Hall Recognized as Women Of Live Honoree
Dr. Stacey A. Hall, NCS⁴ Director and Professor of Sport Management, was recently honored alongside nearly 50 top-tier executives as a Women Of Live 2021 recipient. Congratulations, Stacey, on your award!
Women Of Live honors industry professionals directly impacting the business of live entertainment and sports, specifically those presenting shows and events, booking and routing tours, and representing and strategizing the live sector for artists, tours and sports across North America while working to make our industry more equitable, inclusive and diverse. Compiled by the Pollstar and VenuesNow editorial teams with input from the industry, a wide range of criteria was used to narrow down the list such as competence, professionalism, ethics, dedication to their chosen field of endeavor, as well as music genres, individual clients they work with, and what they specifically do, have done, and will do in live entertainment. The list was also informed by, but not tethered to, Pollstar’s industry-leading live entertainment data and extensive database of touring histories. (Pollstar.com, 2021).
George Banker: A Story of Perseverance
George Banker, a member of NCS⁴’s Marathon and Endurance Events Advisory Committee, was recently featured in an article on Thrive Global. The article is part of a series developed by the American Heart Association addressing important, timely heart health and wellness topics.
The Bankers following the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon where George earned a medal honoring him as a member of the event’s Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy George Banker.)
“Don’t ever listen to anyone who says you can’t do something,” Banker said. “If you’ve got some limitations, just ask yourself, `How do I get around them?’”
Please take a moment to read George’s inspiring story of perseverance. Click the link to read the article and find out more about his journey.
National Independent Venue Association and the Event Safety Alliance Announce “Safe in Sound: A Reopening Checklist for the Live Entertainment Industry”
As people in the U.S. continue to get vaccinated and cities and states begin to reopen, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and Event Safety Alliance (ESA), in partnership with Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), Coalition of Performing Arts Centers, and National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) have joined together to research, create and present “Safe In Sound,” a free reopening checklist for the live entertainment industry. This toolkit was developed after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and based on the most up-to-date guidance and resources available at Guidance for COVID-19 | CDC. It serves as the framework for venues and promoters to reopen fully as safely as possible.
“‘Safe In Sound’ compiles expansive yet easily digestible information and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts and delivers it in a form tailored specifically for our industry,” said Sean Lynch, co-chair of NIVA’s Reopening Task Force. “As we return to these vital social environments, we need to make sure it’s done safely and comfortably for artists, staff, and patrons alike. We can’t wait to return to work and provide the live entertainment experience so many have missed.”
The checklist addresses every major issue involved in producing a safe live event, both front of house and back of house.
“While it is always essential to meet state and local legal requirements, that is just the beginning,” said Steven Adelman, Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance. “Every industry professional knows it takes an enormous amount of work to make events look simple. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented countless challenges to safely bringing audiences back to venues, safely getting production staff back to work behind the scenes, and safely returning artists to stages. We have created industry-specific guidance to put life safety first.”
Fundamentals of Crowd Safety Course Offered Online
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and GKStill International have partnered together to jointly offer the Fundamentals of Crowd Safety online E-Learning course to address capability gaps in crowd behavior and sciences.
Professor Dr. G. K. Still, Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester University, developed this certified, accredited course. The course offers an 8-hour online interactive experience designed to teach the essential elements of crowd safety and crowd risk analysis.
The course is especially valuable to event organizers, as it ensures that those who complete it are compliant with the NFPA 101 - Life Safety Code — specifically, the areas of section 12 of the code that require a venue to provide a crowd manager trained in crowd management techniques for occupancies exceeding 1000.
Professor Still commented, “We are delighted to launch our new partnership with the NCS⁴, the U.S.’s leading academic institution in this field. Our partnership will contribute to a broader application of crowd safety and crowd science in the U.S. market to help ensure safer and more secure venues.”
The NCS⁴ is the U.S.’s only academic center devoted to the study and practice of spectator sports safety and security. Professor Dr. G.K. Still is the world’s leading expert in crowd science. He is the founder of GKStill International and has consulted for leading venues around the world. His training system is also used by multiple international police forces.
For more information or to register for the course, click the link below.
Now Scheduling Select DHS/FEMA-Funded Training Courses Through August
a few OPEN dates remain
The NCS⁴ is currently offering three safety and security courses in a live virtual format. Each DHS/FEMA-funded course has been converted from the original in-person format into a virtual format in order to adapt to the challenges resulting from the pandemic and meet current training needs.
Each of these courses is designed to be interactive and allow individuals to become more confident in their ability to identify, prevent, and manage incidents. The key principles that individuals will learn range from risk management, evacuation messaging, threat prioritization, and communication. Each class is being presented in a virtual format online that requires five hours each day for three consecutive days.
You can learn more about each of these courses by visiting the NCS⁴ website or by clicking on one of the following courses below:
AWR-167: Sport Event Risk Management
MGT-412: Sport Venue Evacuation and Protective Actions
MGT-466: Sport and Special Event Enhanced Risk Management and Assessment
These courses represent a cooperative effort between The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Security and Safety (USM/NCS⁴) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center (TEEX/NERRTC), a member of The Texas A&M University System.
If you are interested in attending or hosting a virtual training, please email us at NCS4train@usm.edu.