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Pollstar Cover Story: Brittany Howard Takes It To A Higher Level
 
Posted: 30 Jan 2020, 6:30 am
There?s an axiom of sorts in the live business that once the industry pros start buzzing about an artist, it won?t be long before your mind will be blown by said artist. It?s happened over the last year or so with up-and-comers like Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Rosalia, Shabaka Hutchings and Yola to name a few. And there?s another, someone who?s done it before and is doing it again, albeit at a whole other level.

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Bob Shane, Founding Member Of Kingston Trio, Dies At 85
 
Posted: 29 Jan 2020, 1:09 pm
Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of the popular folk group the Kingston Trio and the lead singer on its million-selling ballad ?Tom Dooley? and many other hits, has died.

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Pollstar Live! Preview: Cannabis & Your Event
 
Posted: 29 Jan 2020, 12:56 pm
Jim Lewi leads cannabis initiatives for Coran Capshaw?s Red Light Ventures/Starr Hill Presents, which includes the world-famous Emerald Cup.

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My Chemical Romance Details Fall 2020 North American Tour
 
Posted: 29 Jan 2020, 12:33 pm
My Chemical Romance will play North American arenas and festivals in September and October 2020.

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Money Matters: How An Investor May Or May Not Help Your Business
 
Posted: 29 Jan 2020, 12:21 pm
Wacken Open Air promoter ICS, Spanish mega festival Primavera Sound and Sziget, one of the biggest festivals in Eastern Europe, are just a few events that partnered with a financial investor in recent years in order to further their business. How is such a deal supposed to work out for both parties, what?s in it for the investor, and is there even a point for a lone promoter to enter this business on their own in 2020?

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Melanie Cantwell Departs I.M.P.; Company Names Lincoln Theatre GM, Booking Co-Leaders
 
Posted: 29 Jan 2020, 12:20 pm
I.M.P., the Washington, D.C.-based company that owns the 9:30 Club and The Anthem, as well as operates Merriweather Post Pavilion and Lincoln Theatre, has promoted three staffers to leadership positions as Melanie Cantwell, I.M.P.?s longtime booker and Pollstar?s 2018 Talent Buyer of the Year, departs.

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Major Aussie Bushfire Fundraiser Sound Relief Canceled
 
Posted: 29 Jan 2020, 12:17 pm
Sound Relief 2020, a massive bushfire fundraiser mooted to be held over two weekends in March, was canceled Jan. 29.

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Jimmy Dasher Becomes APA Nashville's Newest Music Agent
 
Posted: 29 Jan 2020, 11:47 am
Jimmy Dasher joins APA Nashville as a music agent, after stints with Atomic Music Group and Buddy Lee Attractions, it was announced today by Steve Lassiter, APA partner and Co-Head of Worldwide Concerts.

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Lineup Roundup: Legends At Edinburgh Summer Sessions, Newcomers At The Great Escape, Parklife Massive
 
Posted: 29 Jan 2020, 5:35 am
This week's lineup roundup from features new, contemporary and iconic artists, performing across Europe and the U.K. this summer.

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Jagged Little Bill: ’90s Nostalgia Storms Summer 2020
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 9:00 pm
The dream of the ?90s is alive on the North American amphitheater circuit this summer. As the months grow warmer, several multi-act bills will bring alt-rock icons of yesteryear to nostalgic Gen X audiences ? and younger fans who weren?t there the first time around ? with robust lineups.

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Asia News: Coronavirus, Seoul, YG Entertainment
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 7:23 pm

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Be Well. Do Well. Aramark’s Plan for People, for Planet
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 4:11 pm

By 3BL Media – Aramark Newsroom

The 2025 plan aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Aramark’s purpose revolves around itsmission to enrich and nourish lives: Aramark strivesto create a better world by considering the company?s environmental, economic, social and ethical dimensions.

Be Well. Do Well. is Aramark?s sustainability plan. It sums up the goal to make a positive impact on people and planet over the next five years.

Be Well. Do Well. accelerates sustainability efforts and aligns with Aramark’s vision for thefuture: improving the wellbeing of people, and reducinggreenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

“Our sustainability plan starts with people. People are at the center of everything we do and so we?re focused on the wellbeing of our employees and consumers, the people in the communities where we live and work, as well as the people in our supply chain,” said Kathy Cacciola, who leads sustainability efforts at Aramark. “We also focus on the wellbeing of our planet by minimizing environmental impact across all of our operations, from the foods we serve and facilities we operate to the vehicles we drive.”

The Be Well. Do Well. plan also aligns with theUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read more about the planhere.

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Louisiana's Bayou Country Superfest On Indefinite 'Hiatus'
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 3:52 pm
Louisiana's Bayou Country Superfest is hanging up its cowboy boots and spurs.

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Eminem Crests 338,000 Album Units On Elite 100
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 3:07 pm
The top three entries on the Elite 100 Artists chart for the week ending Jan. 23 are all riding new music releases, but Eminem was tops with the largest total album unit count for one week in 2020 so far.

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Q’s With Live Nation Clubs & Theatres COO Ben Weeden
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 12:15 pm
More and more Live Nation is becoming a force in the clubs and theatres space, which means more national tours in those venues and more in-house relationships as developing artists move into larger rooms or join other artists on tour.

