BOB NOCEK LAUNCHES PROMOTION COMPANY
Industry vet Bob Nocek has formed new promotion company Bob Nocek Presents. The company will focus on promoting concerts and comedy acts in North Carolina venues. Nocek has had a 16-year career in the concert programming and facility management. His most recent position was President and CEO of Carolina Theatre of Durham. Bob Nocek Presents will initially focus on markets in Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro and Wilmington and plans to announce its first shows in the coming weeks. “The most satisfying part of what we do in this business is putting incredible artists in front of passionate audiences, and I’m truly excited to have the opportunity to do that around the state,” Nocek said in a statement. ????
ACL LIVE ANNOUNCES NEW AUSTIN VENUE
ACL has announced plans for 3TEN ACL Live, a new venue that will occupy a building across from Austin City Hall. 3TEN owned by developer Stratus Properties, which owns ACL Live. This will be the second ACL-branded venue, the first being Moody Theater, also located in downtown Austin. 3TEN is expected to be a smaller venue of 350-capacity and will host around 200 concerts and events annually. ACL Live execs hope that it will be a venue for local artists, as well as and up-and-comers. 3TEN has already booked some events, including official SXSW showcases and the annual Wine Down event, as well as artists Donavon Frankenreiter, Waterloo Revival, Nightowls and Uncle Lucius.????
BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CREATE GRANT FUND FOR MUSIC BUSINESS
The government of the British Columbia announced earlier this month that it will give a grant of CAN $15m (US $11m) to start a permanent BC Music Fund for the purpose of supporting the local music industry. The announcement followed a report from industry conglomerate Music Canada, which recommended a CAN $15m grant in order to boost the music business with more jobs, a more vibrant music scene and by attracting new sectors like digital music. The new fund is similar to a 2014 initiative in Ontario which also gave CAN $15m for the music business. The Ontario Music Fund has given out CAN $30m since its inception.????