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It’s A Go For The Dynamo: Houston MLS Team Will Welcome 3,000 Fans Back to BBVA Stadium On Saturday
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2020, 5:01 pm
BBVA Stadium is poised to become the first big league venue in Houston to host an event with fans in the stands since the pandemic shut down sports and entertainment facilities across North America.

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Marshall Tucker Band’s Doug Gray, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington, Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr & More To Be Featured On Pollstar Live! Digital Sessions: ‘A Southern Rock Salute To Charlie Daniels’
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2020, 3:27 pm
To go along with next week?s special Charlie Daniels issue, Pollstar Live! Digital Sessions will feature ?A Southern Rock Salute To Charlie Daniels,? a livestream roundtable featuring Marshall Tucker Band?s Doug Gray, Wet Willie?s Jimmy Hall, Outlaw?s Henry Paul, Lynyrd Skynyrd?s Gary Rossington & Blackberry Smoke?s Charlie Starr.

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Scarypoolparty Livestreaming Three Shows From The Wiltern, With Crew Nation Benefit VIP Gig
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2020, 2:24 pm
Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Scarypool party will perform three livestreams from the Wiltern in Los Angeles Sept. 27, with a VIP acoustic set benefitting Crew Nation.

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Live Venues Plead For Aid As Congress Returns To Session
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2020, 1:23 pm
With its August recess officially concluded, Congress has returned to session and talks about potential aid packages ? which could potentially save thousands of live industry businesses, particularly venues ? have resumed.

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Week of 09/18/20
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2020, 1:17 pm

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With Sweepstakes Model, Pledge 46 Keeps 46 for 46 Activist Spirit Alive
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2020, 12:28 pm
The pivot sounds tough ? a political organization founded on live music, removing the live music element ? but was surprisingly smooth for 46 for 46 co-founders Kyle Frenette and Chris Moon. Initially, 46 for 46 had teamed with Propeller, a company that spurs social action by offering rewards, to build a digital portal to further engage fans at shows with meet-and-greets and other goodies. Even without concerts, that aspect could live on.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Friday, September 18
 
Posted: 18 Sep 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, mostnotably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond.

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Paradigm Lays Off Furloughed Employees
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 2:46 pm

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Ask The Punk Rock MBA
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 1:43 pm
Pollstar is excited to welcome our new business advice column, ?Ask The Punk Rock MBA,? where Finn McKenty will answer business questions you need answered for operating a successful business.Mckenty is an American marketing strategist, music commentator, writer and graphic designer who currently runs the YouTube channel and Podcast The Punk Rock MBA. He is director of marketing at the online education platform URM Academy. Please send all questions to editorial@pollstar.com.

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LiveXLive Launches Hip-Hop Basketball Tournament
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 1:26 pm
LiveXLive, Grey Space Group and Grade-A have teamed up to announce ?The Crew League,? a celebrity basketball tournament for hip-hop stars and their entourages.

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Independent Venue Week Announces Digital U.S. Dates
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 1:00 pm
Independent Venues Week is going ahead in digital format Oct. 24-30, with funds raised benefitting the National Independent Venue Association?s Emergency Relief Fund.

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'I'd Rather Die Than Live Unfree': A Chat With Susanne Leonhard, CEO Docks/Prinzenbar Hamburg
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 12:47 pm
Pollstar speaks with Susanne Leonhard, CEO of Docks and Prinzenbar, two venues on Hamburg's Reeperbahn. As such, they both usually host dozens of showcases during the annual Reeperbahn Festival, which is currently running as an online and offline hybrid edition. Leonhard decided not to take part in this year's scaled-down and "pandemic proof" edition of Reeperbahn Festival with her venues, Pollstar wanted to know why.

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New York's (le) poisson rouge Goes Digital With Paid Livestreaming Platform
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 11:23 am
New York City nightclub (le) poisson rouge announced a subscription-based livestreaming platform on Wednesday. LPR.tv will be comprised of live performances from the storied Manhattan nightclub, presented in high definition with full production and soundboard audio.

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Beatport And Twitch Announce Livestreaming Partnership
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 9:28 am
Beatport and Twitch are going to deliver a weekly program of exclusive content on Beatport's official Twitch channel, showcasing a selection of artists, labels and collectives from the global DJ and producer community.

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Asia News: Beijing Music Festival, Takarazuka Music School, Bruno Mars + Arashi
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 9:00 am

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New York’s SummerStage Shines Remotely With Anywhere Series, Star-Studded Jubilee
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 8:54 am
One way the City Parks Foundation has provided relief to New Yorkers ? and audiences around the world ? has been by taking its beloved SummerStage concert series, which brings concerts to several Big Apple spaces including Central Park during warmer months, online.

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Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett Tie For Top Prize At ACMs
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 8:30 am
In a surprise twist that fit an unexpected year of firsts, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the first time the top prize has been split between two artists.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Thursday, September 17
 
Posted: 17 Sep 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, mostnotably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond.

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‘Do Not Abandon Us’ Live Industry Urges Congress In Joint Letter
 
Posted: 17 Sep 2020, 4:30 am
A coalition of groups representing North American agents, venues, production companies and other businesses wrote a letter to Congress on Sept. 16 imploring the representatives to provide federal aid immediately.

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Live Nation’s Ali Harnell To Host ‘Happy Hour: Women In Wine’ Livestream Conversation With Brandi Carlile’s XOBC Cellars
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2020, 10:25 pm
Brandi Carlile is raising a glass today in celebration of the release of her XOBC Cellars? latest wine, XO Sparkling Ros, and the announcement of the Oct. 29 livestream event ?Happy Hour: Women In Wine.?

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OVG, H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation Partner On Palm Desert Arena
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2020, 4:23 pm
Oak View Group (Pollstar?s parent company) and the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation have joined forces to bring a new, state-of-the-art arena to Palm Desert, Calif.

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100-Plus Live Nation Venues Being Explored As Polling Places For 2020 Elections
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2020, 3:37 pm
Live Nation today announced initiatives to encourage civic engagement and support access to voting in the 2020 elections, with as many as 100 Live Nation-owned concert venues potentially becoming polling places.

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SOFI TUKKER To Be Featured On Pollstar Live! Digital Sessions On Thursday
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2020, 3:12 pm
SOFI TUKKER?s Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, who grace this week?s cover ofPollstar,will take part in Pollstar Live! Digital Sessions on Thursday.

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Q’s With Amy Madrigali, In-House Talent Buyer For The Troubadour
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2020, 2:03 pm
Amy Madrigali has been the in-house talent buyer for Los Angeles? iconic Troubadour for the past four years and may have one of the most well-rounded perspectives in the live business having worked for Seattle?s KMTT radio, One Reel (which produces Bumbershoot), Pearl Jam, Q-Prime and The Billions Corp. agency, Here, she discusses her approach to booking, her work for NIVA, the legacy of Elton John and what the venue is doing these days. (For the full interview with Amy Madrigali pre-order Pollstar?s upcoming Talent Buyer 2020-2021 Directory.)

