment from the world?s biggest stars, and City of Seattle community events. It is currently undergoing a transformation to construct a brand-new arena under the landmark Paul Thiry-designed roof.

?Amazon has an ambitious goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions across our own business by 2040, and we are thrilled to support the arena on its journey,? said Chris Roe, Head of Sustainable Operations at Amazon. ?We?re excited by the arena?s progress, which will inspire climate action and set a new bar for sustainability in the sports and entertainment industry.?

The Climate Pledge, announced in 2019 by Amazon and Global Optimism, calls on signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040?a decade ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement. In securing the naming rights of the historic arena in June 2020, Amazon named it Climate Pledge Arena as a regular reminder of the importance of acting to fighting climate change.

Construction on the arena is on track to hit major milestones by the end of 2020 in reaching its goals to be net Zero Carbon certified, including:

·       Completing design and preparing for installation of solar panels on-site at the arena and at the Kraken Training Center at Northgate.
·       Installation of the first all-electric dehumidifiers in the National Hockey League, keeping the moisture in the rink low for optimum ice conditions.
·       Installation of all electric boilers to serve the full arena.

To learn more about Climate Pledge Arena visit www.ClimatePledgeArena.com.

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About Climate Pledge Arena
Climate Pledge Arena, located at Seattle Center, will be the first net Zero Carbon certified arena in the world. It will serve as a long-lasting and regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. The Climate Pledge, which was founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019, is a commitment from companies globally to be net zero carbon by 2040. The complete redevelopment of this historic landmark, originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, will be an industry first. Home to the NHL?s Seattle Kraken, WNBA’s Seattle Storm, and the world’s biggest performers of live music and events, Climate Pledge Arena will open in 2021. Learn more at www.climatepledgearena.com.

About Oak View Group (OVG)
Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG is focused on being a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports and live entertainment industry and currently has 8 divisions across 4 global offices (Los Angeles, New York, London, and Philadelphia). OVG is leading the redevelopment and operations of Climate Pledge Arena as well as arena development projects in Belmont, NY, Austin, TX, Manchester, England and Milan, Italy. OVG Global Partnerships, a division of OVG, is the sales and marketing arm responsible for selling across all OVG arena development projects.

About the International Living Future Institute
The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. The Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity?s relationship with the natural world. The Institute operates the Living Building Challenge, the world?s most advanced, holistic performance standard for buildings. It is a hub for many other visionary programs that support the transformation toward a living future. Learn more at www.living-future.org.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit https://www.aboutamazon.com/ and follow @AmazonNews.

About McLennan Design
McLennan Design is one of the world?s leading multi-disciplinary, regenerative design practices, focused on deep green outcomes in the fields of architecture, planning, consulting, and product design. The firm uses an ecological perspective to drive design creativity and innovation. McLennan and his team bring substantial knowledge and unmatched expertise to projects of all types around the globe. McLennan is the founder of the Living Building Challenge, winner of the Buckminster Fuller Prize and ENR?s National Award of Excellence. For more information see www.mclennan-design.com.

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University of Pittsburgh – A Recipe for Smiles
 
Posted: 10 Nov 2020, 12:12 pm

By University of Pittsburgh

Jamie Ducar, director of community engagement in Pitt?s Office of Community and Governmental Relations, awaits recipients at the first of six Farmers to Families food box distribution events organized in collaboration with Compass, Pitt?s dining services provider; food services distributor Sysco Corp., and an array of community organizations. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)

Masks couldn?t hide the smiles all around as volunteers loaded boxes of food into cars, vans and wire shopping carts in a distribution effort that provided 5,000 free meal kits to neighbors in need in and around the city.

Pitt?s Dining Services and the Office of Community and Governmental Relations (CGR) partnered with Compass, Pitt?s dining services provider; food services distributor Sysco Corp., and an array of community organizations to hand out boxes provided through the USDA?s Farmers to Families Food Box program.

It began on a sunny fall afternoon as 11 pallets stacked high with boxes were wheeled off a shiny silver box truck onto the Schenley Plaza sidewalk on Oct. 21?a delivery of meal kits for 400 families, first-come, first-served.

The scene played out across five other distribution sites: in Homewood on Oct. 21; the Hill District on Oct. 24; and in Carrick, Hazelwood and Homestead/Munhall on Oct. 29.

Pitt student and staff volunteers loaded the food into cars, vans and pickup trucks, and stacked boxes carefully into folding shopping carts that recipients who arrived on foot pulled along behind.

The meal kits, made up of meat, dairy and produce boxes, plus a gallon of milk, are designed to provide enough food for 10 family meals. Items inside included chicken, butter, cheese, eggs, apples, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

?Pitt is committed to partnerships that strengthen our communities,? said Jamie Ducar, director of community engagement in CGR. ?The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the needs of so many people right here in our region as well as across the world. Together we are working to ensure that our neighbors have access to fresh, wholesome food in this time of emergency.?

