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Symphotech rolls out live music signing solutions

UK event safety company Symphotech has introduced two new signing solutions to help concert promoters comply with equality legislation.

The launch of the two technologies, produced in collaboration with TV production company Blue Multimedia, follows a recent lawsuit filed against LHG Live after the promoter failed to provide an interpreter for support acts for a September Little Mix show. It is a requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for companies to ensure disabled people’s experiences are as close as possible to those without disabilities.

Symphotech’s first method involves using an autocue operator to overlay live text onto video screens for the song lyrics. The second uses a live signing presenter, situated off-stage in front of a green screen, whose signing is ‘floated’ over the live show and placed into the corner of the video screens. This option provides the presenter with a live feed of the performance and lyrics sheets to enable them to be reactive throughout the show.

“We’re proud to offer these services to help ensure everyone is able to enjoy the pleasure of live music under the guidance of the 2010 Equality Act”

After consulting with disability support organisations, Symphotech says the live signing method has been identified as the preferred option.

Symphotech’s Will Hodgson says: “At Symphotech, we’re committed to ensuring everyone can attend safe and inclusive events. It’s vital that organisers take measures to ensure all attendees are offered the best possible experience while making certain their events are compliant with the disability access legislation.

“We’re proud to offer these services to help ensure everyone is able to enjoy the pleasure of live music under the guidance of the 2010 Equality Act.”

 


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TicketWeb signs up Levity, adds 1m+ tickets in US

TicketWeb today added more than one million new tickets to its platform via a series of partnerships with 31 US venues.

The company – a subsidiary of Ticketmaster, active in the US, Britain and Canada, specialising in independent venues and promoters – has signed up the Levity Entertainment Group (LEG) of comedy clubs; the Improv Group in Florida; Blue Note jazz clubs in Hawaii and Napa, California; the Mill and Mine (1,200-cap.) in Knoxville, Tennessee; and the Brick & Mortar (250-cap.) and The New Parish (450-cap.) in San Francisco.

The LEG deal is the most significant, providing TicketWeb with ticketing rights to 17 comedy venues across the US. LEG CEO Robert Hartmann says: “The Levity Entertainment Group is the largest comedy organisation in the United States, […] so we’re thrilled to be working with a club-focused platform like TicketWeb, benefiting from the strength of the Ticketmaster marketplace that drives awareness and ticket sales. It is a perfect complement to the growth strategy we have for our group in the coming years.”

“Our focus at TicketWeb is to build solutions that put time back in the day of the busy club owner and independent promoter”

In addition to the new venue deals, TicketWeb has also renewed existing multi-year contracts with the Knitting Factory group nationwide; ATX Brands in Texas; the Observatory (550-cap.) in Santa Ana, California; and the Space, Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall and Promontory venues in Chicago.

“Our focus at TicketWeb is to build solutions that put time back in the day of the busy club owner and independent promoter,” says TicketWeb’s senior vice-president of small venues and clubs, Matt Shearer. “We partner with some of the most iconic clubs across North America and globally, so we’re constantly developing new ticketing technology geared towards meeting their specific needs and providing greater access to our millions of active ticket buyers.”

TicketWeb UK in October partnered with Music Venue Trust and .tickets to launch a new national ticketing platform for independent British venues.

 


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