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Join the (I)Q: Issue 102 is out now

Issue 102 of IQ Magazine is available to read online now, exclusively for IQ subscribers.

The August 2021 issue, which follows last month’s historic Pride-themed magazine, asks what’s next for livestreaming, checking in with experts in the sector to discover the future of a revenue stream that has helped keep artists and their teams afloat during the worst of the coronavirus crisis.

IQ 102 also looks at perhaps the only other part of the industry which has escaped relatively unscathed from the past 17 months: Touring exhibitions, whose producers and promoters have been able to take advantage of empty venues to remain operational while adhering to social distancing rules.

Elsewhere, IQ previews the upcoming (in-person) International Festival Forum in London; a host-renowned booking agencies pick the best new music and most promising acts on their rosters; and guest columnists get their teeth into topics including early-bird tickets and tips for returning to work.

As always, the majority of the magazine’s content will appear online in some form in the next four weeks. However, if you can’t wait for your fix of essential live music industry features, opinion and analysis, click here to subscribe to IQ for just £5.99 a month – or check out what you’re missing out on with the limited preview below:

 

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100 issues young: New IQ Magazine out now

The landmark 100th issue of IQ Magazine, which includes reflections from staff past and present on IQ’s first 17 years, is now available to read for subscribers.

In addition to this rare moment of self-reflection, the 100th (June 2021) edition of IQ has in-depth features on post-pandemic recruitment and restaffing, the ‘New Europeans’ who have been forced by Brexit to relocate from the UK to the continent, and the new independent booking outfits shaking up the agency world.

Columns, meanwhile, look at accessibility, contracts and the devastating cancellation of Australia’s Bluesfest – which was cancelled at the 11th hour following a single positive Covid-19 test – while regular content such as news analysis and new agency signings will keep you abreast of all the latest developments in the international live music industry.

As usual, the majority of magazine content will appear online in some form in the next four weeks. However, if you can’t wait for your fix of essential live music industry features, opinion and analysis, click here to subscribe to IQ for just £5.99 a month – or check out what you’re missing out on with the limited preview below:

 

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This article forms part of IQ’s Covid-19 resource centre – a knowledge hub of essential guidance and updating resources for uncertain times.

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IQ launches Recovery Sessions webinars

IQ today announces the launch of the Recovery Sessions, a new monthly series of half-day webinars that will keep the live music industry updated about the international roadmap to reopening.

Starting 13 May, the Recovery Sessions will invite key principals from across the business, as well as science, technology and health and safety professionals, to present the latest advances, updates and information around live music’s post-pandemic recovery.

Topics covered will include the latest Covid-19 mitigation strategies, market comparisons, updates on vaccines and testing, reopening schedules, new technology and recent pilots and tests, while Q&As will feature leading scientists, epidemiologists and other health experts, as well as industry heads.

The Recovery Sessions will run for an initial six sessions and continue as long as there is a need for them. All Recovery Sessions events will be free to access for IQ subscribers, with the webinars taking place here on the IQ site.

“Recovery Sessions will promote an industry-led, coherent approach with joined-up thinking”

“During ILMC in March 2021 it became very clear that there are varying points of view, as well as a degree of difference in the level of approach, to solving the issues that the pandemic has presented,” says IQ editor Gordon Masson, “and with developments happening so quickly, and guidance and protocols being updated so swiftly, there is a need for a regular single reference point that brings everything together.

“Recovery Sessions will promote an industry-led, coherent approach with joined-up thinking that will be so critical to reopening in a functional and efficient manner.”

The first four Recovery Sessions events will take place on 13 May, 17 June, 15 July and 12 August.

For more information, or to get involved, email Chris Prosser at chris@iq-mag.net. To subscribe to IQ for just £5.99 a month, click here.

 


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IQ 98 paves the road to recovery for live music

IQ 98, the latest issue of the international live music industry’s favourite monthly magazine, is available to read online now.

In April’s edition, IQ takes a journey down ‘The Road to Recovery’ to examine some of the test events and programmes taking place across the globe that could help to restart international touring.

IQ Magazine editor Gordon Masson checks in with some of live music’s leading insurance brokers about the state of their business and how that might impact plans for 2021 and beyond.

