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
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
Health Experts Reveal Timeline For Return To Mass Gatherings
The live event industry is ultimately halted for the time being, with thousands of festivals and concerts postponed or cancelled throughout the remainder of 2020. While different industry experts have varying opinions on the return of mass gatherings, several epidemiologists have other predictions. The New York Times asked over... Read more
Celebrities Contribute $30M To Virtual Concert Startup
The virtual concert startup company Wave is on-the-rise, and just announced support from various celebrities, garnering $30 million in series B funding. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the funding was led by Maveron with participation from Griffin Gaming Partners, Scooter Bruan, Alex Rodriquez, Superfly co-founder Rick Farman, and Twitch... Read more
Michigan Promoters Optimistic For Fall Return Of Events
The summer concert and festival season has been thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic, but promoters in Michigan are growing optimistic that the industry can return in some capacity this fall. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called for a committee of over 100 players in the live events and entertainment industry... Read more
TicketSource Launches Social Distancing Feature
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, concerts are slowly popping-up across the globe, but with several safety protocols in-place. TicketSource, the UK-based online ticketing platform, just launched a new social distancing feature for seating plans. This new feature, which is reportedly thought to be a world-first for any ticketing platform, will... Read more
Entertainment Giant AEG Reveals Layoffs Amid Pandemic
The world’s second-largest live entertainment giant, AEG Presents, has officially announced pay cuts across the company. According to a memo from CEO Jay Mariano, which was obtained by Variety, the company will implement a combination of layoffs, furloughs, and paycuts. The extent of the layoffs were unclear, though Marciano... Read more