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Coldplay's Greener Pastures: One Of The Most Successful Touring Bands Ever Kicks Off A New Era Of Sustainable Touring
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2021, 12:02 am
Four years after they last toured, Coldplay is preparing to hit the road again, first with a headlining performance at the grand opening of Seattle?s Climate Pledge Arena and then a slew of global stadium dates in 2022 that will redefine the possibilities of sustainable touring.

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Celebrating Hispanic History: Juanes Parties With The Black Eyed Peas At The 2003 Latin Grammys
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 6:57 pm

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The Rolling Stones Conquer SoFi Stadium—This Could Be the Last Time (I Don’t Know, Oh No...): Review
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 4:20 pm
The Rolling Stones? pandemic-postponed No Filter Tour added Thursday night to its originally scheduled, sold-out Sunday evening show at the brand, spanking-new SoFi Stadium, and neither high ticket prices or COVID protocols could stop the indefatigable, 78-year-old Mick Jagger from traversing the eight-to-10 miles a night he spends cajoling and teasing the crowd. If alien robot intelligence 100 years from now wanted to see the Platonic idea of a rock ?n? concert circa 2021, they merely had to be transported back to the very futuristic spaceship-looking SoFi, a 70,000-capacity football stadium that plays like, say, its next-door neighbor The Forum on steroids.

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Week Of Oct. 8-14
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 3:38 pm

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Rolling Stones Add Hard Rock Live Florida Underplay To Close Out Tour Nov. 23
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 2:03 pm

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“Cool Food Meals” Badge Coming to Aramark, MAX Burgers and Nestlé Professional Menus, Helping Consumers Choose Climate-Friendly Foods
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 12:28 pm

By Aramark

Washington, D.C.(October 14, 2021) ?World Resources Institute(WRI)announced that its ?Cool Food Meals? badge will next roll out on the menus of major food companies Aramark and Nestl Professional and Sweden-based restaurant chain MAX Burgers. The Cool Food Meals badgeidentifiesdisheswith alowercarbon footprint,in line with what WRI research finds is needed by 2030tomeet the Paris Agreementonclimate change.

?Because agriculture drives a quarter of all annual greenhouse gas emissions, it will be impossible to meet climate targets without reducing food-related emissions,? saidEdwina Hughes, Head of Cool Food at WRI. ?The Cool Food Meals label helps diners easily spot climate-friendly dishes when dining out. It?s a simple way that food companies can point customers toward food choices that are better for the planet.?

?In 2008 MAX was the first restaurant in the world to climate label its own menu. We have been waiting 13 years for a credible third-party certified climate labeling on food and finally it is here,? saidKaj Trk, Chief Sustainability Officer at MAX Burgers. ?The Cool Food Meals badge can now become the global standard for climate labeling on food and MAX is thrilled to be the first restaurant to bring it to Europe.?

With animal-based foods accounting fortwo-thirdsof agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions, choosing foods like legumes and vegetables that are less resource intensive to produce is an easy action consumers can take to lower their personal carbon footprint.

Global foodservice company Aramark has increased its climate-healthy plant-forward menu options through itsHealthy for Life initiative. Currently, 34% of main dishes the company serves on menus at workplaces, hospital cafes, and university dining halls in the United States are vegetarian or vegan.

?Reducing Aramark?s impact on the planet is a critical priority. Beginning in January, we will make it easier for our guests to make climate-friendly choices by rolling out Cool Food Meals on dining hall menus at 10 U.S.-based universities,? saidAsh Hanson, Chief Diversity & Sustainability Officer at Aramark. ?Our innovative move to more plant-forward menus is better for people?s health?and it is also good for the planet. Our plant-forward menu options not only meet consumer tastes, but they also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize demand for water and land resources and preserve natural habitats.?

To identify which meals qualify as Cool Food Meals, WRI uses a dish?s ingredients list to calculate its carbon footprint by analyzingthe emissions fromthe agricultural supply chainsandtheland used to produce themeal.If a dish?s carbon footprint falls below an established per-meal threshold and meets a nutrition safeguard, it is approved as a Cool Food Meal. The per-meal threshold is based upon a maximum recommended daily carbon footprint for a person?s diet, which is 38% smaller than the current average. For breakfast in the United States, this is 3.59 kg CO2e/portionandforlunch or dinneritis5.38 kg CO2e/portion. This is in line with whatWRI?s researchhas foundis needed by 2030 to helpmeet the Paris Agreement onclimate change.

Nestl Professional is the first food manufacturer to take on the role of Cool Foods Meal Ambassador and will focus on providing foodservice operators scores of Cool Food Meal-certified recipes that feature Sweet Earth Awesome Burger, Grounds and Mindful Chik?n products.

?Nestl Professional is thrilled to be able to offer foodservice operators the ability to quickly update their menus with Cool Foods Meals-certified recipes. This partnership is about working together throughout the foodservice industry to create measurable progress on climate change,? saidPerry Miele, President of Nestl Professional ? USA.

The Cool Food Meals badge first launched on Panera Bread menus in the United States in October 2020. Fifty-five percent of Panera entrees are certified as Cool Food Meals, including fan favorites like the Chipotle Chicken Avocado Meltand the Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

?It?s been exciting to see just how well consumers have received the Cool Food Meals-labeled dishes on Panera?s app and in stores,? saidSara Burnett, Vice President, Food Beliefs, Sustainability and PR at Panera Bread. ?Panera warmly embraces the new Cool Food Meal partners as we can now reach customers across new countries and access points, from restaurants to universities. With each new partner and Cool Foods Meal choice, we unite to reduce the footprint of food in our fight against the climate crisis.?

Through its Cool Food initiative,WRIalso leads the Cool Food Pledge, whichhelps restaurants, hospitals, hotels, universities, and cities tap the latest behavioral science to cut emissions from the food they serve. Strategies range from changing menu layouts and using appetizing language to help consumers more often choose low-carbon options, to offering more plant-focused meals.

Bank of America, Brandeis University,Brigham and Women?s Hospital,Brigham and Women?s Faulkner Hospital, Froedtert Hospital, Morristown Medical Center,Peace Health Southwest Medical Center, RobinFood, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, University of Vermont Medical Center, and Williams Collegeare the newest members tosign on to theCool Food Pledge,whichlaunched in2018.

