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Event Designer Bobby Garza in Austin, in a Pandemic: ‘I Can’t Gauge Anymore When Things Are Going to Be Done’

When the concert business shut down in mid-March, Bobby Garza abruptly shifted from putting on live events to tearing them down — his company, Austin-based Forefront Networks, had to cancel the California food-and-music festival Yountville Live later that month, and massive productions like December’s Trail of Lights in Austin are in question, too. In early […]

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Florida and San Francisco Loosen Restrictions on Live Music

On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a sweeping executive order that lifts all restrictions on bars, nightclubs and other businesses that were implemented due to the spread of the coronavirus. He stated at a press conference, “We’re not closing anything going forward.” DeSantis’s order also suspends all fines incurred for not wearing a mask and […]

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Executive Turntable: Oak View Group Hires 5 for Seattle Arena, Capitol Music Group Ups Digital Whiz to SVP

Oak View Group (OVG) has hired five executives to lead its team at the newly-named Climate Pledge Arena, future home of NHL hockey team the Seattle Kraken. They are: David Curry as vp of technology, Nick Vaerewyck as vp of programming, Randy Foster as director of event production, Damon Murray as director of engineering and […]

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Agency Shakeup: WME Vet Samantha Kirby Yoh Joins UTA Music

The agency world has been completely disrupted by COVID-19, but today’s announcement that powerhouse agent Samantha Kirby Yoh is leaving WME to join David Zedeck as the co-head of UTA Music is the biggest game-changer to date in the representation space. The U.K. native joined the pre-Endeavor merger William Morris Agency in 2004 after five years as an […]

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SXSW Plans Virtual 2021 Edition, Prioritizing Artists Slated for Canceled 2020 Festival

Back in March, the cancellation of Austin’s annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival and conference due to the coronavirus pandemic signaled the very beginning of an industry-wide touring shutdown. Today (Sept. 22), SXSW organizers shared an early look at their plans for 2021 — which may or may not include the return of a […]

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Diversify the Stage: Addressing the Lack of Inclusion in Touring (Guest Column)

The following essay was written by Noelle Scaggs from Fitz and the Tantrums. Scaggs has a new initiative, Diversify the Stage, that aims to bring more people of color, women and L.G.B.T.Q. individuals into the concert industry. Her letter below is a call to action for more inclusivity and diversity within the touring community and is co-signed […]

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How Regional Mexican Acts Are Touring the Midwest Following a Hodgepodge of Safety Guidelines

As states struggle to keep COVID-19 cases down, the Midwest has become a hotspot for promoters specializing in regional Mexican music looking to keep their businesses running and artists working in a live industry sidelined by the pandemic. Following varying and sometimes vague guidelines set by state and local governments, for the last three months […]

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Former Paradigm, WME Agents Establish Mint Talent Group

Following the Coronavirus crisis ravaged the music touring business and abandoned founders having an unclear future, former Paradigm representatives Patrick McAuliff along with Phil Egenthal along with ex-William Morris Endeavor representative C. J. Strock have united to start Mint Talent Agency. Founding agents additionally comprise Mary Allen along with Cassie Siegel, formerly of Madison House, […]