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President of Pierce Events - National event planning and production based in Pittsburgh, PA

2018 is fading fast…..

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2018 marked our 10th anniversary as Pierce Events and the time has flown by. It’s been an incredible journey so far. We kicked off this year down in Mexico with our friends from the Zac Brown Band. The friendships and connections we made have been great. We love working with talented people who make the world a better place.

We were happy to team up once again with Comcast for events at the Penn State Blue & White game and college campus events. Our friends at Pepsi worked with us on a number of events from Pittsburgh to New York and Kentucky.

Summer months took us to Sandcastle water park and to Hershey, PA. We had an amazing time at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH and produced a concert series at the Washington Wild Things Stadium.

In September we traveled to San Diego for a concert with the Zac Brown Band, Doobie Brothers and The Eagles. We also caught up with our friends Brian Collins and Daniel de los Reyes who we met two years ago in Mexico.

We made a few trips to Chicago for work and play and even had a chance to talk some Chicago blues with a genuine Blues Brother, Dan Akroyd.

We will close out 2018 with a number of events including one in San Francisco, CA and are planning on our first 2019 event in Dallas, TX.

When we started our company 10 years ago we had high hopes and worked hard to earn the trust of each and every one of our clients. Our dedication to our clients has earned us the reputation of one of the most reliable and dedicated event companies around.

We want to thank every person who has made what we do possible. Thank you for 10 incredible years and to the next decade of great events.

 

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Welcome Home – A Very Special Dedication

DSC_1254Recently we were fortunate to be a part of a very special dedication event. A memorial was unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. This event honored the Air Force security police squadrons that served from Vietnam to today.

To be among those men that served, hear from Maj. General Spacey of Lackland Air Force Base and remember those that fell defending our nation, was not only a lesson in history, but a rare first hand glimpse of how serving forever impacts your life. There were many laughs and a few tears and countless stories that need to be heard by future generations. Many of these soldiers we never welcomed home until now. This was extra special because our family traveled in from across the country to honor our father Sgt. 821st CSPS James G. Pierce who served.

DSC_1261The Air Force Museum is a truly incredible collection of aircraft through the ages and the history of national defense from the air. Admission is free and with 4 hangars and aircraft outdoors, you could spend a week there and still not see everything. We highly recommend planning a visit and be sure to take a walk through memorial park outside the museum and the many monuments.

It’s been awhile…

20180518_202329We slacked off on blog posts. Fully admit it. Things have been a bit hectic and focus has been on other things, but let’s catch up, shall we?

We had another awesome time in Mexico kicking off the 10th anniversary of Pierce Events in Mexico in March. The celebrity entertainers down there were great and we saw some great friends. We spent St. Patrick’s day with a great couple from Ireland and 2000 friends. An American celebration of the day is quite different from what they see in Ireland and it was a hec20180314_132046k of show. To celebrate with people from all over the world and the Zac Brown Band on stage was amazing.

Back on U.S. soil we traveled to Penn State University for events in conjunction with the Blue and White game. It was full day that kicked off with a sunrise dance party, concert, the worlds fastest tailgate party and of course the game.

We were honored to be a part of weddings and proms, global meeting day and our president Shaun Pierce, was tapped to join the board of directors for the International Live Events Association. That kicked off with a meeting with event professional from all over the world in Chicago in May.

As usually we were a part of a number of year-end celebrations as the school year ended. We are always happy to connect with kids in the community and bring our clean beats DJ show to schools throughout the area.

20180616_192820As summer rolls on, we are looking forward to honoring our military vets with a very special dedication event at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. This includes Sgt. 821st CSPS James G. Pierce who served 2 tours in Vietnam.

We are also happy to be working with Y108 on a concert series at Washington wild Things Park through September. Our next west coast event is in August as we return to Los Angeles with other California and Texas events in planning.

We would love to talk to you about your event. Large or small, local or national, we can help. Visit our website at www,pierceevents.net like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, call or message us. We are here for all your event needs.

Thanks for all your support and enjoy your summer!

St. Patrick’s Day – Pittsburgh Style

St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in our home city. Pittsburgh hosts one of the largest St. Patrick day parades in the world, second only to New York city.

While our team will be celebrating Irish heritage at an event outside of the county this year, here is a peak at what’s going on. Oh, and it goes way beyond a day.

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The schedule for events leading up to the parade is as follows:

March 6 – Allegheny County Council Proclamation of County’s Irish Heritage at the Allegheny County Courthouse at 5:00 p.m.

March 9 – Annual St. Patrick’s Parade Button Party at Mitchell’s Pub (304 Ross Street) from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

March 11 – AOH Division 9/Allegheny County Communion Br

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t St. Paul’s Seminary (2900 Noblestown Road) with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Zubik at 10 a.m., followed by a breakfast banquet and official program.

March 13 – City Proclamation of “St. Patrick’s Week in Pittsburgh”10 a.m. – City-County Building (

Downtown) at City Council Meeting

March 16 – Crowning of 2018 Miss Smiling Irish Eyes by Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald at River’s Club, Oxford Center at 12 p.m.

The activities happening on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) are as follows:

  • Parade Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in the Strip District at 8 a.m.
  • 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 10 a.m. (same parade route as 2017)
  • Family-friendly Parade Fest in Market Square from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mr. Bezos’ Neighborhood

I was talking with a few event industry folks and the subject of Amazon came up. Amazon is currently seeking a location for its second headquarters. The competition between cities to attract the billion dollar company and the jobs it would bring is pretty stiff. Pittsburgh sent a bid and has been touted as a contender.

While the economic impact would be incredible should Pittsburgh be chosen, it would also transform our city in both positive and negatives ways. You can imagine how costs, and traffic would rise, but so would home values, jobs and investment.