Together, Cool Food Pledge members aremaking977 millionmealsmore sustainable each year.Datafor 2020show thatthe bulk of Cool Food Pledgemembershave alreadycollectively reducedtheirfood-related emissions by 16% per plate, which is ahead of the pace needed tomeet the group?s target ofreducing overall emissions by25% by 2030.

?The next frontier in climate action is happening on people?s plates. With Cool Food Meals now on menus in burger restaurants to football stadiums, and so many institutions also making huge changes to their dining environments through the Cool Food Pledge, many more people will get the chance to put their climate action ambitions into practice when they dine out,? saidHughes.

About World Resources Institute

WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 60 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the United States and more. Our more than 800 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. More information is available atwww.wri.org.

About Aramark
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves the world?s leading educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, prominent healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world with food, facilities, and uniform services. Because our culture is rooted in service, our employees strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and our planet. Aramark has been named to DiversityInc?s ?Top 50 Companies for Diversity? list, the Forbes list of ?America?s Best Employers for Diversity,? the HRC?s ?Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality? and scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index.Learn more atwww.aramark.comand connect with us onFacebook,Twitter, andLinkedIn.

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Live Nation, Oak View Group & GL Events Develop 20,000-Cap Arena São Paulo
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 10:00 am
As Ricardo Nunes, the mayor of So Paulo, announced today, the city will receive a new 20,000-capacity arena, Arena So Paulo, developed through a partnership between Live Nation Entertainment, Oak View Group (Pollstar's parent company), and French event services experts GL events.

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German Events Sector Demands December 1st Freedom Day
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 9:33 am
Forum Veranstaltungswirtschaft, the German umbrella association representing the country's major promoters and events associations, is demanding that Germany opens back up by Dec. 1, given the high vaccination rate as well as a comprehensive framework for safe events developed by the sector.

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Snoop Dogg Postpones UK/Euro Leg Of 'I Wanna Thank Me' Tour
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 8:54 am
Snoop Dogg has announced rescheduled dates for his ?I Wanna Thank Me? trek through UK, Ireland as well as mainland Europe, moving them to August and September 2022.

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Coldplay Announces Global 2022 Stadium Trek, Sustainable Touring Practices
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2021, 9:07 pm
Coldplay revealed its return to the road ? and a thorough commitment to sustainable touring ? on Thursday.

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For KING & COUNTRY Announce New Album And ‘What Are We Waiting For? – The Tour’
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2021, 5:35 pm
For KING & Country has new music and tour dates on the way. The four-time Grammy winning duo announced that What Are We Waiting For? ? marking their first album of new music in three years ? is due out March 11. The band also revealed the routing for a 33-date trek, featuring arena gigs across the U.S. from late March through May.

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Celebrating Hispanic History: J Balvin Headlines 2019 Lollapalooza
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2021, 3:34 pm
Colombian reggaetn superstar J Balvin made history as the first Latinx artist to headline Lollapalooza in its then-28 years, bringing an exuberant set and friends including Wisin & Yandel to the Bud Light Stage in Chicago?s Grant Park Aug. 3, 2019.

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OVO Hydro: Glasgow's Flagship Venue Unveils New Name
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2021, 9:36 am
Glasgow, Scotland's 21,000-capacity venue The Hydro today unveiled its new naming rights partner, OVO Energy, one of the UK's largest energy suppliers. OVO Group purchased the energy services business of SSE, the building's former naming partner, in January 2020.

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‘A Sustainable Quantum Leap’: Food At Northside Denmark Will Be Plant-Based
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2021, 5:58 am
When Northside 2022 kicks off June 2-4, 2022, at Eskelunden park in Aarhus, Denmark, all food for guests, artists, and volunteers will be plant-based and 100% ecological, the festival's promoters Down The Drain Group announced today.

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Coachella, Stagecoach Festivals Loosen Vaccination Requirements To Allow Negative COVID Tests
 
Posted: 13 Oct 2021, 10:04 pm
Those holding tickets for Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach, California?s Country Festival, won?t be required to prove they?ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 when they gather in the Southern California desert in April and May 2022, a reversal from a policy announced in August by producer Goldenvoice.

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Boxoffice Insider: BTS Joins Ranks Of Multi-Night Stadium Stars
 
Posted: 13 Oct 2021, 6:29 pm
The four recently announced BTS concerts at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, booked for Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 1-2, will mark the South Korean band?s first stadium performances since having to cancel its ?Map of the Soul Tour,? which was planned for 2020. BTS was scheduled to be on the road last year, playing stadiums worldwide from April through early September, but the pandemic forced postponements of all the dates just weeks before launch. Ultimately, the tour was officially canceled this past August.

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Celebrating Hispanic History: Gloria Trevi / Alejandra Guzmán 'Versus' Co-Bill Culminates With Three-Night Mexico City Sellout
 
Posted: 13 Oct 2021, 4:18 pm
The 2017-18 ?Versus? tour was a meeting of Mexican media moguls, featuring touring powerhouses Gloria Trevi, known as the ?Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop? and wildly popular singer Alejandra Guzman.

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Solotech Hires Nicolas Labbé As Senior Technical Specialist, Business Development
 
Posted: 13 Oct 2021, 9:48 am
Solotech today announced the addition of Nicolas Labb to its Montreal, Canada-based Live Productions team, where he will act as Senior Technical Specialist, Business Development.

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Festicket Appoints Benjamin Leaver As CEO
 
Posted: 13 Oct 2021, 9:31 am
Festicket today announced the appointment of Benjamin Leaver as CEO of both the mother company Festicket as well as its event technology business Event Genius.

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Celebrating Hispanic Live History: Linda Ronstadt Brings Mariachi To The Masses With ‘Canciones de Mi Padre’
 
Posted: 12 Oct 2021, 8:00 pm
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct 15),Pollstaris spotlighting seminal live performances by Hispanic artists every weekday throughout the next four weeks.Similar toPollstar?s February seriesHonoring Black Live Historyand March?sCelebrating Women's Live History, we aim to feature a variety of artists from different time periods and music genres to help put into perspective the vast range of amazing live performances by Hispanic artists who over the years have greatly enriched our lives and culture.

