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How the BET Awards Are Responding to Lil Nas X, Celebrating Diddy & Leaning ‘Into the Music’
 
Posted: 26 Jun 2022, 1:00 pm

It’ll be ?Culture?s Biggest Night.? That?s what BET Networks is promising when the 2022 BET Awards air live Sunday (June 26) at 8 p.m. EST.

And with host Taraji P. Henson presiding over a performance lineup that boasts a newly added Lil Wayne joining Lizzo, Jack Harlow, Latto, Muni Long, Roddy Ricch and many others, the promise sounds more like a guarantee. And that’s not even counting the artists who will be paying tribute to this year?s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Sean ?Diddy? Combs: Mary J. Blige, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Faith Evans and Bryson Tiller, among others.

?This year we said, ?Let?s really lean into the music,?? says BET CEO Scott Mills. ?And it?s going to be great.?

The awards show is not without controversy, however. Earlier this month, Lil Nas X slammed the BET Awards after failing to receive any nominations this year despite his continued success since receiving a best new artist nod in 2020 (Roddy Ricch wound up winning that year). ?Thank you bet awards. an outstanding zero nominations again,? Lil Nas X tweeted at the time. He continued, “I just feel like black gay ppl have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we make it to the top mfs try to pretend we are invisible.”

BET responded with a statement noting the artist’s 2020 nomination and performances on the show in 2019 and 2021, saying in part, ?We love Lil Nas X…. At BET, we are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community.? That didn?t stop Lil Nas X, though. On June 24, he released a new song targeting the network called ?Late to Da Party? featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again.

Mills spoke with Billboard about Lil Nas X, how he network brands to broaden its scope through streaming service BET+ and content provider BET Studios, and maintaining the brand?s cultural roots under non-Black ownership.

Have you spoken with Lil Nas X and has his complaint prompted discussions about reviewing BET?s nomination process?

I haven’t spoken to him. However, we really do deeply value and respect Lil Nas X so we were caught off guard by the assertion. We work really hard to be extraordinarily inclusive in all we do in terms of the awards show and depictions in our film and TV content. Notwithstanding the hard work we do, we have to understand that there might be opportunities for improvement in some of our practices. So we are looking at our processes to figure out any blind spots that might have contributed to any outcomes. We?ll go through that exercise because we are committed to making sure that we are sensitive to any potential for unconscious bias.

This is the 22nd year of the awards. What kind of show can viewers expect?

There’s some great talent that we’ve already gone public with, but you know Connie Orlando [BET executive vp of specials, music programming & music strategy] loves to keep a couple of surprises in her back pocket ? and she?s definitely holding something back. Also, as you can imagine, lifetime achievement honoree Diddy does nothing modestly. So the performance that?s going to celebrate him is totally genius. As you noted, this is the 22nd year of the BET Awards. And I love when people can bring a creative approach that you can still get excited about, notwithstanding the fact that you’ve seen or been to a million award shows. Given the creative freedom that Connie and the team have developed, celebrating this day is always incredibly fun. In addition to airing BET Awards on LOGO, MTV, VH1 and TV Land as we did last year, the roster has been expanded to include Comedy Central and Pop. There’s also our international simulcast on BET Africa, BET France, My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK, as well as BET Pluto in the UK and Brazil.

Speaking of Diddy, why is this the year to honor him?

Our responsibility is to use our show to celebrate excellence and accomplishment in our community. One of the things I value about Diddy is how he constantly evolves and finds new spaces to succeed in; his extraordinary journey of transformation is really compelling. When we honor and celebrate people, what we?re also doing is saying to our community that these are things that we value, things that we should be manifesting. He started off as a music impresario then producer, rapper and businessman. That whole arc is really a great message to deliver this year. Next year is the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, so our honorees and show will be anchored in that celebration.

Why no BET Experience music and entertainment festival or a Humanitarian Award honoree this time?

The music and entertainment festival will definitely return next year. The reason why there isn?t one this year is because at the time that we would have had to make a series of long-lead commitments in December and January, there was still such uncertainty around the state of the pandemic. And we wanted to prioritize safety. That was first and foremost. But we?ve already got a team working on bringing back a completely over-the top experience in 2023. Because there were so many opportunities to feature so many amazing performers and performances on this year?s show, we?re not handing out the Humanitarian Award this time. But we will be presenting a big pro-social philanthropic moment during the show.

Besides the BET Awards, the network annually presents the BET Hip-Hop Awards, the Soul Train Awards and the NAACP Image Awards. As awards shows across the board confront lower ratings and other issues, why are awards still an important BET franchise?

Among the plethora of award shows, there is nothing in the world like the BET Awards. It is fundamentally different from anything whether it?s the Grammys, the Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards or the the MTV Video Music Awards. One of the most powerful lines in our culture is music. So in that intersection, no other show is authentically African American like the BET Awards. It?s something that only we can do. We?ve said this for a long time: that it?s like the Black Super Bowl. And our partners are major companies like Procter and Gamble, Pepsi and McDonald’s among others. They see it as a strong opportunity to engage with our community, and the show does extraordinarily well. It?s generating more revenue in 2022 than it’s ever generated in the franchise.

The success we have with other awards shows is because of the way we position them. In the case of the Image Awards, we thought it was vital to create a platform that shows the world, not just our community, what Black creative excellence looks like. Soul Train is an iconic, fun and engaging show done at a different price point than the BET Awards with lots of advertisers wanting to tap into the emotions of that brand?s particular demographic. And because hip-hop is such a powerful force in our culture, the Hip-Hop Awards have become an important force in our awards franchise. Overall, we just love being there for all the artists and our partners value these shows as a platform to engage with the Black community. For many people, these aren?t just award shows. It?s about the special relationship these shows represent for the community.

In January 2023, you?ll be celebrating your fifth anniversary as the head of BET. What was your vision for the network when you returned in 2018 and your vision now?

It?s all about serving our community. When Viacom, now Paramount, asked me to take the helm I decided to take it because I understood that we had a great media brand, a giant footprint that allows us to play in so many spaces. But the critical key was to make strategic decisions today ? based on where the industry was headed ? that would keep it on the right path so it could continue to thrive and prosper well into the future. So I built plans for what it would entail to build an ecosystem; understanding that while the cable business was this hugely valuable platform, we had to build out additional platforms so that we could create an ecosystem in which we would share content, talent, audience and revenue. And in doing so, we would grow and be able to bring in more content, talent, audience and revenue into this machine.

As part of that we launched streaming service BET+ [in 2019] and the BET Studios platform [with Paramount last year]. In addition to BET and BET+, we?re also serving a broader array of select third-party platforms so that we can be competitive in pursuing any major Black talent. Writer/producer/director Kenya Barris left Netflix to come to BET. We did a deal with Tyler Perry when I was chief administrative officer at Viacom around 2017 or so. At the time, he was in a partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Discovery. And people were like, ?You guys can?t get Tyler to leave Oprah.? Building the studios platform has also allowed us to bring in others like , Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union. [NOTE: on June 16, BET+ premiered Martin: The Reunion featuring the cast of the popular 30-year-old sitcom ? the first in a series of such specials, says Mills.]

What?s your response to naysayers who ponder whether BET can maintain its cultural roots since now part of Paramount and is no longer Black-owned?

In May, 50 Cent had a meeting with me and my team including our studio head, head of business and legal affairs and head of unscripted content. And 50 Cent was like, ?Goddamn, that?s a beautiful room.? And I said, ?Have you ever done a pitch meeting in a room like this before?? And he said, ?Never.? The point is the meeting wasn?t contrived; we do have a small fraction of non-diverse people on our leadership team. But BET is run and managed by Black people. That?s who the network is: firmly committed to our Black culture. And we didn?t just want to write checks, going toe-to toe with Netflix and others. We really wanted to do something to go up against the issue of racism in the industry. So when we created BET studios, we also started giving invited Black creators equity in the platform.

Heading into 2023, what is the biggest challenge facing the media business?

It?s going to be a very difficult time. The media business was already going through a storm before these economic headwinds began. Through the ecosystem that we?ve created at BET, we?re a 42-year-old media company that put up double-digit growth this last year [BET?s total revenue rose 19% in 2021 vs. the previous year]. In such an economic environment, it’s natural for people to reduce spending, to retrench and cut back. So we really have to manage how to be fiscally disciplined to navigate this period of turbulence. It’s not going to go away in a couple months. So how do we make sure that this amazing engine that we’ve built continues to flourish? That is the balance.


Read the full article

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How the BET Awards Are Responding to Lil Nas X, Celebrating Diddy & Leaning ‘Into the Music’
 
Posted: 26 Jun 2022, 1:00 pm

It’ll be ?Culture?s Biggest Night.? That?s what BET Networks is promising when the 2022 BET Awards air live Sunday (June 26) at 8 p.m. EST.

And with host Taraji P. Henson presiding over a performance lineup that boasts a newly added Lil Wayne joining Lizzo, Jack Harlow, Latto, Muni Long, Roddy Ricch and many others, the promise sounds more like a guarantee. And that’s not even counting the artists who will be paying tribute to this year?s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Sean ?Diddy? Combs: Mary J. Blige, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Faith Evans and Bryson Tiller, among others.

?This year we said, ?Let?s really lean into the music,?? says BET CEO Scott Mills. ?And it?s going to be great.?

The awards show is not without controversy, however. Earlier this month, Lil Nas X slammed the BET Awards after failing to receive any nominations this year despite his continued success since receiving a best new artist nod in 2020 (Roddy Ricch wound up winning that year). ?Thank you bet awards. an outstanding zero nominations again,? Lil Nas X tweeted at the time. He continued, “I just feel like black gay ppl have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we make it to the top mfs try to pretend we are invisible.”

BET responded with a statement noting the artist’s 2020 nomination and performances on the show in 2019 and 2021, saying in part, ?We love Lil Nas X…. At BET, we are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community.? That didn?t stop Lil Nas X, though. On June 24, he released a new song targeting the network called ?Late to Da Party? featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again.

Mills spoke with Billboard about Lil Nas X, how he network brands to broaden its scope through streaming service BET+ and content provider BET Studios, and maintaining the brand?s cultural roots under non-Black ownership.

Have you spoken with Lil Nas X and has his complaint prompted discussions about reviewing BET?s nomination process?

I haven’t spoken to him. However, we really do deeply value and respect Lil Nas X so we were caught off guard by the assertion. We work really hard to be extraordinarily inclusive in all we do in terms of the awards show and depictions in our film and TV content. Notwithstanding the hard work we do, we have to understand that there might be opportunities for improvement in some of our practices. So we are looking at our processes to figure out any blind spots that might have contributed to any outcomes. We?ll go through that exercise because we are committed to making sure that we are sensitive to any potential for unconscious bias.

This is the 22nd year of the awards. What kind of show can viewers expect?

There’s some great talent that we’ve already gone public with, but you know Connie Orlando [BET executive vp of specials, music programming & music strategy] loves to keep a couple of surprises in her back pocket ? and she?s definitely holding something back. Also, as you can imagine, lifetime achievement honoree Diddy does nothing modestly. So the performance that?s going to celebrate him is totally genius. As you noted, this is the 22nd year of the BET Awards. And I love when people can bring a creative approach that you can still get excited about, notwithstanding the fact that you’ve seen or been to a million award shows. Given the creative freedom that Connie and the team have developed, celebrating this day is always incredibly fun. In addition to airing BET Awards on LOGO, MTV, VH1 and TV Land as we did last year, the roster has been expanded to include Comedy Central and Pop. There’s also our international simulcast on BET Africa, BET France, My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK, as well as BET Pluto in the UK and Brazil.

Speaking of Diddy, why is this the year to honor him?

Our responsibility is to use our show to celebrate excellence and accomplishment in our community. One of the things I value about Diddy is how he constantly evolves and finds new spaces to succeed in; his extraordinary journey of transformation is really compelling. When we honor and celebrate people, what we?re also doing is saying to our community that these are things that we value, things that we should be manifesting. He started off as a music impresario then producer, rapper and businessman. That whole arc is really a great message to deliver this year. Next year is the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, so our honorees and show will be anchored in that celebration.

Why no BET Experience music and entertainment festival or a Humanitarian Award honoree this time?

The music and entertainment festival will definitely return next year. The reason why there isn?t one this year is because at the time that we would have had to make a series of long-lead commitments in December and January, there was still such uncertainty around the state of the pandemic. And we wanted to prioritize safety. That was first and foremost. But we?ve already got a team working on bringing back a completely over-the top experience in 2023. Because there were so many opportunities to feature so many amazing performers and performances on this year?s show, we?re not handing out the Humanitarian Award this time. But we will be presenting a big pro-social philanthropic moment during the show.

Besides the BET Awards, the network annually presents the BET Hip-Hop Awards, the Soul Train Awards and the NAACP Image Awards. As awards shows across the board confront lower ratings and other issues, why are awards still an important BET franchise?

Among the plethora of award shows, there is nothing in the world like the BET Awards. It is fundamentally different from anything whether it?s the Grammys, the Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards or the the MTV Video Music Awards. One of the most powerful lines in our culture is music. So in that intersection, no other show is authentically African American like the BET Awards. It?s something that only we can do. We?ve said this for a long time: that it?s like the Black Super Bowl. And our partners are major companies like Procter and Gamble, Pepsi and McDonald’s among others. They see it as a strong opportunity to engage with our community, and the show does extraordinarily well. It?s generating more revenue in 2022 than it’s ever generated in the franchise.

The success we have with other awards shows is because of the way we position them. In the case of the Image Awards, we thought it was vital to create a platform that shows the world, not just our community, what Black creative excellence looks like. Soul Train is an iconic, fun and engaging show done at a different price point than the BET Awards with lots of advertisers wanting to tap into the emotions of that brand?s particular demographic. And because hip-hop is such a powerful force in our culture, the Hip-Hop Awards have become an important force in our awards franchise. Overall, we just love being there for all the artists and our partners value these shows as a platform to engage with the Black community. For many people, these aren?t just award shows. It?s about the special relationship these shows represent for the community.

In January 2023, you?ll be celebrating your fifth anniversary as the head of BET. What was your vision for the network when you returned in 2018 and your vision now?

It?s all about serving our community. When Viacom, now Paramount, asked me to take the helm I decided to take it because I understood that we had a great media brand, a giant footprint that allows us to play in so many spaces. But the critical key was to make strategic decisions today ? based on where the industry was headed ? that would keep it on the right path so it could continue to thrive and prosper well into the future. So I built plans for what it would entail to build an ecosystem; understanding that while the cable business was this hugely valuable platform, we had to build out additional platforms so that we could create an ecosystem in which we would share content, talent, audience and revenue. And in doing so, we would grow and be able to bring in more content, talent, audience and revenue into this machine.

As part of that we launched streaming service BET+ [in 2019] and the BET Studios platform [with Paramount last year]. In addition to BET and BET+, we?re also serving a broader array of select third-party platforms so that we can be competitive in pursuing any major Black talent. Writer/producer/director Kenya Barris left Netflix to come to BET. We did a deal with Tyler Perry when I was chief administrative officer at Viacom around 2017 or so. At the time, he was in a partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Discovery. And people were like, ?You guys can?t get Tyler to leave Oprah.? Building the studios platform has also allowed us to bring in others like , Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union. [NOTE: on June 16, BET+ premiered Martin: The Reunion featuring the cast of the popular 30-year-old sitcom ? the first in a series of such specials, says Mills.]

What?s your response to naysayers who ponder whether BET can maintain its cultural roots since now part of Paramount and is no longer Black-owned?

In May, 50 Cent had a meeting with me and my team including our studio head, head of business and legal affairs and head of unscripted content. And 50 Cent was like, ?Goddamn, that?s a beautiful room.? And I said, ?Have you ever done a pitch meeting in a room like this before?? And he said, ?Never.? The point is the meeting wasn?t contrived; we do have a small fraction of non-diverse people on our leadership team. But BET is run and managed by Black people. That?s who the network is: firmly committed to our Black culture. And we didn?t just want to write checks, going toe-to toe with Netflix and others. We really wanted to do something to go up against the issue of racism in the industry. So when we created BET studios, we also started giving invited Black creators equity in the platform.

Heading into 2023, what is the biggest challenge facing the media business?

It?s going to be a very difficult time. The media business was already going through a storm before these economic headwinds began. Through the ecosystem that we?ve created at BET, we?re a 42-year-old media company that put up double-digit growth this last year [BET?s total revenue rose 19% in 2021 vs. the previous year]. In such an economic environment, it’s natural for people to reduce spending, to retrench and cut back. So we really have to manage how to be fiscally disciplined to navigate this period of turbulence. It’s not going to go away in a couple months. So how do we make sure that this amazing engine that we’ve built continues to flourish? That is the balance.


Read the full article

............................................................



How the BET Awards Are Responding to Lil Nas X, Celebrating Diddy & Leaning ‘Into the Music’
 
Posted: 26 Jun 2022, 1:00 pm

It’ll be ?Culture?s Biggest Night.? That?s what BET Networks is promising when the 2022 BET Awards air live Sunday (June 26) at 8 p.m. EST.

And with host Taraji P. Henson presiding over a performance lineup that boasts a newly added Lil Wayne joining Lizzo, Jack Harlow, Latto, Muni Long, Roddy Ricch and many others, the promise sounds more like a guarantee. And that’s not even counting the artists who will be paying tribute to this year?s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Sean ?Diddy? Combs: Mary J. Blige, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Faith Evans and Bryson Tiller, among others.

?This year we said, ?Let?s really lean into the music,?? says BET CEO Scott Mills. ?And it?s going to be great.?

The awards show is not without controversy, however. Earlier this month, Lil Nas X slammed the BET Awards after failing to receive any nominations this year despite his continued success since receiving a best new artist nod in 2020 (Roddy Ricch wound up winning that year). ?Thank you bet awards. an outstanding zero nominations again,? Lil Nas X tweeted at the time. He continued, “I just feel like black gay ppl have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we make it to the top mfs try to pretend we are invisible.”

BET responded with a statement noting the artist’s 2020 nomination and performances on the show in 2019 and 2021, saying in part, ?We love Lil Nas X…. At BET, we are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community.? That didn?t stop Lil Nas X, though. On June 24, he released a new song targeting the network called ?Late to Da Party? featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again.

Mills spoke with Billboard about Lil Nas X, how he network brands to broaden its scope through streaming service BET+ and content provider BET Studios, and maintaining the brand?s cultural roots under non-Black ownership.

Have you spoken with Lil Nas X and has his complaint prompted discussions about reviewing BET?s nomination process?

I haven’t spoken to him. However, we really do deeply value and respect Lil Nas X so we were caught off guard by the assertion. We work really hard to be extraordinarily inclusive in all we do in terms of the awards show and depictions in our film and TV content. Notwithstanding the hard work we do, we have to understand that there might be opportunities for improvement in some of our practices. So we are looking at our processes to figure out any blind spots that might have contributed to any outcomes. We?ll go through that exercise because we are committed to making sure that we are sensitive to any potential for unconscious bias.

This is the 22nd year of the awards. What kind of show can viewers expect?

There’s some great talent that we’ve already gone public with, but you know Connie Orlando [BET executive vp of specials, music programming & music strategy] loves to keep a couple of surprises in her back pocket ? and she?s definitely holding something back. Also, as you can imagine, lifetime achievement honoree Diddy does nothing modestly. So the performance that?s going to celebrate him is totally genius. As you noted, this is the 22nd year of the BET Awards. And I love when people can bring a creative approach that you can still get excited about, notwithstanding the fact that you’ve seen or been to a million award shows. Given the creative freedom that Connie and the team have developed, celebrating this day is always incredibly fun. In addition to airing BET Awards on LOGO, MTV, VH1 and TV Land as we did last year, the roster has been expanded to include Comedy Central and Pop. There’s also our international simulcast on BET Africa, BET France, My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK, as well as BET Pluto in the UK and Brazil.

Speaking of Diddy, why is this the year to honor him?

Our responsibility is to use our show to celebrate excellence and accomplishment in our community. One of the things I value about Diddy is how he constantly evolves and finds new spaces to succeed in; his extraordinary journey of transformation is really compelling. When we honor and celebrate people, what we?re also doing is saying to our community that these are things that we value, things that we should be manifesting. He started off as a music impresario then producer, rapper and businessman. That whole arc is really a great message to deliver this year. Next year is the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, so our honorees and show will be anchored in that celebration.