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Festival Lineups: Rolling Loud Gets Travis & Post Malone, Boston Calling Adds Rage, Osheaga Touts Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Kendrick
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 10:28 am
The week has seen an onslaught of major festival lineup announcements, including Rolling Loud?s flagship Miami event, Boston Calling?s full lineup including the previously rumored Rage Against The Machine, and Montreal mega-festival Osheaga?s 15th year topped by Foo Fighters, Lizzo and Kendrick Lamar.

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Lowlands Festival Car Park Becomes Largest Solar Carport In The World
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 10:07 am
Energy company Solarfields and Mojo, which is Live Nation's Dutch operation, are realizing the world's largest solar carport on the grounds of Lowlands Festival in Biddinghuizen, Holland.

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Pollstar Live! Preview: Marcie Allen's 'Branding 101'
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 9:00 am
As founder of MAC Presents, Marcie Allen uses her varied concert industry experience of the past 25 years to negotiate high-profile partnerships between major artists and the world?s leading brands.

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International Live Music Conference Launches 2020 Program
 
Posted: 28 Jan 2020, 7:25 am
The team behind the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) in London has revealed the 2020 conference programme.

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Grammy Performances Transcend Pathos & Controversy
 
Posted: 27 Jan 2020, 9:08 pm
From the moment Lizzo took the Staples Center stage in full figure black sequin Diana Ross glam that morphed into a SciFi neon brothel corset for ?Because I Love You? and ?Truth Hurts,? music proved to be bigger than potential corruption, shock or the business-is-bigger-than-art momentum that often consumes the industry.

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Australia News: Australia Day, Fire Fight, Snowboxx & More
 
Posted: 27 Jan 2020, 8:48 pm

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When Brittany Howard Jammed With Prince
 
Posted: 27 Jan 2020, 12:49 pm
Certainly Brittany Howard is heavily influenced by the late great legend Prince Rogers Nelson, as evinced by her cover this tour of his obscure and wondrous song ?Breakdown? and the Prince earrings she wore during an SNL performance. And then there was the day she jammed with him at Paisley Park. It?s a moment her managers, Red Light?s Kevin Morris and Christine Stauder, remember well and described in detail.

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Divine Transcendent Superstar Goddess Extraordinaire Brittany Howard
 
Posted: 27 Jan 2020, 12:33 pm
There?s an axiom of sorts in the live business that once the industry pros start buzzing about an artist, it won?t be long before your mind will be blown by said artist. It?s happened over the last year or so with up-and-comers like Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Rosalia, Shabaka Hutchings and Yola to name a few. And there?s another, someone who?s done it before and is doing it again, albeit at a whole other level.

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Finneas, Billie Eilish Clean Up At Grammy Awards: Complete Winners List
 
Posted: 27 Jan 2020, 12:32 pm
The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honors for the musical family.

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ICM Partners Elevates Andrea Johnson, Five Others To Partner
 
Posted: 27 Jan 2020, 12:07 pm
ICM Partners elevated six agents, including concerts agent Andrea Johnson, to partner effective immediately.

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Industry Vet John Aikin Joins Beat The Street USA
 
Posted: 27 Jan 2020, 6:24 am
Industry veteran John Aikin returns from retirement to join the newly formed Beat The Street USA Inc.

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Caroline Simionescu-Marin Joins WME U.K. Music Division
 
Posted: 27 Jan 2020, 5:48 am
Caroline Simionescu-Marin, most recently A&R Manager for XL Recordings, has joined WME U.K.'s music division as agent, effective immediately.

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Why The Grammys’ Dumpster Fire Matters To The Live Biz
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2020, 6:00 pm
When the curtain rises on the 62nd annual Grammy Awards show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Jan. 26, it will be as the Recording Academy ? the nonprofit organization that bestows the golden gramophones ? faces the most existential threat in its history, and a largely self-inflicted one at that if the accusations leveled against it by now-former CEO Deborah Dugan hold up.

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Rosalia, Billie Eilish, Lizzo Destroy (In A Good Way) Spotify’s Best New Artist 2020 Party
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2020, 3:28 pm
In a year where so many veteran acts were out of album cycle (or maybe just unable to gain traction in a music streaming world that skews young) and in a week where the Grammys dumpster fire/crisis in leadership seemed to decimate the Recording Academy?s credibility, there was nothing like seeing the stunning live performances at last night?s Spotify?s Best New Artist 2020 Grammy week party to restore one's faith.

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GameDay Recycling Challenge Announces LSU National Recycling Champs
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2020, 2:11 pm

By RecycleMania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stacy Wheeler
RecycleMania, Inc.
Recyclemania@nwf.org
1-202-417-7379

RESTON, Virginia (Jan. 16, 2019) Louisiana State University battled head-to-head with Clemson University for both the National title in football and the #1 spot in “Total Recycled” during the 2019 GameDay RecyclingChallenge (GDRC) ? the nation?s premiere collegiate football waste reduction competition. GDRC congratulates Louisiana State University for coming out on top in both National Football Championship and the top spot for “Total Recycled” during the 2019 season.

The competition in the national category for ?Top Diversion Rate? was fierce during the 2019 season, with slim margins between the top schools. GDRC congratulates Ohio University for their rise to the #1 spot in?Top Diversion Rate? during the 2019 compeition, with an incredible 93 percent diversion rate for a game with over 15,000 attendees. Additionally, several competitors have received this year?s GameDay honorable mentions including the Ohio State University for their excellence in benchmarking and data tracking and Auburn University for their back-to-back years in excellence for promoting the GameDay Challenge through social media, touting them as ?Schools To Watch?.

