When it comes to planning the important gatherings that drive business, there’s a confusing menu of options to sort through right now. You may be experiencing an anxious state of limbo and wondering things like:
It’s easy to get lost in the virtual event landscape. It can be confusing, frustrating, worrisome and altogether overwhelming. That’s why we want to be sure you know about vBloch, our proprietary virtual event platform.
Topics: Event Production
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.