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YM&U Announces Three Manager Hires, Nashville Expansion
 
Posted: 12 Oct 2021, 5:48 pm
YM&U Management has announced the hiring of three artist managers and an expansion to Nashville, with new clients among the managers including Yung Gravy, 4B, Valentino Khan, Nick Murphy, Chet Faker , MotherMary, and Thunder Jackson.

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Australia: Keith Urban, Red Hot Summer, Hoodoo Gurus, Setting Up For 2022
 
Posted: 12 Oct 2021, 3:06 pm
Fans will have to wait even longer for Keith Urban?s long-anticipated return to Australia following his high-profile stint as a coach on the 2021 season of "The Voice Australia." The tour was postponed 12 months by TEG Live, with new dates set for December '22.

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Florida Fines County $3.5M For Mandating Vaccines, Following News Of State Investigating PACs and Harry Styles Concert
 
Posted: 12 Oct 2021, 2:57 pm
The county government that is home to Florida?s capital was fined $3.5 million Tuesday by state health officials for requiring its employees to get COVID-19 vaccines and for firing 14 workers who failed to get the shots.

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WinCup, Inc.’s phade® Straws and Stirrers to be a Proud Sponsor of the Atlanta Falcons® at Mercedes Benz Stadium
 
Posted: 12 Oct 2021, 2:29 pm

By Philip McGowan

The most sustainable sports venue in the world to feature new phade marine biodegradable and compostable straws and stirrers to advance sustainability initiatives

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga., September 30, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WinCup, Inc., an Atlanta metro-based company, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Atlanta Falcons to introduce phade, the world?s first marine biodegradable, home and industrial compostable drinking straws and stirrers to Mercedes-Benz Stadium beginning in August 2021. Falcons? fans and other stadium attendees will be the latest beneficiaries of a growing movement of sustainable practices being adopted across the sports industry. Made with PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), a biodegradable resin derived from the fermentation of canola oil, phade sustainable drinking straws and stirrers maintain the feel and user experience of traditional plastic equivalents but will safely return to nature through composting.

“Sports venues are starting to return to full capacity, and as we welcome both new and returning fans, we have committed to protecting their health, as well as the health of our shared planet,” said Mace Aluia, Vice President of Corporate Partnership Sales at AMB Sports + Entertainment. “As part of that initiative, we are excited that Mercedes-Benz Stadium will offer sustainable, innovative products such as phade straws and stirrers, which help address the plastics pollution crisis.”

The sponsorship reflects the growing demand for viable alternatives to single-use petroleum-based plastics. Both paper straws and vegetable-based polylactic acid (PLA) straws present performance and sustainability challenges that phade overcomes. Paper straws get soggy and can collapse during use, and biodegradation performance varies because of adhesives and other unknown chemical additives that may be used in the straws.

“We take a lot of pride in being named the most sustainable sports venue in the world, and we have achieved that through the integration of products like phade,” said Dawn Brown, Director of Sustainability at Mercedes Benz Stadium. “The Atlanta Falcons and WinCup are a natural fit because both organizations are proven leaders in environmental innovation and action.”

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the first professional sports stadium to receive the LEED Platinum certification. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system. As the home to the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United of MLS and many of the world?s top sports and entertainment events, this partnership with phade will further the stadium?s ongoing sustainability initiatives.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Atlanta Falcons in their continued quest to be the best environmental steward in the sports industry. Our sponsorship provides us a platform to provide meaningful, sustainable solutions to teams, venues, leagues and their fans, starting right here in Atlanta,” said Michael Winters, WinCup President and Chief Revenue Officer. “We look forward to seeing the continued adoption of eco-friendly products such as phade expanding in the sports world, and into communities across the US and countries throughout the world to help reduce global plastic pollution.”

The development of phade involved a rigorous testing and certification process. TV AUSTRIA, a globally recognized independent third-party certifying body, certified phade as both industrial and backyard compostable in a matter of months. Additionally, the Biodegradable Products Institute Inc. (BPI) has certified phade as industrially compostable.

“What makes phade so revolutionary is that it?s made with PHA,” explained Brad Laporte, WinCup?s Chief Executive Officer. “Unlike with petroleum-based straws ? which take hundreds of years to biodegrade ? phade straws generally biodegrade in a matter of months in environments where bacteria are present and can use PHA as a food source. With WinCup?s national footprint and extensive manufacturing experience within the foodservice industry, we have the infrastructure in place to scale phade as market demand continues to increase.”

The Falcons? partnership with WinCup is particularly fitting considering the role the state of Georgia plays in creating the phade straw. Bainbridge-based biotech company Danimer Scientific (NYSE: DNMR), a global leader in PHA technology, creates the canola-based PHA resin using its Nodax biopolymer, sourced by WinCup to manufacture the straws and stirrers. TV AUSTRIA certified Nodax as industrial and home compostable, as well as soil, freshwater and marine biodegradable. The unique sustainable qualities of Nodax PHA and the phade straw and stirrer have attracted the attention of global restaurant brands that are turning to the straw as a high-performing biodegradable alternative to traditional petroleum-based straws.

WinCup has won numerous awards for the development and launch of phade, including the 2021 Innovation in FoodService Award for Sustainability Solutions from the National Restaurant Association and SmartBrief. Most recently, WinCup?s phade brand was recognized out of a pool of more than 4,000 global entries byFast Company Magazineas a finalist or honorable mention winner in the “World Changing Ideas” Consumer Products, Enduring Impact, General Excellence and World Changing Ideas categories.

About WinCup, Inc.

WinCup, Inc. which is headquartered in Stone Mountain, Georgia, has recently been acquired by Atar Capital, a Los Angeles based global private investment firm. Among Atar?s core principles is a commitment to sustainability and investing in companies that work toward protecting the environment. WinCup is a leading manufacturer of traditional and sustainable disposable cups, bowls, containers, lids, and straws. The company’s eight manufacturing locations are committed to high-quality products and superior customer service. To learn more, please visitwww.wincup.comandwww.phadeproducts.com.

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CAA To Acquire ICM Partners: What Major Agency Consolidation Means For Live
 
Posted: 12 Oct 2021, 12:43 pm
When news of the impending acquisition of ICM Partners by Creative Artists Agency ? two of the talent agency ?Big Four? ?broke, veteran agent Wayne Forte of Entourage Talent Associates? response was, ?What took them so long??