Danielle Gallaway, Compass? senior executive chef at Pitt, organized delivery and drop-off logistics. ?Working with Sysco and other local partners and community groups has been an amazing opportunity to get needed support directly to our local communities,? she said.

?It?s a benefit to both sides, the farmers and the families receiving substantial groceries. Having our everyday resources at Compass Group USA, from marketing support, refrigeration and trucks to assist in transportation of product is why we had the ability to commit to such a large volume of distribution.?

The USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program aims not only to help hungry families, but also to assist farmers and food distributors who have been affected by the pandemic.

The USDA program is purchasing up to $4 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products from American producers?food that ordinarily would have been sold to schools, restaurants and bulk purchasers. Because the pandemic has reduced that demand, the food instead is being packaged by distributors into family-sized boxes that are distributed for free.

The impact of the Pitt community?s effort was apparent as neighbors departed with their groceries.

?This is really nice,? one Oakland recipient said quietly to her companion as they walked away with a shopping cart loaded high. ?It?s really a blessing.?

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World Sailing receive IOC award for work on climate action
 
Posted: 9 Nov 2020, 8:30 pm

By World Sailing

World Sailing is delighted to receive the IOC International Federation Climate Award, awarded today [Friday 6 November] at the Virtual International Federation Forum.

World Sailing was presented with the Award by Thomas Bach, IOC President and Sergey Belyavski, Sustainability Leader, Dow. As part of the IF Forum, World Sailing participated in the IOC IF Sustainability Session, titled Back to Basics to Build Back Better, where the IOC also launched several case studies highlighting World Sailing?s work.

The IOC International Federation Climate Award recognises International Federations and National Olympic Committees who have undertaken carbon reduction measures to reduce their contribution to climate change. As part of the reward, retired carbon credits are given to the winners to offset their unavoidable emissions.

In a message to all winners, Thomas Bach said, ?Climate change continues to be a global challenge of unprecedented proportions for all humankind. It requires an unprecedented response from all of us. The IOC wants to ensure that the Olympic community contributes to the global efforts to address climate change. Tackling climate change is therefore at the heart of the IOC sustainability strategy. It is a great honour to recognise the recipients of the Carbon Action Award of the IOC and Dow. You can rightly call yourself climate leaders because of the effective actions you have taken.?

 

On receiving the award, David Graham, World Sailing Chief Executive Officer, commented, ?We are delighted to have been recognised by the IOC for our work and the impact we are making in this important area. Our sport is dependent on the forces of nature, and the rise in temperatures cause disruptive weather patterns. Selfishly speaking as a sailor, we know that we must do what we can to reduce our impact, so our participation window is not threatened.?

Sustainability has been at the core of World Sailing following unanimous support by World Sailing?s Council to implement Sustainability Agenda 2030, sailing?s contribution to global sustainability. Sailing was well represented in the Back to Basics to Build Back Better session with Hannah Mills (GBR), Rio 2016 gold and London 2012 silver medallist, participating. Mills took part in a panel session around how International Federations have committed to carbon neutrality. Mills highlighted the importance of engaging with athletes, giving personal insights from participation at a club level to international competition.

Dan Reading, World Sailing?s Head of Sustainability, was joined by other International Federations and was interviewed by the Head of Circular Economy from the World Economic Forum on the work World Sailing is undertaking in this area focusing on the life cycle of sailing equipment.

To round off the Session, the IOC launched four case studies highlighting World Sailing?s progress on a number of areas including:

  • World Sailing?s Sustainability Education Programme ? launched in 14 languages, the resources have been widely adopted, receiving high levels of youth engagement;
  • The Coral Reef Restoration ? supported by Hempel A/S at the Hempel World Cup Series Miami, sailors and support staff received education on climate change and the impact on the underwater environment and undertook an expedition to outplant coral in the waters of Miami;
  • Requirements for sustainable Olympic Equipment ? By working in partnership with suppliers, World Sailing has the ability to create more sustainable equipment. Starboard, the manufacturer of the iQFoil, was used as the example;
  • World Sailing?s Sustainability Charter for sanctioned events ? World Sailing?s Special Events help with a sport-wide effort in a variety of sustainability initiatives.

For further information on World Sailing?s Sustainability initiatives, please visit https://www.sailing.org/about/Sustainability.php.

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Virginia’s History, Resorts and Culture Make it an Attractive Meetings Destination
 
Posted: 24 Oct 2019, 5:00 am

Virginia’s history, resorts and culture make it an attractive meetings destination in 2019. Read to discover the state’s best-in-class venues and other group offerings.

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New and Expanded Convention Centers Heat Up the Texas Market
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 6:20 am

The Texas convention center scene is a competitive market. With new developments stretching from the DFW Metroplex to West Texas, read the latest on the Lone Star State convention scene.

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Caesars Forum Strides to Open
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 4:00 am

Ahead of IMEX America 2019, Meetings Today content developer Kate Cripe got a sneak peek of the $375 million Caesars Forum. During a hard hat tour, she got a first hand look at how the conference center project, which is expected to open in March 2020, is progressing.