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Bonnaroo Announces Virtual ROO-ALITY Event With Archival Sets, New Performances, Talks, More
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2020, 11:00 am
Bonnaroovians now have reason to rejoice: On what would have been the festival's rescheduled dates, Sept. 24-26, Bonnaroo will present Virtual ROO-ALITY, a three-day offering of new performances and archival content to ease the pain of this year's canceled physical event.

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'There Needs To Be A Will To Go Back To The Roots': Inside Switzerland's Blausee Concerts
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2020, 9:11 am
Swiss promoter Gadget abc Entertainment Group AG, part of the CTS Eventim family, worked alongside Chili Productions, promoters of Seaside Festival, to realize a series of six concerts at one of the most scenic locations inn Switzerland: Blausee in the Kander Valley.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Wednesday, September 16
 
Posted: 16 Sep 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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Australia: Sydney Nightlife, Promoter Awards, Harry Styles
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2020, 3:00 am

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SOFI TUKKER Building A ‘Freak Fam’ With 180 Daily Livestreams And Counting
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2020, 1:00 am
Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, the duo that comprises SOFI TUKKER (no, it?s not one artist), hadn?t really gotten into social media before their touring life was put on pause. But not only have they discovered livestreaming, they?ve been doing it daily since March ? now approaching 200 events ? finding new fans and setting a new bar for livestreaming.

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Stevie Van Zandt Rocks Pollstar Live! Digital Session
 
Posted: 15 Sep 2020, 10:10 pm
Stevie Van Zandt ? one of the world?s foremost authorities on rock ?n? roll ? sat down with OVG President of Media and Conferences Ray Waddell on Sept. 15 for an hour-long conversation spanning the history of American music, his own career and other projects he has been involved with more recently.

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Pocono Raceway’s Solar Farm: 10 Years of Producing Clean & Renewable Energy
 
Posted: 4 Sep 2020, 3:06 pm

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LONG POND, Pa. (September 4, 2020)? Pocono Raceway?s solar farm celebrated 10 years of producing clean and renewable solar energy on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

?It is incredible to witness the progress our solar farm has made since going online 10 years ago,? said Pocono Raceway CEO, Nick Igdalsky. ?This project was our first venture into sustainability and was the foundation for our ongoing green successes. We sincerely thank all who helped us start this project and who have played a role in maintaining it through the years. We will continue to invest in our solar initiatives, as well as the robust recycling, composting and waste diversion programs we add annually. Pocono Raceway wants to ensure we remain one of the most sustainable motorsports and entertainment facilities in the world.?

Pocono Raceway is recognized as the world?s first, privately-owned solar powered sports facility.

BY THE NUMBERS – POCONO RACEWAY SOLAR FARM DATA

  • Size:Pocono Raceway?s25-acre, three megawatt solar farmcurrently ranks among thetop-10 largest solar-powered sporting venues in the world. Pocono In 2018, the Raceway was rankedfourth among the world?s top 50 largest solar stadiums and sporting venuesbehind Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway, TT circuit Assen (Netherlands) and Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pa.,) as a result of an independent study.[1
  • Solar Panels:Pocono Raceway?s solar installation consists of39,960 American-made photovoltaic modules, otherwise known as solar panels.
  • Energy Disbursement:Pocono Raceway?s solar farm produces enough energy to power the track?s daily operations and provides electricity to over300 local homes and businesses each year.
  • Total Energy Produced:Pocono Raceway?s solar farm has produced a total of37,042,235 Million Kilowatt hours (kWh.)
  • Energy Equivalents and Offsets:The energy produced by Pocono Raceway?s solar farm is the equivalent of1,074,224 propane cylindersor approximately3,000,421 gallons of gasoline. It also equals thereduction of carbon emission of over 26,190 metric tons, thecarbon dioxide offset from 666,759 treesor thegreenhouse emissions from 5,658 passenger carsdriven for a year.

(Note: All numbers are approximate and reported as of 12 p.m. ET on September 3, 2020.)

 

HISTORY ? POCONO RACEWAY SOLAR FARM MILESTONES

  • May 2010:Construction of Solar Farm Begin
  • July 30, 2010: Pocono Raceway Solar Farm Dedication Ceremony
  • August 25, 2010: Solar Farm Activated and Online
  • December 9, 2010: Energy Production Milestone ? 1 Million kWh
  • December 26, 2011: Energy Production Milestone ? 5 Million kWh
  • April 7, 2013: Energy Production Milestone ? 10 Million kWh
  • July 23, 2014: Energy Production Milestone ? 15 Million kWh
  • January 7, 2017: Energy Production Milestone ? 25 Million kWh
  • March 9, 2020: Energy Production Milestone ? 35 Million kWh

 

AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

  • 2010: Pocono Raceway receives The Citizens? of Pennsylvania ?Green Power: Make It? Award, Great Pocono Chamber of Commerce?s ?Bizzy Award for Best Green Marketing Campaign? and Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau?s ?Valued Partner Award? in recognition for its solar power initiative
  • 2011: Pocono Raceway honored with ?Excellence in Renewable Energy Award, Readers? Choice Award? during Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo and as one of the recipients of the Pennsylvania?s Department of Environmental Protection?s ?2011 Governor?s Award for Environmental Excellence.
  • 2012: Pocono Raceway joins Beyond Sport. Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes, supports and celebrates the use of sport to address social issues in communities around the world. We do this through convening, supporting and advising the worlds of sport, business, government, and development on how sport can be used as a tool to achieve both social and business objectives
  • 2013: Pocono Raceway joins Green Sports Alliance. The Alliance inspires professional sports leagues,sportsgoverning 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.
  • 2013 and 2015: Pocono Raceway receives NASCAR Green Awards in recognition of valued contribution to green innovation.
  • 2017: Pocono Raceway, in partnership with Penn State University, becomes first NASCAR track to release sustainability report detailing solar farm, recycling efforts, waste diversion and additional green initiatives.
  • 2018: Pocono Raceway?s sustainability report is updated.
  • 2019:Pocono Raceway eclipses 30 Million kWh and achieves 75% waste diversion, whereas waste is diverted from landfills to be recycled or composted.

The Raceway?s solar farm is located along Long Pond Road, adjacent to the storied 2.5-mile triangular shaped track. To learn more about Pocono Raceway?s sustainability efforts, including a real-time look at solar farm production and 2018 sustainability report, please visitwww.poconoraceway.com/green.

