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Oct. 19: Business of Music in Hawaii



The U.S. music industry is worth $17.2 billion (up almost 11% over the past 5 years) with ticket sales accounting for 43% of all revenues, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). What are the challenges, opportunities and trends for the music business in Hawaii? What role do venues and promoters play? What is it like to be a professional musician in Hawaii? How has social media and live streaming changed the music business? What is the outlook for live music in Hawaii?  

Flash Hansen, Marketing & Promotions Director of BAMP Productions, is responsible for managing the marketing and positioning of BAMP Projects from concept to execution. He has been instrumental in growing the BAMP brand to become the leading source of top tier live entertainment production in the state.

DeShannon Higa has performed locally and globally, and has recorded music for film, radio, videogames, studio and live CDs. His experience spans 30 years. Higa is the official musical arranger for and performs regularly with the Royal Hawaiian Band. He also leads several bands of his own creation.

Marco Olivari, General Manager of Blue Note Hawaii, hails from New York City where he managed the flagship Blue Note Jazz Club prior to opening the Hawaii location. A 20-year veteran of high-end restaurant and music venue operations and programming, Marco is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the state’s premier live music venue. 

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