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4 Reasons to Leverage Digital Displays at Conventions
 
Posted: 26 Aug 2019, 12:10 pm

Learn why digital display technology is one of the best ways to take your event to the next level. We explore what it can mean for branding, the attendee experience, sustainability and more.

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Boise Centre Unveils New Art Installation
 
Posted: 23 Jul 2019, 4:30 am

A glass sculpture titled You Are Here by Boise native Amy Westover was designed to inspire attendees and guests to look beyond the walls of the city's Boise Centre.

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Speakers in the Open Expo Hall? A New Way to Maximize Conference Content
 
Posted: 21 May 2019, 6:00 am

When it comes to conference speaking, an innovative speaker stage setup can drive more and unexpected engagement. Meetings Today Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe reports live from DES Madrid on how the "open air" concept works for attendees and presenters.

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6 Tips for Working With a Convention Services Team
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2019, 7:35 am

Meeting and event planners working with a facility’s convention services team can help ensure their program is a success by providing some very basic, but essential, information. Maxine Compean, associate event manager for the dual-branded the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, offered the following six tips to keep meeting and event planners and the convention services team on the same page.

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An Event Planner’s Take on the New Kentucky International Convention Center
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 3:05 pm

Event planner Christa Mekki, founder and senior planner at Magnetic Magnificent Events, was one of the first to experience the brand-new Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Meetings Today reached out to Mekki for her take on the reimagined convention center.

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6 Innovative Convention Center Projects That Are Reinventing the U.S. Meetings Landscape
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 7:30 am

Innovation is requisite for staying ahead in the convention business. It’s second nature for Las Vegas, and it’s also the watchword for reinvention in convention markets around the U.S.

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Event Venue Titans AEG Facilities and SMG Announce Merger
 
Posted: 8 Feb 2019, 10:20 am

AEG Facilities and SMG owner Onex announced they will merge to create ASM Global. The new company will be headquartered in Los Angeles and will operate over 300 venues across five continents that include arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers.

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San Francisco’s Moscone Center Nearly Doubles in Size
 
Posted: 19 Dec 2018, 5:45 am

As the new year approaches, so does a new beginning for San Francisco’s meetings business. The long-awaited opening of an upgraded Moscone Center came in early January, as the convention complex debuted a $551 million expansion.

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Q&A With David Gibbons, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
 
Posted: 20 Nov 2018, 8:45 am

Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman touched base with Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Executive Director David Gibbons on the MCCA’s increase in group business and the future of the facility.

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Orlando Continues Convention Center Expansion
 
Posted: 25 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is moving forward with a $605 million campus improvement plan. The project will bring expansions and new meeting and exhibit space in the North and South concourses, further increasing the center’s seven million square feet of total function space.

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IACC Set to Double European Members
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2018, 9:00 pm

IACC, the association that represents the global conference center segment, is set to more than double its number of European facilities within the next four months if a deal to add the supplier members of two conference center groups comes to fruition, according to IACC CEO Mark Cooper.

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St. Louis Convention Center Plans Extensive Renovation
 
Posted: 7 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

The America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis will undergo an expansion and extensive renovations. The AC Next Gen Project, which will include the addition of 92,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 65,000-square-foot ballroom and meeting area, a new outdoor pavilion and 26 new loading docks, was announced during a press conference held on October 3.

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How to Cope With a Convention Center Renovation
 
Posted: 26 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

On a recent tour of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Meetings Today spoke with John Page, general manager for SMG for the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). Page shared his advice for navigating a convention center renovation or expansion.

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5 Things You May Not Have Known About the Chattanooga Convention Center
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

Once you’ve seen one convention center you’ve seen them all, right? A recent visit to the Chattanooga Convention Center left me surprised to find some nice touches that many of its bigger—and smaller—city counterparts lacked. Following are five standout features I noticed during my tour of the Chattanooga Convention Center led by Executive Director Mike Shuford, during a press trip with the Chattanooga CVB.

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Convention Center Reopens in Louisville
 
Posted: 5 Aug 2018, 8:00 pm

The Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) hosted a grand opening ceremony, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 following a two-year, $207 million renovation and expansion project. State and local government officials, along with KICC facility officials and staff welcomed meeting clients, local stakeholders, interested citizens, and media to an open house that showcased how the new facility will host small to large-scale events.

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Caesars Forum Conference Center Breaks Ground in Vegas
 
Posted: 16 Jul 2018, 8:00 pm

Caesars Entertainment broke ground on its $375 million, Caesars Forum conference center on Monday, July 16, during a ceremony for trade press, industry executives and Caesars staff members. The ceremony was also livestreamed by Caesars so that people could tune in from all over the world.

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Q&A With Jennifer B. Davis on Greater Columbus Convention Center Updates
 
Posted: 30 Jun 2018, 8:00 pm

Meetings Today contributor Carolyn Blackburn interviewed Jennifer B. David, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager with the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), to discuss recent updates to the facility. The GCCC, which features 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, wrapped a two-year $140 million renovation and expansion project in July 2017 to improve the overall guest experience, including the installation of an impressive art collection and local F&B concepts.