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About Pocono Raceway

Pocono Raceway, also known as ?The Tricky Triangle,? is family-owned and situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In business for over 50 years, the Raceway hosts multiple, national motorsports events including two NASCAR Cup Series, one NASCAR Xfinity Series, one NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and one ARCA Menards Series events each year. The facility?s calendar also consists of over 200 events including a wide-range of car clubs and racing schools. Pocono Raceway is recognized as the world?s first, privately-owned solar-powered sports facility. Their 25-acre, three-megawatt solar farm provides the energy needs of the Raceway, as well as, adds electricity to the local power grid. Each member of our raceway staff is committed to creating exciting experiences and lifelong memories. For more information, please visitwww.poconoraceway.com.

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NHL launches initiatives with ‘welcoming, inclusive’ mandate
 
Posted: 3 Sep 2020, 8:11 pm

By Emily Kaplan, ESPN

The NHL laid out a comprehensive plan on Thursday to “fight against racism” and issue “the mandate to make our sport and our league more welcoming and inclusive.”

Among several initiatives, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have planned mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all players during training camp for the 2020-21 season. League employees will have their own inclusion training, led by Bill Proudman from White Men as Full Diversity Partners.

The league also formed an Executive Inclusion Council, co-chaired by Sabres owner Kim Pegula and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, as well as three other committees. The Player Inclusion Committee is co-chaired by Devils defensemanP.K. Subbanand NBC analystAnson Carter, and will include current and former NHL players as well as women’s national team players. The Fan Inclusion Committee and Youth Hockey Inclusion Committee “will each develop action-oriented solutions that positively impact the access, opportunity and experiences that underrepresented groups have in the game — and in the business — of hockey.”

“Under the leadership of NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs Kim Davis, the League’s longstanding work in these areas has been refocused over the last three years and accelerated over the last six months,” Bettman said in a statement. “The initiatives we are announcing today are the result of that recommitment to making the NHL more inclusive and welcoming — and to using the privilege of our platform to fight racism.”

The NHL is a predominantly white league. In January, Davis told WDET in Detroit that 43 players of color appeared in a game this season — which represents about 5% of players in the league.

In June, several prominent BIPOC players in the league formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA), whose mission is “to eradicate racism in hockey at all levels.” Members of the HDA were instrumental in holding conversations with players in the bubble, persuading them to take a two-day pause from the playoffs last month in solidarity with other sports leagues protesting racial injustice and police brutality.

On Thursday, the NHL and NHLPA announced they would work with the HDA to establish a “first-of-its-kind grassroots hockey development program” that would provide mentorship and skill development for BIPOC boys and girls in the Toronto area. The NHL said it would look to pursue a similar pilot program in the United States.

Avalanche centerNazem Kadri, a member of the HDA, said he was able to review the NHL’s plan earlier Thursday.

“That’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Kadri said. “Being a part of the HDA, we tried to lay out certain policies and initiatives that affect the grassroots program and the whole education process. One of the first things we need to do is start educating the youth, the players, the staff. So it’s certainly a step in the right direction.”

The HDA had asked the NHL on July 14 to sign an eight-point pledge, asking for specific policies and items of support. Some of the requests — like anti-racism education — were covered by policy released on Thursday. Others weren’t covered as specifically as they were in the pledge: The HDA suggested percentage targets to be established on the hiring of black executives and hockey and non-hockey personnel, as well as ensuring that 10% of all the league’s procurement expenditure for the 2020-21 season come from Black-owned or operated suppliers. The league’s policy mentions working to establish hiring targets “on a realistic timetable while commissioning an outside audit of these efforts” and “building a more diverse business pipeline.”

A few action items from the HDA pledge weren’t addressed by the policy at all, including “a zero-tolerance policy towards racial discrimination and abuse” and a promise not to “support, partner with or accept support from any organization that has engaged in, promoted or failed to appropriately respond to racist conduct in their organization.”

The NHL also said it plans to collaborate with two nonpartisan organizations focused on voter education and increased voter participation in the U.S. that will connect with teams as appropriate. The league said it will designate 2020 U.S. Election Day and future general election days in both Canada and the United States as companywide off days.

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Sun Devils devise creative solutions for sustainability on campus
 
Posted: 1 Sep 2020, 4:28 pm

By Carmen De Alba Cardenas

A group of Arizona State University students proposed practical sustainability projects to be tested on ASU campuses to reduce waste this spring, and several of the projects are moving on to implementation this fall.

In the fall of 2019,Kendon Jung, program manager forZero Wasteand former coordinator for Changemaker Central @ ASU, proposed the idea of introducing an interdisciplinary course that would attempt to change behaviors by addressing social or structural barriers. This is how theSustainable Behavior Psychology Labwas created.

At the start of the spring 2020 semester, an iteration of the Psychology Lab was introduced to the School of Sustainability with implementation of interventions as an end goal.

With funding from theSwette CenterandUniversity Sustainable Practices, theInterventions for Sustainable Consumption on Campus course and the Sustainable Consumption Labwas created to address the local, behavioral and engagement issues that come with the idea of a sustainable campus.

Daniel Fischer, assistant professor for the School of Sustainability, andJordan King, sustainability graduate student, were instructors of the lab and led the students in their research and education.

?The idea was to make the ASU campus a living lab for intervention research education, using what we know about behavior change to effect sustainable change in front of our own house door,? Fischer said.

The class teamed up with Zero Waste andAramark, ASU?s official food service provider, to collaborate on how student consumption behavior could be changed through different approaches.

Ultimately, four groups of students tackled four different intervention prototypes: promoting reusable coffee cups, increasing composting, reducing food waste and improving awareness about the benefits of plant-based meals.

Due to COVID-19 and classes being moved to a virtual setting, the students were not able to implement their interventions but instead presented their ideas in the form of video pitches for future implementers to take away the key points of their approaches and to use what they have researched as resources.

Reusable Coffee Cups

Team Coffee Cups addressed how the production and usage of single-use cups have a negative environmental and economic effect and how theP.O.D Marketinside of theMemorial Unioncould help change behaviors.

Through their research they discovered that forgetting to bring a reusable cup and lack of awareness were the main barriers that students experienced.

Jacob Ivy, 26, a graduate student studying sustainability, discussed how their three-fold approach would knock down those barriers.

?In order to bring awareness and change behavior, we use messaging, QR codes and [proposed handing] out free reusable cups to students who purchase a drink at the P.O.D.,? Ivy said.

Through signage and opt-in reminders from QR codes, students would become aware that single-use cups are damaging to the environment and allow them to break that barrier of forgetting their reusable ones. Giving away free cups would also encourage students to use them when purchasing a drink at the market.

Using their experience and through observing behaviors in student lifestyle, the group determined that this approach would generate positive outcomes.

?I had discussed with friends outside of the sustainability realm about their barriers and then I also thought about my own barriers when it came to reusable cups, and they aligned with what we had observed,? Ivy stated.

