2007 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Returns to New York

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Two-day event is the premier gathering for the concert industry.

Billboard, the world's most trusted source of music, video and digital entertainment news, charts, reviews and analysis, is bringing the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards back to New York. This must-attend event, taking place on November 14-15 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, will unite today's top touring professionals to discuss the current state of the industry.

Now in its fourth year, the Billboard Touring Conference has become the most efficient and workable event for the concert business. This two-day conference is guided by Ray Waddell, Billboard's executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment, and features potent panel topics, provocative discussions, productive roundtables as well as valuable networking opportunities.    

"We listen closely to what's happening in the industry, and I believe we're going to have our most compelling and pertinent programming to date for our 2007 event," said Waddell. "This conference has grown tremendously in a short time due to the great support and participation of the concert industry."

This Billboard Touring Conference will be capped off on November 15 by the Billboard Touring Awards, which honors the concert industry's top artists and professionals based on actual data compiled through the Billboard Boxscore chart. This awards reception also includes two special honors - The Humanitarian Award given for philanthropic efforts in the music industry, and the Legend of Live Award, which is recognized as the most prestigious acknowledgement of career-long success in the concert business.

"I'd really like to thank Billboard for this award," said Sir Elton John while accepting last year's Legend of Live Award. "It means a helluva lot, because of all the things I do musically, playing live is definitely the most rewarding thing."

For more information about the 4th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards please visit http://www.billboardevents.com.

Billboard Contacts:

  • For additional information: Margaret O'Shea, 646-654-4698 or bbevents @ billboard.com
  • Registration information: Erin Parker, 646-654-4643 or eparker @ billboard.com
  • Sponsorship information: Karl Vontz, 415-738-0745 or sponsorships @ billboard.com
  • Press credentials: Catherine Lewis, at 212-255-8455 or Catherine @ rosengrouppr.com
  • Hotel information: The Roosevelt Hotel at 212-661-9600

About Billboard
Now in its 112th year, Billboard is the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events and brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends. Billboard is the flagship property for the Billboard Information Group, which also consists of Billboard.biz, Billboard.com, Billboard Chart Alert, Billboard Information Network (BIN), Billboard Directories, Billboard Books, Billboard Licensing & Events and Radio & Records. Billboard's many strategic partners include Microsoft, Reuters, Sirius Satellite Radio, Telemundo, Univision Radio, ABC Radio Networks, Azteca America and Billboard sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. These partnerships leverage Billboard's proprietary data, charts and information resources to develop broadcast entertainment, digital and mobile platforms and contextual commerce applications that expand Billboard's franchise and consumer reach.

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