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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