Live Nation Launches Fund For Impacted Concert Crews
While artists are suffering during cancelled or postponed shows, several people behind the scenes are also struggling during this trying time. To help support concert crews across the world, Live Nation started a charitable fund this week. The Crew Nation fund has been created to provide monetary relief for... Read more
Newport Festivals Creates Music Fund For Affected Artists
Newport Festivals Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, has launched a musicians relief fund to help those affected by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Each year, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals select a charity of their choice, where NFF donates on their behalf.... Read more
Event Companies Pivot To Coronavirus Relief Efforts
The live event industry was one of the first to come to a screeching halt in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. But as the country reels from the outbreak’s effects and scrambles to secure the proper care and equipment to combat the virus, event companies are stepping up... Read more
Proposed Study Seeks to Stimulate “Herd Immunity” For Covid-19
Is promoting a rapid deployment of “herd immunity” the key to solving the Covid-19 pandemic? One prominent e-commerce businessman and philanthropist thinks so, and has pledged as much as $5 million to fund a study designed to test its effectiveness, according to a source speaking to TicketNews on the... Read more
Endeavor Lays Off Staffers, Execs Forgo Pay
The coronavirus pandemic has forced major holding company Endeavor to make internal changes in order to keep business afloat. The California-based group has laid off roughly 250 workers so far in positions that cannot be held remotely, including restaurant, hotel and groundskeeping staff. Additional measures are expected to take... Read more
Trump Moves Coronavirus Distancing Halt to April 30
As cases of Covid-19 continue to surge across the globe, President Trump announced Sunday that the government was extending its social distancing guidelines out to April 30. The United States currently as the highest number of overall cases of Covid-19 in the world, with 142,793 according to the coronavirus... Read more
StubHub Goes Voucher-Only on Cancelled Events due to Covid-19
StubHub has announced a change to its policies in the wake of the rash of postponements and cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, informing customers that cancelled events are now eligible to receive a voucher rather than a refund, according to a post on its website. Previously, customers holding... Read more
Live Event Industry To Lose Over $500M Due To Cancelled Tours
The live event industry is taking a hard hit due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Top concert tours are being cancelled or postponed, while high-scale festivals have been called-off. Earlier this month, promoter giants Live Nation Entertainment and AEG, as well as booking agencies WME, Creative Artists Agency, UTA,... Read more
Ticketer Responds To Comic Con Lawsuit Regarding Alleged Stolen Funds
This year’s nearly sold-out Boston Comic Con was set to feature stars like Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, and Chris Hemsworth. However, right before the event kicked-off on March 20, the Con was cancelled due to concerns over the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Pop culture fans quickly sought refunds, but... Read more
Live Nation Sweden Appoints New Chief Executive Officer
Live Nation Sweden has found its new chief executive officer. Industry veteran Mattias Behrer will fill the top role at the Scandinavian branch effective August 10. Behrer comes to the entertainment giant with an illustrious career behind him. He previously served as CEO of Dentsu Aegis, a leading media... Read more