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5 Campus Conference Centers That Will Enhance Any Event
 
Posted: 1 May 2018, 8:00 pm

College towns are happening hubs of activity, where the arts, sports and culinary delights thrive. All that and more is on deck for planners who book a university setting for a conference.

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Vegas Convention Center Expansion Design Unveiled
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2018, 8:00 pm

Architects have submitted their designs for the phase two expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Creativity Takes Center Stage at Convention Centers
 
Posted: 26 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The artwork installed at an increasing number of popular convention centers transforms these necessarily utilitarian buildings into magnificent galleries that rival some of the most inspired museums in the world.

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Arlington Unveils Plans for Massive Esports Stadium
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The City of Arlington announced plans for Esports Stadium Arlington, an esports-specific venue designed to draw competitive gamers and fans from around the world. The proposed venue will be built within the existing Arlington Convention Center in collaboration with architecture firm Populous.

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Q&A With Michele Hughes, Director of Sales, Connecticut Convention Center
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Meetings Today checked in with Michele Hughes, Director of Sales & Marketing with the Connecticut Convention Center (CTCC).

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Convention Centers Are Making Bold New Statements
 
Posted: 1 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Goodbye big-box, bunkeresque venues. Hello green rooftop micro-environments, wellness spaces and hip street-party-scapes.

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Conference centers revamp to provide connectivity
 
Posted: 1 May 2017, 8:00 pm

Addressing profound changes in how their customers are approaching learning, many conference centers are in a process of reinvention

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Convention centers design for a sense of place
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm

Many convention centers are striving to reflect and showcase their locations.

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Groups in Greater Boston utilize college campuses
 
Posted: 31 Oct 2016, 8:00 pm

An exceedingly intelligent choice for meetings and events.

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CEIR Releases Third Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 24 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 24 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the third report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Three: Education Content that Builds a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers.

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CEIR Releases Second Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 10 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 10 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the second report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Two: Exhibition Floor Features that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers

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Fourth Annual IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Another Sold Out Event
 
Posted: 4 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) celebrates another successful Women?s Leadership Forum on 26 April 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. More than 200 attendees sold out this year?s event which featured education sessions for women at all stages of their career.

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IAEE Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants
 
Posted: 3 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 3 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the application process for the 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants, which aid qualified professionals in their pursuit of continuing education and career development in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Now Accepting 2016 Helen Brett Scholarship Applications
 
Posted: 2 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 2 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and EventsTM (IAEE) has opened the application process for the Helen Brett Scholarship awards in 2016. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college-level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support.

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Conference center education shifts dramatically
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

The times they are a changin’, and all for the better from this reporter’s perspective.

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CEIR Debuts New Report Series Focusing on Attendee Retention
 
Posted: 28 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 April 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the first report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights. Reports from this exciting new, landmark study offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into a loyal fanbase. The series consists of five reports, beginning with Part One: Basics for Creating Your Attendee Retention Strategy: Tracking, Profiling and Why They Come Back.

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IAEE Public Events Council Releases 2016 Survey Report
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 26 April 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Public Events Council released its Public Events Industry Report: 2015 Results. In 2009, the Public Events Council distributed a survey to public event organizers across 22 public events industry sectors to examine overall industry performance. The report identified which public events industry sectors fared well, which sectors struggled and their expectations for the future. As a follow-up to the benchmark report, the survey is repeated annually with subsequent reports detailing individual and comparative statistics over the years.

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Your Industry - Your Voice!
 
Posted: 22 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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CEM Week - Register Now!
 
Posted: 18 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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2016 CEIR Index Report Now Available
 
Posted: 13 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 12 April 2016 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the 2016 CEIR Index Report. The CEIR Index analyzes the 2015 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years. Despite widespread pessimism and deceleration of activity during the fourth quarter, the U.S. economy still displayed significant signs of strength in 2015, led by personal consumption and residential construction. These strengths were offset partially by deterioration in energy development and net exports to produce real GDP growth of 2.4%. According to CEIR?s current projection, 2016 growth will be about the same, or perhaps slightly weaker as the trade gap widens further, before GDP accelerates in 2018 (see Figure 1).

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IAEE Renews Reciprocity Agreement with JEXA
 
Posted: 5 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 5 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) and the Japan Exhibition Association (JEXA) announced the renewal of a reciprocity agreement to benefit members of both organizations. Originally signed in 2012, the agreement renews the commitment of IAEE and JEXA to promote and develop the exhibitions and events industries in their respective countries through membership collaboration.

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IAEE Announces New Chapter in India
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) announces the addition of its latest chapter in Asia, the IAEE India Chapter. The IAEE Board of Directors approved the creation of this new chapter during its meeting held 31 March 2016 at the HITEX Exhibition Center in Hyderabad, India.

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Convention centers transform to meet attendees’ needs
 
Posted: 1 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

Generic big-box convention centers seem to be going the way of the buggy whip and typewriter.

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IAEE MATSO Council Adds New Content for May Meeting
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 31 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council?s program for this year?s MATSO Spring Program on 23-24 May 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. will focus on exchanging information that address challenges, share best practices and understand the changing landscape of Tier 1 cities.

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IAEE Awards Jacqueline Russo with 2016 Woman of Achievement Award
 
Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 30 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) proudly congratulates Jacqueline Russo, Vice President of Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., as this year?s recipient of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award. This award recognizes a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the exhibitions and events industry, exhibited outstanding leadership, and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.

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CEIR Releases New Industry Insight Series Report Written by Candy Adams
 
Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 29 March 2016 ? Today the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announces a new Industry Insight Series report, 99 Cost-Savings Tips and Tricks for Exhibit Managers written by Candy Adams, CTSM, CME, CEM, CMP, CMM, a revered and well-known exhibition industry veteran and owner of ?The Booth Mom®? Trade Show Consulting.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Krakoff Leadership Institute
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 March 2016 ? Registration is now open for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) to be held 7-9 August 2016 at The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif. The program is open to IAEE members interested in enhancing their strategic skills, and broadening their knowledge as current and future leaders in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Congratulates its 2016 International Excellence Award Recipient
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 17 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) congratulates Edward J. Krause III (Ned), President and CEO of E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) as this year?s recipient of the IAEE International Excellence Award. The IAEE International Excellence Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made exceptional strides in creating, launching and managing an international event in the exhibitions and events industry on an international scale.

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CEIR Releases Final Digital Toolkit Report
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 15 March 2015 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the release of the final report in the CEIR Digital Toolkit series. The new report, entitled Focus Report on Exhibition Organizer Onsite and Post-event Offerings provides an in-depth look at attendee preferences compared to business-to-business exhibition offerings for show mobile apps, as well as other onsite digital amenities and post-event digital communications.

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IAEE MATSO Council Announces City Working Group Initiative, Finalizes Governance Procedures
 
Posted: 9 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 9 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council announced it will resurrect city task force updates following a recent council meeting that focused on future programming and governance procedures.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Call for Nominations for Individual Awards
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 8 March 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the Call for Nominations for its annual awards program to recognize exceptional professionals in the exhibitions and events industry. Industry professionals who meet the outlined criteria may be nominated for any of the awards listed below, and recipients will be honored at Expo! Expo! IAEE?s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held 6-8 December in Anaheim, Calif.

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Conference center experts weigh in on five hot trends
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2015, 8:00 pm

Here is the top feedback when it comes to staging cutting-edge conference meets.

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Convention center tradeshows focus on interaction
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 8:00 pm

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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State College brims with entertaining endeavors
 
Posted: 30 Oct 2014, 8:00 pm

When it comes to putting fun on the agenda, State College is one smart choice.

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Can a team have too much talent?
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Yes, and here?s why having too much talent on a team is bad.

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Shared activities make experiences more intense
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Here?s some scientific support on the value of live experiences.

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Elmer Randolph 'Randy' Pugh
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Randy was employed with the City of Virginia Beach as the Operations Supervisor of the Pavilion Convention Center from 1980-1999.

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The Firestation Centre launches its neo-ticketing project
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
With its new project, the venue wants to find out if it will sell more tickets, if guests will get better deals, and if artists will earn more.

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The Marvel Experience lets you save the world
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The event will incorporate augmented reality, multiperson gaming, and RFID tracking for full fan immersion.

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Watch: Hugh Jackman talks about ticketing
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Hugh Jackman and the show's producer are making sure pricing allows anyone that wants to see his new play will not have to worry about scalpers.

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Upcoming webinars
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
These two, free webinars next week will focus on becoming a CFE and the Mentor-Connector Program.

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Ebola and the venue industry
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
IAVM is actively monitoring the impact of recent Ebola incidents. At the direction of Chair Kim Bedier, CFE ? in collaboration with our Industry Affairs Council and key IAVM staff ? an Ebola task force has been formed to work on relevant communications to the IAVM community.

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Close encounter of the third kind with Google Glass, part 2
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
More from Portland?5?s Joe Durr about this ?cool? technology product.

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AEG Live acquires two historic Virginia theatres
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Those theatres are The National Theatre in Richmond and The NorVa Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

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VenueConnect's environmental impact was minimal
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
VenueConnect's is the first conference that the Oregon Convention Center has measured the water, waste, and energy statistics.

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New Miami convention center and hotel approved
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The new development will be on the site of the old Miami Arena.

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Yarra, Australia, creates venue soundproofing fund
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The city house 500 venues, 50 of them live music venues.

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Wesley Burtch Dickson
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Wes founded his business, Advanced Equipment Corp., in 1957. In 1959, the business moved to Orange County, California.

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Session proposals wanted
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Please submit your session ideas for IAVM?s conferences. Presentations cannot be sales pitches, and if your topic is selected, IAVM will contact you concerning the coordination of the session speaker/panelists.

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Earl R. Williams
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Earl was employed with Kimble Glass Co. and later Ball State University as Conference Director and General Manager of Emens Auditorium.