Composting

The composting team discoveredthat a lack of awareness likely contributed to low utilization and high contamination of the compost system around the MU retail dining areas.

In order to change this behavior andincrease the participation of the compost system,the team set out to create a signage system that would be effective in raising awareness.

A graphic table tent sign with informational text and imagery would be placed on every table within a retail dining area inside of the MU. The signs are meant to capture the attention of students,communicate a social norm to encourage composting and illustrate the compost bins locations.

Shea Alevy, 29, a graduate student researching environmental justice activisim, realized that the lack of awareness was what had to be changed.

?We recognized that the average time students were spending at the table was 20?30 minutes, when the reality was that the average amount of time spent at the waste stations was less than 10 seconds,? Alevy said.

Most of the time, all food waste is going straight to the landfill because there was not enough knowledge about what item should go where.Even if food waste is correctly composted, high contamination rates can cause Aramark staff to throw the whole bin into landfill.

This is why the group believed it would be more effective to place the intervention on the tables, where students would spend more time.The table tents were meant to inform and educate students before they get to the waste bins.

?Much of what is being consumed in the MU can be composted, so we saw this as a missed opportunity, which is why we structured the intervention this way,? Alevy said.

Food Waste

According to this team?s research, one third of the world?s food supply is wasted every year. With the ASU population growing every year, the goal to change wasteful behavior on campus will reduce the negative social, economic and environmental costs.

The problem behavior they addressed was the excess generation of food waste at dining halls either due to grabbing too-large portions or choosing food that they ended up not liking.

In order to change this behavior, the team decided that signage that encouraged smaller portion-taking, would be placed above sneeze-guards and above the plates at each station in the dining halls in order to decrease food waste.

Recent graduate of the School of Sustainability with a master?s in sustainable solutions Braedon Kantola, 21, discussed how signage would only be successful depending on the reception of the target audience.

?Our research showed varying results of signage success but being strategic and using what we did know would help change the behavior of everyone eating at the dining halls,? Kantola said.

Because they were looking for a change in behavior and not a change in values, using signs as an approach was the route they took.

The way they would measure the success of the signs would be during the proposed intervention, where they would weigh a day?s food waste before and after the signs would be displayed to see if there is a decrease.They were also interested in conducting interviews with diners to see if they noticed the signage and if it had an impact on their behavior.

Plant-Based Meals

According to the group?s research, the meat industry contributes to a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts like deforestation and water scarcity.

The goal was to encourage people eating at theBarrettdining hall to choose a plant-based meal by visiting the Daily Root, the vegan meal station.

The team discovered that students have a desire to eat healthy and could take that into consideration when deciding on what to eat.

Their intervention was to table right outside of the dining hall and target those who rarely visited the vegan station and get them to verbally commit to visiting the Daily Root. At the table, information would be given out about the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Those who verbally committed would be observed to determine if they actually visited the vegan station in the dining hall. Afterward, the participants would be interviewed and ask about their experience at the tabling and whether or not they acted upon their verbal commitment.

Sustainability graduate student Julia Silver, 22, has been plant-based in her personal diet for five years and wanted to fully understand the benefits it has on the environment.

?I was interested in knowing the social and environmental impacts a plant-based diet would have because it has been such a big part of my life,? Silver said.

Many of the influences and barriers when it comes to diet, has to do with each individual. Some choose their meals based on health, culture or religion.

?People?s decision-making processes are very personal and deeply rooted. The major thing that I learned is that we have to work with people; so we framed our intervention on what people care about, which is health, so if we work with what they want, we will create sustainable behavior change,? Silver said.

The lab has received grants for continuing the efforts to have these four interventions implemented on campus this fall 2020 semester.

With the help of theSchool of Sustainabilityand the students who created these interventions, the Sun Devil community has the resources for making ASU a more sustainable campus.

If you would like to get involved with the implementation of the interventions or the Sustainable Consumption Lab, contactJordan KingorKendon Jungfor more information.

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Staples Center to serve as General Election Vote Center
 
Posted: 31 Aug 2020, 10:29 pm

By NBA.com

LOS ANGELES —The Los Angeles Lakers, STAPLES Center, AEG and the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk have announced that STAPLES Center will serve as a Vote Center in the upcoming Presidential General Election. Voters can cast their ballot at STAPLES Center beginning Friday, October 30 through Election Day, November 3. STAPLES Center will also act as a Vote by Mail Drop Box location for those who prefer to drop off their voted mail-in ballot in an official drop box provided by the L.A. County Registrar’s office.

?The Lakers organization is extremely pleased to be able to partner with AEG and the County of Los Angeles to open up STAPLES Center to provide a safe and easily accessible location for people to vote,? said Jeanie Buss, Lakers Governor. ?For our democracy to function, all citizens need to be able to vote in a secure and safe way ? and we?re very happy to be able to play our part in ensuring that they can.?

?We are proud to partner with the Los Angeles Lakers, the State of California and the County of Los Angeles in support of all of our residents who are guaranteed a safe and secure location to exercise their right to vote and have a voice in our democracy,? said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO, AEG.

?For more than 20-years, STAPLES Center has been the heart and soul of Los Angeles and hosted some of the most iconic events our fans have attended, watched or participated in. It?s the right decision at this critical time for our Country that once again we provide a safe and convenient location for our fans to come together, this time to exercise their right to vote,? said Lee Zeidman, President STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater and L.A. LIVE.

?In 2020, Angelenos can vote with a Mamba Mentality,? Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. ?The Lakers are taking action to meet the NBA Players Association and NBA?s commitment to create a more equitable democracy. Larger venues like Staples Center are at a premium to provide safer voting options during the pandemic. A vote center at Staples Center is a slam dunk for Los Angeles voters. I am thankful for the collaboration between elections officials, the Lakers, and AEG to create a meaningful partnership that will help more citizens have their voices heard and stay safe.?

?Partnering with the Los Angeles Lakers, AEG, and STAPLES Center to act as a Vote Center in the upcoming Presidential General Election speaks to the organization’s commitment and spirit of enfranchising Los Angeles County voters. Hosting a Vote Center at STAPLES Center provides voters with a safe in-person experience while ensuring access and opportunity for voters who might otherwise face barriers to participate,? said Dean C. Logan, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. ?In these uncertain times, this collaboration strengthens the civic health and vitality of the nation?s largest electorate.?

?I would like to extend my gratitude to the Los Angeles Lakers and Staples Center for their partnership with Los Angeles County in opening a vote center for the November General Election,? said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. ?As the players of the Lakers and the NBA as a whole have shown, now is the time to be active in voicing our values for real change. This partnership will serve to uphold our most sacred democratic institution?the right to free and fair elections.?

