Ali Harnell, the originating President of Live Nation?s Women Nation, has a concert-promoting pedigree that would make anyone envious. The two-time IEBA Promoter of the Year got her start in New York City working as a talent buyer for the legendary Ron Delsener.
Independent Promoter Alliance Launches To Combat COVID-19
Posted: 27 Mar 2020, 3:56 pm
In light of COVID-19 and its dire effects on the live music industry, Dave Poe, founder of indie promoter and music company Patchwork Presents, and Jessica Gordon, longtime talent buyer and co-owner of promotion company Broadberry Entertainment Group, have formed the Independent Promoter Alliance, which has launched with more than 100 members.
The glass ceilings, Me, Too, radio?s edict ?you can?t play two females back-to-back.? Never mind critics? lists that randomly wander into tokenism (or ?who?s hot?-ism), or the way a couple ladies always seem to dominate madly to the exclusion of so many others. Even those institutionalized handicaps can?t stop women?s creative torque. In some ways, that resistance may?ve even catalyzed the double X chromosome set to be even fiercer, more determined, more willing to color outside the lines. Create your own manifest destiny; playing the game doesn?t matter because the deck is already stacked against you. Except women aren?t buying it. Right now, all things considered, seems a golden age for women making, creating, being music.
Ladies Might: Box Office Triumph By Top Female Earners
Posted: 27 Mar 2020, 11:59 am
For the celebration of women in the concert industry, a look into the Pollstar archives provides a snapshot of those female artists who have most impacted the world of live entertainment in the 21st century.
UK Music Managers Forum & Featured Artists Coalition Survey Financial Losses Occuring From COVID-19 Crisis
Posted: 27 Mar 2020, 10:32 am
The UK's Music Managers Forum and the Featured Artists Coalition have so far gathered responses from more than 150 music managers and artists detailing the impact of more than 2,100 cancelled shows, delayed campaigns and lost earnings.
Elton John Rules LIVE75 As Hot Shot & Heavy Hitter
Posted: 27 Mar 2020, 9:58 am
Elton John shines on LIVE75 as the HOT SHOT debut of the week based on sales from four of his final stadium dates in Australia and New Zealand. The iconic entertainer also owns the HEAVY HITTER status as the top-grossing touring artist on the chart, averaging a $3.1 million take per show. He tops the ranking with a sold-ticket average of 23,981 per night during the Oceania leg of his ?Farewell Yellow Brick Road? trek that began at the end of November and stretched through March 7.
British Country Trio Essex County Drop Debut Single 'So Good'
Posted: 26 Mar 2020, 12:16 pm
British country trio Essex County are poised to take the States by storm. Brothers Nate, Mark and Kieran Bass will release their debut single "So Good" on March 27, introducing their harmonious, rock-tinged brand of country to new audiences.
Talent agencies and venues, among the first and hardest hit by work stoppages because of the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back both through layoffs and by top-to-bottom salary reductions for those still with jobs.
FestForums Webcast Surveys Industry Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown
Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 8:12 pm
Continuing to provide a space for live industry professionals to share information and encouragement while navigating the effective shutdown brought on by COVID-19, FestForums held its second livestream discussion March 24 on its Facebook page.
Danny Rukasin & Brandon Goodman On Managing Billie Eilish From 13-Year-Old Unknown To 18-Year Old Superstar
Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 8:00 pm
Danny Rukasin and Brandon Goodman of Best Friends management may oversee
one of the most stratospherically successful artists on the planet in
Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, but their feet remain firmly
rooted on terra firma. This may be because the dynamic management duo
cut their teeth managing a number of bands who wound up on the Warped
Tour (RIP). With its DIY ethos, fan credibility and down-to-earth
approach to the music business, Warped helped breed a generation of live
music execs who are the real deal steeped in camaraderie, community and
a passion for music. It also didn?t hurt that Rukasin and Goodman
surrounded Eilish with a team of similarly minded ballers who put the
lost art of artist development way ahead of fast cash. This includes
Paradigm?s Sara Bollwinkel and Tom Windish, Darkroom?s Justin Lubliner,
High Rise PR?s Alexandra Baker and others. Here Rukasin and Goodman
explain best management practices ? even when your client is 13 ? the
importance of not skipping steps and, of course, The Hippos.
Green Sports Alliance 10-year Anniversary Summit to Be Rescheduled
March 25, 2020: Portland, OR ? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Green Sports Alliance (Alliance) is postponing its 10-year anniversary Summit for a later date, to be determined.
?The health and well-being of our members, partners, staff, and all those within our community are of the utmost priority to us,? said Roger McClendon, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance. ?As a result, we?ve made the decision to reschedule our Summit in an effort to keep our attendees, hosts, and regional partners safe. The shutdown of the sports industry has been difficult for everyone, and we hope that by moving our event, we can better support our industry and the greater sports greening movement. Our thoughts are with all of those impacted during these challenging times.?