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Take 10 - Invigorate Your Large Events!
 
Posted: 13 May 2014, 8:00 pm

Dana Freker Doody answers questions from Meetings Focus' Invigorate Your Large Events webinar.

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Cookie-cutter conference centers are a thing of the past
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2014, 8:00 pm

Today's conference centers are more about standing out than fitting in.

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Scheduling events at Florida colleges and universities is a smart choice
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Educational facilities throughout Florida give attendees a chance to relive the college experience.

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Convention centers adapt to tradeshows of today
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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IACC Americas Conference Sees Attendee Uptick
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

The 2014 IACC Annual Conference reported it has attracted the most registered attendees since 2008.

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State College, Pennsylvania, is a happening, business-savvy hub
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2013, 8:00 pm

State College, home to Pennsylvania State University, welcomes groups with its vibrant ambiance and excellent on-campus (and off-site) facilities.

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A quick take on recent openings and upgrades in the world of conference centers
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm

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A Q&A with Mark Cooper, new CEO of the International Association of Conference Centres
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm
IACC's new CEO shares his insights on the events industry

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Get Smart
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
On the fence about booking a college venue? These benefits might convince you.

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Areas of Study
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
University meetings think outside of the classroom

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School Spirit
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
College stadiums and arenas are a classic choice for large groups

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Exclusive: Flaming Lips to Star in Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 4:32 pm
When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game,  a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name.

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13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. So, how best to manage MIDEM?

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Downtown Sells Label to Cofounders, Focuses on Publishing
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 7:00 am
Downtown Music LLC, the privately held parent company of Downtown Records and Downtown Music Publishing, today announced the sale of its recorded music business to cofounders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam.

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Black Keys File Third Lawsuit Against 'Soundalikes' in TV Commercials
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:50 pm
After settling two lawsuits with Pizza Hut and Home Depot in December over alleged use of its songs in commercials, the Black Keys have filed a third lawsuit -- this time, against Pinnacle Entertainment, which runs casinos throughout the United States, and Manhattan Production Music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising.

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Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:24 pm
Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month, a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties, Billboard has learned.

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Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 3:48 pm
Sony Music and Ultra Music -- the electronic/dance record label, publishing house, management company and media platform owned and operated by Patrick Moxey -- have announced a globe-spanning strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the deal Moxey was named president of electronic music for Sony Music Worldwide.

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Searching For The Next 'Sugar Man'? Try 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
This year's Sundance had a half-dozen music-driven docs, including: Dave Grohl's "Sound City," "History of the Eagles, Part One," "Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer," "Narco Culturo" and "Mussel Shoals" -- all fine films. But the power of Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a story chronicling of the lives of background singers who sang on era-defining records from the 1960s into the 1990s, is such that it transcends the typical music documentary ecliciting gasps of disbelief, spontaneous applause and tears. It's a winner.

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Building the $100 Billion Dollar Music Business: Guest Post by Tom Silverman
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
In this guest post, New Music Seminar/Tommy Boy Entertainment founder Tom Silverman describes how we can grow the music business into one that reaches $100 billion in annual retail revenue in the next decade.

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Three Directors Step Down at Sirius XM Radio as Liberty Media Takes Control
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 4:50 pm
Leon Black, Lawrence Gilberti and Jack Shaw resign from the board of the satellite firm.  

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Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 3:08 pm
Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients.

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Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 2:07 pm
Not only did Kobalt sign a deal with Dave Grohl this week ( the company is also formally introducing a new Label Services division that will handle digital and physical releases for independent artists as well as Kobalt clients. Though the division has quietly released several albums in recent months, it will gain major attention next month with the release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Push the Sky Away,” due out Feb. 18 through Kobalt Label Services  and Cave’s Bad Seed Ltd.

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Welcome to the New Billboard
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
The Jan. 26 edition of Billboard features a cover-story interview with Prince, but that world exclusive is accompanied by something else: A whole new magazine. This week, Billboard relaunches, and from the new logo on the front cover to the information packed graphic on the back page, the magazine is dedicated to the delivery of business journalism that leads and informs the essential conversations around the music and businesses it covers.

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Warner Music, NMPA Reach Agreement on Royalty Rate for Music Videos
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:43 pm
The Warner Music Group has become the second major label to agree to pay songwriters and publishers a royalty from revenue they derive from music videos, in a deal negotiated by the National Music Publishers' Association.

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Tim Leiweke on AEG Sale: 'We're Getting Down to the Final Straws'
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm
The sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group is “taking longer” than expected, AEG CEO, Tim Leiweke told Billboard.biz, but not due to lack of interest. While Leiweke declined to mention who the serious bidders were, he did indicate that the field has narrowed.  “We’re getting down to the final straws here,” he said.

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'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer,' 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Sell At Sundance
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 6:17 am
Add “Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer” to the growing music-centric documentaries sold at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO Docs acquired U.S. TV rights to the political documentary that received its world premiere Jan. 18. "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which tells the stories of several prominent backup singers, sold on Thursday to Radius and the Weinstein Co.