?The 2020 GameDay Recycling Challenge was special this year with top contenders LSU, Clemson and the Ohio State University playing in the 2020 College Football National Championship Playoffs and competing in one of the most impressive seasons in college recycling,? says Stacy Wheeler, RecycleMania Inc. president. ?College athletics and their operational teams are uniquely positioned to engage and influence its fan base about environmental stewardship. Most GameDay Challenge schools have stadiums that have been pushing green initiatives for 10 or more years. Our GameDay winners advance the supply chain in their local and regional circular economies and now have a fan base that expects and wants green practices at every home GameDay. That?s progress.?

Louisiana State University is the national champion in the Total Recycling category, with 127,940 pounds of material recycled, composted or donated. Ohio University is the national champion in the Diversion category (recycling, plus organics composting and recovery as a percent of total trash) with a 92.94 percent diversion rate. Gold, Silver, and Bronze for both categories are listed below.

RANK SCHOOL POUNDS RECYCLED
1 Louisiana State University 127,940
2 Clemson University 78,157
3 The Ohio State University 46,102
?LSU continues to improve its recycling efforts each year through the use of creative and innovative methods, development of new public and private partnerships, and higher levels of participation by our students, faculty, and staff volunteers.? -Sarah Temple, Assistant Director of Campus Sustainability at Louisiana State University

RANK SCHOOL DIVERSION RATE
1 Ohio University 92.94%
2 University of Rochester 91.48%
3 The University of Akron 87.79%
?GameDay Challenge is an excellent opportunity to build our recycling culture by engaging with thousands of fans all at the same time. This year, [Ohio University] is particularly proud of introducing an opt-in compost program to our tailgaters as well as setting up an in the stadium sorting station.? -Andrew Ladd, Recycling and Zero Waste Manager at Ohio University

The 2019 GDRC pitted 50 colleges and universities in a fun and friendly competition designed to engage college football fans to see who could recycle the most and reduce the most waste. The competition reached 6.9 million fans at 115 games, based on reported stadium attendance numbers. Participating schools recycled or composted 1.8 million pounds of game-day waste during the fall season, which broke down to recycling over 1.5 million pounds of bottles, cans, paper, cardboard and other materials. In addition, more than 430,588 pounds of organic materials were composted or recovered, including pre- and post-consumer food waste and compostable serviceware. These collective efforts prevented the emission of 1,801 MTCO2E (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) of greenhouse gases, equivalent to removing over 383 cars from the road for a year, or 4.5 million miles driven.

The GDRC ranks participating schools based on the quantity of recyclables, food organics and other materials diverted from the landfill at college football stadiums and tailgating areas. During the competition, schools tracked weights for individual games, with the totals used to rank schools nationally and by athletic conference. Registration for the 2020 competition will kick off in early August 2020.

The GameDay Recycling Challenge is organized through a partnership of the National Wildlife Federation, College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), RecycleMania, Inc., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s WasteWise Program. For more information visit the GameDay Recycling Challenge website.

 

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Centerplate, Ball and Bud Light to Present Infinitely Recyclable Aluminum Cups at Super Bowl LIV
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2020, 1:52 pm

By Ball Corp Newsroom

Centerplate, Ball Corporation and Bud Light to Present Infinitely Recyclable Aluminum Cups at Super Bowl LIV (Photo credit: Matthew Noel)

BROOMFIELD, Colo.&STAMFORD, Conn.,Jan. 21, 2020/PRNewswire/ —Centerplate, the leading hospitality partner toNorth America’spremier sports entertainment venues,Ball Corporation(NYSE: BLL) andBud Lighttoday announced an agreement to bring Ball’s infinitely recyclable aluminum cups to guests at Hard Rock Stadium inMiami Gardensfor Super Bowl LIV onFebruary 2, 2020.

Ball, a leader in cutting-edge, sustainable aluminum beverage packaging, designed the lightweight aluminum cups in response to growing consumer preference for more sustainable products. Centerplate, the exclusive catering partner for Hard Rock Stadium, is adopting the cups as part of the company’s Better Tomorrow 2025 goals and to help forward the venue’s broader mission to phase out 99.4 percent of single-use plastics this year. As the NFL’s official beer and the presenting sponsor of the Super Bowl LIV cups, Bud Light is also doing its part to make a Better World and support Anheuser-Busch’s ambitious2025 sustainability goals.As a result, the aluminum cups will help eliminate more than 500,000 plastic cups annually from Hard Rock Stadium’s supply chain.

“We’re proud to team up with Centerplate and Bud Light to bring fans at Hard Rock Stadium improved, sustainable hospitality with our game-changing and infinitely recyclable aluminum cup,” saidJohn A. Hayes, Ball’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We developed the aluminum cup to ensure it meets growing demand for more green products, and we’re excited that our partnership will give this year’s Super Bowl fans the opportunity to do better by the environment.”

“We’re excited to be working with likeminded partners to put sustainable solutions in the hands of football fans on this amazing stage,” saidAdam Warrington, Vice President of Better World at Anheuser-Busch. “Bud Light has a storied history of celebrating NFL moments and we hope this will be the first of many occasions they can enjoy it from an infinitely recyclable cup.”

During the Super Bowl, 50,000 of the 20-ounce cups will be available in the clubs, suites and general concourse areas of the stadium. After the game, the cups will continue to be available at Hard Rock Stadium throughout the year for Miami Dolphins games,University of Miamicollege football games, international soccer matches, concerts and all other events that take place at the global entertainment destination. Hard Rock Stadium became the first professional football arena to feature the aluminum cups at scale when it debuted them during the Miami Dolphins’ final home game of the season in December.