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Almost 90,000 Jobs Lost To COVID Restrictions In UK Night Time Sector
 
Posted: 12 Oct 2021, 12:13 pm
A report released Oct. 11, commissioned by the UK's Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), has found that the country's night time cultural economy sector "has been ravaged by the pandemic, with around 86,000 jobs lost since the 2019 high."

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Pitchfork Music Festival London Premiere Unveils Full Lineup
 
Posted: 12 Oct 2021, 11:41 am
The lineup of the inaugural edition of Pitchfork Music Festival London is complete. Over 50 new and established artists will perform in various iconic spaces around the capital Nov. 10-14.

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Spiritbox Breaks Free With Breakout Debut LP (Cover Story)
 
Posted: 11 Oct 2021, 9:14 pm
With a smash debut LP release, packed sets at major music festivals and a Q1 2022 tour supporting a major band, normally things are well in motion for the next big headline tour. But, ask Spiritbox singer/frontwoman Courtney LaPlante and the answer may surprise you.

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Spiritbox Breaks Free With Breakout Debut LP (Cover Story)
 
Posted: 11 Oct 2021, 8:30 pm
With a smash debut LP release, packed sets at major music festivals and a Q1 2022 tour supporting a major band, normally things are well in motion for the next big headline tour. But, ask Spiritbox singer/frontwoman Courtney LaPlante and the answer may surprise you.

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Billie Eilish Aussie/NZ Shows Swell To 10 After Presale Demand
 
Posted: 11 Oct 2021, 4:39 pm
Consumer response to the Australian and New Zealand leg of Billie Eilish?s ?Happier Than Ever World Tour? have been strong enough for second shows to be added to each city on the schedule.

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Reba McEntire Announces Fall/Winter U.S. Tour: LIVE IN CONCERT
 
Posted: 11 Oct 2021, 4:06 pm
Reba McEntire is ready to hit the road, with REBA: LIVE IN CONCERT taking in arenas and theatres starting Nov. 26 in Oklahoma and running into late March.

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George Strait, Willie Nelson To Christen Austin’s Moody Center
 
Posted: 11 Oct 2021, 3:38 pm

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Bubba Wallace wins at Talladega, becomes second Black driver to win NASCAR Cup race
 
Posted: 6 Oct 2021, 4:42 pm

By ESPN

TALLADEGA, Ala. — The hard part wasn’t dodging his way around a crash and then driving to the front of the field at Talladega Superspeedway. That was just instinct forBubba Wallace.

The challenge was the 45 minutes after Wallace took the lead, when the sky opened and he anxiously sat in the rain — hoping, wishing, praying — that NASCAR would call off Monday’s rescheduled race and declare him the winner.

With a crowd gathered behind his pit stand chanting its support — one man told his 6-year-old son, clad in a Wallace shirt and jumping up and down along the fence, that he was “witnessing history” — NASCAR pulled the plug and Wallace became just the second Black driver to win a race at the Cup Series level.

“Got some credibility to my name now,” said Wallace, a first-time Cup winner in his 143 starts. “I’m just like, ‘Finally, I’m a winner and I’m a winner in the Cup level,’ and it’s just like ‘Hell yeah!’ It was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”

This was so much more than just a first win.

Wallace is the first Black driver to win at the top level of the elite stock car series sinceWendell Scottin 1963, a race in which he wasn’t declared the victor until long afterBuck Bakerhad already been awarded the trophy. NASCAR at lastpresented Scott’s family with his trophy from that race two months ago.

“You can’t swim standing on the Bank!!”tweeted Warrick Scott Sr., who is Scott’s grandson.“RIP Wendell Scott. Congratulations @bubbawallace!!” A second postshowed his grandfather leaning against a carand read: “PaPa was there the whole time chilling in the rain.”

Wallace’s victorygarnered praise from a range of voices on social media, includingBill Lester, a Black driver who raced intermittently in NASCAR from 1999 through a Truck series start this season.

“Finally, it’s official, you’ve done it!”Lester posted. “So proud of you and what you’ve accomplished. Your win moves the @NASCAR needle forward on so many fronts. Glad I was a witness.”

As much as Wallace wanted the moment to be solely about his first career win, he couldn’t ignore its significance in a predominantly white sport with deep Southern roots and a longtime embrace of Confederate symbols.

“It’s definitely been tough going to some of the tracks this year, we get some of the most boos now,” Wallace said. “Everybody says as long as they’re making noise that’s fine, but you know, I get booed for different reasons, and that’s the tough thing to swallow. I appreciate all those who were there doing the rain dance with us, pulling for us, supporting me my whole career, but especially those who have supported me with everything that’s gone on the last 15-16 months.”

In June 2020 at Talladega, NASCAR discovered a noose in the garage stall assigned to Wallace. The finding came just a week after NASCAR had banned the Confederate flag at its events at Wallace’s urging.

The FBI investigated and found that the noose was tied at the end of the garage door pull and had been there for months, meaning Wallace was not a victim of a hate crime. Still, the series rallied around him and stood in solidarity with Wallace at the front of the grid before the race.

The flag ban continues to be an issue at Talladega, where a convoy of vehicles has paraded up and down Speedway Boulevard outside the main entrance of the speedway during all four race weekends since NASCAR announced the ban. The convoy was back this weekend and included one car pulling a trailer that contained a Civil War-era cannon.

Wallace has called the noose incident a low point, and he has been subjected to online harassment that last year even included a tweet from then-President Donald Trump that falsely accused Wallace of making up the noose. Although Wallace never saw the noose and was only told about it by NASCAR president Steve Phelps after the FBI had been summoned to investigate, he has been accused by many in the public of orchestrating a hoax.

When Monday’s race was halted with Wallace as the leader, social media was ablaze with comments attacking the 27-year-old Alabama native whose birthday is later this week.

“They just are haters. That’s all you can really say about it,” saidDenny Hamlin, Wallace’s team co-owner and a fellow driver. “I try to say to him, ‘Don’t get your motivation trying to prove haters wrong. Instead get your motivation from trying to do the people that support you proud.’