2020 marks the Alliance?s 10-year anniversary and the Summit will reflect on the past and set new standards of excellence in the sports and sustainability movement for the decade to come. The theme of the Summit, Game On! The Future of Sports and Sustainability, will feature new ideas, solutions, and successes of the movement and will engage leaders from the national and global sustainability community. It will also highlight the role sports has in helping us come together again safely after a worldwide crisis.
The Summit host city of Minneapolis is committed to environmental health, social equity, and balancing present concerns and future generations? needs. With a vibrant community of people and businesses, the Alliance is pleased to bring the 10-year Anniversary Summit to the region.
In addition to engaging programming, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities, the Summit will feature a trade show highlighting industry-relevant products, services, and innovations. NatureWorks, a long-time partner of the Alliance, will support the Summit as a title sponsor.
About the Green Sports Alliance Summit The Green Sports Alliance Summit is the most influential convening of key stakeholders from around the sporting world for the purpose of sharing best practices, inspiring positive change, and improving the communities where we live and play. To learn more about the Summit and view program updates, visit greensportsalliance.org/summit
About Green Sports Alliance The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members now number over 400 organizations and fans representing 17 leagues in 16 countries. Visit greensportsalliance.org for more information.
Spotify Pledges Up To $10M In Relief, Adds Arist Fundraising Features To Combat COVID-19
Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 11:26 am
Music streaming behemoth Spotify has teamed up with MusiCares PRS Foundation and Help Musicians, giving and matching donations up to $10 million to help fight off the global pandemic?s impact on the music business.
Steve Ballmer To Purchase The Forum For $400 Million
Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 2:20 am
The NBA?s Los Angeles Clippers have reached an agreement to buy the
Forum from The Madison Square Garden Co. for $400 million, paving the
way for team owner Steve Ballmer to move forward with plans to develop a
new arena near the venerable Inglewood venue. The purchase involves a newly formed entity, CAPSS LLC, and was driven
by Ballmer, the Clippers chairman, and Clippers Vice Chairman Dennis
Wong, the team announced. The Forum will continue to operate as a music venue.
GreenSportsBlog, like everyone else, is feeling our way around this new, fast-evolving, perilous, coronavirus world.
GSB will post any stories we find from the new intersection of Green, Sports, and Coronavirus, as was the case with our two most recent efforts. We will do our best not to force the issue.
And we will also go live with some posts that do not mention coronavirus at all. That is the case today.
Our thought here is that the Green-Sports world needs to move forward, even through this unprecedented time. The climate crisis, the plastic ocean waste issue, and other serious environmental issues, while impacted in some ways by the coronavirus, are certainly not waiting for the pandemic to end.
So, neither will we.
On to today?s post about nonprofit Oceanic Global and its work with sports venues to reduce plastic ocean waste. It was largely written before the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. We look forward to a time, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, when sports has safely restarted and Oceanic Global has resumed its important work with the industry.
In the meantime, stay socially distant and safe.
Innovative nonprofit Oceanic Global engages new audiences in ocean conservation. They tap into universal passions like sports and music to raise awareness about issues impacting our oceans and to provide individual and industry solutions that drive positive change.
Program Director Cassia Patel took GreenSportsBlog through its unique approaches that are designed to help the sports world with its single-use plastic waste problems.
I went into my conversation with Cassia Patel of Oceanic Global with a bit of healthy skepticism.
After all, there are a number of organizations working with the sports industry on plastic waste. What can Oceanic Global bring to the table that?s different and compelling?
Quite a bit, it turns out.
OCEANIC GLOBAL HELPS SPORTS VENUES WITH SINGLE-USE PLASTIC REDUCTION (SUPR)
?An important part of our work is our industry solutions program, The Oceanic Standard, Patel said. ?It is a set of free, industry-specific, research-backed guides as well as a badge verification system we created to help businesses adopt sustainable operating practices that meet both business and environmental needs. We drive scalable behavioral change towards responsible consumption to protect and restore the health of our ocean, our planet, and humanity.?
Hospitality, the music industry and corporate office spaces are three of the sectors for which Oceanic Global has developed guides. Professional sports is a high profile and relatively new industry for the nonprofit, which is deploying its single-use plastic reduction ? or SUPR ? pledge initiative.
SUPR is a collaboration between Oceanic Global and NEXUS, the latter being an organization ? made up of young philanthropists, entrepreneurs and investors ? committed to accelerating progress on a number of urgent issues, climate change and ocean waste chief among them.
?One of our Board Members, James Sternlicht who is also a NEXUS member was speaking at their annual summit about our work with The Oceanic Standard program and in the room were a few sport stadium owners,? Patel recalled. ?One of the NEXUS members and stadium owners, Clark Seydel of the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena, asked James if our program?s infrastructure could be applied to stadiums and that is where SUPR was born. We are now in the process of approaching the 65 teams and venues NEXUS has access to at the ownership level about SUPR.?
The SUPR team began meeting with senior venue executives in the spring of 2019. They gained strong interest from several, including Scott Jenkins, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United; Mike Dohnert, VP of Operations for the New York Mets at Citi Field and Sissy Burkhard, Manager of Cleaning Services at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Accenture provided pro bono support to SUPR and has been instrumental in building a business case for large-scale venues to reduce their single-use plastic consumption and improve waste management practices. They use hard data to demonstrate with hard data how SUPR?s benefits can exceed its costs.
