The National Independent Venue Association website, https://www.nivassoc.org, has a notice on the front page thanking those across the country who sent 2.1 million emails to elected officials expressing support for the Save Our Stages Act, and it passed as part of the COVID Relief Bill. This is great news for venues shuttered due to COVID, and we are encouraging everyone to pass this information along so that the information reaches all venue operators. The SBA is holding a number of webinars on the subject as well so that could be another good resource. CLICK HERE to view the information on the SBA website.
LEVL UP Fest will be a free virtual event and featured on NoCap Shows and Twitch at 8:30 PM EST on 12/16/2020.
“Almost my whole adult life I have been touring in one shape or form and the road crews on my team and the venue crews that welcomed us and helped us put on a great show are all part of my extended touring family. They really make it possible for artists like me to do what we do, and they are truly unsung heroes. They are also the first to be hit hard by a situation like this so part of our mission at NoCap is to get shows happening again and get these good people back to work. This cause that LEVL up is supporting is the essence of that as well and it was only right that we get involved and give back to those who have given so much to us and our fans. It wasn’t ever a question.”
The LEVL UP Fest team says their top priority is to support the people behind live events. They also feel the lessons learned in 2020 demand that they pay attention to coming back stronger, more resilient and more diverse than they were before. To achieve this, they’ve named three beneficiaries for funds raised by the festival. MusiCares and The Roadie Clinic are two of those organizations whose focus is on critical assistance in times of need and mental health and wellness support. With an eye on the future, LEVL UP Fest named the Country Music Association Foundation (CMAF) as their third beneficiary with funds to be used for the CMA EDU program, supporting LEVL UP’s goal of strengthening and diversifying the industry through outreach, education and job placement. Donations can be made at any time now through December at www.liveeventsliftup.org.
Visit www.liveeventsliftup.org to learn more about the festival and shop their merch store, where 50% of every purchase will be donated back to LEVL UP Fest. Text “LIFTUP” to 707070 to donate to LEVL UP Fest and their beneficiaries. Follow on IG @LEVLUPFEST and on FB @LEVLUPFestival and stay tuned for exclusive artist interviews and features. Watch the show on Wednesday, December 16th at 8:30PM.
In October 2020, Jerome Crooks, Nine Inch Nails Tour Manager & Never Famous Partner, joined Noelle Scaggs, Diversify The Stage Founder & Fitz & The Tantrums Musician) on the cover of Pollstar Magazine. They posed in the empty seating area of the Greek Theater and discussed the damage done to the music and touring industry by the COVID shutdown, and the opportunity to re-envision the industry once it is able to reopen. Scaggs noted her years of touring experience and observations she made involving the lack of staff diversity back stage. It is also known that this industry is very difficult to break into.
Diversify The Stage has partnered with Never Famous for an initiative to bring more diversity to the stage and to provide a gateway to young people seeking a career in the music industry.
We are excited to announce that Rock Lititz will still be hosting their annual LIVE EVENT CAREER EXPLORATION CONFERENCE, presented virtually for your safety and convenience on November 10th & 11th. Morning sessions are 11am-1pm. Afternoon sessions are 2pm-4:30pm. Its all 100%Virtual and 100% FREE. Space is limited.
With content shared over two days this virtual event will showcase jobs ranging from design to engineering, manufacturing to finance, scenic art to operations, and more. Directed toward college students, the Live Event Career Exploration Conference offers insight from leading industry professionals, tips on starting a successful career, as well as some special demonstrations to give students a true overview of this creatively diverse field. This conference is a unique opportunity for students to not only learn about various careers in live events, but to hear from the leaders in our industry.
Questions about the event? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will be sure to get back to you within a few days.