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Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, New File-Sharing Service
 
Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 4:09 pm
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new file-sharing website called Mega. "As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government," Dotcom tweeted on Saturday, along with a link to the new site.

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Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier on New, 'Quite Reasonable' Pandora Deal
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
Sony/ATV pulled a major coup earlier this week by negotiating a higher royalty rate from Pandora. Chairman/CEO Martin Bandier spoke with Billboard.biz about the deal.

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Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 4:45 pm
From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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CD Baby Parent Company AVL Digital Group Sold
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:44 am
AVL Digital Group -- the parent company of CD Baby, Disc Makers and other self-publishing platforms -- has been sold to Stephens Capital Partners, a private equity group based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Billboard.biz has learned.

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NARM Names Muve Music's Jeff Toig, Dimple Records' Dilyn Radakovitz to Board
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:34 am
Muve Music senior VP Jeff Toig and Dimple Records founder and owner Dilyn Radakovitz have joined the board of directors of both NARM, the music business trade association, and digitalmusic.org, its digital initiatives arm.

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Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit Comedy Showcase
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:13 am
At the height of his lowest point, Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels says he considered suicide. Before leaving the world, however, he wanted to publish an autobiography, his life story beyond music; a conversation with his mother shortly thereafter revealed more information than he had bargained for.

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Backbeat: Carrie Underwood Celebrates No. 1 With 'Blown Away' Co-Writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 4:46 pm
Carrie Underwood joined Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, the two songwriters who penned "Blown Away," at the CMA offices on Wednesday to celebrate their song hitting the top of the charts.

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Elizabeth Sobol Named Decca Label Group President and CEO
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Elizabeth Sobol, current managing director at IMG Artists North America, has been named Decca Label Group's president and CEO. Sobol will report to Universal Music Group International's chairman and CEO Max Hole, who was promoted to that position last week.

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HMV Shutters Irish Operations, Appoints Receivers as Staff Stages Sit-In
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 11:45 am
Staff at two HMV stores in Ireland have staged sit-in protests to secure their wages following the closure of the company’s 16 Irish stores, according to reports. HMV’s Irish operations were placed into receivership 24 hours after the British music retailer HMV confirmed it was suspending the trading of its shares and entering administration, the U.K. equivalent of Chapter 11.

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Dave Grohl, Avicii and Afrojack: A Promoter's Approach to Booking Music at Sundance
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 10:31 am
Park City Live is the only regularly operating nightclub in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival running Jan. 17-27, which will enter its second year of operation as a concert venue the day the festival begins. Here, Park City Live CEO Kathryn Burns talks about her first year promoting the venue.

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Sony/ATV Negotiates 25% Royalty Increase From Pandora: Report
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 8:01 am
The newly combined Sony/ATV-EMI music publishing powerhouse has used its market clout to negotiate a 25% royalty increase from Pandora, according to a report in the New York Post. The deal is said to run for the next 12 months.

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Mark Poston, EMI Australia Chairman, Steps Down
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 9:38 pm
Mark Poston, EMI Australia’s chairman, is out as Universal Music continues its global integration of EMI. According to Universal Music, Poston “decided to step down” from his current position as chairman and senior VP marketing, Australasia at EMI Music Australia. UMA's president George Ash will oversee EMI Australasia until a replacement is announced.

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LyricFind Partners with Gracenote, Gets Investment from Larry Marcus
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 4:40 pm
LyricFind will now power all of Gracenote's lyric services as part of their new partnership, while BandPage director Larry Marcus will be providing his experience, and a personal investment, to the company.

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SoundExchange Distributions Grew 58% to $462 Million in 2012
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 2:21 pm
SoundExchange distributed $462 million in digital performing royalties in 2012, a 58% increase over 2011, the organization announced Wednesday

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Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
Innovation Forum, an inaugural summit of business leaders from the U.S. and U.K., will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy week. UMG Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge, Sony Ent. CEO Michael Lynton, Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of WME, and musician will.i.am will co-host the event co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment.

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Sony Music Boosts Digital Team With Ole Obermann and Mark Piibe
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
In a statement today from Sony Music Entertainment's president of global digital business and U.S. sales Dennis Kooker, the company announced the creation and appointment of two new, digitally focused positions; current Sony Music executive Ole Obermann has been named executive vice president, digital partner development and sales, while Mark Piibe will be leaving EMI to take on the role of executive vice president, global business development and digital strategy.

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Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' Aiming for First-Week Sales of 350,000
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 4:44 pm
As reported yesterday (Jan. 14), Justin Timberlake's new single "Suit & Tie" is selling briskly and bound for a big first-week sales figure; label sources suggest that "Suit & Tie" may sell around 330,000 - 350,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Universal Music France President Pascal Negre Named UMG's Global Head of New Business
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Pascal Nègre, president at Universal Music France, Italy, Middle East and Africa, has been promoted to UMG's global head of new business, according to a press release.

