Pollstar Live! 2019


Monday, February 11


Wilshire Ballroom & Gardens

Pollstar Live! 2019 Opening Reception

Tuesday, February 12

9:30am- 9:45am

International Ballroom



International Ballroom

I’M WITH THE BAND: The Trials and Tribulations of a Touring Musician

They say they don’t get paid to perform, they get paid to travel. The life of a touring musician is unique in entertainment culture. Their names don’t reside at the top of the marquee, they often don’t reap the fame and fortune bestowed upon the “stars” of the show, and they frequently spend much of their evenings laboring away from the spotlight. Yet, few stakeholders in the touring equation have as much to do with the relative success or failure of a show as the touring musicians who make magic on stage. Despite this, those in the live music industry rarely hear their perspective—until now. Pollstar Live! 2019 proudly welcomes some of live music’s most skilled and creative musicians for a candid roundtable about what it’s like to be with the band.


International Ballroom

The Rainmakers: The Next 30 Years

Intimate, candid Q&A with visionary executives that could have a profound impact on the live entertainment industry in the next decade.

With: Alissa Pollack, EVP, Global Music Marketing, iHeartMedia

Coffee Break

International Ballroom

Whither The 360?

A decade ago, 360 deals, also known as “multi-rights,” were the talk of the industry, as artists ranging from Madonna to Jay-Z to U2 and beyond had locked into long-term touring agreements that included rights well beyond the box office, and labels began routinely signing acts to contracts that included a piece of merch, touring, and other revenue streams. In the years hence, most all label contracts at least begin with the inclusion of rights beyond recorded content, and multi-“360” deals rarely draw much attention. So what is the current status of the 360 phenomenon? Have labels learned enough about the live business to add value and warrant a cut? And have artists and managers found ways to navigate the multi rights landscape that lead to career growth and economic development? We will come at this from various perspectives in what is sure to be a fascinating discussion.


Denise Colletta , Senior Vice President/Team Leader, Entertainment Division, City National Bank

Harlan Frey, SVP, Touring & Artist Development, Atlantic Records

Ken Levitan, Founder & Co-President, Vector Management

Natalia Nastaskin, General Manager, Global Music Group, UTA

Lillian Williams, Principal, O’Neil Hagaman, LLC


Beverly Hills Ballroom

Boutique Festivals & The Rise of Artist Curation


Sophie Lobl, Global Festival Talent Buyer, C3 Presents


Dan Berkowitz, CEO, CID Entertainment

Steve Gordon, Co-Head, Electronic Music, United Talent Agency

Kevin Griffin, Partner & Co-Founder, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Seth Kallen, Manager, X Ambassadors

Cheryl Pagliani, Agent, United Talent Agency

Heather Vantress, General Manager, Synergy Global Entertainment


Wilshire Ballroom—International Track in association with Midem

TOUR DEALS: How Best to Navigate Fluctuating Economies, Political Minefields & Diverse Cultures


Tony Goldring, Partner, WME

John Reid, President, Live Nation Europe-Concerts


Presented by: Scotiabank Arena


International Ballroom



International Ballroom

The Rainmakers: The Next 30 Years II
Intimate, candid Q&A with visionary executives that could have a profound impact on the live entertainment industry in the next decade.

With: Matt Urmy, Chief Strategy Officer, Artist Growth

Coffee Break


International Ballroom

Crafting The Perfect Deal: The Next Era in Venue/Content Relations


Kate Dordick, Director, Arena Booking,  Spectrum Center

Ken Fermaglich, UTA

Greg Oswald, William Morris Endeavor

Beth Paul, General Manager, Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Emily Simonitch, Live Nation


Beverly Hills Ballroom

Living in a Post-Warped World: What’s Next?


Kevin Lyman, CEO, Kevin Lyman Group

Evangelia Livanos, Owner, Synergy Artist Management , Co-Founder,  Public Consumption Recording Company

Mike Marquis, Paradigm Talent Agency

Barbara (Babz) Szabo, Co-Founder, Emo Nite

Andy Serrao, GM, Fearless Records


Wilshire Ballroom- International Track in association with Midem

International Festivals: Juicing Up a Mature Marketplace


Greg Parmley, Managing Director, ILMC

John Boyle, President, Live Nation Japan

Thomas Dürr, CEO, ACT Entertainment

Stuart Galbraith, Kilimanjaro Live!

