Next WED our BACK LOUNGE meet is a cosy bring a cuppa check in & chat with our beloved Joanne Croxford https://www.touringwithatwist.com/ rounded, courageous human being, diversity & sobriety ally (oh, & she’s also a tour manager so add miracle worker & fixer to that list) ???????????? We’re a peer support community for anyone who works in live events & touring looking for support & connection through the good times & the bad. Zoom meet Wed 13th Sept 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT ????DM me for the link ❤ #healthytouring #musictouring #tourcommunity

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This Wednesday it’s our ‘Freelance 101’ on The BACK LOUNGE & all the questions you ever wanted to ask about being freelance or setting up a small business. This is an open question zoom session aiming to cover everything from finances, paying tax, insurance etc to the practical things you should know for a career in live events & touring ???? Our panel are long timers from both sides of the pond wearing various management hats TM, PM, SM etc – from the UK Paul Jones ethixmanagement.com/ Paul Collis ststouring.co.uk/ & myself healthy-touring.com/ From the US Aubrey Wright awrightworld.com/ & Jordan Waddell @jordanyadigg That’s a couple of centuries experience between us 😉 If you work in music & live events, are new to the industry or been here a while, but looking to step up, you cannot afford to miss this! The session is FREE ???? DM me for the link. You are also welcome to send questions in advance (DM me), or save them for the day. WEDNESDAY 6th SEPT 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT The zoom will be around 90min ????

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Next Wednesday it’s a temperature check on The BACK LOUNGE. Just a hi, a hug & share. If you work in live music & events, here’s to having a community for the good times & quite frankly the shitty times which everyone has from time to time ????Life’s rich tapestry eh, even more so when you choose not to work 9-5. DM for the link, all so welcome ✌️ Wed 23rd August 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

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Summer catch up on The BACK LOUNGE next Wednesday. No theme, just a check in. Meme chosen especially for the TMs, PMs, Team Leaders & Cat Herders amongst us who have an anxiety attack every time the inbox goes over 50 ???? DM for the link ❤ Wednesday 9th August 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT musictouring #tourlife #tourcommunity #livemusic #healthytouring #thebackloungetouring

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Next Wednesday on The BACK LOUNGE, we’re having a cuppa & a catch up. No theme, just HOW ARE WE? We’re a peer support community for anyone working across music touring & live events, wherever you are in your career & however old or young you are ❤ DM for the link to join the zoom ???? Wed 2nd August 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT #thebackloungetouring #healthytouring #touringcommunity #tourlife

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Next Wednesday on The BACK LOUNGE its TRAUMA on tour ❤️‍???? in particular sexual & racial. Our guest is Sital Panesar, Psychotherapist www.musicatherapy.com & contributor to Touring Mental Health Manual. Even after #MeToo & #BlackLivesMatter, this topic is more relevant than ever. If you are victim or have been witness, what can you do. Join our discussion. DM for the link. This meeting will be run as a safe space & will not be recorded ✊ Wednesday 26th July 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

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Next week on The BACK LOUNGE it’s a storytelling special – this one’s for the cliches & stories your non touring friends would never understand. Why are drummers always late? Are all audio engineers nerds? Do all roadies have bad teeth or just the British ones? Our guests are Chris Madden & Jonny Cragg – both music aficionados, both therapists, lifelong friends & a fair few road stories of their own. Oh and Jonny is a drummer, British, has good teeth. Bring your own tall tales. We’re an online community for those who’ve chosen the crew lifestyle in whatever capacity, all welcome, DM for link ❤ Wednesday 12th July 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT #tourcommunity #healthytouring #tourlife

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“SO YOU WANT TO BE A TOUR MANAGER?” is next week on The BACK LOUNGE ????This zoom is about how to get a foot in the door & how to step up once you have. What skillset & experience should you be aiming for? What are the challenges & pitfalls of the role? This one is an educational session open to everyone, but we would especially like to encourage people from currently under-represented groups to participate ❤️ Chuffed to have very special host Lotje Horvers, experienced tour manager & founder of https://www.backstage-pass.nl/en/ Note next week only we meet on a THURSDAY ???? Thurs 25th May 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

PS it’s an old meme, but still so relevant…???? #healthytouring #tourcommunity#thebackloungetouring

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It’s a check in next week on The BACK LOUNGE. How are we all? Join us if you’re having a good time… a bad time… & anything in between. We’re a diverse bunch of folks from across the world working in touring & events in pretty much every role. From newbies to retirees, it’s a global community who understand the lifestyle – it’s triumphs & pitfalls ✌️ DM for the zoom link ???? Don’t be a stranger. Wed 17th May 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am #touringcommunity #tourlife #musictouring #festivallifestyle #healthytouring #thebackloungetouring

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‘WHEN THE PHONE DOESN’T RING’ is our zoom discussion this Wednesday on The BACK LOUNGE. Compared to last summer, this one is shaping up a little differently. Whether you’re in feast or famine with work, when it’s a dry spell it can really knock your self-esteem ????This week our guest is Chris Madden https://chrismaddentherapy.com/ Music Industry Psychotherapist & we’ll be sharing the experience & looking for how best to cope with the anxiety ????Wednesday 10th May 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am Everyone welcome ???? DM for the zoom link

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Next Wednesday on The BACK LOUNGE it’s a check in & an acknowledgement of when ‘it all feels a bit shit’. Choose a lifestyle like working in ‘live’ & it’s rarely beige, but it’s not all a bed of roses either. Good days, bad days ???? DM for the zoom link Wed 3rd May 6pm London BST / 7pm CET/ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT Everyone welcome ????

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Next week on The BACK LOUNGE we’re crossing the globe for a New Zealand special with guests Merlin Mills ????https://www.listeningcommission.co.nz/ & guest chair Nathalie Candel – Stage Manager & Tour Manager extraordinaire ???? This is about advocacy & backstage support & how the green shoots of mental wellness are slowly starting to grow for both crew & artists ???? If it can happen on the other side of the planet, it can happen in your corner of the world too. Find out more & how you can help ✊ Wednesday 12th April 8pm* BST / 9pm CET / 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT/ 7am 13th in New Zealand Wellington (GMT+12) *Note 2 hours later than our usual start to give our NZ friends time to wake up and form sentences ????

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