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Iowa concert venue operator persisted through pandemic with help of SBA and other allies

Feb 16, 2022
Tobi Parks' xBk was open only six months before the pandemic hit. A federal grant helped it weather COVID.
"I never considered shutting it down," said Tobi Parks of xBk. "And, you know, I was always confident and had the support of .... the team of allies."
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Live music is coming back, but shows will look different

Apr 26, 2021
Limited audience capacity and higher ticket prices are some of the changes concertgoers can expect this summer.
Bad Bunny on stage in Los Angeles in 2018. Presale ticket purchases for his 2022 tour set a record on Ticketmaster.
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Arts venues welcome COVID grant program to get through 2021

Jan 22, 2021
Hard-hit venues such as concert halls and theaters are preparing to apply for $15 billion in grants included in the latest relief bill.
Between April and July last year, the fine- and performing-arts industries lost about $42 billion in revenue, according to one estimate.
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Musicians adapt with live tours still canceled

Oct 21, 2020
The bars where lots of bands played have limited capacity, if they’re open at all.
A still from René Kladzyk's music video for her song "True Romantic," released in August.
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Ed Sheeran is about to pull off the highest-grossing concert tour of all time

Jul 3, 2019
More than Taylor Swift. More than Beyoncé. Sheeran's winning formula comes down — in part — to volume.
Ed Sheeran performs at Mt. Smart Stadium in 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Why rock is still king on the concert circuit

Oct 10, 2018
Hip-hop/R&B is America's most popular genre, according to Nielsen, but rock concerts still rake in revenue.
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How ticket prices affect scalping

Sep 21, 2018
A brief history of the ticketing — and scalping — industry.
A view of Beyonce performing back in 2016. Tickets for Jay-Z and Beyonce's "On The Run II" tour this year reached nearly $1,300 at one point.
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How to be a lighting designer

Mar 23, 2018
Steve Lieberman has designed light displays for Coachella, Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival. Here's what it takes to do the job.
In this handout photo provided by Insomniac, the 4th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), New York returns to MetLife Stadium Memorial Day weekend, May 23-24, 2015. 
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Can Bruce Springsteen vanquish ticket scalpers?

Aug 29, 2017
Ticketmaster has made buying seats for the Boss's Broadway run very complicated.
Bruce Springsteen performs on stage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City.
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