Consolidation is the word on everyone’s lips as the Billboard Live Music Summit returns to the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills next week. As giants in the industry continue to acquire and merge with smaller entities, the decision to remain independent has become not only a choice, but a stance.
On Nov. 6, four independent promoters will discuss how they manage to thrive without the backing the big guys during the “Thanks, But No Thanks: Life After Turning Down The Big Check” panel.
Moderated by Billboard staff writer Taylor Mims, the panel will focus on independent promoters and agencies forging their own paths in the highly competitive live market. Joining the panel will be Psyko Steve Presents owner Stephen Chilton, Invictus Entertainment owner Jim Cressman, First Avenue Productions CEO Dayna Frank and Heard Entertainment founder Steve Sternschein. These panelists from across North America will share their insights on running intimate venues in major cities, bringing big names to tertiary markets and discuss the advantages and challenges of staying autonomous in an evolving marketplace.
The 2019 Billboard Live Music Summit includes P!nk, Hootie & the Blowfish, deadmau5 and concert industry luminaries like Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett and Paradigm’s global head of music Marty Diamond at this year’s summit. Set at the Montage in Beverly Hills, the conference features two days of high-level panels, artist interviews and executive Q&As with some of the biggest names in music, comedy and live entertainment. Additional speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming days. Learn more and register here.