Working with its partners, Oceanic Global sweats the details when it conducts a sports venue?s SUPR assessment or audit.
?We look at a sports venue?s entire procurement process and existing waste management infrastructure in extreme detail,? shared Patel, who foreshadowed her current career when she led a campaign to eliminate plastic water bottles while in sixth grade in Hong Kong. ?We work with their food service ware providers and/or procurement teams to assess what front of house and back of house single-use plastic items they are order, look at the costs per item, and we provide sustainable alternatives that are price comparable. Ultimately, we come up with a ?plastic footprint? metric for them ? quantifying the number of single-use plastic items diverted from the waste stream.?
Getting buy-in from food service providers on SUPR has been crucial to its success. The big players in the industry ? Aramark, Centerplate and Levy ? are all supportive of the mission, bringing operations managers, concession stand workers and more into the fold.
The SUPR team is implementing the program at four U.S. sports venues thus far: Atlanta?s LEED Platinum-certified Mercedes-Benz Stadium; State Farm Arena, home of the NBA?s Atlanta Hawks; Fiserv Forum, the new LEED-certified home of the NBA?s Milwaukee Bucks and Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins and site of last month?s Super Bowl LIV. Patel expects case studies from these venues should become available in the next 12 months.
SUPR made its presence felt in South Florida in the run-up to the Big Game.
?We went down to Miami to launch the SUPR movement the week before the Super Bowl,? Patel related. ?NEXUS, Oceanic Global, and Accenture hosted a multi-sport Owners Roundtable. Over 30 U.S. sports team owners or their representatives were in attendance, along with Roger McClendon, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance, an important SUPR supporter. Hard Rock Stadium?s VP of operations Sam Coghill shared their journey towards a plastic-free Super Bowl. There was a terrific energy and response at the roundtable, with several new venues expressing interest in SUPR.?
The SUPR team plans to spread the SUPR word via similar, high level get togethers at upcoming mega-sports events once the sports world ramps up post-coronavirus, including at the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship in Miami in January.
SUPER GROWTH PROJECTED FOR SUPR AMONG LEAGUES, FANS
Per Patel, the immediate next step is to publish SUPR case studies: ?Our goal, over the next year, is to publish two SUPR case studies in each of the major team sports in the U.S. Once we have those, we expect SUPR adoption to grow exponentially. Executives at league offices have demonstrated strong early interest. Case studies will turn their interest into action.?
SUPR is not only the preserve of team owners and food service executives.
Fans can get involved, too. Accenture played an instrumental role in building SUPR?s fan engagement program, which launched during Super Bowl week.
The centerpiece is the pledgeSUPR.com website, where fans are invited to take the SUPRfan pledge to reduce their single use plastic usage. There is plenty of room for improvement: For example, 51 million plastic cups are used at sports events annually. Fans are encouraged to reach out to their favorite teams and athletes via social media to urge them to get involved.
For the record, I tweeted New York Jets All Pro safety Jamal Adams, asking him to step up to support SUPR.
During Super Bowl week, Oceanic Global ran a SUPR social media campaign, spread the word at a variety of fan fests while handing out reusable cutlery, and live tweeted during the game. ?We generated 23,000 SUPR-related impressions on Twitter during the game,? reported Patel. ?Instagram also saw more than 9,000 impressions.?
Accenture also launched an educational augmented reality (AR) experience for fans prior to Super Bowl Week. It puts them in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to learn more about the human and environmental health concerns posed by plastic pollution. The hope is this program, now live on Instagram, will spur grassroots behavioral change.
The next steps, whenever the sports world?s coronavirus hiatus comes to an end, are to:
Bring SUPR messaging to fans more directly, via public service announcements on scoreboards and TVs, in-stadium signage and in the tailgate areas.
Tally and make public the overall SUPR scorecard, highlighting the number of teams and fans who?ve signed the pledge, and, most importantly, the amount of single-use plastics reduced at participating stadiums and arenas.
As SUPR becomes the rule rather than the exception at venues throughout the U.S., Patel believes that sports will be turning an important environmental corner.
?It is clear that shifting consumption away from single-use plastics will have significant environmental benefits on land and in the oceans as well as for human health,? Patel asserted. ?That is why we are pursuing a new sports industry standard for responsible consumption through SUPR.?
You may not immediately recognize the name Aramark, but you?ve probably been in a facility where the company operates, maybe eaten the food it provides or even worn some of its clothes.
The Philadelphia-based company, which posted revenue of $16.2 billion for fiscal 2019, is one of the largest facility service providers in the world ? providing food and uniforms to everywhere from Chicago’s public school district to Denver’s Red Rocks Parks and Amphitheater to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
With so many products, services, employees and customers as part of its business model, embedding sustainability throughout Aramark is no small task. But it has become a growing focus of the multinational in recent years.
