VenuesNow offers a number of annual awards to honor excellence in the venue industry. While Venues Now issues separate calls for nominees for each of its awards, nominations are accepted year round. Think you know someone deserving of an award? Then email [email protected] and detail what makes that individual a strong candidate. Remember to cite as many specific examples of excellence as possible, and try to include accomplishments from the last 18 months.
Ticketing Star – February Issue (Nominations due the previous Nov)
Women of Live – April Issue (Selected by VenuesNow editorial staff)
Generation Next– September Issue (Selected by VenuesNow editorial staff)
Excellence in Concessions – October Issue (Selected by VenuesNow staff)
All-Stars – November Issue (Selected by VenuesNow editorial staff)
Hall of Honor – December Issue (Selected by VenuesNow editorial staff)
Each January, VenuesNow honors box office professionals for excellence in the ticketing industry, whether it’s a new innovation that has improved the ticket-buying experience, or an idea that leads to a bump in revenue. The awards are given out during the opening luncheon for the annual International Ticketing Association conference.
Women of Live
In April, VenuesNow honors professional women for their contributions to the live entertainment industry.
This year, Women of Influence becomes Women of Live as we align the program with a similar one at our sister publication, Pollstar. It’s part of our effort to have these two brands work together better and offer more value to everyone who reads one or both of them. We’ve made some other changes, too: increasing the number of honorees, allowing former winners to be honored again, and having the editorial staff select the list rather than counting up subscriber votes.
Impact: Next Gen
Impact: Next Gen is the new name for VenuesNow’s Generation Next, a program marking its 10th anniversary of recognizing bright, hard-working people who are making a difference in the venue business and piling up accomplishments at a young age. In many cases, it gives us a chance to introduce readers to industry players whom they’ll grow familiar with in the future — think Carl Mittleman, 2011 honoree and now chief operating officer at Aramark; Casey Sparks, 2015 honoree and now vice president of OVG Austin and assistant general manager of Austin’s new Moody Center; and Jordan Silberman, 2017 honoree and now general manager of Capital One Arena.
In 2019 VenuesNow proudly presented the debut of the VenuesNow All-Stars, a group of 50 extraordinary people and places changing the face of the venues business. It’s a franchise that we’re excited to introduce and one that we plan to build on in the years to come.
Excellence in Concessions Awards
In October, VenuesNow announces our Excellence in Concessions Award Winners and Honorable Mentions for standouts in concessions.
Hall of Honor Awards
VenuesNow established the inaugural Hall of Honor Awards in 2019. The award celebrates those who have achieved at the highest level in the venues business and related enterprises during their long and distinguished careers. A small number of honorees whose professional lives exemplifies excellence, integrity, ingenuity and a passion for the business are selected by VenuesNow staff and inducted each year.