NewsNovember 28, 2023 2:47 PM ET1,919 views

Live Nation to increase minimum wages for club staff

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Live Nation's "On the Road Again" program is introducing new minimum wages for staff at clubs throughout the United States and Canada. 

Going forward, base pay for hourly club staff will be set at $20 per hour, while supervisor roles will start at $25 per hour — with opportunities for career progression within the company. Open roles can be found on Live Nation's career page.

According to LiveNation, the increased wages will benefit more than 5,000 crew members who serve various roles to support shows, including box office attendants, production crew, artist hospitality, guest services, ushers, parking attendants, cleaning crews, sustainability coordinators, and others. 

Notably, the new base wages represent over a 250% increase from the federal minimum wage and surpass the highest state minimum wages, including those in California, New York, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment's CEO and president, said: 

"Shows wouldn't happen without the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to support artists and fans. In addition to nurturing artists, clubs also provide a platform for industry professionals to learn and grow, and many of our promoters and venue managers have climbed the ranks from smaller venues. The live music industry is poised for years of growth and offers a promising career path, and by raising minimum wages, we are assisting staff in embarking on a stronger journey in the live music sector."

Live Nation introduced the "On the Road Again" program, inspired by Willie Nelson, a few months back to aid artists and their road crews while addressing the rising costs of touring.

The program provides a $1,500 cash stipend per show for all acts performing at Live Nation clubs, along with eliminating merchandise sales fees, allowing artists to keep 100% of their earnings. 

It is unknown whether Ticketmaster will make this program a permanent fixture, or if it is only temporary, Ticketmaster has not responded to comment on this.

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