That shift is not just about changing consumer trends, Kathy Cacciola, Aramark?s vice president of enterprise sustainability, told GreenBiz. It’s also about making Aramark a healthy and safe place where people can feel good about working.
“What we know is if we’re taking care of the well-being of our employees, our consumers, community members and people in our supply chain ? those four constituency groups ? then we are in a position to then take care of the planet,” Cacciola said.
It might seem somewhat surprising to prioritize “well-being” as the first pillar of “sustainability,” but Cacciola explained that the point of sustainable operations for the company is about making sure a holistic approach is institutional.
“I like to say that sustainability is not just me. It’s not just about Kathy,” she added. “It’s not one person. It’s about the 270,000 employees that we have as a company driving the plan forward.”
“Whether it’s employees practicing safe food handling practices or creating an environment that is supportive of diverse and inclusive perspectives, it’s each of those daily practices that our employees engage in, that?s part of how we really bring our sustainability plan to life,” she said.
?Do well, be well?
The company’s sustainability plan was refreshed in December under this slogan: “Be Well. Do Well.”
The strategy has two priorities, built to align around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: people (which includes concerns such as employee engagement, local community support, consumer health and inclusive sourcing) and planet (focused on efficient operations and cutting food waste, packaging and emissions).
Some examples of where Aramark already has made progress: It has moved to offer more vegan and vegetarian options, as well as certified sustainable seafood.
Cacciola described the process of replacing its food options with healthier and more sustainable options ? a move as much about identifying a better supply chain as engaging employees.
“We don’t necessarily want to try to ensure that our thousands of frontline team members each can identify a key trade and what is not a key trade, for example,” she said. “But rather, we make changes at the enterprise level and ensure that we transition all of our, for example, cage-free shell and cage-free liquid eggs to that version so that our team members have the responsibility for purchasing the approved product.”
It’s a part of the responsible sourcing initiative that the company has implemented.
The sustainability plan is not just food, Cacciola said. “We really designed it to ensure that it connects with the different service offerings that we have and across, also, all of our lines of business, whether it’s higher education, health care, sports and entertainment, business, dining, so on and so forth,” she added.
The company also has worked on sustainability efforts around waste and transportation.
It has a food loss and prevention strategy that has reduced more than 15 million pounds of waste since 2015. The company also has introduced some hybrid electric vehicles and route optimization software into its fleet strategy.
Holistic, whole company
How do you get sustainability to stick? Cacciola said that Aramark is working on a dual strategy.
“We make the changes from resourcing perspectives at the center, and then they get cascaded to the field,” she said. “It really helps with uptake and implementation and, also, again, naturally meets both our environmental and social objectives at the same time that we’re meeting our business objectives of purchasing from our approved suppliers.”
And that includes the literal field. “We see a heightened level of interest in hyper-local sourcing,” Cacciola added. Using local suppliers and incentivizing suppliers to implement sustainable practices means working across the supply chain, starting from inside Aramark’s offices.
Of course, it?s still a journey, she acknowledged. “We’re really proud of the progress that we’ve made, but like every company, we’re on a journey of continuous improvement,” she said.
Aramark has faced criticism in the past for featuring unhealthy food with high-climate impacts on its menus. In October, 23 state representatives with support from the National Resources Defence Council (NRCD) sent the foodservice giant an open letter, calling on it to reduce the climate footprint of its menus.
“Their call also comes amidst growing climate protests led by young people across the country and the world demanding stronger action on climate change,” Sujatha Bergen, director of health campaigns for the health and food division of NRDC, wrote of the representatives? letter. “Many of these protesters attend high schools and colleges where food is provided by Aramark.”
Bending the trend of business towards sustainability is not just a trend ? it?s critical to continue to do business in the current environment.
The Portland Timbers and Thorns FC have announced today a number of community initiatives to assist staff members and individuals in our area affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the immediate initiatives undertaken by the Timbers and Thorns FC to assist our community include:
Peregrine Sports has created and funded a Stand Together Assistance Fund to help part-time staff get through this uncertain time. This fund will assist fan experience staff and merchandise staff, among others, by paying them for games missed due to cancelation. Details of the fund will be communicated to affected staff next week.
A monetary contribution to the Oregon Community Fund?s Oregon COVID-19 Pooled Fund.
In partnership with Park Provisions, the donation of approximately 1,000 pounds of perishable food, bread, produce and other food items to Lift UP, a non-profit focused on reducing hunger for low-income residents of Northwest and Downtown Portland.
Timber Joey to host virtual children?s reading sessions to homebound schoolkids every Tuesday and Thursday. The sessions will be aired on YouTube, the Stand Together Instagram Live feed and both clubs? Facebook pages.
Delivery of gratitude packages to Providence healthcare workers.
Staff and their families to write notes and greeting cards to seniors who receive Meals on Wheels, and to healthcare workers to show our appreciation of their selfless efforts.
To read Timbers and Thorns FC owner Merritt Paulson?s statement on COVID-19, please click here.