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Seattle Mariners, T-Mobile partner in baseball diversity and social justice program
 
Posted: 31 Aug 2020, 10:24 pm

By Ben Arthur, SeattlePI

Photo: Gregory Bull, AP

TheSeattle Marinersannounced Friday that T-Mobile will be a partner in a club program dedicated to promoting more diversity in baseball.

T-Mobile is donating $50,000 to the Mariners’ On BASE Hometown Nine program, which was unveiled this year “to help under served youth from communities of color continue to play baseball and softball and advance their education from eight grade through their senior year in high school,” according to a team press release.

“Through the On BASE Hometown Nine, the Mariners hope to advance the goal of increasing diversity in high school, collegiate and professional baseball and introduce youth from marginalized communities to positive career mentors,” said John Stanton, Seattle Mariners Chairman & Managing Partner, in a statement.

On BASE is a five-year commitment to nine incoming eighth graders in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Through the program, participants will have their fees for baseball/softball training and equipment covered, and mentorship sessions with Mariners players and front office staffers.

During the summer, The Ms unveiled other efforts to support the fight for social justice. Among them are Community Impact Grants, where the team will invest $1 million over the next five years to organizations that promote racial equity through policy and initiatives. The Mariners also hope to hire at least two candidates from diverse backgrounds per year in several areas ? communications, finance and legal among them ? through their Diversity Fellowship program.

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The End of Football?
 
Posted: 27 Aug 2020, 11:17 am

In 2020, football fans all over the world got a taste of what things would be like if theirfavouritesport was put on hold. Thankfully, livecompetitionreturned behind closed doors to entertain supporters watching on televisions all over the globe.

But what if a world without football became apermanentreality?

That is exactly what faces us as we look to a future where drought problems impact our daily lives so much that even something like football could be at risk.

To highlight the harshtruthsof the global water crisis, Manchester City have teamed up withwater technology providerXylem to create a short film which aims to educate one billion fans about urgent water challenges.

The latest UN data estimates that almost five billion people globally could be living in areas of water scarcity by 2050, with the UK Environmental Protection Agency projecting that parts of England could run out of water by 2045 due to increased demand, ageing infrastructure and climate change.

The ‘End of Football’ videobyXylem and Manchester City brings this message home by showing just how something as simple as being complacent about water consumption can lead to huge waste, as three billionlitresof water is lost to leakages every day in the UK.

This future is just one generation away and today’s supporters, such as the young girl whose journey is captured in the film, will feel the effects of water shortages in their lifetimes.

As well as producing the film, Xylem has partnered with Manchester City to deliver clean water towers, WASH(water, sanitation, and hygiene)education, and sports and leadership training to communities around the world.

In less than two years, theinnovativepartnership has already directly provided access to clean water and WASH education tomore than10,000 children across India, Thailand, China, Australia and the United States.

Patrick Decker, Xylem President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Water sits at the heart of human health and the sustainability of our planet.

“Through our partnership with City Football Group, we?re focused on mobilizing the global community to actively join us in safeguarding this precious resource. Together, we have a powerful opportunity to turn the tide on challenges like water scarcity and flooding and build a water-secure future.”

Pete Bradshaw, Head of Sustainability at Manchester City, said: “Xylem is doing incredible work to address water sustainability issues and Manchester City is proud to support them in this new campaign.”

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The sustainable sports agenda: Opportunities to #BuildBackBetter
 
Posted: 21 Aug 2020, 11:16 am

August 14, 2020
ByKristen Fulmer&Aileen McManamon&Monica Rowand&Madeleine Orr

Since the mid-2000s, the sport sector has made fast and widespread improvements in environmentally sustainable practices. They include theadoption of LED lightingand energy-efficiency systems, installation of solar panels, implementation of zero-waste plans, installation of low-flow water system upgrades and local food sourcing, to name a few. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has temporarily halted live events and may stymie progress toward sustainability goals.

It is clear that the health risks of the coronavirus must be immediately addressed to avoid exposing fans to unnecessary or additional risks or compromising on safety standards. At the same time, facility managers have a rare opportunity to align pandemic response efforts with sustainability strategies to proactively address climate-related threats, recommitting to the triple bottom line.

In other words, efforts to make the stadium cleaner and safer for fans can be achieved through the use and implementation of sustainable products and practices. The result would be a greener, safer, more sustainable and healthier environment for fans when they return to live events, while generating revenue that otherwise would be foregone in stadium shutdown.

Across all sectors, the call is resounding to #BuildBackBetter. In the rush to return to live events with in-person spectators, the urgency of addressing health and well-being may cause sport organizations to backslide where sustainability is concerned.

For instance, single-use plastic disposables may be adopted in lieu of current durable food serviceware or environmentally harmful chemical products may be used for cleaning, as these sometimes are perceived as more effective at removing bacteria from surfaces.

A recommitment to the triple bottom line is necessary: Fans expect organizations to take care of people (fans, athletes, staffand community); planet (through sustainability efforts); and profits.

Indeed, in many ways the triple bottom line objectives are synergistic: Environmentally sustainable solutions are also typically healthier for humans (less-toxic cleaning materials, less traffic pollution, etc.) and produce long-term cost savings. A recentShelton Groupsurvey confirms the need to adopt a triple-bottom-line approach after finding that 86 percent of Americans expect companies to exist for more than just profit objectives.

All moments of challenge present opportunities for growth and evolution, and though the scale of tragedy of COVID-19 has been catastrophic, this moment is no different.

The Sustainable Sports Agenda: Opportunities for the Sports Industry to #BuildBackBetter(PDF), from the Sustainable Sport Research Collective (SSRC), is a collection of opportunities to integrate environmental sustainability into the reopening of sports venues, including in public transportation, entry and security, concessions, custodial services, communications and brand partnerships.

SSRC is a collaboration among four established sustainability professionals exclusively focused on the sports industry. With strong knowledge of venue operations, environmental sustainability, social responsibility and fan experience and engagement, the group recognized the need for insights into fans? primary concerns ? and latent trepidation ? in returning to large public gathering spaces. As advisors and practitioners working regularly with sports league and team executives, we?ve established a robust survey method, including a novel virtual focus group, representative of the broad demographics of sports fans.

Rallying and inspiring

For corporations, especially consumer brands committed to accelerating and advocating for the green economy, this is an outstanding time to focus on the most visible and loudest messaging platforms in their marketing arsenal: their sports presence.

In times of crisis, sports continue to become a touchstone that rallies and inspires communities towards positive change. As companies, together with public-sector stakeholders and NGOs, work to #BuildBackBetter, novel solutions and community-centric business models can leverage the prominent stage and high profile of the sports industry, itself a credible messenger in advancing climate action.

