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Thank you for making the 2014 Touring Conference & Awards the best yet!:

Kool & The Gang & Rixton to Perform at 2014 Touring Awards:

The upcoming 2014 Billboard Touring Awards will feature performances by R&B/funk legends Kool and the Gang and English pop band Rixton, it was announced Wednesday. The ceremony, taking place Nov. 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, honors the concert industry's top artists, professionals and venues. It was also announced that concert promoter Ron Delsener will be the recipient of the first-ever Golden Circle Award, and Bob Benjamin of the Light of Day Foundation is this year's Humanitarian Award winner.

The event, culminating the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, will also recognize Lionel Richie as a Legend of Live. Comic Ralphie May is hosting.

A 50 Year Touring Career: Case Study with Kool and The Gang:

Legendary band Kool and the Gang and the team behind them to discuss what it takes to create a long lasting touring career.

Touring Awards Finalists Announced! :

Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Award include One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Jason Aldean and Paul McCartney plus more!

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Iconic Singer/Songwriter Chris Cornell for Keynote Q&A :

Chris Cornell, the legendary front man for pioneering bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, will be featured as the Keynote Q&A.

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10 Questions with Heavy Hitters:

This year, the Touring Conference has added four new Q&As featuring some of the live business' most forward-thinking and insightful executives.

The new "10 Questions With...." sessions will feature four execs from Billboard's annual Power 100 ranking of the most powerful people in music.

Speakers include:
Marc Geiger, WME
Rob Light, CAA
Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac
& Bob Roux, Live Nation

Are You Ready For the Country?:

The executives behind Country Music's most successful tours join our 2014 program.
Rod Essig, Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Clint Higham, President, Morris Higham Management
Louis Messina, President/CEO, TMG/AEG Live
Brian O’Connell, President of Country Music Touring, Live Nation
Clarence Spalding, President, Spalding Entertainment
Jay Williams, Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Moderated by:
John Hamlin, CMT

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Beyond the Ticket: Identifying, Communicating & Transacting with Your Fans:

Featuring Top Execs including:
Dan Berkowitz, CID Entertainment
Cameo Carlson, Borman Entertainment
Jon Cohen, Co-The Fader & Cornerstone
Matt Galle , Photo Finish Records/ Paradigm
Gogi Gupta, Gupta Media
Eddie Meehan, ground(ctrl)

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Panel Announced: Sell it Again Sam: The Integration of the Primary and Secondary Ticketing Market

Here we will analyze the latest trends and strategies in the secondary market, how to keep the playing field level, the integration of primary/secondary, where venues fit into the equation, and what’s up with holds, dynamic pricing, profiteering, consumer safeguards, VIP, and the real-time ticket marketplace.

Ali Harnell, SVP, TMG-AEG Live
Joe Kustelski, CEO, eTix
David Marcus, SVP, Partnerships, ScoreBig
Bryan Perez, CEO,AXS Ticketing
Jared Smith, President, North America, Ticketmaster
Chris Tsakalakis, CEO, StubHub
Don Vaccaro, Founder, TicketNetwork

Brantley Gilbert Confirmed for Artist Development Panel:

Artist Development Case Study: Brantley Gilbert Trailblazing superstar-in-the-making Brantley Gilbert has taken a unique path to stardom, significantly impacting musical trends and, in effect, broadening country’s audience through his compelling blend of rock and urban influences with traditional country themes and musicality.

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Panel Just Announced: How Do I Get This Tour:

Which tours go where and why

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Room Block Available at the Roosevelt Hotel:

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Lionel Richie Announced as our 2014 Legend of Live:

Richie will be named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City.
Billboard's highest accolade in the touring space, the Legend Of Live award honors individuals or bands who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring industry.

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Hotel Room Block Information Coming Soon!:

Registration Now Open!:

Registration includes:
  • The two day conference
  • Entry to the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards
  • Access to all networking events

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    Highlights from the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards:

    Thank you for making our 10th Anniversary Touring Conference & Awards Our Best Yet!:

    Check out a list of our 2013 Touring Award Winners


    Dear Concert Industry Professionals:
    The Billboard Touring Conference & Awards will begin move into its second decade with our 11th annual event, November 19-20, 2014 at the Roosevelt Hotel. Last year, our 10th anniversary, was our biggest ever, with an advance sellout and our most compelling discussions to date. Your feedback has encouraged us to bring you exactly what you are looking for: the best content in the live business, a unique program that is geared to inform and educate, and of course, keep you up to speed on everything you need to know in order to succeed in the challenging but thriving business.

    The Billboard Touring Conference is billed "Where Live Music Lives," and that's not an empty slogan. I know it to be true that conversations and introductions in the hallways, bars and lobbies of the Roosevelt have directly led to epic performances, fruitful collaborations, and innovative strategic alliances. The successes and challenges discussed on our panels can and do impact how many tickets get sold the following year. We are proud to provide a forum to help move the live music business forward with the brightest minds in the industry.

    If you have attended in the past, you are well aware that the Billboard Touring Conference has become known for hosting attendees and speakers that are the elite industry players, including established concert industry executives, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and influential decision makers. The conference is a fertile ground for the growth and exchange of new ideas. The content and networking at the Touring Conference are laser-focused on ways to build careers, sell more tickets, create rewarding partnerships, and stay ahead of the curve in the most vital sector of the music business. As always, programming is continually upgraded and customized to fit the needs of concert business stakeholders today.

    Most importantly, our programming will not only tell you what happened in ways you can use, but will also tell you what is going to happen, and why, more critical than ever as we move begin our next decade serving the touring industry. Considering that we have grown significantly every year, even with expanded capacity we expect another sellout in 2014, so I urge you to book your registration early.

    Please help us move the industry forward at the 2014 Billboard Touring Conference. We promise to deliver informative keynote interviews, captivating sessions on hot button issues, networking cocktail parties and showcases, plus our grand finale, the Billboard Touring Awards—honoring the industry’s top artists, professionals and venues of the year. We are confident that this will be the most rewarding and memorable evenings of the year for this dynamic business. In addition to honoring box office achievement as determined by Billboard Boxscores, Billboard also presents its prestigious Legend of Live Award, Humanitarian Award and Concert Marketing & Promotion Award. Touring industry success in 2015 begins at the 11th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, Nov. 19-20 in NYC!

    I'll see you where live music lives!

    Ray Waddell
    Executive Director of Content and Programming for Touring and Live Entertainment