We’ve heard a lot lately about “essential” vs. “non-essential” activities. Anything that requires in-person interaction that is not essential to human welfare, is temporarily discouraged or disallowed.
We are in a dizzying and troubling time, to say the least, and we hope that you, your families and your colleagues are safe.
The event business has its share of lore, including some horror stories. Here are two that stand out, both of which fall under the maxim of "never work with live animals." An automobile company was launching a new car to a large live audience. The actual reveal of the car would be The Big Moment at the end of the event. As the car arrived on stage, music would play, confetti cannons would shoot, balloons would be released, spotlights would ballyhoo, and dozens of live doves would be released to fly around the high ceiling of the convention center.
When we're talking with a new potential client, it often happens that they are very forthcoming about all of the details of their upcoming event with one exception. Clients will often dance around the issue of budget. Over the years, I’ve found that answer falls into a few groups. Some clients come right out and tell you how much they have budgeted. Some clients will ask us to come up with a budget based on their requirements. Others will state a number but not be clear about their expectations of what is included.
On February 28th, Ray Bloch teamed up with Playstation Theatre/AEG Live and Metropolitan Capital, to present an incredible set by BAILEN, a rapidly rising sibling trio. Recently signed by ICM and Red Light Management, BAILEN rocked the legendary Rockwood Music Hall with a slew of jams, including their hit song “Something Tells Me.” Cracking wise, BAILEN effortlessly bounced between their soulful music and witty banter – fully engaging the packed house.
On the Thursday before Thanksgiving, Ray Bloch again teamed up with Rockwood Music Hall to feature unique musical talent in downtown Manhattan. Michael Daves, who’s been called the “Bishop of Brooklyn Bluegrass,” delivered a spirited set to a crowded house. Armed with a guitar and a mic, Daves’ solo performance kept the audience enrapt with his deeply authentic yet wholly original sound and his surprising ability to yodel.
Being a high end production company, we’re often asked to submit proposals for some great projects we’re being considered for. We sat down with Jeremy Driesen, President and CEO of Ray Bloch Productions, to discuss the proposal process, how it has changed over the years, and the highs and lows of competing against other proposals. It’s been continuous evolution since I started in the business back in 1995. Back in the day, it was fairly standard that we would print out our proposals, and present them in 3-ring binders.
Ray Bloch Productions (RBP) returned to its music roots to present The Last Bandoleros at New York’s famed Rockwood Music Hall last night. This was the first event in an open-ended series which will feature live music by new talent. Through these events, we’re drawing on our company origins as a talent presenter with the ability to spotlight rising talent, as well as our unique specialty in connecting audiences through live entertainment.
Over the last year, John Roach has been transitioning from our Production Coordinator to an Associate Producer. The first event where he took the reigns was The Centennial of the Equitable Building for Silverstein properties, and has culminated with his role as Associate Producer on the 2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony where he served as the Associate Producer for Ray Bloch’s Production of the 2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony. We sat down with John afterwards for a debriefing.
Providing robust content to appreciative audiences is great. Doing so and making a profit is even better. But without a dedicated marketing staff, or one with expertise in identifying and securing sponsors and attendees, choosing the right partner is crucial. Jeremy Driesen, president of Ray Bloch Productions, may have discovered the solution. Over the last several years, a number of major media companies have approached New York-based Ray Bloch Productions for assistance in producing their conferences. “With revenues shrinking for media companies, finding a way to turn a conference into a money-maker can be a game changer,” said Driesen.