Why no BET Experience music and entertainment festival or a Humanitarian Award honoree this time?

The music and entertainment festival will definitely return next year. The reason why there isn?t one this year is because at the time that we would have had to make a series of long-lead commitments in December and January, there was still such uncertainty around the state of the pandemic. And we wanted to prioritize safety. That was first and foremost. But we?ve already got a team working on bringing back a completely over-the top experience in 2023. Because there were so many opportunities to feature so many amazing performers and performances on this year?s show, we?re not handing out the Humanitarian Award this time. But we will be presenting a big pro-social philanthropic moment during the show.

Besides the BET Awards, the network annually presents the BET Hip-Hop Awards, the Soul Train Awards and the NAACP Image Awards. As awards shows across the board confront lower ratings and other issues, why are awards still an important BET franchise?

Among the plethora of award shows, there is nothing in the world like the BET Awards. It is fundamentally different from anything whether it?s the Grammys, the Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards or the the MTV Video Music Awards. One of the most powerful lines in our culture is music. So in that intersection, no other show is authentically African American like the BET Awards. It?s something that only we can do. We?ve said this for a long time: that it?s like the Black Super Bowl. And our partners are major companies like Procter and Gamble, Pepsi and McDonald’s among others. They see it as a strong opportunity to engage with our community, and the show does extraordinarily well. It?s generating more revenue in 2022 than it’s ever generated in the franchise.

The success we have with other awards shows is because of the way we position them. In the case of the Image Awards, we thought it was vital to create a platform that shows the world, not just our community, what Black creative excellence looks like. Soul Train is an iconic, fun and engaging show done at a different price point than the BET Awards with lots of advertisers wanting to tap into the emotions of that brand?s particular demographic. And because hip-hop is such a powerful force in our culture, the Hip-Hop Awards have become an important force in our awards franchise. Overall, we just love being there for all the artists and our partners value these shows as a platform to engage with the Black community. For many people, these aren?t just award shows. It?s about the special relationship these shows represent for the community.

In January 2023, you?ll be celebrating your fifth anniversary as the head of BET. What was your vision for the network when you returned in 2018 and your vision now?

It?s all about serving our community. When Viacom, now Paramount, asked me to take the helm I decided to take it because I understood that we had a great media brand, a giant footprint that allows us to play in so many spaces. But the critical key was to make strategic decisions today ? based on where the industry was headed ? that would keep it on the right path so it could continue to thrive and prosper well into the future. So I built plans for what it would entail to build an ecosystem; understanding that while the cable business was this hugely valuable platform, we had to build out additional platforms so that we could create an ecosystem in which we would share content, talent, audience and revenue. And in doing so, we would grow and be able to bring in more content, talent, audience and revenue into this machine.

As part of that we launched streaming service BET+ [in 2019] and the BET Studios platform [with Paramount last year]. In addition to BET and BET+, we?re also serving a broader array of select third-party platforms so that we can be competitive in pursuing any major Black talent. Writer/producer/director Kenya Barris left Netflix to come to BET. We did a deal with Tyler Perry when I was chief administrative officer at Viacom around 2017 or so. At the time, he was in a partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Discovery. And people were like, ?You guys can?t get Tyler to leave Oprah.? Building the studios platform has also allowed us to bring in others like , Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union. [NOTE: on June 16, BET+ premiered Martin: The Reunion featuring the cast of the popular 30-year-old sitcom ? the first in a series of such specials, says Mills.]

What?s your response to naysayers who ponder whether BET can maintain its cultural roots since now part of Paramount and is no longer Black-owned?

In May, 50 Cent had a meeting with me and my team including our studio head, head of business and legal affairs and head of unscripted content. And 50 Cent was like, ?Goddamn, that?s a beautiful room.? And I said, ?Have you ever done a pitch meeting in a room like this before?? And he said, ?Never.? The point is the meeting wasn?t contrived; we do have a small fraction of non-diverse people on our leadership team. But BET is run and managed by Black people. That?s who the network is: firmly committed to our Black culture. And we didn?t just want to write checks, going toe-to toe with Netflix and others. We really wanted to do something to go up against the issue of racism in the industry. So when we created BET studios, we also started giving invited Black creators equity in the platform.

Heading into 2023, what is the biggest challenge facing the media business?

It?s going to be a very difficult time. The media business was already going through a storm before these economic headwinds began. Through the ecosystem that we?ve created at BET, we?re a 42-year-old media company that put up double-digit growth this last year [BET?s total revenue rose 19% in 2021 vs. the previous year]. In such an economic environment, it’s natural for people to reduce spending, to retrench and cut back. So we really have to manage how to be fiscally disciplined to navigate this period of turbulence. It’s not going to go away in a couple months. So how do we make sure that this amazing engine that we’ve built continues to flourish? That is the balance.


Read the full article

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Learn to Be a Star: 5 New Latin Acts Get a Shot With Help From Art House Academy and Universal Latin
 
Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 3:06 pm

Marquee producer Julio Reyes Copello (Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Alejandro Sanz) is an educator at heart. Sit with him in his studio and he?ll enthusiastically walk you through the fine points of recording, arrangement and technology.

The Colombian-born Reyes Copello, who has long mentored up and coming talent from in and out of the studio, has now formalized his second passion with Art House Academy, a music performance, production and sound engineering school launched in partnership with Abbey Road Studios and housed in Reyes Copello?s Miami studio.

On June 23, the program presented its first batch of ?graduating? performers: 21-year old Colombian pop songstress Ela; 17-year-old singer/songwriter Joaquina; Riza, a 25-year-old Filipino/Cuban R&B singer; Teo Bok, an 18-year-old half Italian, half German pop singer who is fluent in Spanish, and singer songwriter Paola, winner of The Voice Kids in 2013.

All have distinct musical styles but boast impressive vocals and stage presence. Each performed one song for a room packed with family and industry VIPs, including Jess Lpez, the chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Penninsula, and Universal Music Latino president Angel Kaminsky, who have partnered with Reyes Copello to release their music commercially via Universal Music Latino.

?At least one of these five kids with talent will become a big star,? said Lpez during a pre-show chat with Reyes Copello. ?Not all of them. Because this business is not just about talent.?

The notion of connecting the dots between education and chops and the hardcore reality and challenge of real-life music business are what led Reyes Copello to seek out the Abbey Road franchise, which was developed at Abbey Road studios and is built on a hands-on curriculum created by producers and engineers, and awards a one-year diploma in music production and sound engineering.

Reyes, who believes in mentorship, wanted to create a boutique program that also took advantage of his many connections and clients, including sessions with the many artists who record in the studio. Students learn both in the recording studios and in an upstairs classroom where each of 15 gleaming new desks comes equipped with an Apple desktop computer.

?I didn?t want classes of 100 people. I designed a format for 10 songwriters and producers and and five artists,? says Reyes Copello. ?Each artist has to release en EP at the end of their year.?

But what to do so those EPs don?t get lost in the fray of thousands of releases?

?I have to admit I prayed to God for help, and he sent me Jesus,? quips Reyes Copello, motioning to Lpez.

Arthouse Academy

Art House Academy students surrounded by Universal Music Latin staff and executives at Art House Studios

?Universal?s involvement is the result of our long friendship, and Julio?s love for education is something I?ve heard him espouse for 20 years,? says Lpez. The partnership further made sense because Abbey Road is part of the Universal family.

?I think those of us who work in the music business have social responsibility. And although I create trends, my goal is that with the help of Julio and my team we can show that what seems impossible is possible.?

Although each artist will have their individual contract, Lpez says the music will be released and marketed as part of a single project to further raise awareness and traction, with Kaminsky helming the releases.

As far as advice for the budding stars, Lpez says: ?Believe in yourself. That?s it. What works for one person may not work for another. When you have faith in yourself and you have a team that supports that faith, you have success. Believe in yourself.?


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Learn to Be a Star: 5 New Latin Acts Get a Shot With Help From Art House Academy and Universal Latin
 
Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 3:06 pm

Marquee producer Julio Reyes Copello (Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Alejandro Sanz) is an educator at heart. Sit with him in his studio and he?ll enthusiastically walk you through the fine points of recording, arrangement and technology.

The Colombian-born Reyes Copello, who has long mentored up and coming talent from in and out of the studio, has now formalized his second passion with Art House Academy, a music performance, production and sound engineering school launched in partnership with Abbey Road Studios and housed in Reyes Copello?s Miami studio.

On June 23, the program presented its first batch of ?graduating? performers: 21-year old Colombian pop songstress Ela; 17-year-old singer/songwriter Joaquina; Riza, a 25-year-old Filipino/Cuban R&B singer; Teo Bok, an 18-year-old half Italian, half German pop singer who is fluent in Spanish, and singer songwriter Paola, winner of The Voice Kids in 2013.

All have distinct musical styles but boast impressive vocals and stage presence. Each performed one song for a room packed with family and industry VIPs, including Jess Lpez, the chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Penninsula, and Universal Music Latino president Angel Kaminsky, who have partnered with Reyes Copello to release their music commercially via Universal Music Latino.

?At least one of these five kids with talent will become a big star,? said Lpez during a pre-show chat with Reyes Copello. ?Not all of them. Because this business is not just about talent.?

The notion of connecting the dots between education and chops and the hardcore reality and challenge of real-life music business are what led Reyes Copello to seek out the Abbey Road franchise, which was developed at Abbey Road studios and is built on a hands-on curriculum created by producers and engineers, and awards a one-year diploma in music production and sound engineering.

Reyes, who believes in mentorship, wanted to create a boutique program that also took advantage of his many connections and clients, including sessions with the many artists who record in the studio. Students learn both in the recording studios and in an upstairs classroom where each of 15 gleaming new desks comes equipped with an Apple desktop computer.

?I didn?t want classes of 100 people. I designed a format for 10 songwriters and producers and and five artists,? says Reyes Copello. ?Each artist has to release en EP at the end of their year.?

But what to do so those EPs don?t get lost in the fray of thousands of releases?

?I have to admit I prayed to God for help, and he sent me Jesus,? quips Reyes Copello, motioning to Lpez.

Arthouse Academy

Art House Academy students surrounded by Universal Music Latin staff and executives at Art House Studios

?Universal?s involvement is the result of our long friendship, and Julio?s love for education is something I?ve heard him espouse for 20 years,? says Lpez. The partnership further made sense because Abbey Road is part of the Universal family.

?I think those of us who work in the music business have social responsibility. And although I create trends, my goal is that with the help of Julio and my team we can show that what seems impossible is possible.?

Although each artist will have their individual contract, Lpez says the music will be released and marketed as part of a single project to further raise awareness and traction, with Kaminsky helming the releases.

As far as advice for the budding stars, Lpez says: ?Believe in yourself. That?s it. What works for one person may not work for another. When you have faith in yourself and you have a team that supports that faith, you have success. Believe in yourself.?


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Learn to Be a Star: 5 New Latin Acts Get a Shot With Help From Art House Academy and Universal Latin
 
Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 3:06 pm

Marquee producer Julio Reyes Copello (Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Alejandro Sanz) is an educator at heart. Sit with him in his studio and he?ll enthusiastically walk you through the fine points of recording, arrangement and technology.

The Colombian-born Reyes Copello, who has long mentored up and coming talent from in and out of the studio, has now formalized his second passion with Art House Academy, a music performance, production and sound engineering school launched in partnership with Abbey Road Studios and housed in Reyes Copello?s Miami studio.

On June 23, the program presented its first batch of ?graduating? performers: 21-year old Colombian pop songstress Ela; 17-year-old singer/songwriter Joaquina; Riza, a 25-year-old Filipino/Cuban R&B singer; Teo Bok, an 18-year-old half Italian, half German pop singer who is fluent in Spanish, and singer songwriter Paola, winner of The Voice Kids in 2013.

All have distinct musical styles but boast impressive vocals and stage presence. Each performed one song for a room packed with family and industry VIPs, including Jess Lpez, the chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Penninsula, and Universal Music Latino president Angel Kaminsky, who have partnered with Reyes Copello to release their music commercially via Universal Music Latino.

?At least one of these five kids with talent will become a big star,? said Lpez during a pre-show chat with Reyes Copello. ?Not all of them. Because this business is not just about talent.?

The notion of connecting the dots between education and chops and the hardcore reality and challenge of real-life music business are what led Reyes Copello to seek out the Abbey Road franchise, which was developed at Abbey Road studios and is built on a hands-on curriculum created by producers and engineers, and awards a one-year diploma in music production and sound engineering.

Reyes, who believes in mentorship, wanted to create a boutique program that also took advantage of his many connections and clients, including sessions with the many artists who record in the studio. Students learn both in the recording studios and in an upstairs classroom where each of 15 gleaming new desks comes equipped with an Apple desktop computer.

?I didn?t want classes of 100 people. I designed a format for 10 songwriters and producers and and five artists,? says Reyes Copello. ?Each artist has to release en EP at the end of their year.?

But what to do so those EPs don?t get lost in the fray of thousands of releases?

?I have to admit I prayed to God for help, and he sent me Jesus,? quips Reyes Copello, motioning to Lpez.

Arthouse Academy

Art House Academy students surrounded by Universal Music Latin staff and executives at Art House Studios

?Universal?s involvement is the result of our long friendship, and Julio?s love for education is something I?ve heard him espouse for 20 years,? says Lpez. The partnership further made sense because Abbey Road is part of the Universal family.

?I think those of us who work in the music business have social responsibility. And although I create trends, my goal is that with the help of Julio and my team we can show that what seems impossible is possible.?

Although each artist will have their individual contract, Lpez says the music will be released and marketed as part of a single project to further raise awareness and traction, with Kaminsky helming the releases.

As far as advice for the budding stars, Lpez says: ?Believe in yourself. That?s it. What works for one person may not work for another. When you have faith in yourself and you have a team that supports that faith, you have success. Believe in yourself.?


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Motionless in White Scores Third Top Hard Rock Albums No. 1
 
Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 2:40 pm

Motionless in White snags its third No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Hard Rock Albums chart with Scoring the End of the World, which bows atop the June 25-dated survey.

World starts with 30,000 equivalent album units earned in the June 10-16 tracking week, according to Luminate, with 23,000 from album sales.

The band, which formed in Scranton, Pa., in 2005, first ruled Top Hard Rock Albums with 2014’s Reincarnate, followed by 2017’s Graveyard Shift. In between the latter and World, Disguise peaked at No. 2 in 2019.

World also debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums, marking Motionless in White’s second-highest rank after Reincarnate, which led the list.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, World bows at No. 12, exceeded among the group’s catalog only by Reincarnate‘s No. 9 start and peak.

Concurrently, six songs from the new release reach the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart, led by first single “Masterpiece,” which lifts 6-5 with 1.2 million official U.S. streams and 701,000 airplay audience impressions. It’s followed by “Sign of Life,” a No. 15 debut (831,000 streams).

“Masterpiece” additionally bullets at No. 18, after rising to No. 17, on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. It’s the band’s second-best-charting song on the survey, after “Another Life” hit No. 14 in July 2020.


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Motionless in White Scores Third Top Hard Rock Albums No. 1
 
Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 2:40 pm

Motionless in White snags its third No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Hard Rock Albums chart with Scoring the End of the World, which bows atop the June 25-dated survey.

World starts with 30,000 equivalent album units earned in the June 10-16 tracking week, according to Luminate, with 23,000 from album sales.

The band, which formed in Scranton, Pa., in 2005, first ruled Top Hard Rock Albums with 2014’s Reincarnate, followed by 2017’s Graveyard Shift. In between the latter and World, Disguise peaked at No. 2 in 2019.

World also debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums, marking Motionless in White’s second-highest rank after Reincarnate, which led the list.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, World bows at No. 12, exceeded among the group’s catalog only by Reincarnate‘s No. 9 start and peak.

Concurrently, six songs from the new release reach the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart, led by first single “Masterpiece,” which lifts 6-5 with 1.2 million official U.S. streams and 701,000 airplay audience impressions. It’s followed by “Sign of Life,” a No. 15 debut (831,000 streams).

“Masterpiece” additionally bullets at No. 18, after rising to No. 17, on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. It’s the band’s second-best-charting song on the survey, after “Another Life” hit No. 14 in July 2020.


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Motionless in White Scores Third Top Hard Rock Albums No. 1
 
Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 2:40 pm

Motionless in White snags its third No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Hard Rock Albums chart with Scoring the End of the World, which bows atop the June 25-dated survey.

World starts with 30,000 equivalent album units earned in the June 10-16 tracking week, according to Luminate, with 23,000 from album sales.

The band, which formed in Scranton, Pa., in 2005, first ruled Top Hard Rock Albums with 2014’s Reincarnate, followed by 2017’s Graveyard Shift. In between the latter and World, Disguise peaked at No. 2 in 2019.

World also debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums, marking Motionless in White’s second-highest rank after Reincarnate, which led the list.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, World bows at No. 12, exceeded among the group’s catalog only by Reincarnate‘s No. 9 start and peak.

Concurrently, six songs from the new release reach the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart, led by first single “Masterpiece,” which lifts 6-5 with 1.2 million official U.S. streams and 701,000 airplay audience impressions. It’s followed by “Sign of Life,” a No. 15 debut (831,000 streams).

“Masterpiece” additionally bullets at No. 18, after rising to No. 17, on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. It’s the band’s second-best-charting song on the survey, after “Another Life” hit No. 14 in July 2020.


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The Elvis Business Is Booming Into the Billions
 
Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 1:20 pm

Of all the songs the Elvis filmmakers ran by Peter Raleigh for publishing approval, one jumped out at him: “Cotton Candy Land,” a 1963 ballad Elvis Presley sang to a sleeping girl in It Happened at the World’s Fair. “It’s an unexpected choice for an Elvis biopic,” says Raleigh, co-president of Raleigh Music Group, which administers 25% of Presley’s song catalog, who approved the Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak cover for the film. “But it does work for the context.”

In addition to his Memphis home and museum, Graceland, the late Presley’s song catalog is the jewel of his estate holdings. Graceland draws 700,000 visitors a year, and Presley’s posthumous popularity is constant, with occasional spikes from movies or other cultural events. One came two decades ago when Dutch DJ-producer Junkie XL remixed “A Little Less Conversation,” and now Raleigh ? whose company administers the publishing for Susan Aberbach and her children, heirs to early Presley publishers Julian and Joachim “Jean” Aberbach ? expects a new one with Elvis.

These intermittent revenue boosts are crucial for the investors who have plowed tens of millions into Presley’s estate in recent years. In 2005, Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie, sold 85% of Elvis Presley Enterprises to CKX, run by the late Robert F.X. Sillerman, whose other company, SFX, was rolling concert promoters into a company that he sold to Clear Channel Communications to eventually become Live Nation. The cost: $100 million. At the time, “CKX probably overpaid,” says Mark Roesler, whose company CMG Worldwide has represented the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Robinson and, for six years in the ’80s, Presley. In 2011, a private-equity firm bought CKX, then sold the Presley licensing rights to another company, Authentic Brands Group, for a reported $145 million.

In 2020, the estate?s value was $400 to 600 million, a source told Rolling Stone. Now ? thanks to Presley?s prevailing cultural relevance, with a new film out Friday and publishing valuations soaring on potential future earnings ? a new source tells Billboard the Presley estate is worth more like $1 billion.

“Muhammad Ali was my client for many years. I look around now, and I’m not so sure people remember [him],” says Jay Fishman, managing director of Financial Research Associates, a business valuation firm that specializes in celebrity estates, once appraising Michael Jackson?s estate in a court hearing. “Elvis seems to have endured longer than any of them.”

Thanks to a series of savvy deals by Presley’s longtime manager, Col. Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks in Elvis, the estate’s holdings include a huge, perennially profitable chunk of his publishing — even though Presley, like Frank Sinatra and others of the pre-rock era, was known as a singer and performer. Parker, who was prescient about the value of songwriters? catalogs in recorded music, demanded early on that Presley (and himself) receive half the publishing on songs he recorded.

“For the most part, if you wanted Elvis to sing your song, you needed to give him half the publishing rights,” says Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings and Elvis Presley Enterprises. “I would say the estate controls close to half of the good stuff.”

