Déjà Vu 🌀

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This is familiar: Live Nation is buying (again), AEG is suing over use of the Coachella name (again), and DWP is setting attendance records (again).This is new: Rachael Bronstein helps us with some finance tips leading into the off-season, a Punk Rock Museum is opening in Las Vegas, and more 2023 lineups are dropping.

New Age of Touring Post-Covid touring experiences have varied greatly across the spectrum of musicians. Superstars like Elton John and Harry Styles seemed to take the world by storm, but for non-superstars like Santigold, Animal Collective, and up-and-comer Remi Wolf, the situation has been very different. They have faced difficult logistical and financial challenges leading to focused cancellations and less-than-optimal traveling and working conditions.

Big Broccoli BuyLive Nation Urban bought a majority stake in Washington, DC’s Broccoli City Festival, "the largest event in the U.S. for black people under 30-years-old.” LN has big plans to scale both the 12-year old festival and the brand, including internationally.

No ChellaAEG is suing yet another festival attempting to use "chella" in their name. This time, they're targeting Afrochella, a festival based in Ghana that has revealed plans to expand to South Africa and the US. We know how this one ends.

Brown Paper TicketsTicketing company Brown Paper Tickets is still clawing its way back from Covid-19 (aren't we all?) by slowly paying back the $9 Million owed to 45,000 event producers and ticket buyers around the world. They have paid $7M already, but have until December 30 to pay the rest.

Welcome to MiamiSiriusXM announced plans to open a state-of-the-art broadcast center, recording studio, and live event space in Miami in 2023. The Miami Studio will highlight the city's Hispanic and Latin culture and will be used across all brands: SiriusXM, Pandora, and Stitcher.

DWP Does it AgainDanny Wimmer Presents adds another record-breaking festival to its 2022 festival season. This time, it was Aftershock in Sacramento, CA. The 4-day hard rock and metal fest saw 160,000 fans, breaking the 2021 record of 145,000.

Bye Bye BeckBeck withdrew his slot as opener for the Arcade Fire tour, joining Fiest who left the tour earlier in September, citing the sexual misconduct accusations against frontman Win Butler. The North American leg of the tour kicks off in Washington, DC later this month.

Punk Rock ParadiseThe Punk Rock Museum - a new 12,000 square foot space in downtown Las Vegas - is set to open in January 2023. The museum is a collective effort by 10 musicians and industry pros, organized by Fat Mike. Major investors include Kevin Lyman and Tony Hawk.

Top SchoolsBillboard updated its April 2020 list of the top music business schools around the world. The 38-member list is a diverse collection of courses, programs, geographies, student bodies, and alums. Did your alma mater make the cut?

People NewsRon Delsener is retiring from his role as Chairman of Live Nation NYC after 58 years in the industry. His storied career began in 1964 with The Beatles concert at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY and he retires as “one of the most respected promoters in the industry.” Check out this conversation between Delsener and Peter Shapiro from 2017.

Charley Magrew has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing, Ticketing, and Partnerships at The Bowery Presents. Magrew was previously VP of Marketing and has been with The Bowery Presents since 2015.

Moab Music Festival needs an Executive Director to lead the nonprofit's annual festival as well as year-round programming in Moab, UT.

Oak View Group is looking for a Director of Booking, Content and Events to join its 360 Content & Events division. NY/LA/PA residents are preferred.

Lennd is looking for a Customer Support Specialist to act as a trusted advisor, thought leader, and subject matter expert; elevating the customer experience. 

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Last Week's Results:

 have worked on a canceled event this year.

Lineup Drop season has begunWhen We Were Young announces 2023 date + lineup even before the festival’s first edition (coming up this weekend). Next year’s fest will take place October 21 and will be headlined by Green Day and Blink-182.The South American Lollapaloozas - in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil - also locked in Blink-182 for 2023. Additional headliners include Drake, Billie Eilish, Rosalía, Tame Impala, and Lil Nas X.Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Cody Johnson are headlining the April 2023 Country Thunder in Arizona.Colorado’s Country Jam will feature Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Cody Johnson at its 31st edition in June 2023.

Everyone thinks they are a meteorologist, but if you really want to be a pro, we highly recommend Event Safety Alliance’s Weather Planning for Mass Gatherings Workshop January 4-5 in Austin, TX.

Were you so busy this year that you forgot to focus on making a plan for your finances? Here are some tips from Rachael Bronstein, Founder & Financial Coach of Life’s Jam, for what you can do now as things start to slow down. 

  1. Know Your Expenses: Download your last 2-3 months of spending and label the transactions to figure out your fixed monthly expenses. You may be surprised where your money goes. 

  2. Credit Card Spending: Credit cards have some of the highest interest rates around (as high as 36%!). One of the keys to keeping credit card debt low is to build up your emergency savings. Look at what you may be able to trim back on. The big three are Housing, Transportation, and Food (but don’t overlook Subscriptions.)

  3. Save Your Dollars: Whether work is booming or not, it’s so important to put money into your savings account automatically (check out some high interest rate savings accounts here.) You can save for emergencies, specific goals, or use some of it to pay down high-interest debt. And don’t forget to set up a retirement account. Learn more here

  4. Downtime? Gig work may be slowing down, so it might be time to focus on a side hustle to bring in some extra money. And don’t overlook nurturing your relationships. Keep in touch with others who you have worked with in the past so you can stay on their radar. (And it’s great when you can reach out to  congratulate someone on a win/success when you don’t need anything in return.)

  5. Taxes: If you are a freelancer, you know that you need to save for taxes. I recommend setting up a savings account called “Taxes” and moving the tax money into this account as soon as you get paid, that way it is out of sight. A high-interest savings account works for this. Don’t forget to pay your quarterly estimated taxes, file your taxes on time, and set up new habits to get your backup in order (accounting software, saving receipts, etc…). 

Mostly importantly, address any financial problems head on. You may not have all the solutions at once, but now is the time to get help and make a plan. Life’s Jam provides financial coaching for the music industry. Visit: www.lifesjam.com or follow them @lifesjam for more info or to book a free consultation.

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