Historically, teams have a decades-long history of responsible resource management and other sustainable operations strategies. Today, facilities compete to best LEED PlatinumMercedes Benz Stadiumas the most sustainable venue and the recent richest-valuenaming rights dealdone for “Climate Pledge Arena” in Seattle.

The opportunities explained in the report include:

Transportation/urban mobility:Transportation accounts for the largest portion of the sports industry?s footprint. Great strides were being made prior to the pandemic with teams addressing both fan and team travel, directly and via offsets. While public transportations systems are taking tough hits around the globe, for the moment, fans aren?t going anywhere. There are some novel and real revenue-generating opportunities to be deployed, including bike valets, embedded transit tickets, offsets for team travel and EV options for player transit.

Stadium logistics:With the trend toward building out entertainment districts around arenas and increased sponsored activities outside the gates, game day can extend forward several hours ahead of kick-off or opening pitch. Even so, the crush at the gates begins 15 to 20 minutes prior to game time, making ingress a perpetual challenge for stadium operators and a scrum for spectators. While there are many pressing issues, new protocols to be addressed and modifications to be made inside the venue, this is a critical occasion to fully explore a healthy, safe and hassle-free arrival at the front gate. Early considerations include providing reusable PPE, accessible waste-free sanitation and no-touch health check points.

Concessions:Stadium operators will be required to use enhanced hygiene protocols to instill confidence among fans. Food and beverage operators must balance the challenges of reducing wait times to prevent crowded concession areas, avoiding an increase in waste and protecting venue staff. Opportunities to consider may include hands-free cutlery and condiment dispensers, expanded in-seat service and healthier, more sustainable menu choices

Waste management:In sports and live events, waste diversion is one of the more visible elements of sustainability practices. Although many collection points are fan-facing, waste handling behind the scenes is a critical point for progress in landfill diversion and a topic of conversation post-COVID-19. Recommendations for venues to reduce their waste to landfill include leveraging the hiatus to upgrade fan-facing disposal points and retraining staff on protocols to safely reduce and site-separate waste.

Brand partnerships:Every opportunity described above has an associated opportunity for purpose-driven companies to align values, achieve real sustainability outcomes and promote themselves as a brand committed to a better normal.

 

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NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL Teams To Make Arenas Available As “Election Super Centers”
 
Posted: 18 Aug 2020, 12:09 pm

NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL Teams To Make Arenas Available As “Election Super Centers”

NEWS PROVIDED BY
The Election Super Center Project

– Large venues allow for social distancing, shorter lines, enhanced safety for voters

– Nonpartisan team of experts has convened to help team/arena owners/operators and election officials open supplemental voting sites

– Coalition of artists, community leaders, athletes, and NGOs will launch public information campaign to encourage registration and voting at Election Super Centers

 

NEW YORK,Aug. 14, 2020/PRNewswire/ — A roster of professional sports franchises from Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and National Hockey League are stepping forward to make their arenas and stadiums available asElection Super Centersthis year.

The announcement comes as boards of election across the country struggle with the challenge of balancing convenient voter access with CDC guidelines for Covid-19. Stadiumsandarenas allow for social-distance voting while reducing lines, wait-times, and other potential obstacles.

This multi-league action is being spearheaded by theElection Super CentersProject, a nonpartisan, jointinitiative of theNational Vote at Home InstituteandSilver Linings Groupto help team/arena owners/operators work with election officials to open large venues as polling sites in 2020. Chaired by acclaimed filmmaker and public policy advocateEugene Jareckiand National Vote at Home Institute CEOAmber McReynolds, the Projectconvenes experts in public health, venue security and election integrity to ensure that millions of Americans will be able to vote safely and securely, overcoming hurdles seen during state primaries.

This year, professional sport and cultural luminaries have become increasingly involved in civic engagement activities, including the announcement last month byLeBron Jamesand his groupMore Than a Votethat theDetroit PistonsandAtlanta Hawkswould open their arenas as polling places in 2020. Now, the Election Super Centers Project is working with more than a dozen additional teams and arenas to open as supplemental voting and registration centers this year. These teams/arenas include theLA Clippersat The LA Forum,Washington Wizards,Golden State Warriors,Indiana Pacers,New Jersey Devils,Dallas Mavericks,Pittsburgh Steelers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Milwaukee Bucks, andWashington Capitals, all of whom have signaled their intent to open their doors and are now working closely with election officials. Project co-Chair McReynolds first proposed the idea of using arenas as polling places three years ago when she wasDenverDirector of Elections. Now, with COVID-19 resurging, the idea has gained renewed currency.

“Voters can rest assured that we’re working tirelessly to protect them,” saysMcReynolds.“Whether you vote by mail, drop off your ballot, or vote in person,you should have a safe, secure, and accessible voting experience.We could not be more grateful to the teams and venues that have stepped up to this challenge and we hope many more will join this movement.”

Project co-ChairEugene Jareckipoints out that while the idea is groundbreaking, its success lies in the details.“Ourmission,”he explains,“is not only to help large-scale venues offerthousands, even millions, of voters greater poll access this year but to ensure that their voting experience meets the highest standards of safety, security, and election integrity.”To this end, a nonpartisan advisory circle of experts has been assembled:ColonelLawrence Wilkerson(national security expert and former Chief of Staff toColin Powell);Dr.Jonathan Metzl(Director,Vanderbilt University’sCenter for Medicine, Health, and Society);Dr.Alister Martin(Executive Director, VotER),Jennifer Morrell(former elections official and partner, Elections Group LLC),Gavin de Becker(Security Expert);James Schwab(Chief Deputy Secretary of State, CA); andJared Dearing(Executive Director ofKentuckyBoard of Elections who implemented meticulous COVID-19 voting protocols when he oversaw the successful state primary including several super centers).

“We are using arenas to protect the most precious of our constitutional rights, the right to vote,saysWilkerson,“and we have convened some of the best minds in the country to deliver on that commitment.”

Project memberDr.Jonathan Metzl, Director ofVanderbilt University’sCenter for Health Medicine and Society said,“Traditional polling places are designed to handle relatively small numbers of voters, standing in close proximity to one another in lines and with voting machines bunched together. Arenas, on the other hand, are built to allow tens of thousands of people to safely move through them at one time without creating long lines. With the right modifications, arenas could allow voters and poll workers to observe social distancing guidelines with an expedited, secure voting experience.”

LuminariesDoc Rivers, John Legend, and Chuck Dhave also joined the Project, along withShawn SachsofSunshine Sachsand actor/filmmakerFisher Stevens, to help launch a voter educationcampaign toraise public awareness of this vital protective election measure.The campaign will be coordinated to support the existing work of such partner organizations asVoto Latino, HeadCount,theBlack Male Voter Project,andRock the Voteto maximize turnout in 2020.The Project is currently discussing with team/arena owners plans for players to support these groups’ registration and voter awareness efforts, through both in-person appearances and digital engagement by sports stars. Arenas are also discussing plans with election officials to open for early voting and, during the month of September, for voter registration.