Aside from Graceland, the bulk of the Presley estate’s value is in the 650 compositions for which it owns co-publishing rights. Billboard estimates Presley’s catalog generated publishing royalties that averaged $12 million annually over the last three years; of that, Authentic Brands took about $4.5 million. The estate, however, doesn’t profit as much from other valuable Presley holdings ? in 1973, Parker made a deal to sell all of Presley?s master recordings to RCA Records for $5.4 million, which means the label pays no royalties to the estate for tracks released before 1973. Nowadays, the Sony Music-owned RCA Records has earned an average $23.5 million in annual revenue over the past three years, according to Billboard estimates. “He consistently is one of our top 10 artists,” says Lyn Koppe, executive vp of global catalog for Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings. “You’ve got the traditional Elvis fans who know everything about him, and you’ve got other fans who might listen to ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ because a different artist might have covered it and they discovered Elvis’ original.”

The new Elvis film stands to turbo-charge this kind of listening trend. In addition to the expected selections, from “That’s All Right” (performed by Gary Clark Jr.) to “Heartbreak Hotel Can’t Help Falling In Love ” (by Kacey Musgraves), the film could boost 1968’s lesser-known “Edge of Reality” the way Junkie XL once revived “A Little Less Conversation,” , thanks to a new remix by indie-rock stars Tame Impala. Weinshanker says the estate first went “back and forth with Baz” over rights to songs, as well as other intellectual-property holdings such as the singer’s name and likeness, trademarks, merchandising and, of course, anything pertaining to Graceland, in 2018.

Lurhmann took over an office at Graceland and incorporated the estate’s resources into his work. “If he didn’t know a date of an event, the historian at Graceland had access to his entire life. If Elvis was in Memphis for a day, he rarely paid in cash. If he would buy a car, which he did over 100 times, he would sign a check over to his dad, of which we have canceled checks,” Weinshanker says. “I took Baz down to Memphis and we spent several days going through Graceland and talking about who Elvis was, what he desired, what his fears were.”

The pandemic delayed Elvisproduction — Hanks was in Australia to film the movie when he famously came down with COVID-19 in March 2020 — until early last year. Today, everyone involved in the estate is all-in for the movie: Lisa Marie and Presley’s late wife, Priscilla, have made effusive endorsements. More importantly, the film is an investment, a marketable product that could potentially generate serious revenue for the estate for years to come.

“Making an Elvis movie without Elvis’s music wouldn’t be very good. People try, but it doesn’t work,” says Marc Rosen, Authentic Brands’ entertainment president. “We think this soundtrack is going to live forever, and hopefully be the entry point for fans to hear about Elvis in an entirely new way.”


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The Elvis Business Is Booming Into the Billions
 
Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 1:20 pm

Of all the songs the Elvis filmmakers ran by Peter Raleigh for publishing approval, one jumped out at him: “Cotton Candy Land,” a 1963 ballad Elvis Presley sang to a sleeping girl in It Happened at the World’s Fair. “It’s an unexpected choice for an Elvis biopic,” says Raleigh, co-president of Raleigh Music Group, which administers 25% of Presley’s song catalog, who approved the Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak cover for the film. “But it does work for the context.”

In addition to his Memphis home and museum, Graceland, the late Presley’s song catalog is the jewel of his estate holdings. Graceland draws 700,000 visitors a year, and Presley’s posthumous popularity is constant, with occasional spikes from movies or other cultural events. One came two decades ago when Dutch DJ-producer Junkie XL remixed “A Little Less Conversation,” and now Raleigh ? whose company administers the publishing for Susan Aberbach and her children, heirs to early Presley publishers Julian and Joachim “Jean” Aberbach ? expects a new one with Elvis.

These intermittent revenue boosts are crucial for the investors who have plowed tens of millions into Presley’s estate in recent years. In 2005, Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie, sold 85% of Elvis Presley Enterprises to CKX, run by the late Robert F.X. Sillerman, whose other company, SFX, was rolling concert promoters into a company that he sold to Clear Channel Communications to eventually become Live Nation. The cost: $100 million. At the time, “CKX probably overpaid,” says Mark Roesler, whose company CMG Worldwide has represented the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Robinson and, for six years in the ’80s, Presley. In 2011, a private-equity firm bought CKX, then sold the Presley licensing rights to another company, Authentic Brands Group, for a reported $145 million.

In 2020, the estate?s value was $400 to 600 million, a source told Rolling Stone. Now ? thanks to Presley?s prevailing cultural relevance, with a new film out Friday and publishing valuations soaring on potential future earnings ? a new source tells Billboard the Presley estate is worth more like $1 billion.

“Muhammad Ali was my client for many years. I look around now, and I’m not so sure people remember [him],” says Jay Fishman, managing director of Financial Research Associates, a business valuation firm that specializes in celebrity estates, once appraising Michael Jackson?s estate in a court hearing. “Elvis seems to have endured longer than any of them.”

Thanks to a series of savvy deals by Presley’s longtime manager, Col. Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks in Elvis, the estate’s holdings include a huge, perennially profitable chunk of his publishing — even though Presley, like Frank Sinatra and others of the pre-rock era, was known as a singer and performer. Parker, who was prescient about the value of songwriters? catalogs in recorded music, demanded early on that Presley (and himself) receive half the publishing on songs he recorded.

“For the most part, if you wanted Elvis to sing your song, you needed to give him half the publishing rights,” says Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings and Elvis Presley Enterprises. “I would say the estate controls close to half of the good stuff.”

Aside from Graceland, the bulk of the Presley estate’s value is in the 650 compositions for which it owns co-publishing rights. Billboard estimates Presley’s catalog generated publishing royalties that averaged $12 million annually over the last three years; of that, Authentic Brands took about $4.5 million. The estate, however, doesn’t profit as much from other valuable Presley holdings ? in 1973, Parker made a deal to sell all of Presley?s master recordings to RCA Records for $5.4 million, which means the label pays no royalties to the estate for tracks released before 1973. Nowadays, the Sony Music-owned RCA Records has earned an average $23.5 million in annual revenue over the past three years, according to Billboard estimates. “He consistently is one of our top 10 artists,” says Lyn Koppe, executive vp of global catalog for Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings. “You’ve got the traditional Elvis fans who know everything about him, and you’ve got other fans who might listen to ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ because a different artist might have covered it and they discovered Elvis’ original.”

The new Elvis film stands to turbo-charge this kind of listening trend. In addition to the expected selections, from “That’s All Right” (performed by Gary Clark Jr.) to “Heartbreak Hotel Can’t Help Falling In Love ” (by Kacey Musgraves), the film could boost 1968’s lesser-known “Edge of Reality” the way Junkie XL once revived “A Little Less Conversation,” , thanks to a new remix by indie-rock stars Tame Impala. Weinshanker says the estate first went “back and forth with Baz” over rights to songs, as well as other intellectual-property holdings such as the singer’s name and likeness, trademarks, merchandising and, of course, anything pertaining to Graceland, in 2018.

Lurhmann took over an office at Graceland and incorporated the estate’s resources into his work. “If he didn’t know a date of an event, the historian at Graceland had access to his entire life. If Elvis was in Memphis for a day, he rarely paid in cash. If he would buy a car, which he did over 100 times, he would sign a check over to his dad, of which we have canceled checks,” Weinshanker says. “I took Baz down to Memphis and we spent several days going through Graceland and talking about who Elvis was, what he desired, what his fears were.”

The pandemic delayed Elvisproduction — Hanks was in Australia to film the movie when he famously came down with COVID-19 in March 2020 — until early last year. Today, everyone involved in the estate is all-in for the movie: Lisa Marie and Presley’s late wife, Priscilla, have made effusive endorsements. More importantly, the film is an investment, a marketable product that could potentially generate serious revenue for the estate for years to come.

“Making an Elvis movie without Elvis’s music wouldn’t be very good. People try, but it doesn’t work,” says Marc Rosen, Authentic Brands’ entertainment president. “We think this soundtrack is going to live forever, and hopefully be the entry point for fans to hear about Elvis in an entirely new way.”


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The Elvis Business Is Booming Into the Billions
 
Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 1:20 pm

Of all the songs the Elvis filmmakers ran by Peter Raleigh for publishing approval, one jumped out at him: “Cotton Candy Land,” a 1963 ballad Elvis Presley sang to a sleeping girl in It Happened at the World’s Fair. “It’s an unexpected choice for an Elvis biopic,” says Raleigh, co-president of Raleigh Music Group, which administers 25% of Presley’s song catalog, who approved the Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak cover for the film. “But it does work for the context.”

In addition to his Memphis home and museum, Graceland, the late Presley’s song catalog is the jewel of his estate holdings. Graceland draws 700,000 visitors a year, and Presley’s posthumous popularity is constant, with occasional spikes from movies or other cultural events. One came two decades ago when Dutch DJ-producer Junkie XL remixed “A Little Less Conversation,” and now Raleigh ? whose company administers the publishing for Susan Aberbach and her children, heirs to early Presley publishers Julian and Joachim “Jean” Aberbach ? expects a new one with Elvis.

These intermittent revenue boosts are crucial for the investors who have plowed tens of millions into Presley’s estate in recent years. In 2005, Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie, sold 85% of Elvis Presley Enterprises to CKX, run by the late Robert F.X. Sillerman, whose other company, SFX, was rolling concert promoters into a company that he sold to Clear Channel Communications to eventually become Live Nation. The cost: $100 million. At the time, “CKX probably overpaid,” says Mark Roesler, whose company CMG Worldwide has represented the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Robinson and, for six years in the ’80s, Presley. In 2011, a private-equity firm bought CKX, then sold the Presley licensing rights to another company, Authentic Brands Group, for a reported $145 million.

In 2020, the estate?s value was $400 to 600 million, a source told Rolling Stone. Now ? thanks to Presley?s prevailing cultural relevance, with a new film out Friday and publishing valuations soaring on potential future earnings ? a new source tells Billboard the Presley estate is worth more like $1 billion.

“Muhammad Ali was my client for many years. I look around now, and I’m not so sure people remember [him],” says Jay Fishman, managing director of Financial Research Associates, a business valuation firm that specializes in celebrity estates, once appraising Michael Jackson?s estate in a court hearing. “Elvis seems to have endured longer than any of them.”

Thanks to a series of savvy deals by Presley’s longtime manager, Col. Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks in Elvis, the estate’s holdings include a huge, perennially profitable chunk of his publishing — even though Presley, like Frank Sinatra and others of the pre-rock era, was known as a singer and performer. Parker, who was prescient about the value of songwriters? catalogs in recorded music, demanded early on that Presley (and himself) receive half the publishing on songs he recorded.

“For the most part, if you wanted Elvis to sing your song, you needed to give him half the publishing rights,” says Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings and Elvis Presley Enterprises. “I would say the estate controls close to half of the good stuff.”

Aside from Graceland, the bulk of the Presley estate’s value is in the 650 compositions for which it owns co-publishing rights. Billboard estimates Presley’s catalog generated publishing royalties that averaged $12 million annually over the last three years; of that, Authentic Brands took about $4.5 million. The estate, however, doesn’t profit as much from other valuable Presley holdings ? in 1973, Parker made a deal to sell all of Presley?s master recordings to RCA Records for $5.4 million, which means the label pays no royalties to the estate for tracks released before 1973. Nowadays, the Sony Music-owned RCA Records has earned an average $23.5 million in annual revenue over the past three years, according to Billboard estimates. “He consistently is one of our top 10 artists,” says Lyn Koppe, executive vp of global catalog for Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings. “You’ve got the traditional Elvis fans who know everything about him, and you’ve got other fans who might listen to ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ because a different artist might have covered it and they discovered Elvis’ original.”

The new Elvis film stands to turbo-charge this kind of listening trend. In addition to the expected selections, from “That’s All Right” (performed by Gary Clark Jr.) to “Heartbreak Hotel Can’t Help Falling In Love ” (by Kacey Musgraves), the film could boost 1968’s lesser-known “Edge of Reality” the way Junkie XL once revived “A Little Less Conversation,” , thanks to a new remix by indie-rock stars Tame Impala. Weinshanker says the estate first went “back and forth with Baz” over rights to songs, as well as other intellectual-property holdings such as the singer’s name and likeness, trademarks, merchandising and, of course, anything pertaining to Graceland, in 2018.

Lurhmann took over an office at Graceland and incorporated the estate’s resources into his work. “If he didn’t know a date of an event, the historian at Graceland had access to his entire life. If Elvis was in Memphis for a day, he rarely paid in cash. If he would buy a car, which he did over 100 times, he would sign a check over to his dad, of which we have canceled checks,” Weinshanker says. “I took Baz down to Memphis and we spent several days going through Graceland and talking about who Elvis was, what he desired, what his fears were.”

The pandemic delayed Elvisproduction — Hanks was in Australia to film the movie when he famously came down with COVID-19 in March 2020 — until early last year. Today, everyone involved in the estate is all-in for the movie: Lisa Marie and Presley’s late wife, Priscilla, have made effusive endorsements. More importantly, the film is an investment, a marketable product that could potentially generate serious revenue for the estate for years to come.

“Making an Elvis movie without Elvis’s music wouldn’t be very good. People try, but it doesn’t work,” says Marc Rosen, Authentic Brands’ entertainment president. “We think this soundtrack is going to live forever, and hopefully be the entry point for fans to hear about Elvis in an entirely new way.”


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Italian Regulator Fines Viagogo 23M Euros for Inflating Ticket Prices to Maneskin, Dua Lipa Concerts
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 9:34 pm

LONDON ?Italy?s communications regulator has fined Viagogo 23.5 million euros ($24.8 million) for selling tickets to concerts by rock and pop stars like Maneskin, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa at vastly inflated rates, thereby violating the country?s strict rules around the resale of concert tickets.

Following a board meeting on June 23, Autorit per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), a government regulator that oversees Italy?s telecommunications, audio visual and publishing industries, also ordered the secondary ticketing company to remove all “illegal content” listed on its platform within seven days.

The fine follows an investigation by AGCOM and Italy?s financial crime enforcement agency, the Guardia di Finanza, which looked at tickets for 131 events listed on www.viagogo.it. As well as listings for Maneskin, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa, the probe found that Viagogo advertised tickets at increased prices on the site for shows by Vasco Rossi, Sting, Green Day, Placebo, Cesare Cremonini, Paolo Conte and Andrea Bocelli.

Viagogo listed tickets for those shows at prices up to six or seven times higher than face value, says AGCOM. That runs afoul of Italy?s strict ticketing laws, which state that only authorized vendors are allowed to sell tickets.

In instances where Italian consumers are in possession of unwanted tickets, they are only permitted to sell them on an occasional basis at a price that is ?equal to or lower than the nominal price.? AGCOM has not provided details about when the concerts were scheduled to take place or when its investigation was carried out.

In a statement published June 24, translated into English by Billboard, AGCOM says ?secondary ticketing has the effect of inflating ticket prices? and exists at ?the detriment of the community of artists, event organizers and of primary retailers.?

?This is of particular relevance at an important moment for the resumption of the live events sector, after the forced interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic,? the regulator says.

Responding to the ruling, a spokesperson for Viagogo tells Billboard that they ?respect the decision of the AGCOM, however we are surprised by this fine.?

The company points to a referral made in April by Italy?s Consiglio di Stato (Council of State) to the Court of Justice of the European Union, asking the court to decide whether the laws restricting the commercial resale of tickets in Italy are compatible with the principles of EU law.

?Viagogo trusts that these pending proceedings will confirm it is not responsible for the allegations raised by the AGCOM and all fines will be annulled,? the spokesperson says.

Over the past five years, Italian authorities have been cracking down on the touting of tickets for rock and pop concerts. In 2017, the country passed the first of several pieces of legislation prohibiting the use of automated bots to harvest tickets and banned the commercial resale of live music and entertainment tickets for commercial proposes or for above face value.

Last year, an Italian court rejected Viagogo?s appeal to a separate 3.7 million euro fine issued by AGCOM in 2020. In that instance, AGCOM took action against Viagogo for selling tickets for 37 events at inflated prices between March and July of 2019.

The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio rejected Viagogo?s argument that it a “passive hosting provider” connecting resellers with potential buyers and is therefore exempt from liability under Italian law. The issue of whether Viagogo can be termed as an ?active? or ?passive? hosting provider is one of the issues that the EU Court of Justice has now been asked to determine.

Outside of Europe, last month the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an appeal from Viagogo against a $7 million penalty issued by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in 2020 for misleading Australian ticket buyers about hidden fees and its claim to be an official ticketing site.

Viagogo has also encountered difficulties in the United Kingdom. In February of 2021, the Competition and Markets Authority ordered the company to offload its StubHub business outside of North America to complete its $4 billion acquisition, after an investigation found Viagogo was engaging in anti-competitive practices.

Adam Webb, campaign manager for U.K.-based anti-ticket touting organization FanFair Alliance, called the fine by Italian regulators ?another body blow to Viagogo?s tarnished and outdated business model. No matter where they operate, this company shows an almost pathological inability to obey the law.?

Legislation across Europe, at both a national and EU basis, ?is catching up with ticket scalping,? says Sam Shemtob, director of the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT), welcoming AGCOM?s strong stance against Viagogo.

?If other enforcement authorities follow Italy?s example,? says Shemtob, ?the hope of a functional ticket resale market, with scalping largely relegated to the history books, could become a reality.?


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Italian Regulator Fines Viagogo 23M Euros for Inflating Ticket Prices to Maneskin, Dua Lipa Concerts
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 9:34 pm

LONDON ?Italy?s communications regulator has fined Viagogo 23.5 million euros ($24.8 million) for selling tickets to concerts by rock and pop stars like Maneskin, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa at vastly inflated rates, thereby violating the country?s strict rules around the resale of concert tickets.

Following a board meeting on June 23, Autorit per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), a government regulator that oversees Italy?s telecommunications, audio visual and publishing industries, also ordered the secondary ticketing company to remove all “illegal content” listed on its platform within seven days.

The fine follows an investigation by AGCOM and Italy?s financial crime enforcement agency, the Guardia di Finanza, which looked at tickets for 131 events listed on www.viagogo.it. As well as listings for Maneskin, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa, the probe found that Viagogo advertised tickets at increased prices on the site for shows by Vasco Rossi, Sting, Green Day, Placebo, Cesare Cremonini, Paolo Conte and Andrea Bocelli.

Viagogo listed tickets for those shows at prices up to six or seven times higher than face value, says AGCOM. That runs afoul of Italy?s strict ticketing laws, which state that only authorized vendors are allowed to sell tickets.

In instances where Italian consumers are in possession of unwanted tickets, they are only permitted to sell them on an occasional basis at a price that is ?equal to or lower than the nominal price.? AGCOM has not provided details about when the concerts were scheduled to take place or when its investigation was carried out.

In a statement published June 24, translated into English by Billboard, AGCOM says ?secondary ticketing has the effect of inflating ticket prices? and exists at ?the detriment of the community of artists, event organizers and of primary retailers.?

?This is of particular relevance at an important moment for the resumption of the live events sector, after the forced interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic,? the regulator says.

Responding to the ruling, a spokesperson for Viagogo tells Billboard that they ?respect the decision of the AGCOM, however we are surprised by this fine.?

The company points to a referral made in April by Italy?s Consiglio di Stato (Council of State) to the Court of Justice of the European Union, asking the court to decide whether the laws restricting the commercial resale of tickets in Italy are compatible with the principles of EU law.

?Viagogo trusts that these pending proceedings will confirm it is not responsible for the allegations raised by the AGCOM and all fines will be annulled,? the spokesperson says.

Over the past five years, Italian authorities have been cracking down on the touting of tickets for rock and pop concerts. In 2017, the country passed the first of several pieces of legislation prohibiting the use of automated bots to harvest tickets and banned the commercial resale of live music and entertainment tickets for commercial proposes or for above face value.

Last year, an Italian court rejected Viagogo?s appeal to a separate 3.7 million euro fine issued by AGCOM in 2020. In that instance, AGCOM took action against Viagogo for selling tickets for 37 events at inflated prices between March and July of 2019.

The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio rejected Viagogo?s argument that it a “passive hosting provider” connecting resellers with potential buyers and is therefore exempt from liability under Italian law. The issue of whether Viagogo can be termed as an ?active? or ?passive? hosting provider is one of the issues that the EU Court of Justice has now been asked to determine.

Outside of Europe, last month the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an appeal from Viagogo against a $7 million penalty issued by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in 2020 for misleading Australian ticket buyers about hidden fees and its claim to be an official ticketing site.

Viagogo has also encountered difficulties in the United Kingdom. In February of 2021, the Competition and Markets Authority ordered the company to offload its StubHub business outside of North America to complete its $4 billion acquisition, after an investigation found Viagogo was engaging in anti-competitive practices.

