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E3. BIGGER AND BETTER.

E3. BIGGER AND BETTER.

Calling all gamers! It’s that time of year again, and the E3 Expo (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is bigger and better than ever before. For those of you that have been living under a rock for the last 22 years, E3 is the world’s biggest conference event for computer, video, and mobile games. Companies from around the world showcase their groundbreaking products and technologies to the public on even bigger stages.

MEET THE CREW BEHIND THE 2016 GRAMMYS

MEET THE CREW BEHIND THE 2016 GRAMMYS

The Grammys celebrate the year’s best in music and the industry’s brightest stars. However, the 2016 Grammy Awards hit the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday evening and now the only thing people are talking about are the subtle audio glitches and no-shows. Though the majority of performances throughout the evening weren’t terribly exciting, a few performers actually had defining moments - Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga.

But with the technical problems overshadowing all else on social media, we wanted to highlight all of the hard work that goes into making The Grammys happen. It’s unfortunate that in this industry more congratulations aren’t communicated when everything goes perfectly, but you are called out when shit hits the fan.

CONCERT TICKET SALES A 'FIXED GAME'

CONCERT TICKET SALES A 'FIXED GAME'

You want to see Coldplay or the Foo Fighters. Maybe your kids want to see Justin Bieber and you’re being a fantastic parent. Picture yourself, credit card in hand, waiting for the minute a concert ticket goes on sale. Exactly on time, you hit that BUY button but guess what? You’re shut out. The show is already sold out.

Ever wonder how entire arenas sell out so quickly?

YOUR GUIDE TO COACHELLA 2016

YOUR GUIDE TO COACHELLA 2016

So you’re finally going to Coachella this year? Welcome to the not-so-exclusive club! Now comes the hard part – planning your trip. You’ll have to figure out where to stay, what to pack, how to get there, and who to see.  That’s why we put together this little cheat sheet to make the most out of your Coachella experience. You’re welcome!

#TONYCANYOUHEARME - Bring Back the Sound Design Awards

#TONYCANYOUHEARME - Bring Back the Sound Design Awards

Imagine going to a show expecting a full production, only to be met by silence. No voices, no music, no sound effects – just silence. Of course the acting, costumes, lights, and stage design would all be amazing, but would the full experience be as enjoyable? I would think not – Sound design is an integral part of a show’s experience and artistry.

So this begs the question – why would sound design not be recognized for its excellence in the same way as scenery and lighting design?

 

FINISH YOUR PROFILE AND WIN A 1-YEAR ROADIE SUBSCRIPTION

FINISH YOUR PROFILE AND WIN A 1-YEAR ROADIE SUBSCRIPTION

The holidays are over and it is time to get back on the road! Forget making New Years resolutions this year - It’s time to make get a game plan together and get hired.  Employers are gearing up to staff for the 2016 season, and it’s important that you stand out from the crowd. Do you really think employers want to contact crew with blank profiles? We didn’t think so either...

THE MOST ANTICIPATED TOURS & FESTIVALS OF 2016

THE MOST ANTICIPATED TOURS & FESTIVALS OF 2016

While 2015 was filled with amazing shows, it is time to say hello to bigger and better things in 2016! From Adele’s sold out tour to a Guns N’ Roses reunion to Rihanna’s long-delayed album Anti, we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store. So we’ve put together a list of the most anticipated Tours and Festivals of 2016 to help you jump on a gig and get on the road....

THE LOWDOWN ON THE MYSTERIOUS GRAMMY VOTING PROCESS

THE LOWDOWN ON THE MYSTERIOUS GRAMMY VOTING PROCESS

It’s that time of year again – the time to celebrate, discuss, and critique the artists that are chosen to represent the best in music of the year. The nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards have been revealed, and though it’s accompanied by the usual snub accusations, the nominees this year have critics saying “This Is Not the Year to Complain About the Grammys”. 

This year’s nominations cater to both mass appeal and current tastes in music, without completely succumbing to Top 40 radio...