NBA Head Coach and Project advisor Doc Rivers adds, ?Having additional venues available that are large enough to ensure ample social distancing with extensive health and safety protocols in place is important during this unprecedented time. These supplemental venues ensure people can exercise their right to vote. We will continue to work hard off the court to secure as many large arena and venues as possible.?

Under the Project’s recommendations to election officials, arenas will not replace local polling sites but rather act as supplemental locations, helping to reduce the strain on traditional sites. Should Covid-19 force any sites to close (as occurred during theWisconsinandGeorgiaprimaries for example), arenas will serve as backup polling places with capacity to implement CDC guidelines while processing large numbers of voters.

“No one should have to choose between exercising their most precious democratic right and their personal safety,”notes Project member John Legend.“Our regular polling stations and vote-by-mail cannot be replaced, but the most important thing is to ensure we have options that work for everyone. The option to vote in an arena, with the kind of space the CDC advises for safe voting, is an added way to protect Americans and our democracy.”

“Election Super Centers take on the obstacles that prevent people from being able to vote,”adds Chuck D.“Instead of an election day where people are turned away or obstructed, arenas and stadiums will be welcoming them in.”

In addition to mitigating the risk of infection for voters and poll workers alike,Project co-ChairsMcReynolds and Jarecki underscore that arena voting will also help improve voter confidence in the face of recent reports both on postal service delays and voter intimidation dangers this year.

Currently, theElection Super Centers Projectis working with over a dozen professional teams and arenas and expects to expand this number to twenty-five in the coming weeks. In partnership withGeorge Linardos,CEO of ANC, which operates within Learfield IMG College, in addition to professional teams and arenas, plans are also underway to help universities, colleges, and community colleges open additional venues. The Project has also entered preliminary conversations with several other large-scale venues outside the sports world, wherever the use of such facilities can take pressure off existing election infrastructure.

Based on the estimated capacities of the venues with whom they are already working, and others they are confident will follow, Jarecki and McReynolds believe thatElectionSuper Centerswill help improve poll access for over a million voters.

Contact:
Arik Ben-Zvi, Breakwater Strategy (202) 270.1848arik@breakwaterstrategy.com
Eugene Jarecki, Silver Linings Group (310) 999.3003thinktank@erols.com

SOURCE The Election Super Center Project

 

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The green sports movement finally hits mainstream
 
Posted: 17 Aug 2020, 1:34 pm

By Richard Walsh, GreenBiz

The arena in Seattle is the first in the world targeting net Zero Carbon certification by the International Living Future Institute.

I can distinctly remember the first time I read about the Green Sports Alliance. I was working in consulting right out of college with a focus on sustainability and renewable energy and seemingly out of nowhere this alliance was formed. What a perfect marriage of two of my favorite things ?sustainability and sports. The possibilities were endless.

Along with some colleagues, I attended the first Green Sports Summit in 2010 in Portland, Oregon, and went on to attend the next fivein cities all over the country. At this summit and many to follow the experts would trumpet an ostensibly troubling, yet paradoxically encouraging statistic that about 13 percent of our society follows science while about 71 percent of society follows sports. The logic was if the science and climate conversation could infiltrate the sports dialogue, the world?s climate problems could be mitigated.

What became increasingly obvious to nobody?s surprise was that the greenies and science folks failed to understand the facilities and sports folks and vice versa. And almost everyone involved failed to understand how to create mainstream awareness about the importance of sustainability, renewable energy and climate change.

The excitement, at least mine personally and many of my friends and colleagues at the event, eventually waned and transitioned to a cynical, case-study fatigued, “are we really going to hear about composting and recyclable materials again this year?” attitude. To reach the masses, you must add value and create awareness.

The shift to more farm-to-table concessions and recyclable materials became the expectation. Every arena should use recyclable materials if available. Every ballpark should recycle and compost. Sports facilities and the industry in its entirety deserves credit for shifting the baseline and increasing expectations. Some of the greenest buildings in the world are sports arenas and credit should be given to the likes of Mercedes Benz Arena, Levi?s Stadium and several others. Even so, it is doubtful that any fan stomping out of the net-zero, zero-waste Levi?s Stadium after the San Francisco 49ers lose to the Seattle Seahawks is paying any mind to the composting efforts.

Broadly speaking, the leagues’ efforts up to this point are noteworthy, and these improvements and initiatives are fueled in no small part by the Green Sports Alliance and its incredible leadership from folks such as founding member and board chair Scott Jenkins, who also serves as general manager at the very green Mercedes Benz Stadium.

The National Basketball Association previously dedicated an entire week to green initiatives (“NBA Green Week”), which created notable awareness during an already-crowded Earth Week. While at Sterling Planet, I was fortunate to be a part of helping theNBA offset all emissionsassociated with electricity usage during that week. This was valuable and the best it could do, but still intangible and hard for the average fan to understand.

The other professional sports leagues also have done their part. The National Hockey League was the first league to build out a focus on sustainability, hiring a sustainability director and creatingNHL Green. Major League Baseball recently announced apartnershipwith the Discovery Foundation around Earth Day and highlights best practices on itswebsite. Within the green sports community, the National Football League is usually thought of as a laggard, but it does an incredible job withgreening the Super Bowland its host community on an annual basis.

Over the years, the initiatives have shifted to more tangible projects. NRG should be lauded forspearheading solar onsite at sports venuessuch as FedEx Field, Levi?s Stadium and Reliant Stadium, among others. While at WGL Energy, I was fortunate enough to be a part of an onsitesolar installation at Nationals Park, and we worked with Monumental Sports and Entertainment topower the Capital One Center(Verizon Center at the time) with offsite solar.

The physical, tangible installations created awareness for those that happen to notice the unsexy steel and infrastructure at a stadium. And sure, those that charge their EVs at Levi?s Stadium receive some value from the green sports movement. But anyone who has an EV is likely already part of the climate conversation.

So how does sustainability in sports leverage its broad reach to engage the non-greeny sports fan? How does it engage the mainstream about the importance of renewable energy and lowering emissions to prevent further climate change?

Anecdotally, I remember watching the NBA Playoffs in 2018 whenCoors Light ran an adabout renewable energy and one of my buddies saying “Hey Walsh, did you see that? Solar and beer. That?s pretty cool!” And he was right, almost. Solar, beer and SPORTS is even cooler. And a commercial is nice, but it is not a permanent fixture.

So how does the industry provide this long-term permanent awareness and leverage the eyeballs of sports fans to drive dialogue about climate change? How about naming a brand new, state-of-the-art arena after the most ambitious pledge to curb climate change?

