VP booking and strategy, AEG/Goldenvoice
A talent buyer for several California venues and festivals, Yacoubian — also part of Coachella’s core booking team — delivered standout years for spots like L.A.’s Greek Theatre and the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in 2019. As she works to get touring pros back to work, Yacoubian, 36, is also supporting GV BLACK (a resource group for Black employees) by helping develop “distinct pathways for current and future [minority] vendors, entrepreneurs and creatives.”
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This article originally appeared in the Nov. 7, 2020, issue of Billboard.