NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Billboard is bringing the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards back to New York on November 14-15 at the Roosevelt Hotel. 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."
The 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."
–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen