Billboard’s Touring Conference & Awards are hitting the road this November.
After a successful 12-year run in New York, the live music industry’s most influential and important annual gathering move this year to Los Angeles. The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills will host the 2016 edition from Nov. 9-10.
“I am excited to host the Billboard Touring Conference in Los Angeles this year,” said John Amato, co-president of Billboard. “As the industry decentralizes, more music executives are spread throughout the country, many in Los Angeles, and we thought it was time to recognize that trend by bringing the conference there in 2016.”
The 13th Billboard Touring Conference is recognized as the must-attend event of its kind. The two-day pow-wow gathers leaders of the live industry for a program of pressing topics and discussions.
“The Touring Conference and Awards have had a massively successful 12 years in New York, including three consecutive sellouts,” explains Ray Waddell, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment. “As live music changes and evolves, so will the Billboard Touring Conference as it continues to provide a forum for artists, managers, agents, promoters, venue operators and other professionals as they unlock the enormous potential of live music.”
The Billboard Touring Awards are the only live music awards show that honors acts, executives, venues, agents, managers, and events based primarily on data generated by Billboard Boxscore, and has become one of the most powerful and fun gatherings in the industry.
Billboard will again present its “Legend of Live” award to a concert business professional that has made a significant and lasting impact on the touring industry, and its Humanitarian Award, will be bestowed in recognition of the philanthropic efforts of some of the biggest names in music Previous recipients of the “Legend of Live” honor include Bob Seger, Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond and George Straight and past Humanitarian Award winners include Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project and co-founder of the Global Citizen Festival, Dave Matthews Band, Jon Bon Jovi and The Apollo Theatre.
For more details on the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards please visit BillboardTouringConference.com.