Pollstar Live! 2019

Schedule

Monday, February 11

5:30pm-7:00pm

Wilshire Ballroom & Gardens

Pollstar Live! 2019 Opening Reception

Tuesday, February 12

9:30am- 9:45am

International Ballroom

WELCOME REMARKS

9:45am-10:45am

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.

10:45am-11:15am

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

11:15am-11:30am
Coffee Break
11:30am-12:15pm

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.

11:30am-12:15pm

Beverly Hills Ballroom

Boutique Festivals & The Rise of Artist Curation

Speakers:
Dan Berkowitz, CEO, CID Entertainment
Steve Gordon, United Talent Agency
Kevin Griffin, Partner & Co-Founder, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
Seth Kallen, Manager, X Ambassadors

11:30am-12:15pm

Wilshire Ballroom—International Track in association with Midem

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

12:15pm-1:45pm
LUNCH
1:45pm-2:45pm

International Ballroom

Keynote

2:45pm-3:15pm

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

3:15pm-3:30pm
Coffee Break
3:30pm-4:15pm

International Ballroom

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

3:30pm-4:15pm

Beverly Hills Ballroom

Case Study

3:30pm-4:15pm

Wilshire Ballroom- International Track in association with Midem

International Festivals: Juicing Up a Mature Marketplace

4:15pm-5:15pm
“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.

Wednesday, February 13

9:30am-10:00am
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

Women + The Road: Where Do We Go From Here?

10:00am -10:45am

Beverly Hills Ballroom

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

10:00am-10:45am

Wilshire Ballroom – International Track in association with Midem

TICKETING: Challenges Faced in Global Ticketing

10:45am-11:45am
ROUNDTABLES:
Diversity & Inclusion
Branding/Sponsorships 
Insurance/Risk Management
Legal
Production
Ticketing
Sustainability
Venues
Security
Non-Music

11:45am-1:15pm
Lunch

1:15pm-2:00pm

International Ballroom

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

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

1:15pm-2:00pm

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.

1:15pm-2:00pm

Wilshire Ballroom—International Track in association with Midem

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

2:00pm-2:30pm

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

2:30pm-2:45pm
Coffee Break
2:45pm-3:45pm

International Ballroom

Closing Keynote

3:45pm-5:45pm

7:00pm-8:00pm

Oasis Lounge

PRE-PARTY

8:00pm-10:00pm

International Ballroom

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