Yes, that is the answer. Amazon recently secured naming rights to an arena under construction in Seattle and elected to name it “Climate Pledge Arena.” The arena will be the home to NHL Seattle and the WNBA Storm. The fact that it will be the first net-zero-carbon arena in the world, produces zero waste and will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy is second fiddle. That every fan, sponsor, announcer, player, coach, owner and passerby will see “Climate Pledge” when an event is taking place there is what really matters.

Amazon?s climate journey has been labyrinthine to say the least. It has been criticized by everyone from Greenpeace to its own employees (seeAmazon Employees for Climate Justice). These organizations drove Amazon to create aggressive sustainability and renewable energy goals. While Amazon got off to a slow start regarding sustainability and certainly still has its shortcomings, its progress of late is nothing short of impressive.

Amazon is committed to operating with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025 and reaching net-zero carbon by 2040. It boasts close to 100 renewable energy projects worldwide totaling almost 3 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity and more than 7 million megawatt-hours of annual generation, more than the entire state of Delaware. Having personally worked with the Amazon renewable energy team to complete multiple projects, I can say they have some of the smartest people in the industry working on these initiatives. And while they may be difficult to deal with, their recent success is noteworthy.

On top of the success and initiatives at Amazon, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos recently announced a $10 billion Climate Pledge to fight climate change via the creation of the Bezos Earth Fund. Naysayers will point to the fact that $10 billion is a small relative amount of Bezos? net worth. They will ask when Amazon willstop supporting the oil and gas industryor when it will halt support for climate-denying organizations such as theCompetitive Enterprise Institute. The world needs these said naysayers to continue to push the envelope.

In addition to playing watchdog and urging the world?s most powerful company to improve its sustainability initiatives, we should also look at the glass half-full. The world has $10 billion more available to fund climate initiatives than it did before. The sports world, by way of Amazon, is taking the climate conversation blatantly mainstream. These efforts will help accelerate the shift to a cleaner world powered by renewable energy.

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‘Ready to Play’ is the sports industry’s Arc Re-Entry
 
Posted: 13 Aug 2020, 6:02 pm

By Kristen Fulmer

In recent months, COVID-19 has amplified the importance of air and water quality, effective communications and signage, equitable design and many other critical facets of the healthy buildings movement. The larger ?sustainable design? industry has leveraged this momentum and has begun to address healthy, safe, and sustainable strategies for the reopening of buildings that have been temporarily closed.

As research emerges and procedures evolve from recommendations to mandatory protocol, the green buildings movement is working in real time to validate that the protocol is healthy for all building occupants and will remain applicable to future-proof the operational resiliency, while promoting sustainable best practices.

The drive to reopen spans all industries and though the reopening of office, dining, and retail space has been a primary focus, the sports industry is also hard at work. As one of the last public spaces to reopen, these venues, arenas and stadiumshave tremendous opportunity to leverage the #BuildBackBetter movement, integrating safe, resilient, and sustainable strategies into an enjoyable re-welcoming of fans back to stadiums. Of course, the balance to guarantee safety and health, including security, sustainability, and ease of enjoyment is not a simple task.

Historically, sustainability professionals have been advocates for the integration of healthy, sustainable strategies in building design, construction, and operations. A subset of those subject matter experts have been largely focused on the sports greening movement, which is the intersection between sustainable buildings, sustainable events, and the powerful platform of the sports industry. TheGreen Sports Alliance(GSA) is one of the largest networks of professional and collegiate-minded sports organizations, sustainable vendors, and sustainability professionals and has recently been heavily focused on supporting their members to reopen safely and sustainably.

In early June 2020,the GSA partnered with USGBC?s Arc?s Re-Entry Platform, as an effort to provide their members with an actionable tool to consolidate best practices and track industry movement towards them. Following the announcement of the partnership, the Green Sports Alliance sourced a team of experts within their network to form a ?Ready to Play? Working Group. In the last two months, the select collection of venue operation managers, green sports consultants, and various subject matter experts, worked diligently to tailor the Arc Re-Entry Toolkit into a Playbook of best practices, recommendations, references, and standards for the sports industry.

As a contributing member to the ?Ready to Play? Working Group, our group discussed nuances and unique qualities of the sports industry, shared resources that we had seen that may be applicable to reopening sports, and split into groups to address the three pillars of Arc Re-Entry, including Facility Management, Occupant Experience, and Indoor Air Quality.

Some critical takeaways in applying Arc Re-Entry to the sports industry include:

  • While live sports continue to be paused, the larger sports industry has a tremendous opportunity to reopen safely while promoting environmental sustainability, social equity, and the other critical components of a sustainable building.The ?Ready to Play? Working Group discussed this opportunity to #BuildBackBetter at length, and approached the collection of recommendations with the interest of integrating all facets of sustainability into the reopening plan. This is evident in the framework of the Playbook, which is designed to address holistic implications of the virus.
  • Unlike other more standard real estate typologies, each sports venue is uniquely designed. Some are indoors and some are open-air; some were built to accommodate large seated crowds and others are built to facilitate more active participation; some are home to professional sports that have much higher operational budgets than others; and of course, each venue is part of a larger community, which has experienced COVID-19 quite differently.To ensure that the ?Ready to Play? Playbook was inclusive of all live stadium types, the ?Ready to Play? Working Group collected a variety of applicable resources and best practices and included notes to support GSA?s full network of members.
  • The return of live sports will probably be phased to reduce the concentration of crowds. The team assumed that the stadium will not be sold out the first day it is open, but will instead increase the sale of tickets over time, to ensure a safe and enjoyable return of fans.To support event teams? comprehensive roll-out, the ?Ready to Play? Working Group addressed strategies that could evolve over time, including facility management best practices and policy updates, periodic air quality testing protocol, and recommendations for addressing occupant feedback.

Last week, Green Sports Alliance released thefirst version of the ?Ready to Play? Playbook.Over time, the Working Group will continue to iterate this Playbook to accommodate the additional research that will emerge about the virus generally, and will integrate lessons learned and case studies from live events that have since opened to the public.

The ?Ready to Play? Playbook provides a framework that is complementary to a variety of other tools, standards, and set of recommendations. Other valuable resources include theSustainable Sport Research Collective?s ?The Sustainable Sport Agenda: Opportunities for the Sports Industry to #BuildBackBetter?, Oceanic Global?sCOVID-19 Guidelines; and other third-party validation tools, including IWBI?s WELLHealth & Safety Ratingand ISSA?sGBAC Star Certification.

Kristen Fulmer, Founder ofRecipric, is asustainability expert, focused on maximizing performance and promoting occupant health and wellbeing within the built environment. At Recipric, she applies this passion to the sports industry, integrating holisticsustainability strategy into sports organizations and their brand partners to ensure measurable, impactfulpositiveimpact.

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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
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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
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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
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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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