“That’s where the motivation is going to come from, is the people that are going to support you through the good times and the bad times,” Hamlin said.

Wallace had driven through a crash and to the front of the field five laps before the second rain stoppage of the race. When he surged to the front, and with the entire field realizing that rain could halt the race at any time, runner-upBrad Keselowskirecognized Wallace had likely just won the race with his pass.

“I was thinking, ‘Oh, geez. I wish I would have made that move,'” Keselowski said. “(His) was the right move at the right time.”

NASCAR tried to dry the track for almost 45 minutes but called things off as sunset approached and the rain showed no sign of ceasing.

Wallace had been waiting atop his pit stand and celebrated wildly with his crew when the decision came. Wallace is in his first season driving for 23XI Racing, a team owned by both Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

“I’m so happy for Bubba and our entire 23XI Racing team. This is a huge milestone and a historic win for us,” Jordan said in a tweeted statement. “From the day we signed him, I knew Bubba had the talent to win and Denny and I could not be more proud of him. Let’s go!”

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Wallace broke down in tears after he returned to his parked No. 23 Toyota, the car number picked for Jordan, who wore 23 in the NBA.

“This is for all the kids out there that want to have an opportunity and whatever they want to achieve, and be the best at what they want to do,” Wallace said as he choked back tears. “You’re going to go through a lot of bulls—. But you always got to stick true to your path and not let the nonsense get to you.

“Stay strong. Stay humble. Stay hungry. Been plenty of times when I wanted to give up.”

Wallace went to a makeshift victory lane inside an empty garage stall to celebrate with his team, which made a personnel change three races ago and named Bootie Barker his crew chief. It was the first victory for Barker in more than 400 races as a Cup crew chief.

The organization was formed a year ago and Wallace was the centerpiece based on all the corporations that entered NASCAR in support of Wallace and his social justice efforts. 23XI will expand to two cars next season with former series championKurt Buschjoining the team.

No playoff drivers won a race at Talladega this weekend — Trucks, Xfinity and Cup all had first-time winners for the first time at the same track on the same weekend. Only Hamlin is locked into the third round of the Cup playoffs headed into next week’s elimination race at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hamlin, a three-time Daytona 500 winner, celebrated with Wallace following his own seventh-place finish.

“It’s just way more emotional because I know how difficult it is. These guys have worked so hard over the last 10 months to put this team together,” Hamlin said. “We’re still in the beginning stages of our team. We’re still growing. We’ve got some great things on the horizon. It’s just a great morale booster for everyone.”

Keselowski finished second and was followed by Team Penske teammateJoey Loganoin a pair of Fords. Busch was fourth in a Chevrolet.

Kevin Harvick,Christopher Bell,Alex BowmanandWilliam Byronhead to Charlotte in danger of elimination.

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The final race in the second round of the playoffs is at The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The hybrid road course/oval is where the field of 12 will be trimmed to eight.Chase Elliottis the two-time defending race winner at The Roval. His victory last October was his first of three wins in the final five races that lofted Elliott to his first Cup championship.

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Auburn University tackling United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
 
Posted: 6 Oct 2021, 4:01 pm

By Amy Weaver | Office of Communications and Marketing

A new report from Auburn University illustrates how it is addressing the United Nations? sustainable development goals.

The document, completed this summer, highlights the extent to which Auburn is engaged with each of the UN?s17 sustainable development goals, or SDGs. The UN adopted the goals in 2015 as a path to address global challenges and achieve a better, more sustainable future for all by 2030.

Auburn demonstrated moderate or high engagement in the goals for: Zero Hunger; Good Health and Wellbeing; Clean Water and Sanitation; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequalities; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Life Below Water; Life on Land; and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Mike Kensler, director of the Office of Sustainability, said it is imperative to know where Auburn stands in its engagement with the various SDGs because it allows the university to identify opportunities for continued and future engagement.

?We are excited to document all the ways Auburn University is engaged with the rest of the world to address these challenges and transform them for a better world,? he said. ?We are not surprised by this level of contribution, but we are gratified. There is still work to be done.?

Auburn?sAcademic Sustainability Program,Hunger Solutions Institutein theCollege of Human SciencesandOffice of Sustainabilitycollaborated to measure the university?s engagement with the goals. They collected and analyzed data related to the goals in teaching, research and outreach from every college, school and department, including courses, majors, minors, graduate programs, faculty research, centers and institutes and student organizations at the university from 2016-18.

The group is currently gathering data for the 2019-21 engagement report, which could be completed by fall 2022.

The Office of Sustainability will continue its work to push campus forward on all goals, with the Hunger Solutions Institute, or HSI, taking the lead on SGD 2, Zero Hunger.

?SDG 2 is central to the mission of HSI, which is to leverage collective efforts of postsecondary education institutions to promote the adoption and advancement of best practices to address food and nutrition security,? said Alicia Powers, HSI?s managing director. ?We are poised to continue expansion of our work toward Zero Hunger on Auburn?s campus, in our surrounding community and throughout Alabama, the country and globally.?

Auburn took a major step in its commitment to addressing the goals in 2019, when it joined the U.S. chapter ofthe U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, or SDSN. Auburn?s involvement allows faculty to collaborate with network scholars and organizations around the world in efforts to fulfill the SDGs at local, national and global scales.

The Office of Sustainability createda new landing pageto illustrate Auburn?s work in each of the 17 goals. The office plans to mark Campus Sustainability Month with a social media campaign, focused on Auburn?s activities in SDGs, throughout October.

Additionally, the Be Well Hut will feature the SDGs on the Haley Concourse on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

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The “Extra Yard for the Environment” Program Has Made the Chiefs’ Conservation Efforts Championship-Caliber
 
Posted: 29 Sep 2021, 3:17 pm

By Matt McMullen, Chiefs Reporter

A game day at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium is unmatched in sports, from the tailgating atmosphere in the parking lots to the energy inside the building’s walls.

It’s a tradition that has spanned generations, and while providing that unparalleled experience for the thousands of fans who walk through the stadium gates, the Chiefs have also placed an emphasis on being environmentally mindful along the way.

That initiative all falls under the Chiefs’ “Extra Yard for the Environment” program, which encompasses several directives that each aim to make GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium as environmentally efficient and responsible as possible.