Tom Schroeder, Tiffany Hudson, Marta Pallarès and Chris Kansy contribute to a double bill of comments

Elsewhere, Paradigm’s Tom Schroeder outlines why everyone must buy into music’s green agenda, Tiffany Hudson talks therapy on tour, Primavera Sound’s Marta Pallarès issues a call-to-arms for a more gender-inclusive industry and production manager Chris Kansy reflects on life in lockdown, in a double bill of comments.

Nostalgic about ILMC 33, already? Reflect on the highlights from the conference both in the IQ 98 feature and Your Shout.

Plus, enjoy the regular content you’ve come to expect from your monthly IQ Magazine, including news and new agency signings, the majority of which will appear online in some form in the next four weeks.

Whet your appetite with the preview below, but if you can’t wait for your fix of essential live music industry features, opinion and analysis, click here to subscribe now and receive IQ 98 in its entirety. Subscribers can log in and read the full magazine now.

 


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New year, new hope: IQ 96 is out now

IQ 96, the latest issue of the international live music industry’s favourite monthly magazine, is available to read online now.

February’s IQ Magazine details the unique 2021 edition of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) and offers an exclusive preview of new session Pulse with agent Mike Malak.

Elsewhere, IQ editor Gordon Masson finds out New Zealand’s industry is coping in its post-pandemic bubble, and talks to some of Europe’s biggest venues to find out how they plan to get back up and running, as the European Arenas Association turns 30.

This issue also hears from Crosstown Concerts director Conal Dodds, who details his firm’s creation of a new live-streaming operation, and Nue Agency chief Jesse Kirshbaum, who extols gaming’s ability to introduce artists to new audiences and accelerate career development.

And if you’re curious to know what Rob Challice (Paradigm), Claudio Trotta (Barley Arts), Alan Day (Kilimanjaro Live) and other industry pros are looking forward to most when life gets back to normal, you’ll find the answers in Your Shout.

All that is in addition to all the regular content you’ve come to expect from your monthly IQ Magazine, including news analysis and new agency signings, the majority of which will appear online in some form in the next four weeks.

Whet your appetite with the preview below, but if you can’t wait for your fix of essential live music industry features, opinion and analysis, click here to subscribe now and receive IQ 96 in full.

 


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IQ launches new digital subscription

Starting today (2 December), IQ is asking its most loyal readers to help keep making our work possible by joining our new digital subscription service.

IQ digital subscribers benefit from unlimited access to all our industry-leading content – including subscriber-exclusive features, insight and comment from industry leaders, and access to every edition of IQ Magazine and all our annual reports – for just £5.99 a month.

With every corner of the business still feeling the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many people have turned to IQ as a key online source of information and guidance as the industry navigates this uncertain time.

Digital subscribers benefit from unlimited access to all our industry-leading content, including every issue of IQ Magazine

In order for us to be able to continue to provide this resource as live music adapts to its new normal, we need your support. That’s why we’ve introduced the new subscription, which allows you to support IQ while we reward you with premium, subscriber-only features. And we’ll be launching many more subscriber-only features and directories over the coming months.

This means that regular readers (people who view more than ten articles a month) will now be prompted to sign up when they reach their free article limit.

So for the price of a beer in London, or a month of Disney+ (and, unlike Disney+, IQ is updated every day), you can ensure we’re able to keep bringing you the stories that matter through these unprecedented times.

Click here to subscribe for just £5.99 a month, or £60 for the year, or get in touch with us at subscriptions@iq-mag.net for bulk and company-wide subscriptions.

 


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Unsung Heroes: Nominate your 2020 champions now

This year has been the roughest on record for the live entertainment industry, but as the old saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going – and amid the gloom and despair, certain individuals have shone like beacons.

Here at IQ, we believe that the hard work that those folk have selflessly committed to during 2020 deserves recognition. That’s why we’re expanding our regular Unsung Heroes page in the magazine into a prestigious end-of-year list that recognises ten of the industry’s most noteworthy individuals worldwide.

There are Unsung Heroes everywhere, so we need your nominations to identify those who have most stepped up for the good of others or the industry at large during the pandemic restrictions.