Adam Webb, campaign manager for U.K.-based anti-ticket touting organization FanFair Alliance, called the fine by Italian regulators ?another body blow to Viagogo?s tarnished and outdated business model. No matter where they operate, this company shows an almost pathological inability to obey the law.?

Legislation across Europe, at both a national and EU basis, ?is catching up with ticket scalping,? says Sam Shemtob, director of the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT), welcoming AGCOM?s strong stance against Viagogo.

?If other enforcement authorities follow Italy?s example,? says Shemtob, ?the hope of a functional ticket resale market, with scalping largely relegated to the history books, could become a reality.?


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Italian Regulator Fines Viagogo 23M Euros for Inflating Ticket Prices to Maneskin, Dua Lipa Concerts
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 9:34 pm

LONDON ?Italy?s communications regulator has fined Viagogo 23.5 million euros ($24.8 million) for selling tickets to concerts by rock and pop stars like Maneskin, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa at vastly inflated rates, thereby violating the country?s strict rules around the resale of concert tickets.

Following a board meeting on June 23, Autorit per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), a government regulator that oversees Italy?s telecommunications, audio visual and publishing industries, also ordered the secondary ticketing company to remove all “illegal content” listed on its platform within seven days.

The fine follows an investigation by AGCOM and Italy?s financial crime enforcement agency, the Guardia di Finanza, which looked at tickets for 131 events listed on www.viagogo.it. As well as listings for Maneskin, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa, the probe found that Viagogo advertised tickets at increased prices on the site for shows by Vasco Rossi, Sting, Green Day, Placebo, Cesare Cremonini, Paolo Conte and Andrea Bocelli.

Viagogo listed tickets for those shows at prices up to six or seven times higher than face value, says AGCOM. That runs afoul of Italy?s strict ticketing laws, which state that only authorized vendors are allowed to sell tickets.

In instances where Italian consumers are in possession of unwanted tickets, they are only permitted to sell them on an occasional basis at a price that is ?equal to or lower than the nominal price.? AGCOM has not provided details about when the concerts were scheduled to take place or when its investigation was carried out.

In a statement published June 24, translated into English by Billboard, AGCOM says ?secondary ticketing has the effect of inflating ticket prices? and exists at ?the detriment of the community of artists, event organizers and of primary retailers.?

?This is of particular relevance at an important moment for the resumption of the live events sector, after the forced interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic,? the regulator says.

Responding to the ruling, a spokesperson for Viagogo tells Billboard that they ?respect the decision of the AGCOM, however we are surprised by this fine.?

The company points to a referral made in April by Italy?s Consiglio di Stato (Council of State) to the Court of Justice of the European Union, asking the court to decide whether the laws restricting the commercial resale of tickets in Italy are compatible with the principles of EU law.

?Viagogo trusts that these pending proceedings will confirm it is not responsible for the allegations raised by the AGCOM and all fines will be annulled,? the spokesperson says.

Over the past five years, Italian authorities have been cracking down on the touting of tickets for rock and pop concerts. In 2017, the country passed the first of several pieces of legislation prohibiting the use of automated bots to harvest tickets and banned the commercial resale of live music and entertainment tickets for commercial proposes or for above face value.

Last year, an Italian court rejected Viagogo?s appeal to a separate 3.7 million euro fine issued by AGCOM in 2020. In that instance, AGCOM took action against Viagogo for selling tickets for 37 events at inflated prices between March and July of 2019.

The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio rejected Viagogo?s argument that it a “passive hosting provider” connecting resellers with potential buyers and is therefore exempt from liability under Italian law. The issue of whether Viagogo can be termed as an ?active? or ?passive? hosting provider is one of the issues that the EU Court of Justice has now been asked to determine.

Outside of Europe, last month the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an appeal from Viagogo against a $7 million penalty issued by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in 2020 for misleading Australian ticket buyers about hidden fees and its claim to be an official ticketing site.

Viagogo has also encountered difficulties in the United Kingdom. In February of 2021, the Competition and Markets Authority ordered the company to offload its StubHub business outside of North America to complete its $4 billion acquisition, after an investigation found Viagogo was engaging in anti-competitive practices.

Adam Webb, campaign manager for U.K.-based anti-ticket touting organization FanFair Alliance, called the fine by Italian regulators ?another body blow to Viagogo?s tarnished and outdated business model. No matter where they operate, this company shows an almost pathological inability to obey the law.?

Legislation across Europe, at both a national and EU basis, ?is catching up with ticket scalping,? says Sam Shemtob, director of the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT), welcoming AGCOM?s strong stance against Viagogo.

?If other enforcement authorities follow Italy?s example,? says Shemtob, ?the hope of a functional ticket resale market, with scalping largely relegated to the history books, could become a reality.?


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The Ledger: HYBE Is Playing Moneyball With BTS’ Solo Projects
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 7:31 pm

The Ledger is a weekly newsletter about the economics of the music business sent to Billboard Pro subscribers. An abbreviated version of the newsletter is published online.

 

How does HYBE survive financially while BTS goes on break and its members pursue solo projects? Since HYBE can’t replace BTS, it will need to recreate the group ? financially speaking.

Movie buffs are familiar with HYBE’s predicament.

In the 2011 movie Moneyball based on Michael Lewis’s best-selling book, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (portrayed by Brad Pitt) was faced with a quandary: The budget-minded, small-market team was losing two of its two best players to wealthier teams. Beane knew he couldn’t afford to replace such productive players with two similarly effective players. His solution: recreate them “in the aggregate,” as he told his disbelieving staff. Rather than pay two superstar salaries to recapture the lost scoring power ? which his owner wouldn’t approve ? Beane wanted to sign affordable players that could collectively replace the scoring of the two lost players.

HYBE, the South Korean K-Pop music company, is facing a moneyball moment now that BTS has decided to go on a ?temporary break? or ?hiatus.? How does a company built on one act replace lost revenue when that act takes a break? HYBE can’t replace BTS. But just as Beane found alternatives to filling lost production, HYBE will use multiple artists to recreate BTS in the aggregate.

Still, while the A’s lost only two of nine starting players, HYBE is losing an act that has historically represented most of its revenues. One analyst estimates BTS’ share of HYBE’s revenue was 60% in 2021, down from 85% in 2020, after HYBE acquired Ithaca Holdings in mid-2021. That percentage will be even lower in 2022 since HYBE’s 2021 financials had less than a full year of Ithaca revenues. Twelve full months of revenue from HYBE America ? which houses artist management and Big Machine Label Group ? will further strengthen HYBE?s income statement.

Recreating BTS in the aggregate doesn’t require starting from nothing. HYBE has not completely lost BTS. The group will continue to generate revenue for HYBE through sales, streams, licensing, merchandise, fan clubs and other revenue streams. Given the power of the group’s fans, known as ARMY, to get BTS releases top chart positions, even a BTS compilation of unreleased tracks and remixes could easily reach the top of charts in the U.S., Japan and Korea. Proof, a BTS retrospective released on June 10, topped the Billboard 200 album chart despite having only three news tracks.

How well HYBE plays moneyball depends on its ability to create global hits with the seven members’ solo projects. The best-case scenario is success that mirrors the post-Beatles solo careers of John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney ? three out of four is a remarkable success rate. But history is not on HYBE’s side. Boy bands usually produce one standout star while the other members find more modest success. One Direction produced Harry Styles ? but no other lasting successes. *NSYNC launched Justin Timberlake ? and no other major breakout stars. Michael Jackson was the lone solo success from the Jackson 5. Neither the Backstreet Boys nor the Jonas Brothers produced solo projects that rivaled the success of those groups.

It’s entirely possible that HYBE could cobble together BTS-like sales and streams from three or four solo projects. J-hope will release a solo album in mid-July, according to reports (HYBE has not announced a release date). Jungkook collaborated with Charlie Puth on the track “Left and Right” from Puth’s forthcoming album and has talked about an upcoming solo album for more than a year. Suga plans to release a solo album. Jimin, who scored a Billboard Global Chart hit in May with ?With You? (a collaboration with Ha Sung-wood)and V alluded to solo music projects but have not provided specifics or release dates. HYBE shouldn’t have a problem stirring up interest. A recent Billboard pollshowed BTS fans are most eager to hear music from Jimin (28.1% of respondents), Jin (22.2%) and V (21.5%). J-Hope, Suga and RM each captured fewer than 5% of votes.

Maintaining recorded music revenues is one thing but replacing concert revenue is a potentially more challenging task. In 2019, BTS ranked No. 3 on Billboard‘s Boxscore year-end tours list with a $196.4 gross from 1.6 million tickets sold at 42 dates (that?s over 38,000 tickets per show). Touring stopped in 2020 because of the pandemic and produced limited revenue in 2021. Now, with the potential to sell out stadiums in markets around the world, BTS is sidelined while artists are clamoring to tour, and music-hungry consumers are paying record amounts for tickets. HYBE acts Tomorrow X Together and Seventeen will tour in 2022 in arenas and large theaters, not stadium-sized venues. It?s plausible that BTS solo acts would perform at similarly sized venues (arenas/theaters, not stadiums), too. But given the nature of touring ? where high fixed costs reward larger scale ? 50,000 tickets from four or five arena shows don?t equal 50,000 tickets from one stadium show. BTS is a massive draw for HYBE?s livestreams, too. The Permission to Dance on Stage ? Las Vegas on April 17 was viewed by 402,000 people in 182 countries/regions ? twice as many as witnessed the four concerts at Allegiant Stadium in person.

The comparisons of BTS with baseball only go so far, however. Beane had a good idea of how players would play based on their past performance. But baseball statistics are a lot more straightforward than predicting the success of musicians and recorded music, and history might not provide much guidance here. Many bands have gone on hiatus. There’s a proven track record of boy band members going solo with some success. But there?s never been a band like BTS, a fan base like ARMY or a music company like HYBE.

 

STOCKS

Through June 24, the % change over the last week, and the year-to-date change.

Universal Music Group (AS: UMG): 20.00 euros, +7.2%, -19.3% YTD
Spotify (NYSE: SPOT): $107.00, +7.8%, -54.3%YTD
Warner Music Group (Nasdaq: WMG): $26.19, +4.4%, -39.3%YTD
HYBE (KS 352820): 148,000 KRW, -0.3%, -57.6% YTD
Live Nation (NYSE: LYV): $86.80, +2.5%, -27.5%YTD
iHeartMedia (Nasdaq: IHRT): $8.22, -3.1%, -60.9%YTD
Cumulus Media (Nasdaq: CMLS): $7.82, -6.3%, -30.5%YTD
Tencent Music Entertainment (NYSE: TME): $4.96, +9.5%, -27.6%YTD
Cloud Village (HKE: 9899): 80.95 HKD, +6.5%, -48.5%YTD
Reservoir Media (Nasdaq: RSVR): $6.40, -2.4%, -19.1%YTD

NYSE Composite: 14,811.55, +5.1%, -13.7%YTD
Nasdaq: 11,607.62, +7.5%, -25.8% YTD
S&P 500: 3,911.74, +6.4%, -17.9%YTD


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The Ledger: HYBE Is Playing Moneyball With BTS’ Solo Projects
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 7:31 pm

The Ledger is a weekly newsletter about the economics of the music business sent to Billboard Pro subscribers. An abbreviated version of the newsletter is published online.

 

How does HYBE survive financially while BTS goes on break and its members pursue solo projects? Since HYBE can’t replace BTS, it will need to recreate the group ? financially speaking.

Movie buffs are familiar with HYBE’s predicament.

In the 2011 movie Moneyball based on Michael Lewis’s best-selling book, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (portrayed by Brad Pitt) was faced with a quandary: The budget-minded, small-market team was losing two of its two best players to wealthier teams. Beane knew he couldn’t afford to replace such productive players with two similarly effective players. His solution: recreate them “in the aggregate,” as he told his disbelieving staff. Rather than pay two superstar salaries to recapture the lost scoring power ? which his owner wouldn’t approve ? Beane wanted to sign affordable players that could collectively replace the scoring of the two lost players.

HYBE, the South Korean K-Pop music company, is facing a moneyball moment now that BTS has decided to go on a ?temporary break? or ?hiatus.? How does a company built on one act replace lost revenue when that act takes a break? HYBE can’t replace BTS. But just as Beane found alternatives to filling lost production, HYBE will use multiple artists to recreate BTS in the aggregate.

Still, while the A’s lost only two of nine starting players, HYBE is losing an act that has historically represented most of its revenues. One analyst estimates BTS’ share of HYBE’s revenue was 60% in 2021, down from 85% in 2020, after HYBE acquired Ithaca Holdings in mid-2021. That percentage will be even lower in 2022 since HYBE’s 2021 financials had less than a full year of Ithaca revenues. Twelve full months of revenue from HYBE America ? which houses artist management and Big Machine Label Group ? will further strengthen HYBE?s income statement.

Recreating BTS in the aggregate doesn’t require starting from nothing. HYBE has not completely lost BTS. The group will continue to generate revenue for HYBE through sales, streams, licensing, merchandise, fan clubs and other revenue streams. Given the power of the group’s fans, known as ARMY, to get BTS releases top chart positions, even a BTS compilation of unreleased tracks and remixes could easily reach the top of charts in the U.S., Japan and Korea. Proof, a BTS retrospective released on June 10, topped the Billboard 200 album chart despite having only three news tracks.

How well HYBE plays moneyball depends on its ability to create global hits with the seven members’ solo projects. The best-case scenario is success that mirrors the post-Beatles solo careers of John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney ? three out of four is a remarkable success rate. But history is not on HYBE’s side. Boy bands usually produce one standout star while the other members find more modest success. One Direction produced Harry Styles ? but no other lasting successes. *NSYNC launched Justin Timberlake ? and no other major breakout stars. Michael Jackson was the lone solo success from the Jackson 5. Neither the Backstreet Boys nor the Jonas Brothers produced solo projects that rivaled the success of those groups.

It’s entirely possible that HYBE could cobble together BTS-like sales and streams from three or four solo projects. J-hope will release a solo album in mid-July, according to reports (HYBE has not announced a release date). Jungkook collaborated with Charlie Puth on the track “Left and Right” from Puth’s forthcoming album and has talked about an upcoming solo album for more than a year. Suga plans to release a solo album. Jimin, who scored a Billboard Global Chart hit in May with ?With You? (a collaboration with Ha Sung-wood)and V alluded to solo music projects but have not provided specifics or release dates. HYBE shouldn’t have a problem stirring up interest. A recent Billboard pollshowed BTS fans are most eager to hear music from Jimin (28.1% of respondents), Jin (22.2%) and V (21.5%). J-Hope, Suga and RM each captured fewer than 5% of votes.

Maintaining recorded music revenues is one thing but replacing concert revenue is a potentially more challenging task. In 2019, BTS ranked No. 3 on Billboard‘s Boxscore year-end tours list with a $196.4 gross from 1.6 million tickets sold at 42 dates (that?s over 38,000 tickets per show). Touring stopped in 2020 because of the pandemic and produced limited revenue in 2021. Now, with the potential to sell out stadiums in markets around the world, BTS is sidelined while artists are clamoring to tour, and music-hungry consumers are paying record amounts for tickets. HYBE acts Tomorrow X Together and Seventeen will tour in 2022 in arenas and large theaters, not stadium-sized venues. It?s plausible that BTS solo acts would perform at similarly sized venues (arenas/theaters, not stadiums), too. But given the nature of touring ? where high fixed costs reward larger scale ? 50,000 tickets from four or five arena shows don?t equal 50,000 tickets from one stadium show. BTS is a massive draw for HYBE?s livestreams, too. The Permission to Dance on Stage ? Las Vegas on April 17 was viewed by 402,000 people in 182 countries/regions ? twice as many as witnessed the four concerts at Allegiant Stadium in person.

The comparisons of BTS with baseball only go so far, however. Beane had a good idea of how players would play based on their past performance. But baseball statistics are a lot more straightforward than predicting the success of musicians and recorded music, and history might not provide much guidance here. Many bands have gone on hiatus. There’s a proven track record of boy band members going solo with some success. But there?s never been a band like BTS, a fan base like ARMY or a music company like HYBE.

 

STOCKS

Through June 24, the % change over the last week, and the year-to-date change.

Universal Music Group (AS: UMG): 20.00 euros, +7.2%, -19.3% YTD
Spotify (NYSE: SPOT): $107.00, +7.8%, -54.3%YTD
Warner Music Group (Nasdaq: WMG): $26.19, +4.4%, -39.3%YTD
HYBE (KS 352820): 148,000 KRW, -0.3%, -57.6% YTD
Live Nation (NYSE: LYV): $86.80, +2.5%, -27.5%YTD
iHeartMedia (Nasdaq: IHRT): $8.22, -3.1%, -60.9%YTD
Cumulus Media (Nasdaq: CMLS): $7.82, -6.3%, -30.5%YTD
Tencent Music Entertainment (NYSE: TME): $4.96, +9.5%, -27.6%YTD
Cloud Village (HKE: 9899): 80.95 HKD, +6.5%, -48.5%YTD
Reservoir Media (Nasdaq: RSVR): $6.40, -2.4%, -19.1%YTD

NYSE Composite: 14,811.55, +5.1%, -13.7%YTD
Nasdaq: 11,607.62, +7.5%, -25.8% YTD
S&P 500: 3,911.74, +6.4%, -17.9%YTD


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The Ledger: HYBE Is Playing Moneyball With BTS’ Solo Projects
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 7:31 pm

The Ledger is a weekly newsletter about the economics of the music business sent to Billboard Pro subscribers. An abbreviated version of the newsletter is published online.

 

How does HYBE survive financially while BTS goes on break and its members pursue solo projects? Since HYBE can’t replace BTS, it will need to recreate the group ? financially speaking.

Movie buffs are familiar with HYBE’s predicament.

In the 2011 movie Moneyball based on Michael Lewis’s best-selling book, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (portrayed by Brad Pitt) was faced with a quandary: The budget-minded, small-market team was losing two of its two best players to wealthier teams. Beane knew he couldn’t afford to replace such productive players with two similarly effective players. His solution: recreate them “in the aggregate,” as he told his disbelieving staff. Rather than pay two superstar salaries to recapture the lost scoring power ? which his owner wouldn’t approve ? Beane wanted to sign affordable players that could collectively replace the scoring of the two lost players.

HYBE, the South Korean K-Pop music company, is facing a moneyball moment now that BTS has decided to go on a ?temporary break? or ?hiatus.? How does a company built on one act replace lost revenue when that act takes a break? HYBE can’t replace BTS. But just as Beane found alternatives to filling lost production, HYBE will use multiple artists to recreate BTS in the aggregate.

Still, while the A’s lost only two of nine starting players, HYBE is losing an act that has historically represented most of its revenues. One analyst estimates BTS’ share of HYBE’s revenue was 60% in 2021, down from 85% in 2020, after HYBE acquired Ithaca Holdings in mid-2021. That percentage will be even lower in 2022 since HYBE’s 2021 financials had less than a full year of Ithaca revenues. Twelve full months of revenue from HYBE America ? which houses artist management and Big Machine Label Group ? will further strengthen HYBE?s income statement.

Recreating BTS in the aggregate doesn’t require starting from nothing. HYBE has not completely lost BTS. The group will continue to generate revenue for HYBE through sales, streams, licensing, merchandise, fan clubs and other revenue streams. Given the power of the group’s fans, known as ARMY, to get BTS releases top chart positions, even a BTS compilation of unreleased tracks and remixes could easily reach the top of charts in the U.S., Japan and Korea. Proof, a BTS retrospective released on June 10, topped the Billboard 200 album chart despite having only three news tracks.

How well HYBE plays moneyball depends on its ability to create global hits with the seven members’ solo projects. The best-case scenario is success that mirrors the post-Beatles solo careers of John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney ? three out of four is a remarkable success rate. But history is not on HYBE’s side. Boy bands usually produce one standout star while the other members find more modest success. One Direction produced Harry Styles ? but no other lasting successes. *NSYNC launched Justin Timberlake ? and no other major breakout stars. Michael Jackson was the lone solo success from the Jackson 5. Neither the Backstreet Boys nor the Jonas Brothers produced solo projects that rivaled the success of those groups.

