Wednesday 29th July 3.20pm – 4.00pm

Between the global health crisis and changing immigration landscapes in both the US and the UK, when will it make sense to start planning US tours again? With the growing prevalence of concert streaming and the American COVID-19 infection rates still on a steep rise, will there ever be another tour?

Join Independent Venue Week’s US team Marauder, the newly-formed National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), and other live music reps from both territories for a discussion about touring overseas, booking in times of uncertainty, advance planning, and the alternatives to touring gaining a foothold. 

Moderator: Cecilie Nielsen Marauder, New York, NY (M)

Cecilie manages all aspects of Marauder’s special engagements from early concepts to on-site production, including Independent Venue Week’s US events. She launched a live music non-profit at 17 & went on to DJ in Copenhagen’s alternative club scene while working at one of Europe’s most prominent music venues. Her career as an independent artist has seen Cecilie on national television, commercial radio, and major tours in her home country of Denmark. She came to New York City in 2016 where she went on to secure her Masters in Music Business from NYU.

Jacki Becker Eleven Productions, Lawrence, KS

Jacki Becker has been an independent promoter since she started getting paid to work in music in the 90s. She began Eleven Productions in 2000 booking concerts anywhere from a tiny club like the replay lounge to arenas like the sprint center in KC. Currently, she also works with Mammoth productions as a talent buyer, allowing Eleven to be her creative outlet for events across the midwest. When not promoting concerts or building festivals from the ground up, Jacki grows food in her yard, makes hot sauces, and hangs with her three cats, Eddie Money, Sparkles, and Toasty.

Serena Catapano SAS ENTERTAINMENT, London, UK

After working on the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching For Sugarman, Serena left the film industry to pursue her passion for music. She started her own artist management company and by her late twenties, was already working with Mercury Prize-nominated Barry Adamson [Magazine, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds]. In 2014, Serena co-founded SAS Entertainment with business partner and music industry veteran, Steve Hughes. Within the first year, SAS had worked internationally on twelve tours and had branched back out into artist management. The company has grown exponentially since. Last year alone, SAS worked across multiple tours and festivals throughout the UK and Europe, including 4 major arena tours with Jason Derulo, Westlife, Boyzone, and Little Mix.

Robert Gomez (Subterranean, Chicago, IL)

Robert Gomez, “Gomez”, owns Subterranean, celebrating its 26th year, and Beat Kitchen which is in its 30th year. Both venues are located in Chicago. He’s also the founder and curator of Wicker Park Fest which would have celebrated its 16th  year in 2020. He is Co-chair of CIVL, Chicago Independent Venue League, and a member of NIVA (National Independent Venue Association).

Rev. Moose Marauder and NIVA, New York, NY

Moose stands at the forefront of developing artists & organizations from around the world. At Marauder, he customizes long-term plans and services for each client’s specific needs. Through his work running Independent Venue Week in the US, Moose helped create NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) to organize & support American independent venues & promoters.