“We are always striving to be leaders in providing innovative solutions for our clients and guests, especially in support of our mission, vision and values,” added Centerplate Chief Executive OfficerSteve Pangburn. “This is another example of a forward-looking enhancement that will help us reduce our environmental impact in the months and years ahead, not only inMiamibut in support of our global mission to make it better to be there in the communities which we serve.”

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

About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 17,500 people worldwide and reported 2018 net sales of$11.6 billion. For more information, visitwww.ball.com, or connect with us onFacebookorTwitter.

About Centerplate
Centerplate is a leader in live event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There” for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 200 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues. From hosting VIPs at the Super Bowl to super heroes at Comic Con, the company provides hospitality services toNorth America’spremier events. A Sodexo company, Centerplate creates unique, locally-inspired menus, best-in-class guest service, and one-of-a-kind experiences backed by world-class design and insights teams. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, connect viaTwitter,InstagramorFacebook.

About Hard Rock Stadium
Hard Rock Stadium is a global entertainment destination that serves as home to the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Open,University of Miamifootball, Orange Bowl, Super Bowl LIV and the 100th season of the NFL, 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship, major concerts, international soccer matches and a host of world-class events. The facility completed a$550 million, multi-year renovation privately funded by Managing General Partner & Chairman of the Board Stephen Ross to transform the iconic venue into the bestMiamihas to offer in world class fare, art, culture and an elevated guest experience.

About Anheuser-Busch
For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has been woven into the cultural fabric ofthe United States, carrying on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate 23 breweries, 14 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities, and have more than 18,000 colleagues acrossthe United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry.From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visitwww.anheuser-busch.comor follow Anheuser-Busch onLinkedIn,Twitter,FacebookandInstagram.

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Ken Ehrlich’s 40-Year Grammy Run Is Coming To An End But He’s Not Ready To Call It Quits
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2020, 12:54 pm
For the past 40 years, Ken Ehrlich has had to put his holiday plans on hold to produce the annual Grammy Awards, which he?s been doing since 1981 when the televised ceremony took place for the first time at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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Jonas Brothers Announce 9-Show Park MGM Las Vegas Residency
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2020, 12:49 pm
The resurgent Jonas Brothers have announced a (so far) nine-date Las Vegas residency at the Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas that kicks off April 1.

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SC Johnson and Milwaukee Brewers Team Up to Take on Plastic Waste; Stadium Cups to Become New Scrubbing Bubbles Bottles ®
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2020, 12:40 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2020

SC Johnson and Milwaukee Brewers Team Up to Take on Plastic Waste; Stadium Cups to Become New Scrubbing Bubbles Bottles

Game-Changing Initiative Removes Key Barrier to Plastic Recycling by Creating New Market for Plastic Waste Stream

Milwaukee, Wis., January 24, 2020 ? In a first-of-its kind partnership that provides a local solution toward the global crisis of plastic waste, SC Johnson is teaming up with the Milwaukee Brewers to create a new market and new recycling model for one of the biggest sources of waste at their ballpark ? the more than 1 million plastic cups used each season.

Starting with the 2020 season, fans at Miller Park will be able to place plastic drink cups branded with the SC Johnson logo in specially designed receptacles to separate them from other waste. SC Johnson will collect the cups and use the recycled plastic in Scrubbing Bubbles bottles.

This is the first U.S. professional sports team to link a waste stream to a specific product, closing the recycling loop and tackling one of the biggest barriers to plastic recycling in the U.S. and globally ? the lack of markets for recycled material. Today, only 13 percent of plastic packaging in the U.S. is recycled, and much of what is placed into mixed recycling bins is not recyclable at all.

?We all need to work together to help close the plastic recycling loop, and I hope this first-of-its-kind initiative with the Brewers will serve as a model for other major league teams, companies and even other sports leagues,? said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson.

SC Johnson?s partnership with the Brewers is one of many actions the company has taken to tackle plastic waste focusing on three separate fronts: reducing plastics in its products, reusing recycled plastic and creating compostable plastics.

The partnership officially kicked off today at Miller Park, where Rick Schlesinger, Brewers President of Business Operations, and Fisk Johnson, joined Brewers pitchers Brent Suter and Corey Knebel. Suter, who holds a bachelor?s degree in environmental science from Harvard University, recently launched his own initiative, Strike Out Waste, to help his teammates reduce plastic use inside the ballpark and in their personal lives.

?I am excited that the Brewers and SC Johnson are teaming up to bring greater awareness to important issues like recycling and ocean plastics,? said Suter. ?We can all make a positive impact in our homes, our communities and with this program in place, we can now make a direct impact at the ballpark.?

SC Johnson and the Brewers will continue to partner throughout the 2020 season, with additional promotions including organized ?Clean Up Days? and philanthropic contributions with select players for heightened education and awareness. Further, for each save recorded by a Brewers pitcher, SC Johnson and the Brewers will make a donation to the ?Players for the Planet? initiative, which works to reduce ocean plastic.

?The Green Sports Alliance commends the Milwaukee Brewers MLB leadership team and SC Johnson for demonstrating the power of collaboration in creating a closed loop business model that decreases landfill waste,? said Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Roger McClendon. ?This sets a great example for sports and business industries to pause and evaluate the traditional mindset of the ?make, take, consume, and throw away pattern,? and move toward a zero waste circular economy.?