TAYLOR SWIFT RAISES THE BAR ON HOW CREW SHOULD BE TREATED

TAYLOR SWIFT RAISES THE BAR ON HOW CREW SHOULD BE TREATED

It isn’t common to hear praise for the crew silently working in the background. The better the crew are at their jobs, the less anyone notices them.  But they aren’t invisible just because they always wear black and stick to the shadows backstage. That’s why we were ecstatic this morning to hear that Taylor Swift is taking her 125-person crew on a vacation to celebrate the end of her 1989 World Tour...

2015 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS RECAP

Did you tune in to witness this year’s American Music Awards? If not, we suggest you stream it ASAP. 

The 2015 AMAs set out to break the Internet with vine-worthy clips, surprise performances, and unexpected presenters (Harrison Ford??). With its all-star lineup, the festivities on Sunday night kept fans on their toes from JLo’s music mashup opener to the Bieb’s rainshower to Meghan Trainor’s awkard makeout sesh. 

But the AMAs wouldn't have been possible without all the hard working crew working silently behind the scenes. This recap goes out to all of you...

WILL THE PARIS ATTACKS CHANGE CONCERT SECURITY?

WILL THE PARIS ATTACKS CHANGE CONCERT SECURITY?

The horrific attacks in Paris on November 13th reverberated through the live music industry this week as many concert promoters, venues, and concertgoers began questioning the current safety measures in place in the US.

"It's a scary time that we live in," says a prominent artist manager, who requested anonymity for a Rolling Stones article... 

TOURREADY ON THE GO - DOWNLOAD THE NEW IOS APP TODAY

TOURREADY ON THE GO - DOWNLOAD THE NEW IOS APP TODAY

TourReady, Inc. today announced the much-anticipated release of the first iPhone app to help freelancers find work on tours and at concerts and festivals. The TourReady app enables freelance crew with a paid “Get Hired” subscription to have full access to TourReady’s most important features while on the go.  

FIND WORK YOUR WAY

FIND WORK YOUR WAY

30 days ago TourReady ended its beta and officially launched their online database that simplifies the way employers find and hire crew in the concert, event, and touring industry. With our official launch, we wanted Crew to be able to have more choices when it came to how they find work. So we’ve been working hard on creating different account options to give crew more control over how much access to TourReady they want, and ultimately how much work they’re looking to find. Read on for the new plan breakdown:

THE GIG ECONOMY MOVEMENT

THE GIG ECONOMY MOVEMENT

Not too long ago, the only people working gigs were in the music industry. Today, more and more people are picking up freelance work and joining the newly phrased “Gig Economy” movement - where people are hired for a particular task or a defined period of time.  Though this has been the norm in the live music industry for years, on-demand employment is shaking up the labor market and changing how freelancers are viewed across different industries.

WHAT YOU MISSED AT THE 2015 MTV VMA'S

WHAT YOU MISSED AT THE 2015 MTV VMA'S

Did you tune in to witness the bizarre moments of MTV’s 32nd Annual Video Music Awards? If not, we highly suggest that you stream this year’s show soon.

This years VMA’s weren’t all about Moonman trophies and drab acceptance speeches. It was chock full of jaw dropping moments that can only be explained as outrageous and slightly disturbing. From Miley Cyrus’s scandalous outfit lineup, to Justin Bieber crying, to Kanye running for President – the VMA’s were an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end (quite literally for the Biebs)....

THE AGE OF FESTIVALS

THE AGE OF FESTIVALS

The modern music festival has emerged as the environment where music, fans, and brands can all come together to connect and share something more than just a social media post. The nature of the music festival is more: more music, more people, more connections, more choices. This demand for more has contributed to a shift in the music industry where festivals have dominated the live music scene.  

5 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF TOURREADY

5 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF TOURREADY

So you've taken the first step and signed up for TourReady to help you find work or hire crew - awesome! Now it's time to get the most out of being a member. Here's our advice on the 5 key things you can do to help you get the most out of TourReady.