Through the Timbers? community outreach platform, Stand Together, the team is committed to furthering its community mission to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the region through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving. For more on the Timbers community outreach programs and partners, visit www.timbers.com/stand-together.
The Sustainability Report Podcast Episode #12 ? The organisation?s SVP of ocean responsibility discusses setting clear sustainability targets, and making projects engaging for partners, fans and athletes
Most surfers will tell you that their pastime is far more than a sport. It?s a way of life. A way of being.
Surfing?s intimate relationship with the ocean and environment is clear. So it?s no surprise that its premier competition, the World Surf League, is winning plaudits for its impactful and innovative sustainability initiatives.
Through its nonprofit arm, WSL Pure (which has its own podcast), the World Surf League has committed to carbon neutrality, eliminating all single-use plastics from its events, and partnering with communities to conserve the coastal areas in which its athletes compete.
Behind this drive is the organisation?s SVP of ocean responsibility, Reece Pacheco, whom we first came into contact with in December 2018, when he represented the World Surf League at COP24 during the launch of the UNFCCC?s Sports for Climate Action Framework.
During this episode, Pacheco talks about his long and winding journey, from being an environmental filmmaker, lacrosse player and tech entrepreneur on America?s North Atlantic coast, to heading up the sustainability operations for the World Surf League in California.
He goes into depth about the World Surf League?s environmental commitment, and discusses how the organisation has engaged brands like Corona and Ikea, as well as star athletes, to amplify its sustainability projects.
?What?s the story that we want to tell as a business, what do we want to be a part of? We want to be a part of change, we stand for a positive story,? Pacheco says. ?Our mission as an organisation is to make the world a better place through the transformational power of surfing, and a big part of that is making sure we do our part for the environment.?
First phase of support and relief efforts will provide online learning tools for students in grades K-12, teachers and parents
The NFL and several of its charitable partners have made digital education and wellness resources available for free for teachers, parents and students across the country to utilize during this unprecedented time when alternate forms of learning are needed, it was announced today.
These resources provide additional opportunities to learn outside of school as millions of students across the country are displaced from their classrooms.
The NFL family is taking a first step to rally together to help those who need it most during this time and will be announcing additional relief efforts and financial support shortly. During this past season, the NFL asked our fans and communities to huddle together and give back as part of Huddle for 100. There is no more important time than now to continue this critical message.
“We know this is a difficult and uncertain time across our nation, including for millions of parents like me with young kids at home, looking to keep them active and educated. We want students, teachers and parents to know there are options for them at home,” said ANNA ISAACSON, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility, NFL. “Alongside our partners, we’ve made a number of digital education resources available for anyone who may need them immediately when learning and teaching is extremely critical.”
As part of this first phase of support, outlined below are the resources the NFL and its partners have made available for free:
American Heart Association and Discovery Education ? NFL PLAY 60
The NFL PLAY 60 Virtual Field Trip is an all access pass to behind the scenes of Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Huddle Up and Get Moving with NFL players, cheerleaders, American Heart Associationvolunteers and students.
NFL PLAY 60 App ? Available in the App Store or on Google Play
With the NFL PLAY 60 App take real steps to move in the game, explore your surroundings and collect characters to build your ultimate team for competition. See your rank on the leaderboard as you run, jump, dance, catch and see your players do the same.
Family Activities ? simple ways to encourage daily physical activity to keep everyone healthy.
Discovery Education Resources
To help schools and the communities they serve maintain continuity of learning in the event of prolonged school closures due to the Coronavirus, Discovery Education has created a three-pronged response. The elements of our response are as follows:
For U.S. schools or school systems that are not currently using Discovery Education resources, but are experiencing closures due to the Coronavirus, Discovery is offering free access to Discovery Education Experience through the remainder of the school year. To request access to Discovery Education Experience, principals and superintendents of affected school or school districts are encouraged to fill out the Experience Access Request form.
Discovery Education has created a special channel within Discovery Education Experience?the Viruses and Outbreak Channel?featuring digital content that helps educators discuss the Coronavirus outbreak with students. This content includes timely updates on what the Coronavirus is, information on how infectious diseases spread, and essential guidelines for staying healthy. Schools and school systems with access to Discovery Education Experience can find these resources here.
Discovery has worked with their content partners to make the Viruses and Outbreak Channel available to the communities our U.S. school systems serve so that parents, caregivers, and other adults have the same access to the materials children are being taught in schools. If you are a Discovery Education partner and are interested in obtaining a login for the Viruses and Outbreak Channel that you can send to members of your community, please fill out the Experience Access Request form.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
MyFuture (https://myfuture.net/) is BGCA’s mobile-friendly social platform with access to over 185 Boys & Girls Club program activities in areas such as STEM, leadership and the arts. With MyFuture, kids and teens can learn new skills, connect with their friends, and earn recognition and rewards in a safe and fun online environment. While anyone can access the 45-minute activities available, BGC Members can also earn digital badges and share their completed projects with the online MyFuture community. Currently, youth can earn badges in Digital Literacy Essentials, Media Making, Computer Science, Leadership, Visual Arts, Lyricism 101, Ultimate Journey, SMART Girls, Positive Club Climate and DIY STEM.