It’s entirely possible that HYBE could cobble together BTS-like sales and streams from three or four solo projects. J-hope will release a solo album in mid-July, according to reports (HYBE has not announced a release date). Jungkook collaborated with Charlie Puth on the track “Left and Right” from Puth’s forthcoming album and has talked about an upcoming solo album for more than a year. Suga plans to release a solo album. Jimin, who scored a Billboard Global Chart hit in May with ?With You? (a collaboration with Ha Sung-wood)and V alluded to solo music projects but have not provided specifics or release dates. HYBE shouldn’t have a problem stirring up interest. A recent Billboard pollshowed BTS fans are most eager to hear music from Jimin (28.1% of respondents), Jin (22.2%) and V (21.5%). J-Hope, Suga and RM each captured fewer than 5% of votes.

Maintaining recorded music revenues is one thing but replacing concert revenue is a potentially more challenging task. In 2019, BTS ranked No. 3 on Billboard‘s Boxscore year-end tours list with a $196.4 gross from 1.6 million tickets sold at 42 dates (that?s over 38,000 tickets per show). Touring stopped in 2020 because of the pandemic and produced limited revenue in 2021. Now, with the potential to sell out stadiums in markets around the world, BTS is sidelined while artists are clamoring to tour, and music-hungry consumers are paying record amounts for tickets. HYBE acts Tomorrow X Together and Seventeen will tour in 2022 in arenas and large theaters, not stadium-sized venues. It?s plausible that BTS solo acts would perform at similarly sized venues (arenas/theaters, not stadiums), too. But given the nature of touring ? where high fixed costs reward larger scale ? 50,000 tickets from four or five arena shows don?t equal 50,000 tickets from one stadium show. BTS is a massive draw for HYBE?s livestreams, too. The Permission to Dance on Stage ? Las Vegas on April 17 was viewed by 402,000 people in 182 countries/regions ? twice as many as witnessed the four concerts at Allegiant Stadium in person.

The comparisons of BTS with baseball only go so far, however. Beane had a good idea of how players would play based on their past performance. But baseball statistics are a lot more straightforward than predicting the success of musicians and recorded music, and history might not provide much guidance here. Many bands have gone on hiatus. There’s a proven track record of boy band members going solo with some success. But there?s never been a band like BTS, a fan base like ARMY or a music company like HYBE.

 

STOCKS

Through June 24, the % change over the last week, and the year-to-date change.

Universal Music Group (AS: UMG): 20.00 euros, +7.2%, -19.3% YTD
Spotify (NYSE: SPOT): $107.00, +7.8%, -54.3%YTD
Warner Music Group (Nasdaq: WMG): $26.19, +4.4%, -39.3%YTD
HYBE (KS 352820): 148,000 KRW, -0.3%, -57.6% YTD
Live Nation (NYSE: LYV): $86.80, +2.5%, -27.5%YTD
iHeartMedia (Nasdaq: IHRT): $8.22, -3.1%, -60.9%YTD
Cumulus Media (Nasdaq: CMLS): $7.82, -6.3%, -30.5%YTD
Tencent Music Entertainment (NYSE: TME): $4.96, +9.5%, -27.6%YTD
Cloud Village (HKE: 9899): 80.95 HKD, +6.5%, -48.5%YTD
Reservoir Media (Nasdaq: RSVR): $6.40, -2.4%, -19.1%YTD

NYSE Composite: 14,811.55, +5.1%, -13.7%YTD
Nasdaq: 11,607.62, +7.5%, -25.8% YTD
S&P 500: 3,911.74, +6.4%, -17.9%YTD


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Red Light Execs Van Haze, Haley McLemore & JT Pratt Launch Otter Creek Entertainment
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 5:21 pm

Three Red Light Management executives — Van Haze, Haley McLemore and JT Pratt — have launched Otter Creek Entertainment, their own management and strategic partnerships company.

They bring with them their existing talent roster, including artists Roman Alexander, Maddie & Tae and Brett Young.

“We are a small team and have always wanted to remain independent,” Haze tells Billboard via a statement. “The past few years brought us all closer and it just felt like the right time to do it.”

Haze joined Red Light Management in 2015 and previously served as vp of promotion for MCA Nashville. He also made career stops at Capitol Nashville and Universal South.

McLemore joined Red Light in 2014 and previously spent time at 377 Management and Mercury Nashville. Pratt spent over four years at Red Light and previously worked at L3 Entertainment.

Maddie & Tae, known for their hit singles “Girl in a Country Song” and “Die From a Broken Heart,” just released a new song, “Every Night Every Morning,” from their upcoming album Through The Madness Vol. 2. They also recently wrapped up a run on Young’s The Weekends Tour and will headline the CMT Next Women of Country Tour Presents: All Song No Static Tour beginning in September.

Meanwhile, Young recently took part in a pair of duets, including “Never Til Now” with Ashley Cooke and “For The Good” with Riley Clemmons. His current single, “You Didn’t,” currently ranks at No. 35 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart. Alexander has released songs including “Between You & Me,” “Over Me” and “Cocktail Conversations.”

Representatives at Red Light did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Red Light Execs Van Haze, Haley McLemore & JT Pratt Launch Otter Creek Entertainment
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 5:21 pm

Three Red Light Management executives — Van Haze, Haley McLemore and JT Pratt — have launched Otter Creek Entertainment, their own management and strategic partnerships company.

They bring with them their existing talent roster, including artists Roman Alexander, Maddie & Tae and Brett Young.

“We are a small team and have always wanted to remain independent,” Haze tells Billboard via a statement. “The past few years brought us all closer and it just felt like the right time to do it.”

Haze joined Red Light Management in 2015 and previously served as vp of promotion for MCA Nashville. He also made career stops at Capitol Nashville and Universal South.

McLemore joined Red Light in 2014 and previously spent time at 377 Management and Mercury Nashville. Pratt spent over four years at Red Light and previously worked at L3 Entertainment.

Maddie & Tae, known for their hit singles “Girl in a Country Song” and “Die From a Broken Heart,” just released a new song, “Every Night Every Morning,” from their upcoming album Through The Madness Vol. 2. They also recently wrapped up a run on Young’s The Weekends Tour and will headline the CMT Next Women of Country Tour Presents: All Song No Static Tour beginning in September.

Meanwhile, Young recently took part in a pair of duets, including “Never Til Now” with Ashley Cooke and “For The Good” with Riley Clemmons. His current single, “You Didn’t,” currently ranks at No. 35 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart. Alexander has released songs including “Between You & Me,” “Over Me” and “Cocktail Conversations.”

Representatives at Red Light did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Red Light Execs Van Haze, Haley McLemore & JT Pratt Launch Otter Creek Entertainment
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 5:21 pm

Three Red Light Management executives — Van Haze, Haley McLemore and JT Pratt — have launched Otter Creek Entertainment, their own management and strategic partnerships company.

They bring with them their existing talent roster, including artists Roman Alexander, Maddie & Tae and Brett Young.

“We are a small team and have always wanted to remain independent,” Haze tells Billboard via a statement. “The past few years brought us all closer and it just felt like the right time to do it.”

Haze joined Red Light Management in 2015 and previously served as vp of promotion for MCA Nashville. He also made career stops at Capitol Nashville and Universal South.

McLemore joined Red Light in 2014 and previously spent time at 377 Management and Mercury Nashville. Pratt spent over four years at Red Light and previously worked at L3 Entertainment.

Maddie & Tae, known for their hit singles “Girl in a Country Song” and “Die From a Broken Heart,” just released a new song, “Every Night Every Morning,” from their upcoming album Through The Madness Vol. 2. They also recently wrapped up a run on Young’s The Weekends Tour and will headline the CMT Next Women of Country Tour Presents: All Song No Static Tour beginning in September.

Meanwhile, Young recently took part in a pair of duets, including “Never Til Now” with Ashley Cooke and “For The Good” with Riley Clemmons. His current single, “You Didn’t,” currently ranks at No. 35 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart. Alexander has released songs including “Between You & Me,” “Over Me” and “Cocktail Conversations.”

Representatives at Red Light did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Roe v. Wade Overturned: What Music Companies Are Doing to Support Employees (Updating)
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 4:00 pm

Following news that the U.S. Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade in a 6-3 decision on Friday (June 24), companies including Disney and Chase Bank immediately released statements noting that they would be covering travel expenses for employees who are forced to go out-of-state for abortion care.

While employees in Los Angeles and New York, largely seen as the geographic centers of the music industry, are in no danger of losing access to abortion care given strong state laws providing for it, those residing in states like Tennessee, Florida, Texas and Georgia, among others, are set to face a near-total lack of access through so-called “trigger laws” (as in Tennessee) designed to immediately ban abortion in the event of Roe being overturned by the high court. Others, including Texas and Georgia, already have strict laws limiting access to abortion but could institute further restrictions after being emboldened by Friday’s decision.

In the wake of the news, Billboard reached out to major music companies and organizations to see whether they’ve enacted policies in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision. Below is a roundup of their responses.

Block, Inc./Tidal

Though the parent company of Tidal was already offering travel benefits for U.S. employees in certain states who were forced to travel over 100 miles to receive an abortion, starting July 1 Block will extend those benefits to employees residing anywhere in the U.S. The company says it also offers comprehensive reproductive health services for U.S. employees, including abortion services.

CAA:

CAA, which has a large office in Nashville, already covered abortion expenses under its medical plan for employees. But in May, after the draft SCOTUS ruling leaked, the agency added a provision to cover expenses for relevant travel for any employee who needed to travel to procure an abortion, according to a CAA spokesperson.

Live Nation:

On Friday, Live Nation announced via its social media accounts that the company will cover travel expenses for employees who need access to “women’s healthcare services” outside their home state as well as bail expenses for employees arrested for protesting peacefully. Additionally, the company is partnering with artists to support causes related to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, including matching Lizzo’s $500,000 donation to Planned Parenthood. Lastly, its Live Nation Women team is “working on initiatives to support voter registration and turnout.”

Sony Music Group:

Prior to the official announcement of the Supreme Court?s decision, Sony Music reaffirmed to employees that the company provides comprehensive care, including reimbursement for travel if required for access to healthcare services, including women?s reproductive healthcare and gender-affirming care.

UTA:

A UTA spokesperson confirmed to Billboard that in May, after a draft of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked, CEO Jeremy Zimmer sent a memo to staff stating that the agency ?will reimburse our colleagues for travel expenses related to receiving women?s reproductive health services that are not accessible in their state of residence.? At the time, the agency also noted that ?in the coming weeks? it would ?be providing educational resources, programming, and opportunities for discussion” on the matter.

Walt Disney Company:

The Mouse House has a large number of employees in Florida, where a 15-week ban on abortion was already slated to go into effect on July 1 (abortions are currently legal up to the 24th week). In an internal memo released Friday, Disney said it has ?processes in place so that an employee who may be unable to access care in one location has affordable coverage for receiving similar levels of care in another location.? In addition to family planning (including ?pregnancy-related decisions?), the benefit covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants and rare disease treatment.

Warner Music Group:

A memo sent by WMG leadership to U.S. employees on Friday obtained by Billboard states that the company believes ?all women have the right to control their reproductive health, and that includes access to health services enabling them to exercise that right, no matter where they live? and is ?committed to taking the appropriate steps to provide practical support to our people who need access to health services,? though no specific policy was announced. The memo also said WMG is supporting the Center For Reproductive Rights and will match employee donations to the organization through July 31.

WME:

A WME spokesperson confirmed that on Friday, the agency provided resources and background on the abortion issue to employees and clients, including an assurance that parent company Endeavor “is committed to ensuring our employees have access to safe and legal reproductive care,” according to documents obtained by Billboard. “We have confirmed that our insurance provider, Aetna, will continue to cover abortions, and the cost of travel for out-of-state care if it is not an option in their home state will not be at the cost of the employee.”


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Roe v. Wade Overturned: What Music Companies Are Doing to Support Employees (Updating)
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 4:00 pm

Following news that the U.S. Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade in a 6-3 decision on Friday (June 24), companies including Disney and Chase Bank immediately released statements noting that they would be covering travel expenses for employees who are forced to go out-of-state for abortion care.

While employees in Los Angeles and New York, largely seen as the geographic centers of the music industry, are in no danger of losing access to abortion care given strong state laws providing for it, those residing in states like Tennessee, Florida, Texas and Georgia, among others, are set to face a near-total lack of access through so-called “trigger laws” (as in Tennessee) designed to immediately ban abortion in the event of Roe being overturned by the high court. Others, including Texas and Georgia, already have strict laws limiting access to abortion but could institute further restrictions after being emboldened by Friday’s decision.

In the wake of the news, Billboard reached out to major music companies and organizations to see whether they’ve enacted policies in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision. Below is a roundup of their responses.

Block, Inc./Tidal

Though the parent company of Tidal was already offering travel benefits for U.S. employees in certain states who were forced to travel over 100 miles to receive an abortion, starting July 1 Block will extend those benefits to employees residing anywhere in the U.S. The company says it also offers comprehensive reproductive health services for U.S. employees, including abortion services.

CAA:

CAA, which has a large office in Nashville, already covered abortion expenses under its medical plan for employees. But in May, after the draft SCOTUS ruling leaked, the agency added a provision to cover expenses for relevant travel for any employee who needed to travel to procure an abortion, according to a CAA spokesperson.

Live Nation:

On Friday, Live Nation announced via its social media accounts that the company will cover travel expenses for employees who need access to “women’s healthcare services” outside their home state as well as bail expenses for employees arrested for protesting peacefully. Additionally, the company is partnering with artists to support causes related to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, including matching Lizzo’s $500,000 donation to Planned Parenthood. Lastly, its Live Nation Women team is “working on initiatives to support voter registration and turnout.”

Sony Music Group:

Prior to the official announcement of the Supreme Court?s decision, Sony Music reaffirmed to employees that the company provides comprehensive care, including reimbursement for travel if required for access to healthcare services, including women?s reproductive healthcare and gender-affirming care.

UTA:

A UTA spokesperson confirmed to Billboard that in May, after a draft of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked, CEO Jeremy Zimmer sent a memo to staff stating that the agency ?will reimburse our colleagues for travel expenses related to receiving women?s reproductive health services that are not accessible in their state of residence.? At the time, the agency also noted that ?in the coming weeks? it would ?be providing educational resources, programming, and opportunities for discussion” on the matter.

Walt Disney Company:

The Mouse House has a large number of employees in Florida, where a 15-week ban on abortion was already slated to go into effect on July 1 (abortions are currently legal up to the 24th week). In an internal memo released Friday, Disney said it has ?processes in place so that an employee who may be unable to access care in one location has affordable coverage for receiving similar levels of care in another location.? In addition to family planning (including ?pregnancy-related decisions?), the benefit covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants and rare disease treatment.

Warner Music Group:

A memo sent by WMG leadership to U.S. employees on Friday obtained by Billboard states that the company believes ?all women have the right to control their reproductive health, and that includes access to health services enabling them to exercise that right, no matter where they live? and is ?committed to taking the appropriate steps to provide practical support to our people who need access to health services,? though no specific policy was announced. The memo also said WMG is supporting the Center For Reproductive Rights and will match employee donations to the organization through July 31.

WME:

A WME spokesperson confirmed that on Friday, the agency provided resources and background on the abortion issue to employees and clients, including an assurance that parent company Endeavor “is committed to ensuring our employees have access to safe and legal reproductive care,” according to documents obtained by Billboard. “We have confirmed that our insurance provider, Aetna, will continue to cover abortions, and the cost of travel for out-of-state care if it is not an option in their home state will not be at the cost of the employee.”


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Roe v. Wade Overturned: What Music Companies Are Doing to Support Employees (Updating)
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 4:00 pm

Following news that the U.S. Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade in a 6-3 decision on Friday (June 24), companies including Disney and Chase Bank immediately released statements noting that they would be covering travel expenses for employees who are forced to go out-of-state for abortion care.

While employees in Los Angeles and New York, largely seen as the geographic centers of the music industry, are in no danger of losing access to abortion care given strong state laws providing for it, those residing in states like Tennessee, Florida, Texas and Georgia, among others, are set to face a near-total lack of access through so-called “trigger laws” (as in Tennessee) designed to immediately ban abortion in the event of Roe being overturned by the high court. Others, including Texas and Georgia, already have strict laws limiting access to abortion but could institute further restrictions after being emboldened by Friday’s decision.

In the wake of the news, Billboard reached out to major music companies and organizations to see whether they’ve enacted policies in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision. Below is a roundup of their responses.

Block, Inc./Tidal

Though the parent company of Tidal was already offering travel benefits for U.S. employees in certain states who were forced to travel over 100 miles to receive an abortion, starting July 1 Block will extend those benefits to employees residing anywhere in the U.S. The company says it also offers comprehensive reproductive health services for U.S. employees, including abortion services.

CAA:

CAA, which has a large office in Nashville, already covered abortion expenses under its medical plan for employees. But in May, after the draft SCOTUS ruling leaked, the agency added a provision to cover expenses for relevant travel for any employee who needed to travel to procure an abortion, according to a CAA spokesperson.

Live Nation:

On Friday, Live Nation announced via its social media accounts that the company will cover travel expenses for employees who need access to “women’s healthcare services” outside their home state as well as bail expenses for employees arrested for protesting peacefully. Additionally, the company is partnering with artists to support causes related to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, including matching Lizzo’s $500,000 donation to Planned Parenthood. Lastly, its Live Nation Women team is “working on initiatives to support voter registration and turnout.”

Sony Music Group:

Prior to the official announcement of the Supreme Court?s decision, Sony Music reaffirmed to employees that the company provides comprehensive care, including reimbursement for travel if required for access to healthcare services, including women?s reproductive healthcare and gender-affirming care.

UTA:

A UTA spokesperson confirmed to Billboard that in May, after a draft of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked, CEO Jeremy Zimmer sent a memo to staff stating that the agency ?will reimburse our colleagues for travel expenses related to receiving women?s reproductive health services that are not accessible in their state of residence.? At the time, the agency also noted that ?in the coming weeks? it would ?be providing educational resources, programming, and opportunities for discussion” on the matter.

Walt Disney Company:

The Mouse House has a large number of employees in Florida, where a 15-week ban on abortion was already slated to go into effect on July 1 (abortions are currently legal up to the 24th week). In an internal memo released Friday, Disney said it has ?processes in place so that an employee who may be unable to access care in one location has affordable coverage for receiving similar levels of care in another location.? In addition to family planning (including ?pregnancy-related decisions?), the benefit covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants and rare disease treatment.

Warner Music Group:

A memo sent by WMG leadership to U.S. employees on Friday obtained by Billboard states that the company believes ?all women have the right to control their reproductive health, and that includes access to health services enabling them to exercise that right, no matter where they live? and is ?committed to taking the appropriate steps to provide practical support to our people who need access to health services,? though no specific policy was announced. The memo also said WMG is supporting the Center For Reproductive Rights and will match employee donations to the organization through July 31.

WME:

A WME spokesperson confirmed that on Friday, the agency provided resources and background on the abortion issue to employees and clients, including an assurance that parent company Endeavor “is committed to ensuring our employees have access to safe and legal reproductive care,” according to documents obtained by Billboard. “We have confirmed that our insurance provider, Aetna, will continue to cover abortions, and the cost of travel for out-of-state care if it is not an option in their home state will not be at the cost of the employee.”


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Brazil Steps Up Actions Against Digital Piracy in Music Industry
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 3:32 pm

Brazilian authorities have stepped up their actions to tackle unlicensed streaming music services, blocking more than 450 infringing music apps that together have generated more than 10 million downloads, according to the Brazilian coordinator of the operation.

Cybercrime police units from 11 states in Brazil, working with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Police IP Crime Unit in London, shut down 461 illegal music downloading apps on Tuesday as part of the fourth wave of actions by “Operation 404” targeting infringing services on the internet, including sites that illegally broadcast private TV stations, Alesandro Barreto, Operation 404’s coordinator, tells Billboard.

The latest phase of a sweeping anti-piracy operation is ?one of the largest of its kind,? says global recorded music trade body IFPI, which is coordinating the actions with Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

?These actions have seen the highest number of unlicensed music services disrupted as part of the Operation 404 campaign,? Melissa Morgia, IFPI?s Director of Global Content Protection and Enforcement, said in a statement.

Authorities in Brazil have been particularly aggressive in trying to stem the growing problem of digital piracy in the music world, which has been marked by sites that generate reams of fake streams that help artificially inflate the popularity and potential chart position of songs.

