Backstage Pass: Midyear Touring Report - VenueConnect Hosts Live Nation

Executives of the world's top concert promotion company, Live Nation Entertainment, are among the speakers at VenueConnect, the annual conference and trade show of the International Association of Venue Managers, to be held July 26-29 in Portland, Ore. For a discussion of what Live Nation values in venues, Cole Gahagan, executive vp client revenue, Ticketmaster, will moderate a panel featuring Live Nation Global Touring CEO Gerry Barad, Live Nation Arenas president Mike Evans and Brad Wavra, senior vp, Live Nation Touring/Live Nation Concerts. Live Nation leads the midyear Billboard Box­score chart of top 10 promoters, with reported grosses exceeding $797 million. During the four days of sessions at VenueConnect, other highlights include discussions on sponsorships, capital planning and expense management. But perhaps most compelling will be the panel with the irresistible title "Top 10 Online Tips to Get Butts in Seats."


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