For decades, SC Johnson has been incorporating post-consumer recycled plastic from a variety of sources into its packaging. Since 2015, the company has used 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic in its iconic Windex line, and last year, it announced that Windex packaging would be made entirely from 100 percent recycled ocean-bound plastic. The company?s offerings also include liquid concentrated refills, compostable plastic bags, recyclable paper bags and fully reusable silicon bags.

 

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE, KIWI, OFF!, PLEDGE, RAID, SCRUBBING BUBBLES, SHOUT, WINDEX and ZIPLOC in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN, BAYGON, BRISE, KABIKILLER, KLEAR, MR MUSCLE and RIDSECT. The 134-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

About Green Sports Alliance
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members now number over 400 organizations and fans representing 17 leagues in 16 countries. Visit http://www.greensportsalliance.org for more information.

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Baltimore Pro Sports Stadiums Exemplify Sustainability
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2020, 6:19 pm

By CleanLink

There?s plenty to cheer about in Maryland, as the National Football League?s Baltimore Ravens have had a banner 2019 season led by one of the most exciting athletes in all of sports. But fans of sustainability and sport in Baltimore have two other things to be proud about right now: the green sustainability efforts of the city?s two professional sports venues.

The Ravens? home of M&T Bank Stadium, as well as Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the home of Major League Baseball?s Baltimore Orioles, are great examples of what green initiatives can accomplish, reportsColiseum.

Waste diversion is a priority for the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA), which cares for both stadiums. Nine cigarette receptacles are placed on a warehouse grounds that most fans cross to get to either of the two stadiums on gameday. Once collected, the discarded cigarettes are not thrown out, but processed into plastic pellets which are then used to create recycled materials. The tobacco left inside the cigarettes is even repurposed via computing.

MSA even manages to get the Ravens and Orioles faithful involved in the sustainability efforts by educating tailgating fans on the importance of recycling ? a major victory considering the amount of beers and sodas that are consumed prior to a game.

The efforts to go green at Oriole Park alone are impressive. The stadium?s water consumption has been reduced by more than a quarter in recent years though the use of low-flow water fixtures. Nearly 60 percent of the materials that went into the recent stadium upgrades were sustainable, and about three quarters of the waste was recycled.

M&T Bank Stadium is even better when it comes to water conservation. Its low-flow fixtures have reduced water usage by 43 percent. The stadium is also 27 percent more energy efficient than comparable buildings on average.

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Formula E Maintains ISO 20121 Certification for Sustainable Events
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2020, 6:15 pm

By AutoMobilSport.com

Third-party ISO 20121 certification renewed for ABB FIA Formula E Championship as series continues to set gold standard in sport for sustainable events

– Battery recycling programme and partnership with industry experts at Umicore allows lithium-ion cells to be recovered and reused to complete closed loop approach

– Allianz hydration stations, reusable water pouches, ?recycling rangers? and sustainable trackside signage helping to reduce waste and single-use plastics

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has retained its position as the only racing series to receive third-party ISO 20121 certification, continuing to set the international standard for sustainable practice in events.

With new ideas and innovations to help educate and inspire our entire ecosystem to recycle, and actively reducing the amount of waste produced on site, Formula E has once again met the strict criteria needed in order to maintain the highest level of certification for sustainable events.

As well as putting on sustainable events, the core purpose and wider mission of Formula E is to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and in turn help tackle air pollution in some of the world?s most overcrowded and densely populated cities.

Air pollution presents the single largest environmental risk to human health today and kills more people each year than smoking cigarettes according to the latest data from the World Health Organisation – 8.8 million related deaths, compared to 7 million linked to tobacco.

To speed-up the switch to electric and enable more people to embrace clean energy, Formula E has built a sustainability programme based on three pillars; delivering sustainable events and E-Prix, making a meaningful positive impact in each host city, and using a global platform to promote electric cars and the part they?ll play in addressing air pollution.

The ISO 20121 certification – awarded by accreditation body SGS and confirmed after three separate surveillance audits last season – shows the tireless commitment of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to moving towards a cleaner future, faster.

Working in close collaboration with existing partners and suppliers over the seasons to engage on common sustainability objectives, the electric street racing series has increased the number of initiatives introduced to improve waste management.

These are including but not limited to, Allianz hydration stations, water pouches to cut out single-use plastic bottles and recyclable non-PVC branding.

The branded water pouches – both reusable and recyclable – are handed out free of charge to spectators and staff at each event, with refill stations strategically positioned throughout the paddock, hospitality areas and Allianz E-Village fan zone.

Since Formula E and Allianz started supplying water pouches in Marrakesh in January last year, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has saved the equivalent of over 200,000 single-use 330ml plastic bottles from being disposed of.

Alongside pioneering new projects to reduce the amount of waste produced, Formula E is also paving the way by raising awareness of responsible recycling to better inform event-goers on how to limit environmental impact.

Introduced at the start of last season, ?recycling rangers? are located around areas of high footfall and activity, assisting with educating teams, staff and spectators on how to extract the most from mixed recycling methods and waste disposal.

In addition to promoting recycling and different ways of disposing waste, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is working together with suppliers and partners, such as Umicore and CSM Live, to put sustainable solutions in place and into the production pipeline.