IFPI, based in London, has helped to coordinate enforcement actions in other major music markets, including in Germany, where music associations used court injunctions and other legal tactics to shut down at least nine sites in 2020 and 2021. The associations cited competition law to argue that streaming manipulation was fraudulent and deceptive, and unfair to the music business.

Last year, the Center for Investigations of Cyber Crimes in the So Paulo public prosecutor?s office, known in Brazil as Cyber Gaeco, shut down 84 stream-boosting sites as part of Operation Anti-Doping, primarily using cease-and-desist notices and threats of court orders. The sites were shopping fake streams in Brazil, which allowed artists or their representatives to buy bot-generated ?plays? to boost the songs? stream counts. It was the first time that Brazilian authorities had prosecuted fake streams as a crime.

By some accounts, the fake-stream problem is worsening. Two indie label executives that spoke to Billboard said that 2.5% of the ad-supported streams in the global Merlin Network, which handles digital licensing for indie labels and distributors, didn?t qualify as ?fans listening to music they love? in February, and that, the same month, 1.2% of the plays from premium Spotify accounts in the Merlin system were deemed fraudulent. Roc Nation?s distribution arm Equity Nation?s had fraud levels higher than 10% at one point last year, according to one insider. (?Stream manipulation is an industry-wide issue that Spotify takes seriously,? a Spotify spokesperson told Billboard.)

While Brazilian authorities are battling all forms of digital piracy, their latest operation is particularly focused on music infringement.

Since July, when Operation 404 started to work with IFPI, it has taken down more than 500 downloading apps and three illegal streaming sites,Barreto says. (The fourth wave of the operation began in February.)

Barreto says some of the apps had over 1 million users. “We identified that over 350 of the 461 blocked apps were collecting excessive data from these users (social media information, for example),” he says. “The behavior these apps were showing constitutes a privacy violation.”

Some of the apps Brazilian authorities blocked enabled users to download songs by specific artists, including electronic DJ Alok, techno-Forr band Bares da Pisadinha, and sertanejo duo Bruno & Marrone, Barreto says.

?This operation has had a particular impact on the growing problem of unlicensed music apps ? sending a clear message to all operators of such services that they must cease their activities,? Paulo Rosa, the director of Pro-Msica Brasil, the labels trade body there, said in IFPI?s statement.


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Brazil Steps Up Actions Against Digital Piracy in Music Industry
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 3:32 pm

Brazilian authorities have stepped up their actions to tackle unlicensed streaming music services, blocking more than 450 infringing music apps that together have generated more than 10 million downloads, according to the Brazilian coordinator of the operation.

Cybercrime police units from 11 states in Brazil, working with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Police IP Crime Unit in London, shut down 461 illegal music downloading apps on Tuesday as part of the fourth wave of actions by “Operation 404” targeting infringing services on the internet, including sites that illegally broadcast private TV stations, Alesandro Barreto, Operation 404’s coordinator, tells Billboard.

The latest phase of a sweeping anti-piracy operation is ?one of the largest of its kind,? says global recorded music trade body IFPI, which is coordinating the actions with Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

?These actions have seen the highest number of unlicensed music services disrupted as part of the Operation 404 campaign,? Melissa Morgia, IFPI?s Director of Global Content Protection and Enforcement, said in a statement.

Authorities in Brazil have been particularly aggressive in trying to stem the growing problem of digital piracy in the music world, which has been marked by sites that generate reams of fake streams that help artificially inflate the popularity and potential chart position of songs.

IFPI, based in London, has helped to coordinate enforcement actions in other major music markets, including in Germany, where music associations used court injunctions and other legal tactics to shut down at least nine sites in 2020 and 2021. The associations cited competition law to argue that streaming manipulation was fraudulent and deceptive, and unfair to the music business.

Last year, the Center for Investigations of Cyber Crimes in the So Paulo public prosecutor?s office, known in Brazil as Cyber Gaeco, shut down 84 stream-boosting sites as part of Operation Anti-Doping, primarily using cease-and-desist notices and threats of court orders. The sites were shopping fake streams in Brazil, which allowed artists or their representatives to buy bot-generated ?plays? to boost the songs? stream counts. It was the first time that Brazilian authorities had prosecuted fake streams as a crime.

By some accounts, the fake-stream problem is worsening. Two indie label executives that spoke to Billboard said that 2.5% of the ad-supported streams in the global Merlin Network, which handles digital licensing for indie labels and distributors, didn?t qualify as ?fans listening to music they love? in February, and that, the same month, 1.2% of the plays from premium Spotify accounts in the Merlin system were deemed fraudulent. Roc Nation?s distribution arm Equity Nation?s had fraud levels higher than 10% at one point last year, according to one insider. (?Stream manipulation is an industry-wide issue that Spotify takes seriously,? a Spotify spokesperson told Billboard.)

While Brazilian authorities are battling all forms of digital piracy, their latest operation is particularly focused on music infringement.

Since July, when Operation 404 started to work with IFPI, it has taken down more than 500 downloading apps and three illegal streaming sites,Barreto says. (The fourth wave of the operation began in February.)

Barreto says some of the apps had over 1 million users. “We identified that over 350 of the 461 blocked apps were collecting excessive data from these users (social media information, for example),” he says. “The behavior these apps were showing constitutes a privacy violation.”

Some of the apps Brazilian authorities blocked enabled users to download songs by specific artists, including electronic DJ Alok, techno-Forr band Bares da Pisadinha, and sertanejo duo Bruno & Marrone, Barreto says.

?This operation has had a particular impact on the growing problem of unlicensed music apps ? sending a clear message to all operators of such services that they must cease their activities,? Paulo Rosa, the director of Pro-Msica Brasil, the labels trade body there, said in IFPI?s statement.


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Brazil Steps Up Actions Against Digital Piracy in Music Industry
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 3:32 pm

Brazilian authorities have stepped up their actions to tackle unlicensed streaming music services, blocking more than 450 infringing music apps that together have generated more than 10 million downloads, according to the Brazilian coordinator of the operation.

Cybercrime police units from 11 states in Brazil, working with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Police IP Crime Unit in London, shut down 461 illegal music downloading apps on Tuesday as part of the fourth wave of actions by “Operation 404” targeting infringing services on the internet, including sites that illegally broadcast private TV stations, Alesandro Barreto, Operation 404’s coordinator, tells Billboard.

The latest phase of a sweeping anti-piracy operation is ?one of the largest of its kind,? says global recorded music trade body IFPI, which is coordinating the actions with Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

?These actions have seen the highest number of unlicensed music services disrupted as part of the Operation 404 campaign,? Melissa Morgia, IFPI?s Director of Global Content Protection and Enforcement, said in a statement.

Authorities in Brazil have been particularly aggressive in trying to stem the growing problem of digital piracy in the music world, which has been marked by sites that generate reams of fake streams that help artificially inflate the popularity and potential chart position of songs.

IFPI, based in London, has helped to coordinate enforcement actions in other major music markets, including in Germany, where music associations used court injunctions and other legal tactics to shut down at least nine sites in 2020 and 2021. The associations cited competition law to argue that streaming manipulation was fraudulent and deceptive, and unfair to the music business.

Last year, the Center for Investigations of Cyber Crimes in the So Paulo public prosecutor?s office, known in Brazil as Cyber Gaeco, shut down 84 stream-boosting sites as part of Operation Anti-Doping, primarily using cease-and-desist notices and threats of court orders. The sites were shopping fake streams in Brazil, which allowed artists or their representatives to buy bot-generated ?plays? to boost the songs? stream counts. It was the first time that Brazilian authorities had prosecuted fake streams as a crime.

By some accounts, the fake-stream problem is worsening. Two indie label executives that spoke to Billboard said that 2.5% of the ad-supported streams in the global Merlin Network, which handles digital licensing for indie labels and distributors, didn?t qualify as ?fans listening to music they love? in February, and that, the same month, 1.2% of the plays from premium Spotify accounts in the Merlin system were deemed fraudulent. Roc Nation?s distribution arm Equity Nation?s had fraud levels higher than 10% at one point last year, according to one insider. (?Stream manipulation is an industry-wide issue that Spotify takes seriously,? a Spotify spokesperson told Billboard.)

While Brazilian authorities are battling all forms of digital piracy, their latest operation is particularly focused on music infringement.

Since July, when Operation 404 started to work with IFPI, it has taken down more than 500 downloading apps and three illegal streaming sites,Barreto says. (The fourth wave of the operation began in February.)

Barreto says some of the apps had over 1 million users. “We identified that over 350 of the 461 blocked apps were collecting excessive data from these users (social media information, for example),” he says. “The behavior these apps were showing constitutes a privacy violation.”

Some of the apps Brazilian authorities blocked enabled users to download songs by specific artists, including electronic DJ Alok, techno-Forr band Bares da Pisadinha, and sertanejo duo Bruno & Marrone, Barreto says.

?This operation has had a particular impact on the growing problem of unlicensed music apps ? sending a clear message to all operators of such services that they must cease their activities,? Paulo Rosa, the director of Pro-Msica Brasil, the labels trade body there, said in IFPI?s statement.


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‘Pensado’s Place’ Podcast & Web Series Signs With Red Light for Brand Expansion
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 2:33 pm

Pensado’s Place, a podcast and YouTube series hosted by Grammy-winning recording engineer Dave Pensado and music mogul Herb Trawick, has signed with Red Light Management to expand its footprint through distribution, live events and brand partnerships.

Pensado, who worked with a wide spectrum of artists, including Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Beyonc and Peaches, and Trawick, a former artist manager and label consultant, discuss the finer points of audio mixing and engineering as well as other aspects of the creative process. They have recorded more than 500 episodes, with such guests as Keith Urban, Jack Antonoff, producer Dave Cobb and engineer Lola Romero, and are available in more than 190 countries. The Pensado’s PlaceYouTube channel has amassed 274,000 subscribers and racked up more than 25 million views on the platform — 8 million annually, according to the signing announcement. Pensado and Trawick, who is also the show’s creator and executive producer, have additionally expanded the brand into the live-event business and established an awards show.

The duo was signed by Red Light’s chief strategy officer Bruce Flohr.

“I have always respected Herb and Dave and their ability to tell the creators’ story to a global audience,” said Flohr. “We look forward to helping their audience grow and help redefine what a music series can be in todays modern music world.”

“A partner for us required multi-pronged expertise, passion and a deep understanding of what we’ve built said Trawick. “There’s none better than Bruce Flohr and Red Light. Bruce’s world-class knowledge in branding, distribution and live events, plus our mutual interest in web3 and education rang the bell immediately for me.”


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‘Pensado’s Place’ Podcast & Web Series Signs With Red Light for Brand Expansion
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 2:33 pm

Pensado’s Place, a podcast and YouTube series hosted by Grammy-winning recording engineer Dave Pensado and music mogul Herb Trawick, has signed with Red Light Management to expand its footprint through distribution, live events and brand partnerships.

Pensado, who worked with a wide spectrum of artists, including Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Beyonc and Peaches, and Trawick, a former artist manager and label consultant, discuss the finer points of audio mixing and engineering as well as other aspects of the creative process. They have recorded more than 500 episodes, with such guests as Keith Urban, Jack Antonoff, producer Dave Cobb and engineer Lola Romero, and are available in more than 190 countries. The Pensado’s PlaceYouTube channel has amassed 274,000 subscribers and racked up more than 25 million views on the platform — 8 million annually, according to the signing announcement. Pensado and Trawick, who is also the show’s creator and executive producer, have additionally expanded the brand into the live-event business and established an awards show.

The duo was signed by Red Light’s chief strategy officer Bruce Flohr.

“I have always respected Herb and Dave and their ability to tell the creators’ story to a global audience,” said Flohr. “We look forward to helping their audience grow and help redefine what a music series can be in todays modern music world.”

“A partner for us required multi-pronged expertise, passion and a deep understanding of what we’ve built said Trawick. “There’s none better than Bruce Flohr and Red Light. Bruce’s world-class knowledge in branding, distribution and live events, plus our mutual interest in web3 and education rang the bell immediately for me.”


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‘Pensado’s Place’ Podcast & Web Series Signs With Red Light for Brand Expansion
 
Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 2:33 pm

Pensado’s Place, a podcast and YouTube series hosted by Grammy-winning recording engineer Dave Pensado and music mogul Herb Trawick, has signed with Red Light Management to expand its footprint through distribution, live events and brand partnerships.

Pensado, who worked with a wide spectrum of artists, including Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Beyonc and Peaches, and Trawick, a former artist manager and label consultant, discuss the finer points of audio mixing and engineering as well as other aspects of the creative process. They have recorded more than 500 episodes, with such guests as Keith Urban, Jack Antonoff, producer Dave Cobb and engineer Lola Romero, and are available in more than 190 countries. The Pensado’s PlaceYouTube channel has amassed 274,000 subscribers and racked up more than 25 million views on the platform — 8 million annually, according to the signing announcement. Pensado and Trawick, who is also the show’s creator and executive producer, have additionally expanded the brand into the live-event business and established an awards show.

The duo was signed by Red Light’s chief strategy officer Bruce Flohr.

“I have always respected Herb and Dave and their ability to tell the creators’ story to a global audience,” said Flohr. “We look forward to helping their audience grow and help redefine what a music series can be in todays modern music world.”

“A partner for us required multi-pronged expertise, passion and a deep understanding of what we’ve built said Trawick. “There’s none better than Bruce Flohr and Red Light. Bruce’s world-class knowledge in branding, distribution and live events, plus our mutual interest in web3 and education rang the bell immediately for me.”


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CFP INDY RAISES THE BAR BY BECOMING THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT
 
Posted: 14 Jun 2022, 11:51 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CFPINDY RAISES THE BAR BY BECOMING THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – (June 14, 2022) –Playoff Greenannounced today the results of its sustainability program as part of the College Football Playoff (CFP) national championship weekend in Indianapolis, as well as its influence on the future of sporting events hosted in Indy.

The 2022 edition of the Playoff Green program leveraged theCFPto be a beacon of environmental wellness, equity and resiliency for Indianapolis and college football fans everywhere. All efforts were led nationally by theCFPand the Green Sports Alliance and supported locally by the Indianapolis Host Committee, IUPUI?s Office of Sustainability and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Playoff Green teams hand-sorted and recovered over 117 tons of materials during two weeks throughout downtown Indianapolis, rescuing 80% of allCFP-generated waste from local landfills. Over 35,000 meals were salvaged from event activities and donated to local food banks, including Second Helpings. In addition, over 75,000 pounds of reusable goods were donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis to support affordable homeownership.

Furthermore, Playoff Green and the Indianapolis Host Committee joined with AES Indiana to procure enough renewable energy credits to power 100% of theCFP?s city-wide electricity needs game week through renewable wind energy. Unavoidable carbon emissions and water consumption across national championship weekend were analyzed by IUPUI?s Office ofSustainability, with carbon emissionsoffset through a relationship with South Pole.

In the community, Playoff Green and the Indianapolis Host Committee worked with IUPUI to create a four-year undergraduate scholarship program for incoming IUPUI sustainability changemakers. The two entities also worked with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Community Alliance for the Far Eastside to finalize the La Plaza Community Orchard. This project transformed a neglected space into a blooming orchard, vegetable garden and play space for local youth.

Other key supporters included Dr. Pepper, AAA Flag & Banner, ESPN Corporate Citizenship, Vapur Water Bottles, the Game Changers Institute, Food Loops and Ecosystem Events.

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AboutCFPand Playoff Green:

The College Football Playoff (CFP) is a postseason event to determine college football?s national champion on the field, while emphasizing the significance of college football?s unique regular season where every game counts. Through its Playoff Green sustainability program, theCFPstrives to minimize the environmental footprint of the national championship game and its ancillary activities. Playoff Green leverages the national championship game to be a beacon of environmental wellness, equity and resiliency for its host community and the college football community as a whole.

About the Green Sports Alliance:

The Green Sports Allianceleverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The GSA 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. Through its marquee event greening division, GSA delivers best-in-class sustainable productions to minimize environmental impacts and maximize community legacies, driving scalability and replications across the industry. Visitgreensportsalliance.orgfor more information.

Statement from College Football Playoff:

We are proud to have been able to limit the environmental impact of our championship event in Indianapolis this year,? said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. ?Just like the success on the field, this similarly successful sustainability program in connection with our game took teamwork. We are thankful for the efforts of the Green Sports Alliance, the Indianapolis Host Committee, and, of course, the thousands of fans who travelled to the game and took part in all the wonderful activities.?

Statement from the Green Sports Alliance:

?The Green Sports Alliance commends the leadership demonstrated by theCFPand the Indy Host Committee for using the power of sports to take action on critical environmental needs across Indianapolis,? said Roger McClendon, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance. ?Sustainability is about community transformation outside the lines of the field, and we are infinitely grateful to help drive authentic action with local stakeholders during college football?s biggest moment.?

Statement from the Indianapolis Host Committee:

?On behalf of the Host Committee, we are proud to have invested $100,000 in funding to support these impactful Green Team initiatives,? said Susan Baughman, president of the 2022CFPIndy Host Committee. ?It was important to us that we ensured this event was as sustainable as possible and we?re grateful for our many partnerships with community-minded organizations that enabled us to do just that.?

 

Bobby Whittingham

Marketing & Communications

Green Sports Alliance

bobby@greensportsalliance.org

mobile 630.418.3535

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Playing for Indy: College Football Playoff and Playoff Green pushed game-changing community legacy through environmental programs
 
Posted: 31 May 2022, 6:13 pm

PORTLAND, Oregon — Playoff Green announced today the results of its sustainability program as part of the College Football Playoff (CFP) national championship weekend in Indianapolis, as well as its influence on the future of sporting events hosted in Indy.

The 2022 edition of the Playoff Green program leveraged the CFP to be a beacon of environmental wellness, equity and resiliency for Indianapolis and college football fans everywhere. All efforts were led nationally by the CFP and the Green Sports Alliance and supported locally by the Indianapolis Host Committee, IUPUI?s Office of Sustainability and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Playoff Green teams hand-sorted and recovered over 117 tons of materials during two weeks throughout downtown Indianapolis, rescuing 80% of all CFP-generated waste from local landfills. Over 35,000 meals were salvaged from event activities and donated to local food banks, including Second Helpings. In addition, over 75,000 pounds of reusable goods were donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis to support affordable homeownership.

Furthermore, Playoff Green and the Indianapolis Host Committee joined with AES Indiana to procure enough renewable energy credits to power 100% of the CFP?s city-wide electricity needs game week through renewable wind energy. Unavoidable carbon emissions and water consumption across national championship weekend were analyzed by IUPUI?s Office of Sustainability, with carbon emissions offset through a relationship with South Pole.

In the community, Playoff Green and the Indianapolis Host Committee worked with IUPUI to create a four-year undergraduate scholarship program for incoming IUPUI sustainability change-makers. The two entities also worked with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Community Alliance for the Far Eastside to finalize the La Plaza Community Orchard. This project transformed a neglected space into a blooming orchard, vegetable garden and play space for local youth.

Other key supporters included Dr. Pepper, AAA Flag & Banner, ESPN Corporate Citizenship, Vapur Water Bottles, the Game Changers Institute, Food Loops and Ecosystem Events.

About CFP and Playoff Green:

The College Football Playoff (CFP) is a postseason event to determine college football?s national champion on the field, while emphasizing the significance of college football?s unique regular season where every game counts. Through its Playoff Green sustainability program, the CFP strives to minimize the environmental footprint of the national championship game and its ancillary activities. Playoff Green leverages the national championship game to be a beacon of environmental wellness, equity and resiliency for its host community and the college football community as a whole.

About the 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 GSA 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. Through its marquee event greening division, GSA delivers best-in-class sustainable productions to minimize environmental impacts and maximize community legacies, driving scalability and replications across the industry. Visitgreensportsalliance.orgfor more information.

Statement from College Football Playoff:

We are proud to have been able to limit the environmental impact of our championship event in Indianapolis this year,? said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. ?Just like the success on the field, this similarly successful sustainability program in connection with our game took teamwork. We are thankful for the efforts of the Green Sports Alliance, the Indianapolis Host Committee, and, of course, the thousands of fans who travelled to the game and took part in all the wonderful activities.?

Statement from the Green Sports Alliance:

?The Green Sports Alliance commends the leadership demonstrated by the CFP and the Indy Host Committee for using the power of sports to take action on critical environmental needs across Indianapolis,? said Roger McClendon, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance. ?Sustainability is about community transformation outside the lines of the field, and we are infinitely grateful to help drive authentic action with local stakeholders during college football?s biggest moment.?