TheYDToolbox mobile app (https://ydtoolbox.goodbarber.app/) helps Youth Development Professionals, Educators and Caregivers provide quick and engaging learning experiences focused on supporting young people’s social and emotional development. These tools help caring adults to build communities with youth, spark meaningful conversations and maximize learning. Download the app for free on the Google Play or Apple stores by searching for “YDToolbox,” or access it on your computer at ydtoolbox.goodbarber.com. Once downloaded, click on Quick Tools for access to community builders, conversation starters, energizers and reflection questions.
Character Playbook ? United Way and EVERFI
The NFL, in partnership with United Way Worldwide, is providing access to Character Playbook: Healthy Relationships & Mental Wellness Basics, two innovative digital learning experiences for middle and high school students to support remote learning. Visit http://www.characterplaybook.com/ to access the below courses.
Powered by digital education leader EVERFI, Healthy Relationships uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during these critical years. The six-module course takes 2-3 hours to complete and meets National Health Education Standards (NHES), CASEL Social and Emotional Learning Competencies, and Common Core State Standards.
Character Playbook: Mental Wellness Basics, is a digital program designed to help educators foster mental wellness in their classrooms and equip students with lifelong mental wellness skills. Mental Wellness Basics is intended for high school students and is being made free for the time being. This course, also powered by EVERFI, meets National Health Education Standards (NHES) and State Academic Health Standards. The four-module course takes approximately one hour to complete, and covers topics including Mental Health Basics and Healthy Coping Skills. Tips for teen mental wellness are also available.
The Cooper Institute has also compiled a playlist of videos from our library of Fit Tips to give students, parents and teachers fitness activities they can do at home. Visit the YouTube playlist here: http://bit.ly/2xDFuQ9
Fuel Up to Play 60 / America’s Dairy Farmers / GENYOUth
At-Home Health and Wellness Resources:
Fuel Up to Play 60 has curated digital, at-home health and wellness content to deploy across its channels: www.FuelUptoPlay60.com, Fuel Up to Play 60 app and its national database of Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors. These resources will help make tools to lead healthy lifestyles outside of the school building more accessible for students and teachers.
Youth Football & At-Home Coaching
Football Development Model 60 Ways to Play Guide: This guide is an interactive resource that uses basic exercises and programs to develop physical literacy. The exercises and games teach fundamental movement sills in an engaging manner, creating fun experience for participants.
To provide a sense of ongoing community and connection with high school student-athletes, the InSideOut Initiative will push out bi-weekly messages to high school administrators and coaches that contain ideas, best practices and curriculum to stay connected and engaged with students. Follow @ISOInitiative for more information.
to learn how we can collectively help create a fun and enriching sports experience for high school student-athletes.
306: African-American History
EVERFI and the NFL are providing 306: African-American History, a digital education program created by EVERFI that shares stories of African-American accomplishments in the arts, science, academia and sports, to high school students free for the time being. Visit www.EVERFI.com for access to the course.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,600 clubs serve 4.7 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult members, fun, friendship and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.bgca.org or on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Cooper Institute
Established in 1970, The Cooper Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting life-long health and wellness worldwide through research and education and advocacy. By improving public health, The Cooper Institute helps people lead better, longer lives now and Well. Into the Future. To learn more, visit CooperInstitute.org.
About EVERFI, Inc.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zion Williamson have joined other NBA stars in saying they will make donations to aid arena employees who will be unable to work while the NBA season is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Antetokounmpo tweeted Friday that he will pledge $100,000 to Fiserv Forum staff.
After the season was suspended Wednesday night, the Bucks emailed Fiserv Forum employees and told them that if they were on the schedule for Thursday’s game between Milwaukee and Boston, those staff members still would be paid a guaranteed three-hour minimum because the game was canceled less than 24 hours before staff was expected to be at the arena.
The email also said “no one associated with the Arena has tested positive for COVID-19.”
Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted that the team would match Antetokounmpo’s pledge.
Williamson posted to Instagram that he will cover the salaries of Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days.
Williamson, the 19-year-old No. 1 overall pick, wrote on his Instagram post: “The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at Smoothie King Center. These are the folks who make our games possible.”
He went on to write about how many of those same people are still in recovery mode from Hurricane Katrina recovery in 2005.
Williamson said his mother, Sharonda Anderson, set an example for him and that’s why he’s covering the salaries.
He finished his post by writing: “This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.”
The Pelicans released a statement Friday thanking Williamson for his generosity and saying that while the situation is complicated given that the team does not own the arena, they are working on how they could help assist the staff.
As the No. 1 overall pick, Williamson is set to make $9.757 million this year as a part of his four-year, $44.2 million deal. He’s also picked up national endorsement deals with Jordan, Gatorade, Panini America, Mercedes-Benz, Fanatics, Beats, Mountain Dew and 2K Sports.
The Cavaliers forward kicked off the recent string of pledges when he announced Thursday on Instagram that he would be donating $100,000 through the Kevin Love Fund to support Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse staff in Cleveland.