Formula E has teamed-up with industry experts at Umicore – one of only a few companies worldwide to offer a complete recycling journey for lithium-ion batteries – to recover and repurpose the cells used in the first-generation cars, with extended end-of-life options being evaluated for the batteries currently raced with.

The series also works side-by-side with global suppliers like CSM Live who?ve developed new sustainable branding and trackside signage, which was introduced from the race in Rome using innovative widely recyclable non-PVC material, preventing over 10-kilometres of waste from reaching landfill at each event.

ISO 20121 is the international standard for sustainability in events and started shortly after the 2012 London Olympics, implementing a management system focussing on three top targets; reducing the individual environmental footprint of events, creating a successful financial model for growth and becoming more socially responsible.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is also joined by other major international sporting events to achieve ISO 20121 certification, including the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 2016 UEFA European Championship in France and Roland Garros French Open in Paris.

To learn more about the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, find out where to watch race highlights and buy tickets, visit www.FIAFormulaE.com or download the app on iOS and Android.

Alternatively, follow the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. @FIAFormulaE #ABBFormulaE

SENIOR SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT AT FORMULA E, JULIA PALLE

“The concept of Formula E was created with the primary purpose to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and promote sustainable practice, raising awareness of the benefits to driving electric and how clean mobility can counteract climate change.

We deliver events with sustainability at the forefront of our mind and the renewed ISO 20121 certification shows our commitment to this cause and acts as a reminder of what we have achieved and also our ambition to continue to innovate in this area.

“Working together with SGS auditors, environmental experts and our partners, we endeavour to enhance our efforts in trialling new technologies and rolling out sustainably led initiatives in order to further reduce our footprint.

We are continually seeking to implement the most innovative solutions available on the market to improve every aspect of our events and hope that this inspires other sports and organisations to embrace a similar approach in future.”

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Food Rescue US Teams Up with Centerplate and NFL Green to Rescue Excess Food from Super Bowl LIV Events
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2020, 1:53 pm

Miami, FL, January 16, 2020 ? With more than a million people expected to attend Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium and its related events, national food recovery leader Food Rescue US is partnering with NFL Green and Centerplate, the exclusive food and beverage partner at Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center, to ensure surplus food from Super Bowl events is recovered and provided to food insecure individuals in the Miami area. Tens of thousands of pounds of food are expected to be rescued from these events to keep it from ending up in landfill where it creates methane gas that contributes to global warming.

?With the scale of an event like the Super Bowl, we always prepare plenty of food, and I?m pleased to continue our partnership with Food Rescue US ? Miami to deliver any surplus to local social service agencies feeding the hungry in our community,? said Chef Dayanny de la Cruz, Executive Chef of Centerplate at Hard Rock Stadium. ?Our Centerplate team is proud to give back to the communities we serve, and to ensure that the meals we create can also support those in need, thanks to the efforts of the volunteer food rescue teams.?

Over the past year, Food Rescue US ? Miami has provided 250,000 meals and kept 300,000 pounds of food from landfill under the leadership of site director Ellen Bowen. Food rescued from Super Bowl LIV and related events will be delivered to Miami Rescue Mission, Broward Outreach Center, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Lotus House Shelter, and Camillus House.

?We know food insecurity impacts one in seven people in the state of Florida,? said Carol Shattuck, CEO of Food Rescue US. ?Through our work with Centerplate and NFL Green, we can make sure excess food from Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center helps to feed individuals and families throughout Miami, while also not contributing to the growing food waste crisis in the U.S.?

Started in 2011, Food Rescue US is currently rescuing in 25 locations throughout the U.S., including Miami and Broward counties. Using its proprietary app, food donors are connected with local social service agencies that feed the food insecure and volunteer food rescuers who directly transfer healthy, excess food from the food donor to social service agencies.

 

About Food Rescue US

Food Rescue US, a national nonprofit organization, is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America by connecting the vast amount of healthy, fresh surplus food with the critical hunger demand.Through the use of its proprietary app, Food Rescue US provides the platform for volunteer food rescuers to directly transfer excess food from businesses to local social service agencies that feed the food insecure. By providing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to the food insecure, Food Rescue US is keeping this wasted food from ending up in landfill where it decomposes, creating methane gas that warms the planet. Since 2011, Food Rescue US has helped launch food recovery communities in 25 locations across the country, providing 37 million meals and keeping 51 million pounds of food out of landfills. For more information or to download the app, visitfoodrescue.us, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/FoodRescueUS/), or follow us on Twitter (@foodrescueUS).

About Centerplate

Centerplate is a leader in live event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There” for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 200 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues?including Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center. From hosting VIPs at the Super Bowl to super heroes at Comic Con, the company provides hospitality services to North America’s premier events. A Sodexo company, Centerplate creates unique, locally-inspired menus, best-in-class guest service, and one-of-a-kind experiences backed by world-class design and insights teams. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or Facebook.com/centerplate.

About NFL Green

NFL Green, the NFL?s environmental program, has managed environmental-related Super Bowl projects for more than 25 years. These environmental projects are part of a larger program of community events and initiatives implemented each year by the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee to leave a positive benefit in each Super Bowl host community. NFL Green is part of the NFL?s sustainability platform which works to create a positive, ?green? legacy in host communities. These efforts include food recovery and distribution, recycling and solid waste management, recovery and donation of event and building materials, community greening projects, the use of ?green energy? to power events, and the Super Kids-Super Sharing community project which puts books, sports equipment and school supplies into the hands of local children in need.

