The inaugural Pollstar Live! conference wrapped on February 17, 2010 and we're happy to report it was a resounding success.
Pollstar Live! 2013 returned to the JW Marriott Los Angeles for a three-day run - February 5-7, 2013. Day one included early registration and the Pollstar Live! Opening Reception. Day two featured the panel sessions and the keynote: A Morning With Seth Godin. The keynote was presented by North American Concert Promoters Association. The final day of the conference continued the panel sessions dealing with topics as diverse as Today's International Live Touring Business, Facebook Advertising, Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp Marketing, The Worst Case Scenario Concert Survivors Handbook and Radio Is Not Extinct and more. For the first time at Pollstar Live! nearly 30 agencies set up shop for two hours to wheel and deal in the Meet The Agents: Let's REALLY Make A Deal! event.
The conference closed with comedian Michael McDonald hosting the 24th Annual Pollstar Awards. Celebrity presenters included Dave Stewart, Jackson Browne and Karl Dean, the mayor of Nashville, TN who announced that Pollstar Live! 2014 will be held in his city!
As promised, Pollstar Live! 2014 did indeed take place in Nashville, February 19-21. Hosted by the Omni Hotel Downtown, Pollstar Live! 2014 featured keynote addresses by Doc McGhee (February 20) and Malcolm Gladwell (February 21). Conversations between WME's Patrick Whitesell and country music headliner Brad Paisley, and a panel featuring Hunter Hayes were extremely well recieved. The ever-popular Meet The Agents (with nearly 40 agencies attending and making deals) closing event rounded out the conference before The Ryman Auditorium hosted the 25th Annual Pollstar Awards.
Pollstar Live! 2015 returned to Nashville amongst flurries of snow and sheets of rain in weather the city hadn't experienced in 25 years. Still, the conference was deemed a huge success and helped usher in Production Live! - a full day of panel discussions focusing on the production side of the concert industry. Agents Live! closed out the conference on Saturday before the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards took center stage at the Ryman Auditorium.
San Francisco was the host city for Pollstar Live! 2016. Production Live! again kicked off the three-day run with a full day of production-related panels and speakers. Vivek Ranadivé, owner of the Sacramento Kings, presented the Keynote Address on February 11. Paul Stanley of KISS was the Artist Keynote Speaker on February 12. 40 agencies participated in Agents Live! - the last event prior to the 27th Annual Pollstar Awards.
For those who went, we hope we met expectations. And we'll see you again in 2017.
Past Pollstar Conferences
CIC Conference History
Concert business history was made in February 1995 when the first Concert Industry Consortium conference brought together an unprecedented number of major industry players in Los Angeles to begin "Reinventing The Business." Fifteen years later the CIC conference finalized it's run of exchanging ideas and working toward a better concert experience for everyone at CIC 2009, January 28-30. Each and every conference - from 1995 through 2009 - allowed for a variety of viewpoints to be expressed, both from the panelists and the participants in the audience. On this level alone, the CIC conferences proved to be an overwhelming success.
Above are thumbnails of each conference logo since 2001 - our first with an online presence.