Love told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, “My hope is that others will step up!”
The Dallas Mavericks released a statement Friday saying they are making arrangements to “ensure that scheduled event staff will receive payment for the six home games that were to take place during the 30-day NBA hiatus.”
Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky donated $100,000 to part-time workers at the Panthers’ arena. The donation was matched by his teammates and ownership also made a pledge.
Ilitch Companies, the group that owns the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and MLB’s Detroit Tigers, announced that it set up a $1 million fund to compensate part-time arena and event staff members for one month.
“Our sincere hope is that this provides comfort to our colleagues in this difficult time,” Ilitch Companies said in a statement. “When events resume, we look forward to our colleagues being safely back to work as normal.”
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment co-managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer also said Friday they will pay all New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center part-time event and game-day employees the wages they would have earned for the remainder of the NHL season.
“We realize the suspension of our Devils games and concerts has created an unintended hardship for the men and women who provide for their families and believe our commitment to them in this unprecedented time is imperative,” Harris said.
“These are the folks that feel like family every time I step in the arena, so it’s natural to show our support,” Blitzer added.
The Pittsburgh Penguins also announced a plan to play full- and part-time arena and service employees, with funding coming from Penguins players, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
For retired NFL athlete turned environmental advocate Ovie Mughelli, becoming concerned about the fate and health of the planet was a no-brainer.
?For me, it?s easy,? he told Georgia Southern University students on Tuesday at the Statesboro campus. ?My babies, my kids.?
The former Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens fullback was there to speak to the students as part of the university?s Sustainability Seminar Series.
The focus Tuesday evening was ?empowering the next generation through greening sports,? which has become Mughelli?s goal.
?It?s this mission of mine that I want to be a mission of yours,? he told the students.
During his time with the Falcons, the Charleston, South Carolina native began thinking about how the environment impacts everyone, especially his two infant children fighting for their lives in the NICU.
?I was at a point where I could pretty much do anything, except for the most important thing,? Mughelli shared with the audience. ?They couldn?t come out [of the hospital] because of the air quality in Atlanta at the time.?
Following that experience and learning more about the climate crisis, Mughelli says he dove into the environmental movement using his love of sports to reach others ? something he says hadn?t really been done by any other professional football athlete.
?I?m the first NFL player in the history of the game to have a focus in the environmental space and to have an environmental foundation,? he said.
?There are a lot of players who are passionate about a lot of things, people who love to get involved in the cancer movement, people who are involved in education, some are involved in homelessness, but for what reason would they skip over the environment, time and time again?? he asked.
Mughelli said it just came down to a lack of knowledge, but he?s been working to change that ?particularly with the younger generation.
?I realized that if you love sports, you?ve got to love the environment, the clean air and clean water necessary to play sports, and to play these games we love should make you want to fight for our planet,? Mughelli told WSAV.com NOW.
The motivational speaker told the students a little about the Ovie Mughelli Foundation, which he started with the goal of educating and empowering the next generation of green leaders.
Through the foundation, he says he?s working to diversify the green industry and give equal access to all the benefits green spaces provide.
?I did football camps in my hometown, and I?d have young kids who?d come up to me who knew nothing about anything on the environmental side,? Mughelli said.
?They didn?t know what a carbon footprint was, they didn?t really understand the concept of recycling, composting was a foreign concept to them and they definitely didn?t know anything about environmental justice,? he said.
?But they did know that their sister had asthma, they did know that they were always coughing and hacking and sneezing every time they left their apartment complex, they did know that there were no trees in the area they were in?urban food deserts and an urban heat zone,? he said. ?And they literally thought all this was normal.?
He noted that because these children came from low-income families in underserved areas, they couldn?t just pick up and move if a flood, hurricane or other natural disaster struck.
It?s why at these football camps, instead of football and life skills, Mughelli says he focused on football and environment skills, ?which really are life skills.?
One of the ways he?s aimed to reach children is through his comic book character, Gridiron Green.
?Kids love Gridiron Green,? Mughelli told WSAV.com NOW. ?It?s kind of like the kid in all of us. We all want to be Batman, Spiderman, Superman, we want to just feel like we can do anything, and we take that concept and put it into the environmental space and tell kids that, ?hey, you can do anything, you don?t need powers to be superheroes for the environment.??
The ultimate goal, Mughelli says, is to leave a legacy that will allow kids to have better futures and let them know that they can play a key role in saving the planet through learning about healthy environmental practices.
?My hope is that the students really understood that it?s bigger than just them, but more importantly, the next generation and their loved ones,? Mughelli said. ?It?s about understanding what?s going on with our environment so that when you know better, you can do better.?
Podcast Episode #10 ? The general manager of Atlanta?s Mercedes-Benz Stadium ? regarded as the most sustainable in the US ? discusses how sports venues can influence the behaviour of fans and sponsors
In the first episode of the second series, The Sustainability Report talks to Scott Jenkins ? one of the founders of the green sports movement in the US.