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Green-Sports Startups: human-I-T, Partnering with Sports Teams to Keep E-Waste Out of Landfills
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2020, 12:25 pm

By GreenSportsBlog

Electronic waste (e-waste) ? the dumping of computers, TVs, MRI machines, A/V equipment and more ? is a massive environmental and public health problem in the developed world and especially beyond. Over 50 million tons of e-waste is created every year, with only 12.5 percent of it being recycled.

human-I-Tis a West Coast startup has come up with a unique spin on e-waste ? repurposing computers that would otherwise be trashed and providing them to people who can?t afford them. Sports teams have become key partners.

 

human-I-Twas conceived at aBest Buyin Colorado in 2011.

?Our founder, James Jack, saw a wealthy-looking gentleman bring in a high-end computer with a virus,? related Adam Sharma, Business Development Executive with the company. ?The man was unwilling to spend more money to fix the computer, and the Best Buy rep excitedly told him about their recycling program. When the man handed over his computer, the Best Buy employee dropped it into a bin, and everyone in the area heard it break against the other items. James, an IT consultant, was there to have his budget computer fixed and would?ve loved to have been able to afford the high-end computer. He thought ?this computer should not be thrown away or recycled ? it should be fixed and given to someone who can?t affordanytechnology.?

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Adam Sharma of human-I-T (Photo credit: Lisa Sandler Photography)

Jack shared his idea that would both reduce the ?digital divide? and the amount of waste in landfills with his friend Gabe Middleton, who was preparing to take the LSAT?s on his way to a career as a lawyer. Middleton thought it would make for a great nonprofit.

So long, legal career.

And hello, Middleton?s grandpa?s garage in LA, where the duo set up shop in 2012.By 2015, human-I-T had moved into a 40,000 square foot warehouse in Commerce, California.

The company?s approach was and is simple: Take old computers, wipe them of all of their data, add a new operating system, and then donate them to low income households. Early equipment donors included airlines, hospitals, police departments and more.

human-I-T operates as a nonprofit which allows companies who donate equipment to earn a tax deduction. Sharma reports that the nonprofit also ?applies for and receives grants for various programs and initiatives we run. We also sell what we consider ?outlier technology?, items that are not useful for a household such as large copiers, networking equipment, audio-visual equipment and more.?

 

SPORTS: A WINNING CATEGORY FOR HUMAN-I-T

Sharma always felt that sports teams and venues would be a great fit for human-I-T.

?As a former ice hockey and football player and as a big sports fan, I had an understanding of how much tech can be involved in all of the operations related to sports,? said Sharma. ?This goes from the obvious, such as displays and industrial equipment, to the not-so-obvious, like the computers that the sales and analytics teams work on and the servers on which data are stored.?

A cold call to the sustainability manager atStaples Center, home to the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers of the NBA as well as the NHL?s Kings, got the ball rolling.

TheLos Angeles Coliseum, home to USC football, soon signed on. Then came, in no particular order,Dodger Stadiumand the LA Dodgers,Dignity Health Sports Park, home to the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer, and UCLA?s on-campus sports facilities.

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E-waste receptacle at Dignity Health Sports Park, home of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy (Photo credit: AEG)

Beyond LA, human-I-T works with the Webster University Athletics Department in St. Louis and expects the sports market to be a growth market in 2020.

 

MEANINGFUL ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL BENEFITS FROMHUMAN-I-T?S SPORTS PARTNERS

human-I-T publishes an ?impact report? that accounts for the environmental and the social impact that the devices provide.

In total, the nonprofit has collected 60,000 lbs. of e-waste from sports venues, starting with Staples Center in 2018. That translates to 600 tonnes of carbon emissions avoided.

Just as importantly, the items collected in partnership with sports teams and venues have connected over 160 low-income families to computers, high-speed internet, and digital literacy classes. This includes new versions of Microsoft Windows (since the data wipe removes the old version), MS Office, and two years of help desk support.

 

SLOW START TO FAN ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS

What about getting fans of partner teams to donate their e-waste?

Early results were less than stellar.

?We held a few small collection events with the LA Kings, but they didn?t go as well as we had hoped,? reported Sharma. ?They took place in the summer, when hockey is far from the minds of even the most dedicated fans in LA, and were held at the team?s training facility and offices, as opposed to Staples Center, the venue with which most fans associate the Kings.?

Tweaking the timing and location of the fan e-waste donation events could lead to some important environmental and societal wins.

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Tokyo 2020: Recycled cardboard used for beds at Olympics and Paralympics
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2020, 12:14 pm

By BBC Sport

The beds for athletes will be 2.10 metres long and able to support a weight of 200kg

The bed frames for athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made from recyclable cardboard.

The mattresses for the beds will be formed of polyethylene materials that will be reused for plastic products after the events.

There will be 18,000 beds needed for the Olympics, and 8,000 for the Paralympics.

Medals forthe Tokyo 2020 Games are made entirely from recycled consumer devices.

The beds will be 2.10 metres long and the manufacturers say they will be able to support a weight of about 200kg, which is more than any athlete weighed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

As part of plans to be more environmentally friendly, the Olympic torch is made from aluminium waste and the podiums from recycled household and marine plastic waste, while electricity will come from renewable sources.

The Tokyo Olympics take place between 24 July and 9 August 2020 and the Paralympics from 25 August to 6 September.

