We round up the latest movements from the ticketing sector and associated industries…
The Music Venue Trust (MVT) has unveiled eight new patrons in the form of Jamie Webster, Hamish Hawk, Reverend and the Makers, Noah & The Loners, CHROMA, Jeff Automatic, Hannah White and John Whittingdale MP.
The charity represents grassroots music venues across the UK and it will be further supported by the eight in addition to existing patrons such as Sir Paul McCartney.
MVT states that the UK lost a record number of grassroots music venues in 2023 with 120, or 15%, closing down while more than 80 are currently in crisis.
Rachida Dati has been announced as France’s new Minister of Culture.
Dati formerly served as Minister of Justice under former President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 to 2009.
The 58-year-old replaces Rima Abdul Malak in the role who had disagreed with current President Emmanuel Macron on France’s new immigration policy.
Dati is currently under investigation by France’s financial crimes unit which is seeking to discover whether the €900,000 (£770,000/$978,000) she received for consulting work while she was a European Parliament member was corruption. Dati denies the allegations.
Charlotte St Martin is due to step down as president of The Broadway League after 18 years in the position.
St Martin’s resignation comes into effect on February 16 but she will continue to serve in an advisory capacity for special events through to the 2024 Tony Awards in June.
The League’s executive vice-president Jason Laks will serve as acting president while the board searches for a permanent replacement.
Independent live music agency One Finnix Live has hired Bex Wedlake as its newest agent.
Wedlake is based in the US but will work closely with the company’s UK team. Her roster includes artists such as Black Stone Cherry, Dance Gavin Dance and Dayseeker.
Nate Albert has been enlisted by The Azoff Company as Giant Music’s president.
Albert joins Giant Music from Warner Records where he developed and signed Best New Artist Grammy Nominee Omar Apollo and Teddy Swims among others.
Prior to that, he was an artists and repertoire executive at Capitol Records and Republic Records where he signed international superstar The Weeknd.
The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis has appointed Trisha Kirk as managing director and Krista Matthews as director of development, with both serving as members of the senior management team.
As managing director, Kirk will hold the highest administrative position, collaborating with artistic director Joseph Haj in developing long-range, strategic goals for the organisation.
Matthews will collaborate with Haj to provide strategic direction and vision for the theatre, leading all aspects of its fundraising plans, including major gifts, annual giving, sponsorships, and special events.
Tristan Skelley has begun a new role as junior policy officer at the Face-value European Alliance For Ticketing (FEAT).
He will be working alongside Sam Shemtob to tackle ticket touting in the live music industry across Europe.
Skelley will also be involved with FEAT’s campaign for better regulation and enforcement through policy work.
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