Throughout his career working on the operational side of sports management, Jenkins has made it his mission to make the stadiums he has been responsible for as sustainable as possible, and leverage that innovation to engage with fans and other important stakeholders.
After spending time at Philadelphia Eagles? Lincoln Financial Field and Safeco Field of the Seattle Mariners, Jenkins now oversees operations at the newly-build Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta ? one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world with the highest number of LEED points for a building of its type.
The Sustainability Report sits down with Jenkins the day after Super Bowl LIV in Miami, the biggest event in the US sporting calendar. It was a game that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium hosted the year before, and Jenkins talks about the high-profile showpiece as a great opportunity to engage the public in the topic of social and environmental responsibility.
During the episode, he discusses the work that went into creating a LEED Platinum stadium, the changing attitudes of fans and sponsors and how they are presenting the sports industry with new opportunities and challenges, and the priorities of the Green Sports Alliance ? an organisation that he chairs.
?Everything about the Mercedes-Benz Stadium was done to redefine the stadium experience,? he says. ?Whether it?s the food and beverage programme, the security process or going cashless at concessions. The architecture is stunning, the technology in the building is the best in the world.
?Everything we?ve tried to do is redefine what it means to the fans and bring it up another notch. And our focus on sustainability was no different.?
Far from just tinkering with the scenery, club SEA-changers are shaking up their world view.
The Sports Environment Alliance (SEA) is empowering Australian and New Zealand sport to do more for the world by using less, and they?ve got some big names backing the move.
Tennis Australia, Football Federation Australia, Richmond Football Club and the MCG are among those taking the message of sustainability to the pitches and courts.
But for every national organisation and iconic brand on board, you?ll find the likes of the Swamp Rats Cricket Club (SCC) – a small, rural outfit based on the WA south coast.
Swamp Rats spokesperson Stephen Grimmer told SEA: ?Regardless of size, all sports clubs and related entities have a role to play.
?Despite our club?s small size, we will assure our facilities and competitions are sustainable and are available to the lifestyle choices of future generations.
?The SCC will focus on improving our recycling practices at our iconic oval and club rooms, educating club and community members, and ensuring we promote the importance of sustainability across the sports sector in WA.?
Tennis Australia is a SEA member
Executive director Dr Sheila Nguyen has praised the ?bold ambition? of small clubs like Swamp Rats. She said while members of the alliance sign up to a universal set of principles set out under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), but it?s not about badgering clubs into change.
?We don?t say you?re not doing enough, we don?t shame them,? Dr Nguyen says. ?I don?t find that?s a good use of energy. We encourage them.
?For any issue, not just ours, whether it is accessibility or gender equity, it takes time. (Community) clubs are run primarily by volunteers ? people who are passionate about the sport whether it be parents or ex-players. So they are time poor and this topic in particular is quite technical to some extent.
?So I?d say some clubs who are very supportive, whether that?s because someone has a professional link to this area or local councils are quite leading in this space and they will finance and support local initiatives. Otherwise clubs are not that well prepared but that?s not unique to community clubs that?s across sport as a whole.?
The movement started at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, and sister organisations in the UK and US ensure it continues to be a global conversation. The result is a myriad of actions as varied as the sports themselves. The Australian Grand Prix has introduced the Green Prix focusing on clean-up days. The head office of Bowls Australia has gone paperless. Overseas, some sporting facilities have become the epicentre of climate action.
?A good example in Europe is the 148 Nissan Leaf batteries that have been put together as a mega battery at the Amsterdam Arena,? Dr Nguyen says. ?The stadium is a charging station but they also store that energy to redistribute to their local communities. I think we?ll start seeing that more.
?Sport doesn?t realise how much potential it has, particularly in the area of water capture. If a community runs out of water, local sports clubs that have been hoarding water, might play a really important role.?
But as much as big facilities and mega projects grab headlines it?s at the grassroots where the real revolution needs to take place.
SEA holds events to educate clubs
?Community clubs can upcycle, recycle, they carpool – that?s a big issue now looking at transport emissions,? Nguyen adds. ?I?m sure that?s happening already but it?s about making is systemic and part of their culture.
?West Coast Eagles is definitely worth a look at. They have a campaign called Rethink Your Waste ? and community clubs can do this too ? they pick a game in the schedule and use that to encourage people to do something, whether that is to bring a reusable cup or something else.”
Other clubs have deployed bin goalies or ?waste warriors? to stand near bins and advise people how to divide up their recyclables.
?When people are like ?oh god, where does this thing go? and they will help you,? Dr Nguyen says. ?It?s about educating people so when they come back again they?ll know what to do.
?A football club in Darebin (under local government policy) got rid of the plastic cups for players and asked member families for donations of mugs. On football mornings you see all these people with various mugs different sizes and shapes. And they get the boys or girls, whoever?s playing, to wash up afterwards. It feels like you?re in someone?s living room. I love that because that?s sort of the point. Sport is about community.?
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.
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.
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.
An Event Plannerâ€™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.
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.
San Franciscoâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Fourth Annual IAEE Womenâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.