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New Northwest Coalition Forms to Address Climate Change
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2020, 3:25 pm

By The Wave

Media contacts:

Jonathan Lawson, Climate Solutions (206) 931-0565

Paul West, Gnosis Media (541) 499-5951

For immediate release

New Northwest coalition forms to address climate change

More than 100 business leaders and NGOs pledge to advance ambitious sustainability goals

 

SEATTLE, WA ? On January 15, some of the biggest brands in the Northwest will form The Wave, a coalition of diverse partners who pledge to work together to tackle some of the biggest sustainability challenges the region faces. The pledge may be viewed at jointhewave.earth.

Stakeholders will launch a social media campaign to urge individuals and organizations throughout the Northwest to join the mission and become part of The Wave by signing the pledge at jointhewave.earth. By demonstrating leadership in fighting climate change, The Wave will serve as a model for the nation.

The more than 100 stakeholders of The Wave will work together to advance bold sustainability progress for the Northwest in five key areas: 100% clean energy, clean and equitable transportation, zero waste, healthy and sustainable food, and clean air and water. They represent zoos, aquariums, science and technology centers, hotels, restaurants, universities, sports teams, convention centers, airports, ski areas, venues, commissions, landmarks, the food industry, exhibitions, non-profits, and corporations.

Following the launch, The Wave will host a series of sustainability symposia, where stakeholders will share best practices, form working groups, and advance initial on-the-ground projects designed to make progress in the five key areas.

As The Wave?s pledge states, ?We cannot wait. We will not wait.?

?The impacts of climate change are happening already and causing severe impacts across the globe like the wildfires raging in Australia and that have hit the Northwest and California at historic levels in recent years,? said Gregg Small, executive director of Climate Solutions. ?The combined reach of the diverse stakeholders of The Wave hold the potential to make a major difference in reducing carbon emissions and inspiring widespread public action that can demonstrate solutions that can scale across the nation.?

In addition to their own individual work on environmental sustainability, stakeholders in The Wave pledge to share tangible resources with one another in order to accelerate and intensify their results. ?We in the Northwest are uniquely positioned to serve and lead other regions in the country,? said Justin Zeulner, executive director of The Wave. ?The culture here in the Northwest is known for its embrace of sustainability in so many areas ? not only of our precious natural habitat and resources, but also for our vision for shared community, economic vitality, and social justice. We?re naturally drawn to collaboration, and now is an ideal time to take it to the next step with this coalition.?

The Wave and its stakeholders identify five key program areas on which to focus their energies and resources:

  • 100% clean energy- make the Northwest the first region in the nation to be powered by 100% clean energy.
  • Clean and equitable transportation- promote safe, affordable, and accessible clean transportation for everyone in the Northwest.
  • Zero waste- honor the entire life cycle of materials to minimize environmental impacts and conserve natural resources.
  • Healthy and sustainable food- transition to sourcing and producing food in the Northwest that is healthier for people and the planet.
  • Clean air and water- ensure the Northwest has clean air and water for all species and all generations.

 

About The Wave

The Waveis a regional coalition who come together to accelerate environmental programs that mitigate climate change, engage youth, and strive for environmental justice.With a keen appreciation for the good work already being done by individual organizations, they recognize the need to do yet more.

Stakeholders include zoos, aquariums, science and technology centers, hotels, restaurants, universities, sports teams, convention centers, airports, ski areas, venues, commissions, landmarks, the food industry, exhibitions, non-profits, and corporations.Collectively, they reach millions of people across the Northwest every year. For a complete list, please see theWaveNW.com.

The Wave is a program of Climate Solutions, a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of accelerating clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. More information is available at climatesolutions.org

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Stakeholders available to talk with media

Tim Kuniholm

Director of Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships

Seattle Aquarium

T.Kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org

(206) 386-4345

 

Kerston Swartz

Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy

Woodland Park Zoo

206.819.7487

Kerston.Swartz@zoo.org

 

Alan Varsik

Director

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium+ Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

253-404-3634

alan.varsik@pdza.org

 

Mara Mote

Sports Marketing Manager

Seattle Sports Commission

MMote@seattlesports.org

206.461.5803

 

Jeff Blosser

President and CEO

Washington State Convention Center

Jeff.Blosser@wscc.com

206-694-5010

 

Scott Cruickshank

General Manager

Metro Visitor Venues (Oregon Convention Center | Portland’5 Centers for the Arts | Portland Expo Center | Oregon Zoo)

scott.cruickshank@oregonmetro.gov

503-797-1790

 

Heather Back

Communications and Policy

Metro Visitor Venues

Heather.Back@oregonmetro.gov

503-797-1811

 

Peter McGraw

Maritime Media Officer

Port of Seattle/Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

206-787-3446

 

Kate Hudson

AviationCommunications Manager

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

206-465-7826

 

Jordan Elliott

President

Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association

208-213-6169

Jordan@pnsaa.org

 

Danielle Cobb

Marketing Communications Manager

Pacific Science Center

Send media requests to:pr@pacsci.org

 

Brian McCullough

Ph.D. Associate Professor

Management Department

Seattle University

mccullob@seattleu.edu

(408) 799-6072

 

Doug Kunnemann

Business Development Leader

NatureWorks

(404) 862-0709

Doug_Kunnemann@natureworksllc.com

 

Sarah Woods

Chief Operating Officer

Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors

sarah@ecologyoutdoors.org

(503) 680-2389

 

Gregg Small

Executive Director

Climate Solutions

206-418-8792

 

Justin Zeulner

Executive Director

The Wave

503-307-1630

 

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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