Statement from the Indianapolis Host Committee:

?On behalf of the Host Committee, we are proud to have invested $100,000 in funding to support these impactful Green Team initiatives,? said Susan Baughman, president of the 2022 CFP Indy Host Committee. ?It was important to us that we ensured this event was as sustainable as possible and we?re grateful for our many partnerships with community-minded organizations that enabled us to do just that.?

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‘Make the world a better place’: Brewers’ Brent Suter and Jacques Cousteau’s grandson are teaching students about sustainability
 
Posted: 4 May 2022, 8:56 am

By Hannah Kirby,Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Yes, Brent Suter is a Milwaukee Brewers pitcher. But for a little while on Tuesday, he was also a yellow perch.

He was playing a game at American Family Field with local students, who were also representing different animals and organisms in the food web and learning aboutwho eats what, why that’s important and the impact of plastics.

“To see the looks on the kids’ faces, learning about the food chains and plastics and what we can do about it, it warms my heart,” said Suter, a longtime sustainability advocate.

This spring, the Brewers, theEarthEcho International nonprofitand Racine-headquarteredSC Johnsonteamed up to create the ?Waste-Free Crew,”an educational initiative that gives local educators ways to teach students about environmentally friendly practices, according to a news release.

More than 4,000 students in fourth through sixth grades from 55schools in the Milwaukee, Racine andKenosha areas participated in the inaugural program.This year’s lessons focused on plastics and were delivered through EarthEcho Academy.

 

After completing the program, which ran from World Water Day through Earth Day, hundreds of kids visited the ballpark Tuesday to participate in interactive workshops and activities withabout 16community organizations that complemented what they had learned in their classrooms.

“We did all kinds of really hands-on exercises forthe kids so they can get their heads around and make relevant for them what conservation is and what sustainability is,” said Alan VanderMolen, SC Johnson chief communications officer.

“I think it’s helping them make more connections to what they’re seeing now in their own lives,” said Emily Useman, a fifth grade teacher from Evergreen Elementary in Waterford.

EarthEchofounderPhilippe CousteauJr., an explorer and advocate, told the students that spending time with them is “the most exciting work” he gets to do.He started the organization in honor of his father, Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandfather,explorer Jacques Cousteau.

Suter told the kids he’s excited to see them start recycling, composting, reducing and reusing.

“I just want to encourage you to be ambassadors for change, be people who want to go out and make the world a better place and do everything in your life as a selfless act and try to maybe make future generations have a planet that’s very healthy,” he said.

The?Waste-Free Crew”programhits home for Suter, whohas an environmental science degree from Harvard.

Environmental issues have been on Suter’s heart “in a big way” since 2006 after seeingthe documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which followsAl Gore’s campaign to raise awareness of global warming. Suter said it “smacked me upside the head” and motivated him to make a difference.

Suter doesn’t buy paper towels or napkins, frequents farmers markets to buy food that hasn’t been packaged, has a garden in his basement and has volunteered forcleanup projects, according toa 2020 Journal Sentinel report. He’s also worked with Nature Conservancy, Players for the Planet and EcoAthletes.

SC Johnson, the Brewers and Suter have also launched theBrewers Sustainability Council, an advisory board to review, discuss and implement best sustainability practices at the ballpark, a news release said.

For the second year, SC Johnson is turning plastic cups used at the ballpark into packaging forScrubbing Bubbles,VanderMolen said.

Contact Hannah Kirby athannah.kirby@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter at@HannahHopeKirby.

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Crawford Architects Joins The Green Sports Alliance
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2022, 11:25 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Crawford Architects Joins The Green Sports Alliance

Kansas City, April 25, 2022:

Crawford Architects announces an official corporate partnership with the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), an environmentally and socially focused nonprofit organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world to promote healthy, sustainable communities. This partnership continues Crawford?s dedication to providing environmentally conscious design through sustainability, recycling, and carbon neutrality.

Crawford believes the advancement of sustainable communities starts at the heart of the design process. The new partnership supports both Crawford?s sustainable design efforts and GSA?s mission to use the influence of sports to promote sustainable practices across the globe. The organization?s members include over 300 professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, and venues representing millions of fans.

?The Green Sports Alliance is passionate about protecting the future of our pastimes,?said David Murphy, Crawford Architect Co-Owner and Senior Principal.?Crawford is proud to be partnered with GSA and supports their dedication to the preservation of sports, venues, and the communities they serve. We look forward to collaborating with GSA and its fellow members to continue to learn and create meaningful change towards sustainability in the design of sports facilities of the future.?

Crawford Architects has a successful track record in incorporating sustainable design approaches that respond to the local context and climate of several of our projects as highlighted by our involvement in the University of California Merced, 2020 Project, recognized as the first public research university in the country to achieve carbon neutrality, two years ahead of its goal.

About Crawford Architects: Crawford Architects is an award-winning international planning, architecture, and interior design firm headquartered in Kansas City, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Honolulu and Sydney. As a professional services firm, Crawford Architects specializes in all aspects of the planning and design of stadiums, arenas, athletic training centers, sports medicine facilities, entertainment venues, lifestyle & workplace facilities, and the mixed-use developments which accompany these projects. Learn more at crawfordarch.com.

About Green Sports Alliance: The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The GSA 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. Visitgreensportsalliance.org



CONTACT:

Crawford Architects
1801 McGee Street Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Dakota Miller Zinn
dmillerzinn@crawford-usa.com

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Penske Entertainment Announces Next Phase of Transformational Sustainability Initiatives
 
Posted: 25 Apr 2022, 3:13 pm

 

 

Indy 500 Continues To Set Industry-Leading Pace on Environmental Impact

Firestone To Introduce New Race Tire with Sustainable Natural Rubber
at Indy 500 Carb Day

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, April 22, 2022)? Penske Entertainment announced a robust and innovative lineup of environmental impact initiatives this afternoon, aiming to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint for this year?s Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and significantly boost sustainability efforts within the sport of INDYCAR. These steps are the latest and most comprehensive elements of a long-term strategy for the organization that has been developed over the last two years.

The announcements made today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway DEX Imaging Media Center coincided with wider efforts across the nation and globe to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22. They were unveiled in partnership with Firestone, Shell and additional corporate partners, which have worked with IMS and INDYCAR on a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the venue and sport.

?This will be the most sustainable Indy 500 in our 100-plus year history,? Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said. ?Moreover, through excellent coordination and teamwork with partners who are true innovators in this field, we?re moving INDYCAR toward industry leadership when it comes to environmental awareness and impact.?

Month of May ? Fueling Progress & Building Toward a Greener Future

Longtime series partner and tire supplier Firestone will play a key role in efforts surrounding the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and throughout the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Firestone is a trailblazer in the charge for alternative and renewable sources of natural rubber and will debut a new and eco-friendly tire this May.

The Firestone Firehawk guayule race tire will be used for the first-time during Miller Lite Carb Day?s INDYCAR Pit Stop Challenge and will make its competition debut as the alternate race tire in August at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. It is partially composed of a new sustainable natural rubber derived from the guayule shrub, which requires less reharvesting than traditional sources of rubber.

?It will take partnership and collaboration to combat the impacts of global climate change, and we are proud to partner with Penske, INDYCAR and IMS to advance the future of sustainable mobility,? said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer and group president, Solutions Businesses, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. ?The introduction of guayule natural rubber to America?s preeminent open-wheel racing series speaks to the confidence we have in the technology and its promise as a scalable, sustainable and domestic raw material.?

Firestone, IMS, the state of Indiana and veteran motorsports partner Shell also announced today that all race tires being supplied for Indy 500 practice, qualifications and Race Day will be delivered to the ?Racing Capital of the World? from their Central Indiana warehouse using the Freightliner eCascadia from Penske Truck Leasing?s fleet of electric vehicles. To assist with the effort, a 150kW, high-power electric charger is being installed on the IMS grounds, in coordination with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Shell Recharge Solutions. The EV charging station is manufactured by BTC Power (Broadband TelCom Power, Inc.).

?We?re working every day to make sure Indiana is a leader when it comes to renewable energy solutions,? Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. ?I can?t think of a better way to show our commitment to cleaner energy than by putting it on display during the largest sporting event in the world.?

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway also will take significant steps toward cleaner energy consumption and a lowered carbon footprint across the Month of May. Like in 2021, all electricity consumed throughout the facility in May will continue being purchased via 100 percent renewable energy credits.

In addition, IMS has teamed up with Shell and climate technology company CHOOOSE on the implementation of a new customer program that allows fans to offset their travel footprint through a nominal contribution to the GreenTrees reforestation project. IMS also will offset its entire operational carbon footprint during the Month of May through its contributions to GreenTrees, a vital effort that restores natural habitats in more than 1 million acres across seven states in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

?At Shell, we aim to provide more and cleaner energy solutions in a responsible manner ? in a way that balances short- and long-term interests,? explained Dani Silva, Shell vice president of Enterprise Accounts. ?We are very pleased to be a part of Penske Entertainment Corp.?s efforts in increasing the sustainability of motorsports and the off-track potential it also enables.?

Other initiatives of note during the Month of May include:

  • Increased waste diversion efforts throughout the facility with expanded recycling and food recovery programs.
  • Legends, the official IMS retail partner, will open a fully sustainable store inside an electric truck. All items sold in the truck will be reusable or designed from recycled plastic bottles.

Last year, the Indy 500 was certified at the Silver level by the Council for Responsible Sport after achieving 37 social and environmental standards of good practice. The venue implemented facility upgrades to increase both energy and water-use efficiency, calculated a robust greenhouse gas emissions inventory and enhanced its ?Bike to the 500? program. IMS is working toward becoming the first sports facility in the world to become a Responsible Sport Certified venue.

INDYCAR?s Sustainable Path Forward

Alongside work with Firestone on expanded use of the guayule natural rubber, INDYCAR also announced today that starting with the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear in June, all 26 NTT INDYCAR SERIES cars will be transported by trucks that are fueled by renewable diesel, which significantly reduces travel-related emissions.

?The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and its partners are continually evaluating ways to lower our footprint and create a more sustainable future,? said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. ?We?re looking forward to using renewable diesel in our transporters beginning in June and expect to have several more important initiatives to unveil in the near future.?

This year?s Indianapolis 500 at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes place on Sunday, May 29 on NBC, Telemundo Deportes on Universo and the INDYCAR Radio Network. The schedule for the 17-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES season can be foundhereand is available to fans to watch across NBC Sports platforms.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

Amanda Stanley
Director, Communications
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
+1-317-492-6649,astanley@indycar.com

Dave Furst
Vice President, Communications
INDYCAR
+1-317-492-6244,dfurst@indycar.com

 

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MLB TO HIGHLIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS & SUSTAINABILITY ON “EARTH DAY” AND CONTINUING THROUGHOUT THE SEASON
 
Posted: 23 Apr 2022, 9:26 am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ? April 21, 2022

 

Efforts to Include Club Initiatives on Earth Day, Supporting Key Partnerships,

Launching Activations During All-Star Week in Los Angeles & More

League Also Names the Minnesota Twins Recipient of the

?Green Glove Award? for First Time in Club History

Major League Baseball and Clubs will continue the important tradition of celebrating ?Earth Day? on Friday, April 22ndwith a particular focus on highlighting everyday environmental sustainability practices that can be applied in ballparks, offices, and homes. Beyond Earth Day, MLB will continue to focus on environmental awareness at various points throughout the season, including during MLB All-Star Week and through important partnerships, including with ?Players For The Planet.?

By the Numbers: Greening at MLB

 

  • 22 Clubs practice E-Waste recycling
  • 22 Clubs have installed LED field lighting
  • 19 Clubs operate food donation programs
  • 12 Ballparks utilize on-site gardens
  • 10 Ballparks utilize solar power
  • 10 Ballparks feature EV charging stations
  • 10 Clubs activate regular-season Green Teams
  • Seven Clubs have permanently eliminated plastic straws from Ballparks
  • Six MLB Ballparks are LEED certified

NOTE: For a more detailed list of Club Sustainability, please visitMLB.com/Green. Additional Club Activation Examples for 2022 Earth Day is enclosed in the separate attachment.

 

Minnesota Twins Win 2021 Green Glove Award? During the offseason, MLB awarded the Minnesota Twins with the Club?s first?Green Glove Award?for achieving nearly a 100% Diversion Rate. MLB Clubs divert waste away from landfill through practices such as recycling, composting, food donations, and energy recovery. This is the first time that a Club outside the San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners have received the Award.

The 2021 finalists for the Green Glove Award included:

  • American League East: Toronto Blue Jays
  • American League Central: Minnesota Twins
  • American League West: Seattle Mariners
  • National League East: Washington Nationals
  • National League Central: Pittsburgh Pirates (co-finalist) and St. Louis Cardinals (co-finalist)
  • National League West: San Francisco Giants

MLB Network?MLB Network has produced a special videohighlighting Baseball?s Earth Day initiatives, which will be played across MLB?s digital platforms. On Friday, MLB Network also will light up Studio 3?s broadcast desk in green as a symbolic recognition of Earth Day. Additionally, MLB Network, MLB Green and the Minnesota Twins have teamed up to provide fans with a branded 100% recyclable tote bag as the giveaway for the Twins home game on Monday, August 1stfor the first 10,000 fans.

 

MLB Office Sustainability Efforts? MLB is mirroring Club sustainability best practices in the League?s headquarter offices in New York City as well as satellite offices in Boulder, CO and San Francisco, CA. MLB employees are encouraged to use reusable water bottles & coffee mugs, improving recycling efforts through updated signage & education, and reducing energy consumption through motion-sensored LED lighting and an updated television schedule that reduced energy consumption by 328 hours during the off-season. Additionally, MLB employees in New York City participated with the Central Park Conservancy on a beautification volunteer project at the park on Monday, April 18thas well as a building-wide E-Waste drive on Wednesday, April 20th.

 

All-Star Week in Los Angeles? Similar to previous years, MLB will continue to highlight sustainability efforts during the 2022 Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium and across Los Angeles. MLB will highlight the work of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the league with exciting new programs that will be reflective of the following:

  • Activation of Green Teams focusing on recycling throughout All-Star Week sites
  • Volunteer event with ?Players For The Planet?
  • Water filtration systems in broadcast, media, and staff areas to reduce single-use plastic products
  • Offsetting water and energy usage
  • Food donation programs
  • Promoting walking and public transportation to Dodger Stadium and throughout Los Angeles
  • Partnering with Mastercard to provide a unique, sustainable experience for contest winners of the ?Priceless Planet Coalition?

 

MLB will once again pursue Council For Responsible Sport Certification, which provides objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work as a sustainable and socially responsible sporting event. This would follow certifications for the last three All-Star Weeks in 2018 (Washington), 2019 (Cleveland), and 2021 (Denver).

 

PARTNERSHIPS

Anheuser-Busch Recycle Like a Champion? MLB and several Clubs are teaming up with Anheuser-Busch to launch the National Recycling League, ?a new, multi-sports league coalition aiming to reduce waste on game day.? Through this partnership, Clubs are implementing new, innovative activations such as offering the infinitely recyclable cup for fans instead of single-use plastics, recycling hawkers, Club-to-Club recycling competition, and in-stadium signage. More information can be found in Anheuser-Busch?s Press Release:https://www.anheuser-busch.com/newsroom/2022/04/national-recycling-league/

 

Players for the Planet Educational Sessions? In partnership with MLB, Players for the Planet will raise awareness on environmental issues in the Dominican Summer League with a series of virtual sessions during the season, as well as an in-person beach clean-up. Players for the Planet, founded by former MLB outfielder Chris Dickerson, works to connect professional athletes, sports teams, and organizations with actionable opportunities to serve and protect the environment.

 

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CONTACT:

Steve Arocho, Major League Baseball,(212) 931-7800,mlbpressbox.com,@MLB_PR.

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Anheuser-Busch’s ‘National Recycling League’ Unites America’s Biggest Sports Leagues and Fans to Eliminate Waste on Game-Day
 
Posted: 12 Apr 2022, 12:21 pm

Anheuser-Busch's ?National Recycling League? Unites America?s Biggest Sports Leagues and Fans to Eliminate Waste on Game-Day

 

Recycle Like a Champion

ST. LOUIS, MO ? April 12, 2022 –As one of the country?s largest sponsors of live sports and entertainment, Anheuser-Busch is uniting its sports team partners ? including Major League Baseball and the National Football League ? to launch the National Recycling League: a new, multi-sports league coalition aiming to reduce waste on game day.

Building on Anheuser-Busch?s industry-leading sustainability efforts, the National Recycling League will leverage the scale and reach of the brewer’s professional sports team and league partnerships to elevate how the beverage industry encourages recycling. The National Recycling League aims to create meaningful connections between Anheuser-Busch’s brands including Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob ULTRA, its league and team partners, and sports fans nationwide to raise awareness of the need for recycling and drive key recycling behaviors among consumers wherever they cheer on their favorite team ? whether it?s in-stadium, at home, or at a neighborhood bar.

?At Anheuser-Busch, we approach everything we do ? including sustainability ? with an innovation mindset so that we can create an outsized impact,?said Brendan Whitworth, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. ?Through the National Recycling League, we are thrilled to bring together our team partners and sports fans to work towards a shared dream of a future with less game day waste and more cheers.?

With Major League Baseball season officially underway, more than ten teams ? including The St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, and Washington Nationals ? have signed on as inaugural members of the National Recycling League.

Each team has committed to adopting and implementing a range of new, innovative National Recycling League activations aimed at reducing waste and improving recycling rates at stadiums to help divert recyclable materials such as beer bottles and cans from landfills. Activations include offering infinitely recyclable aluminum cups to fans instead of single-use plastic as aluminum can be recycled over and over again without losing its quality, in-seat recycling decals, and in-stadium signage sharing a simple call-to-action with consumers ? ?Recycle Like a Champion.?

?Major League Baseball and our Clubs are excited to collaborate with Anheuser-Busch on the launch of their National Recycling League initiative. This commitment to environmental stewardship by our long-term partner perfectly aligns with our continued efforts to bring more recycling options and sustainable practices to our ballparks,?said Paul Hanlon, Senior Director of Ballpark Operations and Sustainability, Major League Baseball.

To launch the National Recycling League, Anheuser-Busch and select MLB partners will be introducing a new member of the sports arena team. Similar to the beloved beer hawker, new Recycling Hawkers will be deployed in stadiums to collect used cups, cans and bottles from fans to ensure they are recycled properly. Recycling Hawker volunteers from Keep America Beautiful will encourage fans to hand over their recyclables so that those items can be sorted from the trash and recycled.Check out the Recycling Hawkers in action here.

?As a longstanding partner of Anheuser-Busch, we applaud the action to improve communities by reducing waste in sporting arenas across the country,?said Becky Lyons, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Keep America Beautiful.?Our team of volunteers are energized and excited to step into the new Recycling Hawker role and help make it easy for fans at sporting events to recycle properly.?

In addition to in-stadium activations throughout regular season games, select partner teams will compete head-to-head in a new way as the brewer calls on MLB fans to join the National Recycling League and recycle their bottles and cans, with the winning city getting a round of beer on Anheuser-Busch. The city of the participating team which has the highest recycling rate during home games from Opening Day through May 31 will get a round of beer on Anheuser-Busch in celebration of their commitment to reducing waste on game day. More information is available atwww.mycooler.com/recyclelikeachampion

Looking ahead, Anheuser-Busch plans to work alongside teams across the National Football League among other league partners to enlist them to participate in the National Recycling League as the 2022 NFL season kicks off.

The National Recycling League builds on Anheuser-Busch’s ongoing commitment to sustainable packaging and recycling – including through its 2025 Sustainability Goals and as a member of theGreen Sports Alliance. By 2025, Anheuser-Busch has committed that 100% of their packaging will be made from majority recycled content or will be returnable, which will make recycling A-B products on game day easier than ever.

“The Green Sports Alliance is inspired by Anheuser-Busch?s 2025 Sustainability goals and its new National Recycling League program to motivate millions of fans to help improve recycling rates in stadiums across the nation through the power of sports,?said Roger McClendon, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance.?We are eager to support the National Recycling League in partnership with Green Sports Alliance programs like Play To Zero to amplify the message and impact of this zero-waste initiative across our membership of sports leagues, clubs, and teams.”

