Report: Broadway to Announce Extension of Closures to January
Broadway may soon extend its ongoing shutdown through the end of 2020, according to sources cited in a report posted Monday at Broadwaynews.com. Shows, halted since March due to the coronavirus, will remain closed through at least January 3, 2021, with the official announcement expected to come later this... Read more
Ticketmaster Settles Maryland Lawsuit Over Resale Service Fees
Fans who purchased resale tickets to Hamilton in Baltimore will see some of their money back from Ticketmaster, after the ticketing giant reached a settlement with Maryland’s attorney general announced late last week. The settlement ends a lawsuit brought by Brian Frosh’s office against the California-based entertainment giant which... Read more
Canadian Performing Arts Venues Hit With More Layoffs
TO Live, the Canadian agency that operates various arts venues, announced multiple layoffs amid widespread cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Already, 480 unionized, part-time, and casual staff employees were laid off or placed on temporary leave, and now, an addition 115 full-time positions have been affected, according to... Read more
Eventbrite Launches COVID-19 ‘Safety Playbook For Events’
As the live event industry starts to build itself back up amid the coronavirus pandemic, Eventbrite has launched an actionable playbook to help creators move forward following widespread cancellations. The guide, dubbed COVID-19 Safety Playbook, was developed by top risk management and health experts, giving guidance regarding new safety... Read more
Live Nation Announces Pay Cuts For Artists In New Policy Memo
Live Nation has already undertaken a number of cost-saving measures since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, including furloughs and pay cuts, boosts to liquidity and abandoning acquisitions. But now the entertainment titan is implementing further changes to its operations that focuses directly on partnered talent agencies and artists.... Read more
Airline Exec Calls For Less Restrictive Ticketing Options
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some airlines are calling for less-restrictive fare options, which would allow passengers to purchase tickets without fear of cancelling their flight. Earlier this month, JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said in a Washington Post webinar that going forward, carriers will need less-restrictive fare options to... Read more
Majority Of Fans Ready To Return To Live Events, Survey Finds
A new survey shows that despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a majority of fans are willing to return to live events with certain social distancing protocols in place. According to the Atlanta-based mobile ticketing app Experience, the study showed that nearly 55% of fans are ready to return to... Read more
Paul McCartney Advocates For Fans Denied Refunds For Cancelled Concerts
While Paul McCartney will no longer be performing in Italy this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, he’s using his voice to speak out and ensure that ticketholders will receive refunds. Originally, McCartney was scheduled to perform in Naples and Lucca this week, however, last month, the gigs were called-off... Read more
Coachella Cancellation Leaves Other California Festivals In Limbo
A handful of music festivals this spring and summer were been postponed to the fall, though as coronavirus remains rampant across the states, many events remain in limbo. Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – the country’s largest music festival, was originally set to take place throughout April, alongside... Read more
Australian Entertainment Executives Form Coalition To Revive Events
Top executives across the Australian entertainment industry have joined together to focus on reviving live events in the aftermath of a global pandemic. The Live Event Industry Forum (LEIF) features representatives from the country’s sports and entertainment groups with the goal of creating an industry-wide roadmap for reopening as... Read more