January 29-31, 2013. The International Ticket Association Show, mostly known as INTIX, is dedicated to “advancing the success of the Admission Service Industry”. Arts organizations’ ticket-selling strategies are being redefined by the Internet, social media, and mobile connectivity, according to a new Pew Research report. Ninety-seven percent of arts group leaders say the Internet and digital technologies are important to various aspects of their work, including arts promotion, boosting audience engagement, and funding-related operations. 72% of arts organizations sell tickets through the Internet, while 47 percent also sell merchandise online, and 31 percent offer discounts via online services such as Living Social or Groupon. Social media is being used by arts organizations for activities including engaging with audiences throughout each event, monitoring feedback from patrons and the public, learning more about their patrons through direct communications, and crowdsourcing ideas. Uh, sir? May I see your ticket, please?
January 23-27, 2013. Believe in music, say the banners. NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, is a not-for-profit trade association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music, and supports the $17 billion global music products industry. The NAMM trade shows brings together people who want to seek out the newest innovations in musical products, recording technology, plus sound and lighting systems. The association’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM imagines “a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught; and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of that right”. So how come it’s so hard to get the little dears to practice their piano scales?
January 19-20, 2013. Despite the location of the show, this was really NOT an event for “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena”. IMATS stands for the International Makeup Artist Trade Show, and we understand it’s the make-up world’s biggest gathering. Thousands of make-up artists, vendors and enthusiasts were there to discuss, display and ogle the best looks the industry has to offer. Make-up pros from fashion and film (including Oscar, BAFTA and Saturn award winners) provided education and demonstrations, and new products made their debut there. The show also featured a make-up museum and an Afterglow Party, where trade-show guests could socialize. Okay, I’m done chatting with the chick with peacock-feather eyes… who’s the blonde lady painted gold from head to….?
Live from the show floor: Many other shows take advantage of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) being in Vegas. Among those are New Media Expo, a conference for bloggers, podcasters, citizen journalists aka everyone on twitter. ATT Developers Conference that includes a 24 hour hackathon – and that doesn’t mean for 24 hours they are going to hack all of the wifi in Vegas although I am pretty sure they can. No a hackathon is like Comic Con for those who are even geekier to develop Aps to be used on the ATT platform which only means every other platform is going to have them as well. Great prizes though. Almost makes me wish I’d paid attention in science class.
The Hackathon looks like a porn convention or Comic Con session
Rear of the room for the 24 hour hackathon
My seat mates modeling their Necomini Brain Wave ears
Dec. 19-22, 2012. Oh, you thought “clinic” meant something to do with healthcare? So what kind of medical procedure do you think I’m going to perform with this conductor’s baton? The Midwest Clinic bills itself as “an international band and orchestra conference”, and it’s about promoting music. Every music educator can point to “those critically influential teachers” who always went the extra mile on our behalf: mentors, wise and trusted counselors or teachers. And sure enough, along came Wynton Marsalis, described as the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation, as one of the world’s top classical trumpeters, and as a big band leader in the tradition of Duke Ellington. Leonard Slatkin conducted an open rehearsal and a special concert. Delegates soon realized they were there to “face the music…”
Nov. 13-16, 2012. IAAPA is the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, so holding their conference and expo a stone’s throw away from Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park was sort of appropriate. Indeed, a panel of theme-park industry “legends” debated an interesting question: What happens when the future catches up with Epcot as that “futuristic” icon celebrates its 30th anniversary? When objects, concepts and products the industry once dreamed about are now a reality …well, what’s a theme park to do? “What we think about Epcot now is not so much predicting the future, but inspiring generations to move into the future, make it their own, and have an optimistic view of it,” said Eric Jacobson, who oversees all of Walt Disney World’s creative development for Walt Disney Imagineering. So, those people who say the future isn’t what it used to be? They turned out to be wrong…
Oct. 3-4, 2012. They say they know that the water leisure industry is a community, and they try to build their events around that concept. Whether running a waterpark in the public sector, affiliated with a hotel/resort, part of a corporate chain, privately owned or international, The World Waterpark Association‘s educational program covered topics of interest. WWA Symposium was the destination for water leisure professionals seeking information and best practice on an array of topics concerning the waterpark industry. On offer were more than 50 seminars and intensive workshops on a number of water-leisure topics. Delegates got to connect with the industry leading waterpark designers, builders and manufacturers. They came to Vegas, and made a splash…