“We’ve made it a long-term goal to become a more environmentally conscious organization, and while significant change doesn’t just happen overnight, we’ve made countless strides in our recycling and sustainability efforts over the years,” said Chiefs President Mark Donovan. “Often times, this work goes unheralded and unnoticed because so much of it happens behind the scenes, but it’s important to recognize our stadium operations team, our stadium services team and our community allies who make our facilities and our tailgating atmosphere as environmentally friendly as possible.”

It’s a mandate that begins in the parking lots amidst the most iconic tailgating experience in the country, as game day employees distribute bags meant for recyclable items for fans to use prior to kickoff. Fans then leave the bags by their tailgate for the cleaning crew to collect once the game is underway, streamlining the waste diversion process.

In fact, waste diversion has been a major focus of the Chiefs’ conservation efforts. The term ? which simply means separating items that can be recycled or composted from those that are sent to a landfill ? is a critical aspect of what the organization is striving to achieve when it comes to protecting our environment.

“I think first and foremost, it’s about having the proper processes,” said Stadium Services Coordinator Matt Hawkins. “Going through the numbers of what comes in and what your waste stream is, you really get a chance to delegate how things are done. With ours, about 98 percent of the stuff from the front of the house is compostable or recyclable. That helps us determine how much trash is going to the landfill and how much we can divert.”

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Those processes have been working, too, as the Chiefs have managed to divert more than half of their total waste to be recycled or composted in recent years.

“[Matt Hawkins’] efforts directly translate into the amount of waste diversion that we are able to set aside,” said Brandon Hamilton, the Chiefs’ Vice President of Stadium Operations. “In the last couple years, we’ve averaged between 50 and 60 percent waste diversion. We average over 800 tons of total waste a year, so over 400 tons of that is going to either recycling or compost.”

Those conservation efforts also extend to the Chiefs’ energy consumption, from simple measures such as swapping out halogen lights for LEDs to making entire systems more efficient.

“We’ve converted whole systems from electric to gas,” said Stadium Systems Manager Chris Bryans. “For example, we have a heated field, and we have an additional boiler that wasn’t really being used. It was a lot of potential heat that was being wasted, so we tied that boiler into the chilled water system that we use to cool the stadium, and in the wintertime, instead of using our electric heaters on the club level, we can use the boiler as a heating system.”

That workaround ? which is called “loop heating” ? means that the Chiefs don’t need to use 200 electric heaters on game day, saving a tremendous amount of energy and thousands of dollars a month. Additionally, the Chiefs are using automated systems that utilize cool air from the outside ? such as when temperatures drop in the middle of the night ? to later re-distribute as a cooling measure when it heats up the next day, lowering energy demands when it comes to air conditioning.

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It all adds up to significant savings ? both in terms of energy and dollars ? that demonstrate the worth of these thoughtful and creative initiatives.

“We’ve had between $200,000 and $400,000 a year in energy savings because of the measures Chris Bryans’ team has taken,” Hamilton said. “It’s pretty impressive.”

The list goes on as well, including employee conservation days that send Chiefs’ staff members out into the community to plant trees and “E-recycling,” which recycles items such as work appliances that would have otherwise been thrown away. The Chiefs also have a partnership with Harvesters that collects unserved food from concession stands and distributes it to local food pantries.

It’s all in an effort to use the Chiefs’ immense platform to not only provide a memorable experience on game day, but to also do it in a way that’s making our city a better place to live.

“We do it to be good corporate citizens. We know climate change is an issue, and we want to make a difference in our environment,” Hamilton said. “We like to lead by example, and we feel like we’re doing that.”

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Stanford U Initiates Scope 3 Emissions Program
 
Posted: 29 Sep 2021, 3:07 pm

By Sustainable Stanford

Scope 3 emissions are indirect emissions that are influenced by the university’s operations but not directly emitted by the university. There are 15categories of scope 3 emissions, as defined in theGreenhouse Gas Protocol.

In June 2020, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution calling for the university to eliminate its scope 3 emissions by the year 2050, including those related to its investment portfolio as well as other activities, while acknowledging this date may move forward as we develop knowledge and experience. To that end, a new Scope 3 Emissions Program sponsored by the Vice President of Business Affairs and managed by the Scope 3 Emissions Program Manager was launched in 2021. A separate effort is being established to address the investment portfolio.

The Scope 3 Emissions Programhas two principal objectives:

  1. Reduce, mitigate or offset Stanford?s Scope 3 emissions to the maximum extent possible.
  2. Establish a path that other institutions can follow in addressing their own Scope 3 emissions, through the following efforts:
    1. Communications
    2. Campus Engagement
    3. Regional Community Engagement
    4. Collaboration with other Institutions

The Scope 3 Emissions Program will collaborate closely with multiple Stanford units, especially the Office of Sustainability, Financial Management Services, Residential & Dining Enterprises, and Stanford?s new school focused on sustainability and climate andis guided by a Scope 3 Emissions Working Group. The working group will help prioritize the categories to be addressed, review and approve measurement methodologies, and advise on communication and mitigation efforts. The Working Group is initially comprised of 6 faculty, 4 staff, 1 undergraduate student, and 1 graduate student, and is staffed by the Scope 3 Emissions Program Manager.

The Scope 3 Emissions Program will initially build on work conducted in 2019-20 (and earlier in some cases) by staff in the Office of Sustainability, which was also supported by student researchers. During this time, Office of Sustainability staff evaluated calendar year 2019 (CY2019) data for six scope 3 emissions categories, which were selected based on data availability, estimated magnitude of impact, and student interest. Emissions and associated mitigation strategies in the following categories are currently under evaluation:

  • Business Travel
  • Student Travel
  • Employee Commuting
  • Waste
  • Fuel & Energy Related Activities
  • Purchased Goods & Services

Additional categories will be explored in coming years, including emissions from facility construction, campus leaseholders, and properties outside the main campus, among others. The Scope 3 Emissions Working Group will advise on mitigation strategies for all categories, including offsets, and will recommend and approve approaches to assessing mitigation effectiveness. Many scope 3 emissions mitigation initiatives are already underway at Stanford in conjunction with the university’s other sustainability goals; these will be expanded upon in coming years using the approach described above. Final definitions, calculation methodologies, results, and mitigation strategies for all categories will be shared widely in support of the program’s goal to establish a path others can follow. If you have inquiries or suggestions regarding scope 3 emissions, please feel free to contactscope3emissions@stanford.edu.