Leca Guimarães, International Director, C3 presents

Jan Quiel, Wacken Open Air

Beatrice Stirnimann, CEO, Baloise Session


“The Great Slump of ’09” — What We Learned 10 Years On (And How Do We Stop it from Happening Again?)

International Ballroom

Driven by an overall economic downturn and no small degree of fan revolt, the Great Slump of ’09 interrupted a string of record years for the global touring industry with double digit declines in both concert attendance and box office revenue. The industry was caught off guard, leading to a stream of cancellations, postponements, “reconfigurations,” and massive discounting. Seared now into the collective consciousness of those in the game, the industry-wide downturn led to a reboot of ticket pricing, marketing, value propositions, and decentralization that empowered local promoter offices and zeroed in on the consumer. Out of the rubble the industry moved into to what is now nothing short of a golden era for live entertainment, causing some to worry if the lessons learned a decade ago are being forgotten or ignored. Industry stakeholders who lived through the bloodbath of the late 2000s will discuss the warning signs, what we learned, and how we make sure history does not repeat itself.


Michele Bernstein, Partner, WME

Marty Diamond, Paradigm

Alex Hodges, Nederlander

Bob Roux, President, U.S. Concerts, Live Nation

Wednesday, February 13

The Rainmakers: The Next 30 Years III

International Ballroom

Intimate, candid Q&A with visionary executives that could have a profound impact on the live entertainment industry in the next decade.

10:00am- 10:45am

International Ballroom

Whats Next with Inclusion Riders

10:00am -10:45am

Beverly Hills Ballroom

Mobile Marketing for Live Events: The Best and the Worst Tactics & Strategy


Wilshire Ballroom – International Track in association with Midem

TICKETING: Challenges Faced in Global Ticketing


David Goldberg, Senior Advisor, TPG

Annika Monari, Co-Founder, Aventus

Andrew Parsons, Managing Director, Ticketmaster UK

Tom Roetgering, GUTS

Rob Wilmshurst, CEO, See Tickets / Digitick

Diversity & Inclusion
Insurance/Risk Management


Wilshire Gardens & Oasis Courtyard



International Ballroom

So These Two Guys Walk Into A Stadium: A Conversation with Arthur Fogel & Louis Messina

Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Global Music & President of Global Touring, Live Nation Entertainment
Louis Messina, CEO, Messina Touring Group


Beverly Hills Ballroom

The Truth About Blockchain
As one of the industry’s most most-used buzzwords of the past year, “blockchain” is either the hype of the century, ticketing’s savior or, most likely, something in between. The promises made by blockchain-enthusiasts sound almost too good to be true: transparency, control to a degree that eliminates ticket fraud, as well as precise and swift remuneration of rights holders. Skeptics point to licensing issues, as well as the fact that the technology isn’t fast enough to handle the millions of transactions that customers make when buying tickets every day.

So which one is it? A nerdy tech innovation that promises disruption, but is unable to meet the ticketing industry’s technological demands? Or the answer to the prayers of those who think both the primary and secondary ticketing markets are in desperate need for change. We’ll dig in at Pollstar Live’s first panel on this fascinating technology.


Maarten Bloemers, GUTS

Sandy Khaund, VP Blockchain Products, Ticketmaster

Shiv Madan, Block Party

Alan Vey,Co-Founder, Aventus


Wilshire Ballroom—International Track in association with Midem

VENUES: Where are the New Venue Opportunities Around the World?


International Ballroom

Rainmakers: The Next 30 Years IV
Intimate, candid Q&A with visionary executives that could have a profound impact on the live entertainment industry in the next decade.

With: Bozoma Saint John, Endeavor

Coffee Break

International Ballroom

Closing Keynote


Stardust – 8th Floor

Oasis Lounge



International Ballroom

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