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Billboard's Parent Company Names Ross Levinsohn CEO
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 10:41 am
Billboard's parent company has a new leader: Former Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media executive Ross Levinsohn.

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Universal Music Japan's Kazuhiko Koike To Head EMI Japan
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 8:07 am
Universal Music Japan today announced that its President and CEO Kazuhiko Koike will assume on the role of president/CEO of EMI Music Japan as well, replacing longtime CEO Hitoshi Namekata.

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Warner Music Sued for Millions by George Gershwin Heirs
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 8:39 pm
A new lawsuit objects to the way that the music giant has licensed famous compositions and booked revenue.

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Greg Sandoval, Senior CNET Writer, Resigns Over CBS Controversy
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:39 pm
CNET editor Greg Sandoval told Twitter earlier today that he's quitting the venerable tech news site over parent company CBS's apparent demand that the publication drop Dish Network's ad-skipping Hopper feature from consideration for its "Best of CES" awards.

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Indie Band Love in the Circus Explores 3D Imaging at CES
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:14 pm
Music can be as much about the visuals as it is about the sound. Among the more intriguing demonstrations of this at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was a video display in the Sony booth from an independent band called Love in the Circus; the Los Angeles based band used projection imaging to create a live stage that evokes a Cirque du Soleil-esque setting, wrapping custom animations around a physical stage set.

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Pop Leads U.K. Album Sales for Second Year Running
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
Big-selling albums from Emeli Sandé, Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction ensured that pop remained the most-popular genre in the United Kingdom in 2012, according to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body the BPI.

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Rolling Stones Lead Hot Tours with '50' Shows
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:05 am
Rock legends the Rolling Stones stand at the top of Hot Tours this week with ticket sales reaching $38.6 million from the 50 and Counting Tour, while Nickelback, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John reach the top ten on the strength of their Australian tours.

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Virtual Visionaries
 
Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 7:00 pm
Emilie Barta and John Pollard aim to take the fear out of planning hybrid events

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Take 10 - Conference Centers
 
Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 8:00 pm
Take 10 - Conference Centers

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New School
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 8:00 pm

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Final Bow
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Makes Global Push; Criteria to 'Evolve'
 
Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Board Sets New Service Standards
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2011, 7:00 pm

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Association Meetings 3.0
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 5:10 pm
What does the association meeting of tomorrow look like and how can you prepare to provide your members with the type of meetings they need? A presenter at ASAE's 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo provides her expert glimpse into the future.

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Rethinking Sponsorships in the Age of Social Media
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:56 pm
Technology is changing our lives in seemingly countless ways, including association event sponsorships. Find out what a leading event software expert believes are the best ways to make the most of sponsorships in the age of social media.

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What You Need to Know About Simultaneous Interpretation
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:54 pm
As more associations venture overseas, simultaneous interpretation is more important than ever. Two experts who have conducted events around the globe share their insights.

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Reduce Expenses for Meetings of Any Size
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:51 pm
Even the largest associations sometimes have meetings that don't represent a lot of room nights, which can reduce your ability to negotiate with the host hotel. Here are nine tips to help you get the best deal for your next meeting, no matter how many attendees you have.

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Strategic Meeting Planning
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 11:00 am
We use strategic planning in our everyday lives but often get too caught up in all the details to apply it effectively during the meeting planning process. Discover how to be truly strategic the next time you're planning an important meeting.

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New Models for Successful Convention Strategy
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:56 am
There's more to meetings than good content and a nice location. An ASAE Fellow and association business strategy consultant shares his views on factors such as information needs, competing resources, and strategic barriers that impact attendance at association conventions and tradeshows.

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Post-Recession Economy Requires New Guidelines for Association Events
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:53 am
Association events are making a comeback following the deep recession, but everyone remains sensitive to appearing too extravagant and expensive. Here's a process for determining what's appropriate for your next events.

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Increase Exhibitor Engagement Without Increasing Your Budget
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:49 am
Every association tradeshow is under pressure to increase traffic, but at what cost? Follow these strategies for increasing traffic and enhancing exhibitor loyalty without busting your budget.

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Letter From the Chair: ME Section Contributes to "199 Ideas" for Planners
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:47 am
The Meetings & Expositions Section Council chair discusses the debut of an exciting new resource for association planners, provides a glimpse of the upcoming Annual Meeting & Exposition, and lends his perspective on the value of associations to society.

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Tips to Make Transportation at Your Conference Greener
 
Posted: 9 May 2011, 10:09 am
Greening meetings has come a long way in recent years, but you can take it to the next level with a little strategy and a lot of enthusiasm. Learn how to get your group actively involved in being a deeper shade of green.

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2011, 8:00 pm
Collegiate athletic venues are ideal for team building and spectator fun

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
With mounting competition, conference centers get flexible

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Conference Center Changes
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
Conference Center Changes

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On Location - Convention Centers
 
Posted: 31 May 2010, 8:00 pm

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2010, 8:00 pm
Campus Culture

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 8:00 pm

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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University Venues
 
Posted: 28 Feb 2010, 7:00 pm

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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