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2009 BILLBOARD TOURING CONFERNECE & AWARDS

The sixth annual Billboard Touring Conference and Awards, the premiere gathering for the concert industry, took place Nov. 4-5 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The two-day event featured panels, discussions, networking opportunities and an awards reception that targeted promoters, agents, managers, venues, sponsors and production professionals. The conference put up record attendance numbers this year, drawing registrations from all segments of the industry for discussions on the most critical issues facing the live entertainment business. The 2009 Billboard Touring Awards are based on worldwide data reported to Billboard Boxscore for the period of Oct 1, 2008, through Sept. 20, 2009. Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour was the big winner, taking home honors for top tour and top draw; Madonna's manager Guy Oseary won the top manager award. Other winners include Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour (which was the sixth straight time that Chesney won for top package), II Divo (the breakthrough award) and U2 (top boxscore for the band's show at Croke Park in Dublin last July). Van Warped tour founder Kevin Lyman received the Humanitarian Award, and Ozzy Osbourne was named Legend of Live. The event was sponsored by Eventful, Ticketmaster, Verizon Arena, Ford Center, Mozes, Pioneer Coach, Wells Fargo Theatre and Time Warner Cable Arena, among others.

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2008 BILLBOARD TOURING CONFERENCE AND AWARDS

The touring industry came to New York November 19-20, 2008 as the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel notched record attendance in its fifth year. Panels covering a wide range of topics filled the two days, including a provocative keynote from Gene Simmons, followed by a packed-house pre-awards cocktail reception co-hosted by Arena Network and Tickets.com as well as the Billboard Touring Awards sponsored by Wells Fargo with the Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic in the house. Additional sponsors included Ticketmaster, Eventful, Alltel Arena, among others.

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