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About Anheuser-Busch

For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch has carried on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate more than 120 facilities, including breweries, wholesaler distribution centers, agricultural facilities and packaging plants, and have more than 19,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America?s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visitwww.anheuser-busch.comor follow Anheuser-Busch onLinkedIn,Twitter,FacebookandInstagram.

 

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WinCup’s phade® compost-certified, marine biodegradable straws and stirrers to be provided at Yankee Stadium concession stands in 2022
 
Posted: 7 Apr 2022, 11:16 am

WinCup?s phade compost-certified, marine biodegradable straws and stirrers to be provided at Yankee Stadium concession stands in 2022

 

NEW YORK (April 5, 2022) ? WinCup, Inc., today announced that it was partnering with the New York Yankees and Legends Hospitality to provide its phade straw ? an ecologically preferable non-petroleum, non-forest-based bio-plastic product ? to concessions stands at Yankee Stadium. The phade straw is a marine biodegradable, home & industrial, compostable drinking straw made with PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), a biodegradable biopolymer derived from the fermentation of canola oil. These straws maintain the convenience of petroleum-based plastic straws but with lower greenhouse gas production impacts and less risk to marine life and ecosystems. The phade drinking straw is certified for composting commercially and for at-home composting.

The introduction of the phade straw at Yankee Stadium will further the venue?s award-winning and globally recognized sustainability initiatives, including its commitment to achieving zero waste and promoting a circular economy based on composting and recycling. Through the dedicated efforts of Stadium staff, fans, and the Yankees? recycling and composting partners, approximately 85 percent of the Stadium’s total waste is diverted from landfills and incinerators, making Yankee Stadium one of the most environmentally responsible venues in all of sports.

?The global plastics pollution crisis has been building for decades as plastic debris has been identified everywhere from Arctic snow to the deepest points in the ocean. Most significantly, the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of petro-plastics raises global temperatures, which has profound deleterious effects on the health and well-being of people around the world. Yankee Stadium?s shift to a less impacting bio-based option for those who request a straw is a small but meaningful ecological step in the right direction that, hopefully, other businesses will emulate,? said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Environmental Science Advisor for the New York Yankees.

According to WinCup, phade has quickly become the environmentally preferable straw of choice for multiple professional sports venues, teams and events, including SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, home of this year?s Super Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Gillette Stadium in New England, and the 2021 PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

?We continue to see the tremendous impact phade is having across the sports industry and the positive reaction from fans discovering our unique sustainable Caribbean blue straws and stirrers,? said Michael Winters, WinCup President and Chief Revenue Officer. ?The New York Yankees is one of the most well-known sports brands globally and the franchise is to be commended for using that influence to positively impact the environment. It is an honor for WinCup to partner with the Yankees as the 2022 season gets underway and provide a meaningful solution to help address the global plastic pollution crisis. The technology behind phade is unlike any other straw alternative because it?s formulated with PHA, which acts as a food source for bacteria, allowing for faster decomposition in bacteria rich environments in a matter of months. Based on the success of our phade straws there will be more innovative phade products coming in the future.?

WinCup has also won numerous awards for the development of phade straws including: the 2020 Innovation in Bioplastics Award from the Plastics Industry Association, the 2021 Innovation in Foodservice Award for Sustainability Solutions from the National Restaurant Association, and most recently, phade was recognized as a finalist or honorable mention in 4 out of 5 categories in Fast Company?s 2021 World Changing Idea Awards.

WinCup?s focus on sustainable solutions was bolstered in September 2020 when Los Angeles-based global private investment firm Atar Capital acquired the company. Among Atar?s core principles is a commitment to sustainability and investing in companies that work toward protecting the environment.

?We are incredibly proud to see WinCup Inc., and phade join forces with iconic brands like the New York Yankees that share our mission of changing the world for the better,? said Cyrus Nikou, Founder and Managing Partner of Atar Capital.

About WinCup, Inc. and phade
WinCup, Inc. is headquartered in Stone Mountain, Georgia and is a leading manufacturer of traditional and Eco-Friendly 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 visit www.wincup.com and www.phadeproducts.com.

Phade straws & stirrers is certification by TV AUSTRIA, a globally recognized independent third-party certifying body, as both industrial and home compostable. TV also certified the material from which phade straws is made from, as marine biodegradable. Additionally, the Biodegradable Products Institute Inc. (BPI) has certified phade as industrial compostable.

Vision of Sustainability in Yankee Stadium
The New York Yankees organization recognizes our responsibility to protect and promote the well-being of our community. Accordingly, the Yankees remain committed to inspiring our partners, players, fans and employees to create a sustainable environmental legacy.

In pursuit of these goals, the Yankees seek to measure and minimize identifiable environmental impacts related to our operations, including greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use and waste generation. The Yankees are committed to compliance with all applicable environmental regulations, and we support the development of innovative, economic and socially beneficial solutions to help reduce or offset the direct and indirect impacts we engender.

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Award-Winning Sustainable Sport Index Launches Second Annual Survey
 
Posted: 30 Mar 2022, 9:59 am

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Denver, Colorado (March 2022)?An upcoming research initiative will give sports teams and stadium operators the opportunity to receive personalized sustainability coaching while helping drive industry-wide adoption of sustainability measures. The Sustainable Sport Index (SSI) will launch its second annual data-gathering survey in early April, with a subsequent Industry Benchmarking Report to provide participating teams and venues insights into actual sustainability activities and investments their peers implement, as well as the ability to assess their own performance. SSI’s insights help bolster individual sports venues and the sports industry at large by identifying best practices and adoption rates while providing participating teams and venues with detailed recommendations for improving their own sustainability score.

The SSI is a first of its kind initiative to understand the collective environmental and social impacts of the sports industry and to establish and accelerate industry sustainability best practices. By surveying sports teams and facilities to collect metrics on sustainability activities ranging from waste and energy to diversity and inclusion, the SSI team creates a publicly available, anonymized, industry-wide collective Benchmarking Report and confidential individualized reports for all responders. In SSI?s inaugural year in 2021, 20 prominent sports venues participated, and the effort received widespread press and an Industry Leadership award, with many participating teams making sustainability improvements to their venues based on SSI?s findings.

Teams and venues are now invited to participate in the 2nd annual SSI Benchmarking Survey, which launches April 5 and will remain open through the end of May. The subsequent Benchmarking Report and individualized reports for each participating venue will be available by late summer. While the inaugural survey responders predominantly featured professional sports teams, this year?s initiative aims to expand the effort to minor league and collegiate teams to better represent the sports industry.

?In our second year of the Sustainable Sport Index, our emphasis is on broadening the opportunity to all sports venues. The more insights we collect, the more we are able to help stadium operators and teams move the needle to a more sustainable sports industry,? said Lindsay Arell, Director of Sustainability at APTIM, the environmental and sustainability solutions firm that owns SSI.

Key findings from last year?s SSI Benchmarking Report included:

  • 76 percent of facilities offer sensory relief rooms for fans.
  • 65 percent of responding facilities achieved some type of sustainability-related certification, with the most common certifications being Global Biorisk Advisory Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and WELL Building.
  • 17 percent of facilities and teams track their carbon emissions with just one team offsetting emissions.

Sports teams, leagues, and venues representing professional, minor league, and collegiate athletics can visitthe SSI websiteor email the SSI team atconnect@sustainablesportindex.comto sign up to receive notifications for the survey?s launch, and to learn more about the SSI report?s goals, impact, and findings.

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About Sustainable Sport Index

The Sustainable Sport Index is an industry-wide initiative to understand the collective environmental and social impacts of the sports industry, with the goal to create industry consensus around the key environmental impacts of sports venues and teams through benchmarking data and sharing industry best practices. The Sustainable Sport Index is powered by APTIM, and partners with Honeycomb Strategies, Max-R, and Eco-Products.

About APTIM

APTIM is a global industry leader headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With more than 4,000 employees worldwide, APTIM specializes in critical infrastructure, technical and data solutions, environmental services, program management, resiliency, and sustainability and energy solutions. Our dedicated people have proven experience and expertise to provide integrated services and solutions to government agencies, commercial, industrial, and energy markets. APTIM commits to accelerating the transition toward a clean and efficient energy economy, building a sustainable future for our communities and natural world, and creating an inclusive, equitable environment that celebrates the diversity of our people.

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FKP Scorpio Launches Show Production Company
 
Posted: 21 Mar 2022, 7:42 am
FKP Scorpio today announced the launch of FKP Show Creations GmbH, a new company arm that'll focus on musicals, shows, family entertainment and opera ? anything that can be brought to life inside theaters, but not just there.

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How Metallica & Billy Joel's Allegiant Shows Created A Way For Stadium Touring In 'The Great Glut Of 2022'
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 3:05 pm
More than 80,000 fans and a gross of some $13.8 million over two nights by any measure in this industry is a runaway success. And that?s exactly what happened at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Feb. 25 and 26 when Metallica and Billy Joel played separately on consecutive evenings. The shows more than lived up to the billing as ?Two Epic Shows?One Unforgettable Weekend,? and serve as a model for future stadium touring amidst ?The Great Glut of 2022? while being a win-win-win for fans, artists, their teams and venues.

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UK/Euro Lineups: Lots Of Festival Premieres
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 1:00 pm
Pollstar takes a look at some of the latest lineup announcements from the UK and Europe. Many have been unveiled by brand-new festivals making their debut in 2022.

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Johnnie Taylor Among Newest Blues Hall Of Fame Members
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 12:56 pm
Five people, an album, five singles and a book have been chosen to join this year's Blues Hall of Fame class.

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Asia News: Japan Reviews Audience Caps; BTS Sets Another Record
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 12:45 pm
The Japanese government is currently considering lifting the audience cap on large-scale gatherings, like concerts, as the pandemic eases and the number of daily cases drops steadily.

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Australia News: Festivals Return With A Vengeance; NZ: Auckland Releases City Of Music Report
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 12:32 pm
?As more states drop live restrictions, major festivals are returning ? some bigger than before ? cashing in on enthusiasm for the live experience.

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Goodlive And Live Base Anounce Partnership Around Splash! Festival Germany
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 5:22 am
German promoter Goodlive and UK-based booking agency and club promoter Live Base announced a strategic partnership to deliver international hip hop artists to the German-speaking market and the country's premier hip-hop festival, splash!

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Morgan Wallen: Boy Interupted Brings Lots of Music To Sold Out Bridgestone Arena
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 2:22 pm
After a career put on pause following his drunken use of an egregious slur, Morgan Wallen is finding his way back to the world he was building when it all came to a screeching halt.

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Moment Factory Tops Fast Company List Of Innovators
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 1:16 pm
Montreal-based creative design firmMoment Factorytopped the list of 50 Most Innovative Companies released this week by business magazine Fast Company to recognize forward-thinkers in technology, leadership and design.

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Inaugural Chicagoland Fest Sacred Rose Topped By Phil Lesh & Friends, Khruangbin, The War On Drugs
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 1:03 pm
Another new festival announced its inaugural lineup Thursday. Sacred Rose will descend on SeatGeek Stadium, located just southwest of Chicago in Bridgeview, Ill., Aug. 26-28 with a lineup topped by Phil Lesh & Friends, Khruangbin, The War On Drugs and Black Pumas.

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With The Band: Big Time Rush Makes Big Time Comeback With First Post-Hiatus Headlining Tour
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 12:55 pm
In the early 2010s, Big Time Rush had been among the most dominant boy bands. The group made up of Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, James Maslow, and Carlos PenaVega was first formed in 2009 with a Nickelodeon TV show of the same name.

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Spotify Camp Nou: Streaming Giant Becomes FC Barcelona's Main Sponsor, Music Venue Trust Reacts
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 12:00 pm
Spotify and FC Barcelona announced a partnership making the streaming company the soccer club's main sponsor and official audio streaming partner.

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Chaka Khan, Stephen Stills, Beck & More To Play MusiCares Joni Mitchell Tribute
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 11:44 am
Chaka Khan, Stephen Stills, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter and Beck will be among those performing in tribute to Joni Mitchell when she's honored as the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.

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'It's My Job To Be Professionally Nosy': Q's With 'Ronnie's' Director Oliver Murray
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 5:58 am
Writer and director Oliver Murray, best known for his Bill Wyman documentary "The Quiet One," made a film about one of the most famous jazz venues in the world: Ronnie Scott's in London.

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HEINEKEN USA Partners with Cycle to Reward Inter Miami CF Fans for Recycling
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 8:29 pm

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Debuting at DRV PNK Stadium, Reverse Vending Machines Will Make Stadium Recycling More Efficient and Rewarding for Fans

HEINEKEN USA and Inter Miami CF in collaboration withCycle, a recycling technology and data company founded by University of Miami alumni, launched a new recycling program at DRV PNK Stadium. Leveraging innovative technology to improve recycling efforts at stadium sporting events, Inter Miami fans can now find Heineken branded Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) throughout the stadium where they can recycle their empty beverage containers and win rewards in return.

The machines are designed to engage fans and incentivize recycling efforts in a moment where many people may not have enough opportunities to recycle their products during an event. The process for the fans is simple: insert empty beverage containers at the machines, and scan a QR code to get a unique transaction ID. Once information is entered into the web app, users find out instantly if they are a winner and are given instructions for how to redeem their prize. The initiative will be promoted on the stadium?s videoboard and through PA announcements and Inter Miami fans will be able to win a variety of items including Heineken 0.0, fan merchandise and exclusive access to stadium promotions, and even Inter Miami CF jerseys throughout the season.

The four RVMs are in the following locations throughout the stadium: two machines next to the Heineken Bar on the North side, one machines near section 120/121 (East side) and one machine near section 104/105 (West side).

The launch of this initiative supportsHEINEKEN?s Brew a Better Worldambitions aimed at creating a positive impact on the environment, social sustainability, and the responsible consumption of alcohol. These commitments build upon the progress the company has made since its initial launch in 2009.

?Through our efforts over the past decade with Brew a Better World, we have found that the best way to help consumers make sustainable choices is creating convenient opportunities that fit into real moments,? said Josephine Bertrams, SVP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of HEINEKEN USA. ?By meeting our consumers in more of these moments, this initiative seeks to eliminate the barriers fans may face at sporting events by encouraging and making it easier to make the responsible choice to recycle. As a passionate leader in supporting live events HEINEKEN USA is thrilled to be making sustainability more accessible and exciting for consumers with Cycle and Inter Miami.?

?Working with HEINEKEN USA and Cycle to make it easier for our fans to recycle at Inter Miami CF matches is a very important initiative for our club,? said Inter Miami VP of Marketing, Community and Fan Engagement, Chris Allan. ?Through research and listening to our supporters, we learned sustainability is particularly important to our fan base and we want to do the best we can to ensure our fans have the resources to put the environment first when they are enjoying ftbol matches at DRV PNK Stadium.?

?Sports stadiums are an important part of American culture and represent a unique opportunity to educate and incentivize people to participate in the circular economy. The Cycle team is honored to be collaborating with HEINEKEN USA and Inter Miami CF to launch this first-of-its-kind stadium recycling program,? said Anwar Khan, co-founder of Cycle.

?We want to make recycling collections more efficient while rewarding fans for their sustainable behavior, and our CTO, Harrison Mount, worked hard in conjunction with FanUp.io to make sure that process is simple, fast, and fun for the fans,? added Connor Pohl, co-founder of Cycle.

Globally, as an important part of the HEINEKEN?sEverGreenbalanced growth strategy, HEINEKEN remains committed to a path to net zero emissions and is working toward achieving zero waste by 2025. HEINEKEN aims to reduce its carbon footprint through an effort to cut overall emissions 30% by 2030 and decarbonize its full value chain by 2040. For more information on Brew a Better World 2030, clickhere.

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Elevation Festivals Announces Partnership With MedWish International To Support Ukrainian Relief
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 4:56 pm
Elevation Festivals, the company that owns and produces WonderStruck In Cleveland, The WonderBus Music & Arts Festival in Columbus, and WonderRoad Indianapolis, is partnering with MedWish International to support relief in Ukraine.

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The Future Is Now! Major Tours Are Here
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 1:24 pm

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Merch Madness: Artist-Branded Guitar Pedals Create Revenue, Hit The Road
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 12:20 pm
In the branding and merchandise space, artists are always looking for a partnership that is authentic and speaks to fans. What better way, then, than partnering with the actual instrument itself?

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Euro Ticketing: New CEO For Ticketcorner, TicketSwap Expands
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 10:11 am
CTS Eventim announced the appointment of Oliver Niedermann as new CEO of its Swiss ticketing operation Ticketcorner. Meanwhile, Dutch ticket resale business TicketSwap has announced plans to expand its business.

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More To Speak About Than Ever Before: Greg Parmley Talks ILMC 34
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 8:41 am
It feels like there's never been a greater need for this business to get together and talk, and ILMC 34 offers the ideal opportunity.

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Marc Solheim Joins Riot Fest As Senior Talent Buyer
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 4:59 pm
Milwaukee music industry veteran Marc Solheim will be joining Riot Fest as their new Senior Talent Buyer starting on April 1.

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Life Is Beautiful Unveils 2022 Lineup: Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Gorillaz, Lorde & More
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 4:49 pm

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Q's With Hartke Presents' Adam Hartke: Kansas Promoter Talks New Indie Touring Network D Tour
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 4:09 pm
For professionals across the live industry, the pandemic-spurred shutdown offered the opportunity to rethink the fundamental processes that govern touring. For Adam Hartke, co-founder of Wichita-based promoter and venue operator Hartke Presents, and several other independent promoters and venue operators, that meant reimagining the very way tours are booked and routed through the country's secondary and tertiary markets.

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How Remi Wolf Is Set To Be A Freaky, Funky, Poppin', Jazzy, Technicolor, Post-Pandemic Superstar
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 3:14 pm
Remi Wolf is on the cusp of her biggest touring year yet. She plays Lollapaloozas Brazil and Argentina at the end of March and in early April kicks off her most significant tour yet: opening for the Grammy-winning royal that is Lorde on her 22-date ?Solar Power Tour,? which debuts at The Opry on April 3 and includes two nights at New York?s Radio City and L.A.?s Shrine Auditorium. And that?s just for starters. On March 1, Wolf exuberantly announced her upcoming European tour and just as this story was going to press she announced a fall headlining tour entitled the "Gwingle Gwongle Tour" on her Instagram page which runs Sept. 12 to Oct. 16. The trek will take the 26-year-old phenom to the largest rooms of her blossoming headlining career, with shows at The Shrine, New York?s Terminal 5 and San Francisco's Warfield Theater.

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MSG Sphere London Planning Application To Be Heard Next Week, AEG Concerns Addressed
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 11:28 am
The planning application for the MSG Sphere London, originally submitted in March 2019, will be heard in London on Tuesday, March 22.

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15 Years Of Global Publicity: Nikki McNeill Says 'It's Still Fun'
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 5:00 am
There are days, when it feels like almost every press release about a European festival is coming from Global Publicity, the company Nikki McNeill founded in 2007. She has been instrumental in putting some of Europe's most famous annual events on the map internationally, and the 15th anniversary of her own company was the ideal occasion to have an extensive chat about her fascinating career.

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Wisin & Yandel Set Dates For Final Tour, ‘La Última Misión’
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 6:09 pm
Wisin and Yandel are preparing to go their separate ways. But first the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo has a new album to release and a final tour to go along with it. Today?s announcement says ?La ltima Misin? world tour will mark ?the last time fans can see them on stage together.?

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Dolly Parton To Rock Hall Of Fame: Thanks But No Thanks
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 4:49 pm
Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year's nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn't "earned that right."

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Pearl Jam Announces Rescheduled North American Tour Dates
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 2:17 pm
Pearl Jam is ready to get back out on the road after having to call off their 2020 tour, and the band has announced their rescheduled North American tour dates.

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BTS 'Permission To Dance On Stage' Seen By 45,000 On Site & 2.4M Remotely
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 11:51 am
Pop phenomenon BTS wrapped up three nights of "BTS Permission to dance on Stage - Seoul" at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, March 10-13.The three-day in-person concert was attended by a total of 45,000 people. In compliance with COVID protocols, the stadium's capacity was limited to 15,000 per show.

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Rolling Stones Announce European Stadium Tour 'Sixty'
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 6:04 am
The Rolling Stones return to Europe this summer to play 14 shows in ten countries, including two nights at British Summer Time Hyde Park in London, England, and their first concert in Liverpool, England, since more than 50 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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