To nominate an Unsung Hero, email the editor at gordon@iq-mag.net with the name of the person you would like to see recognised as one of our Unsung Heroes and why they should make the list, so we can tell the world about them, and their efforts, in our year-end edition of the magazine.

 


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Locked and loaded: Read IQ 94 now

IQ 94, the latest issue of the live music industry’s favourite monthly magazine, is available to read online now.

November’s IQ Magazine checks in with Aussie music legend Michael Chugg – who shares his views on the pandemic and a possible timetable for touring to resume – as well as London’s leading independent booking agencies, who discuss the effect the events of 2020 have had on the indie agency sector.

Elsewhere, our friends at Hungarian music export office HOTS reveal the acts they will be showcasing as export-ready for 2021 and beyond, and we look at some of the laboratories developing rapid Covid-testing kits that could provide some kind of early solution for venues to reopen their doors in the absence of a vaccine.

Plus, we analyse the latest big-ticket livestream events, including BTS’s Map of the Soul One and Billie Eilish’s Where Do We Go?, the latter of which delivered a critically acclaimed 55-minute set with production values akin to a state-of-the-art arena show.

That’s in addition to all the regular content you’ve come to expect from your monthly IQ Magazine, including news analysis, comment and new agency signings, the majority of which will appear online in some form in the next four weeks.

However, if you can’t wait for your fix of essential live music industry features, opinion and analysis, click here to subscribe now.


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Autumn is here… and so is IQ 93

Issue 93 of IQ Magazine, the latest in the magazine’s new monthly, digital-only format, reveals who the global live music industry has named as the brightest young executives of 2020.

The New Bosses 2020 marks the return of IQ’s annual celebration of 12 future industry leaders, whose colleagues around the world voted in their hundreds to nominate them as the most promising 30-and-unders working in the business today.

The class of 2020 is a diverse one, comprising promoters, bookers, agents, A&Rs and production experts – all of whom are making a real difference in their respective sectors while weathering the strangest, most challenging year for live music in living memory. Keep an eye on the IQ site in the days and weeks ahead for in-depth profiles and interviews with all this year’s New Bosses.

The class of 2020 are making a real difference while weathering the most challenging year for live music in living memory

Elsewhere in the October issue of IQ, we wrap up the recent Interactive Festival Forum (iFF) with a full post-event report, while export office SoundCzech takes us on a journey through the Czech music scene, shining a light on some of the country’s hottest new acts.

That’s in addition to the regular news analysis, comment pieces by industry pros, new agency signings and much more, most of which will appear online in some form in the next month.

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Tackling music’s diversity problem: IQ 92 out now

IQ 92, the latest issue of the new monthly digital IQ Magazine, bangs the drum for diversity in live, urging concert professionals to use the Covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to build a more inclusive business with opportunities for all.

Three months on from Black Out Tuesday, our cover feature sees executives of colour talk about their determination to make sure diversity stays at the top of the agenda in the live music industry.

Leading figures including Metropolis Music’s Raye Cosbert, Echo Location boss Obi Asika, ICM agent Yves Pierre and Live Nation’s David Carrigan weigh in on where the industry is doing well – and where there is room for improvement – as well as practical steps every live music professional can take to effect change, both in their own lives and in wider corporate structures.

Elsewhere in the September issue of IQ is a guide to the Interactive Festival Forum (iFF), which begins this Wednesday (2 September). A temporary, virtual replacement for the International Festival Forum, the event will feature the most packed programme ever for a conference devoted to the festivals sector, with networking aspects invaluable for strengthening professional relationships ahead of the 2021 season.

Leading execs of colour weigh in on where the industry is doing well, and where there is room for improvement

Tickets to iFF will be available before, during and after the event, with video panel sessions recorded to allow absent delegates to catch up. Registration is available via the IFF website.

Plus, in the spirit of the post-Zoom world in which we find ourselves, the final feature profiles some of the best livestreaming platforms and services that are defying lockdown and social distancing restrictions to help artists connect with their fans.

As always, most content from the magazine – including the regular news analysis, comment, new agency signings and more – will appear online in some form in the next month.

However, if you can’t wait for your fix of essential live music industry features, opinion and analysis, click here to subscribe now.


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