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UArizona Housing Minimizes Environmental Impact Through Dorm Carpet Recycling Project
 
Posted: 29 Sep 2021, 3:04 pm

By UArizona Housing & Residential Life

The University of Arizona?s department of Housing & Residential Life successfully minimized the environmental impact of a summer flooring renovation project in one of its dorms.

Project Manager LeeAnne Maier worked directly with the carpet supplier, ShawContract, to develop a circular process of carpet installation and disposal at Pima Hall. Maier was able to organize a large-scale reclamation project for the old carpet, while also installing new carpet that is able to be recycled at the end of its lifecycle. The dorm?s old carpet was collected and stored in a manner compatible with Shaw?s recycling requirements and then shipped to the company for processing.

Together, Housing and ShawContract recycled 18,000 square feet of carpet. Additionally, they downcycled another 6300 square feet of carpet into a waste to energy process. In total, 5,455 pounds of EcoWorx carpet was recycled. By recycling this carpet back into itself, this reduced the need to manufacture more virgin raw material for the replacement. The recycling project saved the equivalent of 140 gallons of gas, or enough to drive an average car across the country. 2,800 pounds of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (C02e) was also saved, which has the same environmental impact as planting an acre of trees.

?By creating a strategy of circularity and making the decisions this summer to install Cradle to Cradle Shaw Contract material, there will be an opportunity of 8.75 tons to be recycled,? said Breanna Starr, Commercial Flooring Account Manager at ShawContract.

According to The Carpet and Rug Institute, 70% of floors in the U.S. are covered with carpets and rugs. However, carpet can have a large environmental footprint, especially during the disposal process. The EPA estimates about 5 billion pounds of carpeting goes to landfills each year, comprising 1% to 2% of total annual landfill contributions.

?This project is an example of the kind of positive outcomes that come from forethought and a good partner,? said Maier. ?If you?re working on a carpet project, it is imperative to the entire lifecycle of your carpet and work to mitigate negative environmental impacts.?

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Grant Will Fund Climate Resilience Strategies for Frontline Communities in the Carolinas
 
Posted: 29 Sep 2021, 3:02 pm

By North Carolina State Climate Office

North Carolina State University will lead a multi-institutional effort to develop climate resilience solutions in frontline communities in the Carolinas, thanks to a five-year, $5 million dollar grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Frontline communities refer to communities who experience the first and worst impacts of the climate crisis.

The team, which includes researchers from NC State, North Carolina Central University, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Museum of Life and Science, Furman University and South Carolina State University, is tasked with building community partnerships to advance climate resilience and health equity in the region.

?Extreme weather and climate events like heat waves and hurricanes impact every community, but not all communities are affected equally,? says Kathie Dello, director of the State Climate Office and primary investigator on the project. ?Underserved communities disproportionately feel the impacts of these events. We need to co-develop solutions with communities to protect the health and well-being of Carolinians from climate-driven disasters.?

By partnering with local communities and conducting place-based research, the team will look at how co-occurring and consecutive hazards ? such as poor infrastructure and repeated climate events such as flooding ? within a larger framework of historical discrimination, disinvestment and health inequities, shape climate risk.

?Resilience happens at the local level, but communities need help turning data into action,? says Jennifer Runkle, research scholar at the N.C. Institute of Climate Studies and co-PI on the project. ?We will first listen to communities as they describe their climate concerns, which may not be neatly untangled from other challenges. It?s an exciting and critical time to rethink local resilience by elevating the voices of our most underserved residents to ensure the health and well-being of all North Carolinians.?

In addition to developing strategies for community resilience, the team will also focus on building community-level climate literacy by implementing community-sciences programs to track physical and social science metrics.

?The experiences of underserved communities at the start of the climate crisis will be reproduced in every Carolina community as climate change impacts become more widespread,? says Louie Rivers, associate professor of forestry and environmental research at NC State and co-PI on the project.

?Climate change is happening now, and we can see the effects,? Dello says. ?By working with individual communities to create climate resilience solutions from the bottom up, we hope to provide a transferrable, national model that will protect the most vulnerable in every community from climate-driven impacts.?

The grant is administered by NOAA?s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment program, which supports research teams that help expand and build the nation?s capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change.

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Under student pressure, University of Minnesota to phase out fossil fuel investments
 
Posted: 29 Sep 2021, 3:01 pm

By Ryan Faircloth, StarTribune

The University of Minnesota plans to withdraw all of its investments in fossil fuel-related companies over the next five to seven years amid pressure from students who want the school to do more to fight climate change.

The U shared details about its intention to move away from fossil fuel investments this week after student government leaders at the Twin Cities campus renewed demands for the state’s flagship university to divest from coal, oil and natural gas.

“Students and community members have been pushing for this for so many years at this point,” said senior Maddie Miller, environmental accountability committee director for the Minnesota Student Association, the U’s undergraduate student government. “This is just one really small step in the grand scheme of things.”

Across the country, college students concerned about climate change are pushing their schools to divest from fossil fuels. Harvard University said this month that it would divest its endowment from fossil fuels, while two of the U’s Big Ten peers ? Rutgers University and the University of Michigan ? have also chosen to disinvest from fossil fuel-related companies.

The Minnesota Student Association cited these previous efforts this week in adivestment lettersent to university leaders and the Board of Regents, urging them to “stand on the right side of history.”

Abdulaziz Mohamed, the U’s undergraduate student body president and one of the letter’s authors, said he was “glad the university has chosen this direction.”

“I want to thank the student leaders, particularly the climate activists, who’ve started this work to begin with,” he said.

Miller added she thinks the move is “never really going to be soon enough,” but she acknowledged the university likely cannot pull out of its investments overnight “and not have repercussions from it.”

Regents James Farnsworth and Mike Kenyanya said the university has reached a reasonable decision. Kenyanya noted it’s a more immediate timeline than the 10-year exit planRutgers University has adopted.

“I think we should do it as soon as possible, and if as soon as possible is five to seven years, then that’s that,” he said.

