Presented by the Venue Management School

Presented by the VMA’s famous Venue Management School, and featuring many of our industry leading Instructors along with special guests, the VMA Digital Series will explore key topics on our road to recovery.

As part of the VMA’s ongoing commitment to our members and supporting our industry the series will be delivered free of charge to VMA members.

Each session had explored a new topic for discussion, providing all of our members the opportunity for live a Q&A with our panellists.

Season 2 is currently in development, please check back with the page for updates over the next couple of weeks.

Past Digital Series . .

Week 1 - Wednesday 13th May, 11:15 AM (AEST) - Showcasing Our Industry In Times Of Adversity
Join us for part 1 in the VMA Digital Series as explore how our venues have responded to the challenges facing our industry. Featuring panellists:

Phil King AVM (General Manager – Adelaide Entertainment Centre & Coopers Stadium), discussing Opportunity in Adversity – finding the opportunities that exist through repurposing and knowing what is the right decision when presented with those prospects.

Brendan Hines (General Manager – Spark Arena) with A perspective from the trenches: Business Disruption , Continuity and Recovery, and

Brian Nash (Director of Audio Visual Services – ICC Sydney) talks about Being flexible and innovative in a venue that within in a few weeks lost all events. The creation of fully functioning broadcast quality studios.

Week 2 - Wednesday 20th May - 11:15 AM (AEST) - People & Culture – Immediate Challenges & Working from Home
Join us for part 2 in the VMA Digital Series as HR specialists Becc Barry (Venues Live) and Amanda Wilson (MCEC) explore how we are responding to the multitude of challenges COVID-19 is throwing at venues and their workforce. Communications, Leadership, Work From Home, Wellness and Recovery.
Week 3 - Wednesday 27th May - 11:15 AM (AEST) - The effects of COVID-19 on the entertainment industry
Join us for a revised week 3 schedule where we will bring you a great discussion on the effects of COVID-19 on the entertainment industry. We have secured Entertainment Editor of the Nine Network and industry legend, Richard Wilkins AM, alongside Dr. David Heslop, Associate Professor and researcher at UNSW, currently advising the NRL’s Project Apollo, and leading this esteemed group will be industry icon Tim Worton from ASM Global.
Week 4 - Wednesday 3rd June - 11:15 AM (AEST) - Relationship Management – Venue and Supplier Perspective
Join us for week 4 as we discuss – Relationship Management – venue and supplier perspective – Join panellists Anthony Duffy from staffing specialists – VIPeople, Tara Filder the GM at Secure Assets and Events, and industry stalwart Rod Pilbeam, COO at ASM Global – as we explore how the pandemic has placed the traditional venue/supplier relationship under enormous pressure. Issues such as cashflow, continuity of services and strategic planning for re-opening are all critical matters if both venues and suppliers are to survive the impact of Covid-19.
Week 5 – Wednesday 10th June - 11:15 AM (AEST) - Leadership - The Big Picture of Crisis Management

Join us for part 5 in the VMA Digital Series as industry leaders Andrew Travis (Melbourne & Olympic Parks), Kim Bedier (Tacoma Venues) and Todd Greenberg share their stories on leading teams during challenging times. What strategies have these leaders adopted? What has worked well for them and what would they do differently next time. Where have they been getting their inspiration from? What are their focuses during different phases of dealing with a challenge?

Week 6 – Wednesday 17th June - 11:15 AM (AEST) - Business Readiness - reopening & recovery

Join us for part 6 in the VMA Digital Series as we explore how our venues are gearing up for reopening and recovery. Joining us on the panel will the Helen Fairclough, the Director of Business Relaunch at MCEC, Heather Clarke, Head of Event Operations and Planning at the Sydney Opera House and Mark Zundans CVE, the General Manager at The Gabba.

Week 7 – Wednesday 24th June - 11:15 AM (AEST) - Introducing the Live Entertainment Industry Forum

Join us for part 7 in the VMA Digital Series as we introduce the Live Entertainment Industry Forum. Recently launched to build confidence in our industry’s preparedness to return from the COVID-19 crisis. Join VMA President, Steve Harper CVE, LEIF, Chair James Sutherland, Venues Live Managing Director, Daryl Kerry and Glen Rainsbury CVE, Director of Venue Strategy, Frontier Touring as we discuss this industry initiative.

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Week 8 – Wednesday 1st July - 11:15 AM (AEST) - Let's finish with a global wrap

Join us for our final webinar in the VMA Digital Series as we bring the industry together from around the global to wrap up where we are, what’s next and most importantly what we have learned. Join our VMS Chair, Wayne Middleton CVE as he talks with Tammy Koolbeck CVE, Chair of the IAVM (North America), Mark Cochrane, Regional Manager Asia Pacific for UFI (Asia) and EVANZ (NZ) Chair, Keith Parker, as we take a final look at how COVID-19 has impacted our industry.

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