Tag: National Independent Venue Association

NIVA Forms Foundation

Nonprofit will help independents find partners, raise funds The National Independent Venue Association announced Tuesday the formation of the National Independent Venue Foundation, a nonprofit organization to help independent venues and promoters around the country find partners and raise funds. Hal Real, founder and president of World Café Live in Philadelphia and secretary of NIVA, will lead the organization as its president. “The National Independent Venue Foundation is built on the same guiding principles as the National Independent Venue Association. While NIVA remains the advocacy, sponsorship, and membership trade organization branch of the cause, The Foundation has been created to focus on separate, supplemental initiatives, such as the Emergency Relief Fund,” Real said in a statement. “The Foundation hopes to learn from existing best practices and training programs undertaken by NIVA’s members and expand upon them to provide education and community programming, employee training and support, and economic development initiatives […]

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Video: One-on-One Sessions With Dayna Frank

Dayna Frank, president and CEO of First Avenue Productions and board president of the new National Independent Venue Association, connected with Pollstar on Tuesday for the latest installment of the Pollstar Live! One-On-One Sessions. In the wide-ranging interview, Frank discussed leading NIVA’s advocacy efforts during the coronavirus crisis, the unique challenges independent venues face, and what a post-coronavirus future might look like for the live industry. “It was such a moment of solidarity,” Frank said of NIVA’s formation in March. “It was just so comforting to hear what other people were doing and that we weren’t just alone in Minneapolis going through this.” During the coronavirus crisis, Frank has worked to educate lawmakers and fight for additional relief for the venues that provide critical economic benefits to their local communities. “Our industry, we need a lot of help,” she said. “We’re entirely shut down. Our revenue is down 99%. You […]

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