Kenyanya also praised student leaders for their persistent advocacy.

“The other week we had fires on one side of the country, a drought in the middle,” Kenyanya said. “This is the kind of activism and pressure we need.”

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LA Clippers and Aspiration Set a New Standard for Social Responsibility in Sports
 
Posted: 27 Sep 2021, 8:55 pm

By Los Angeles Clippers

Aspiration becomes first Founding Partner of the Intuit Dome, which will be the first climate positive arena

LOS ANGELES? The LA Clippers and Aspiration have announced a multi-year partnership that designates the world’s leader in sustainability as a service solution for consumers and companies as the first Founding Partner of the Intuit Dome, the future home of the Clippers. Together, Aspiration and the Clippers are setting a new standard for social responsibility in sports by building the first climate positive arena and committing to programs that will make a difference in the fight against climate change. Aspiration recently entered into a merger agreement with InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc. (NYSE: IPVF), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, which, upon closing, will result in Aspiration becoming a listed company.

The Clippers will engage Aspiration?s Sustainable Impact Services, which offers software and services that enable companies to integrate the fight against climate change into their daily customer experience. The Clippers and Aspiration are also introducing the first ?Planet Protection Fund,? which will provide fans with the opportunity to offset their own carbon impact whenever they purchase a ticket to cheer on the Clippers. The two organizations will also develop sustainability programming to benefit Southern California businesses, entrepreneurs and students.

“There is a responsibility associated with building the best arena in the world,? said Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer. “Aspiration becoming our first Founding Partner supports the stake we are planting in the ground to make Intuit Dome the most sustainable arena in the world.?

“Today, the Clippers are raising the bar for every major sports franchise in the world,” said Joe Sanberg, Co-founder of Aspiration. “By committing to a sustainable future, this team is proving that its massive cultural influence can extend to harnessing meaningful and ongoing action against the climate crisis by embedding Aspiration?s sustainability services throughout the fan experience. As a Clippers fan, I am proud to be partnering with them to define a new era of climate action in major league sports ? and I hope that the rest of the NBA follows their example.”

The Clippers are aggressively working toward initiatives that will earn Intuit Dome a LEED Platinum certification, the highest classification available. Intuit Dome will operate 100% carbon-free from day one, and be the only sports arena in the world built with 100% embodied carbon concrete. Intuit Dome will be naturally ventilated, fully electric through batteries and solar power with enough on-site energy storage to power a basketball game or concert, and have no net new greenhouse gas emissions. It will feature a comprehensive waste reduction program to eradicate landfill waste onsite and extensive programs to improve regional air quality. Intuit Dome has committed to the annual monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and transportation impacts, a first for a large-scale venue, which will ensure sustainability goals and promises are met, and also provide the data to help drive broader community transformation to a low carbon future.

?We are excited to be the first Founding Partner of Intuit Dome, and we recognize that this is a great opportunity to further integrate sustainability and carbon negativity into the operations of this iconic franchise,? said Andrei Cherny, Co-founder and CEO of Aspiration. ?The LA Clippers are proof positive of Aspiration?s core philosophy: People and businesses can do well while also doing good.?

?Our relationship with Aspiration is aspirational; how do we do more?? said Gillian Zucker, LA Clippers President of Business Operations. ?It?s not enough anymore to just do our part as a company. We need to use our platform to create a movement around the importance of protecting our planet.?

As Intuit Dome?s first Founding Partner and a team partner of the Clippers, Aspiration will receive physical and digital signage elements and activations that promote sustainability, hospitality elements and will become the presenting partner of the Clipper Nation MVP Program, which offers exclusive benefits to season ticket holders. Aspiration will also engage with the Clippers? Mentorship Assist Zone program, which provides underserved Southern California youth with education and exposure to career opportunities.

About the LA Clippers

Led by Chairman Steve Ballmer, the LA Clippers have competed in 51 NBA seasons and appeared in the Playoffs in nine of the past 10 seasons. The Clippers are committed to the city of Los Angeles and through the LA Clippers Foundation, provide resources and opportunities that make a positive difference toward leveling the playing field for youth in Southern California. Visit the Clippers online atwww.clippers.comor follow them on social media@LAClippers.

About Intuit Dome

Intuit Dome will open for the 2024-25 season in Inglewood, California as the new home of the LA Clippers. Built for the fan, by the fan, the technologically advanced and basketball-obsessed arena, entertainment venue and outdoor plaza will deliver a uniquely intimate and intense experience.

About Aspiration Partners Inc.

Aspiration is a leading platform to help people and businesses put automated sustainable impact into their hands and integrate it into their daily lives. The company is currently in the process of completing a merger with InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc. (NYSE: IPVF), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company. Aspiration has earned the trust of its more than 5 million members by helping them spend, save, shop, and invest to both “Do Well” and “Do Good.” Aspiration Partners, Inc. is a certified B Corp. Headquartered in Marina del Rey, CA, Aspiration Partners Inc. is backed by investors including Alpha Edison, AGO, Capricorn Investment Group, Allen & Company, Flourish Ventures, Social Impact Finance, Deep Field Asset Management, Joseph Sanberg, Alex Pomeroy, Glenn “Doc” Rivers, Orlando Bloom, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cindy Crawford, Kaia Gerber, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Footprint Coalition Ventures. For more information, visit Aspiration.com or Aspiration.com/business. Still and video media assets can be found athttps://tinyurl.com/56u3yu3z.

About InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc.

InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc., led by Chairman & CEO Ahmed Fattouh, President Nicholaos Krenteras, and Vice Chairman Sunil Kappagoda, is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a business combination with one or more businesses in the financial services or fintech sectors. InterPrivate III?s Board of Directors includes globally recognized financial services leaders including: former BankOneChairman, John McCoy; former Lucent and Verifone Chairman, Rich McGinn; Pine Brook founder and former Warburg Pincus Vice Chairman, Howard Newman; and fintech investor Gordy Holterman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An exceedingly intelligent choice for meetings and events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Take 10 - Conference Centers
 
Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 8:00 pm
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New School
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 8:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conference Center Changes
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
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On Location - Convention Centers
 
Posted: 31 May 2010, 8:00 pm

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2010, 8:00 pm
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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 8:00 pm

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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