Mr Rodgers neighbor might have Mr. Bezos moving in and buying up the block. You can debate the pros and cons on your own, but let’s take a look at the prospect.

Some of Amazon’s top officials have ties to Pittsburgh. Their CFO Brian Olsavsky went to CMU’s Tepper School of Business and his wife is from Pittsburgh. Jeff Wilke, CEO grew up in Pittsburgh. These guys are in the position to have serious input on the decision and could be hero’s in this city if Pittsburgh is the choice.

Pittsburgh has plenty of land available for such a project, it’s highly affordable , we have already attracted some innovative companies like Google, and Uber. Pittsburgh can offer highly skilled employees through our higher education facilities and provide them and stunning beautiful and affordable place to live and raise a family.

Our biggest downside is we are not the transportation hub we used to be. However, even that is beginning to change with new direct flights being offered. We also have an award-winning airport that is not at capacity and could easily adapt to expanding needs.

One of the reasons we base our national events out of Pittsburgh is because it’s relatively easy to get to a number of major cities. Cleveland, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Buffalo, Detroit, even Chicago. We can produce an event in those cities without having to be physically based in a high cost location. With a company like Amazon coming to town, any transportation issues to or from Pittsburgh would be quickly addressed.

I can’t say for sure what will happen, but we see some very exciting things on the horizon for this city with or without Amazon.

10 and Counting

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With the start of 2018, we entered our 10th year of operations at Pierce Events. It’s a bit hard to believe it’s been that long, but I spent 15 years doing events for others before we launched and that seems like a lifetime ago.

Instead of recapping the journey, I thought I’d write this post to those of you who have in the back of your mind the idea of maybe starting your own business.

First know it’s terrifying. You will spend countless unpaid hours working your tail off. You will face uncertainty that never goes away. 20 percent of new businesses don’t make it a year. Half only make it five years. Only one third will be around 10 years.

You will meet great people who will encourage you and you will meet some awful people who want to see you fail. Everyone has advice, many will treat you unfairly, and you will discover who you really are, not who your boss wants you to be.

Economic factors won’t make or break you if you learn how to adjust to them. If you don’t, they will destroy you. Listen to everything and everyone and only believe about 10 percent of it.

The people who are against you will be your biggest motivators. If someone gets under your skin, understand that is fuel to prove them wrong. If someone can crush your spirit with words, you have no chance of making it.

It’s not a path for everyone. If you can’t deal with sales, customer service, marketing, management, accounting, and development as all part of your daily job, it’s not for you. If you want a 9-5 paycheck every 2 weeks, this is not for you.

Honestly for years I was too sacred to do this. It was too much of a risk. Everyday is a risk, but it has allowed me to go places, do things and meet wonderful people around the world.

We owe our success to thousands of people. From everyone who trusted us enough to hire us to plan important events to the people who attend those events. We are forever grateful to our clients and partners.

Deciding to set off on your own takes soul-searching, planning, research and I suggest a lot of prayer. Failure is a great teacher and honesty is highly valued these days.

Whatever role you played in our success, even if it’s just reading this blog, thank you for 10 years of wonderful events.

 

Pittsburgh Wedding Transportation

Guest Blogger: Pittsburgh Limousine Bus

Pittsburgh weddings are beautiful events, and it takes some work to create a seamless event! There are many pieces of the puzzle, and everybody has their own strategy in putting them together. Each wedding is a completely unique ceremony, and this is why planning one takes much time and effort. When you find yourself at the beginning of the important task that is vendor research and hire, it seems like it’s hard to know who to trust! This is especially true when it comes to transportation.

24bus2[14298]There is a diverse array of charter, limousine, and party bus companies to choose from in Pittsburgh which is both a blessing and a curse. It’s pretty easy to pull up a listing of companies with great reviews across the internet, but it’s getting harder to know who to trust! There are a few points that you’ll specifically want to look out for when searching for Pennsylvania Transportation.

How does their website look?

If you’re perusing transportation companies and their website is outdated and unresponsive on mobile phones, you might want to look elsewhere. Technology is such an important part of business competency these days, and this especially goes for transportation. A great company will have a easy to use website with clear directions on how to get the information you’ll need! If a company lacks on their website, they will probably fall short of state of the art traffic tracking and customer service

Can you come view the vehicle?

22bus2[14297]Many couples overlook this step when choosing a vehicle for their Pittsburgh wedding, but visiting the office or garage to view the vehicle you’re looking to rent will certainly bring you closer to finding the best choice for your wedding. It give you the closest look into how they conduct business face to face before the big day, and it’s very helpful to see what you’re working with before it shows up.

Is the contract transparent?

The contract is the final step in securing your wedding day transportation, and arguable the most important! It’s not out of the norm for a company to sneak in some hidden charges at this stage under the guise of fuel or tip to the driver. However, this is the last thing you’re going to want to deal with right after getting married!

Pittsburgh Limousine Bus

232 Taylor Street #2

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

(412) 385-4412

The 4th Quarter

Somehow Summer flew by us once again and we find ourselves in the 4th quarter of another year. It’s been a awhile since we did a blog post, so let’s catch up.

20170923_095915We have a been all of the country and working with new people in new places since we kicked off the year with the Zac Brown Band in Mexico.

In 2018, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Pierce Events, we return to Riviera Maya for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration like no other. Sun, Sand, live music, great food and people from all over all at the Hard Rock Hotel. You can read about the 2017 trip here

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In July we returned to NJ for the largest Hot Air Balloon Festival in the nation. With over 100 balloons launching at once it’s a sight to see. We rocked the stage with George Thorogood and Pat Benatar and saw over 175,000 people attend.

August took us to Washington state. We opened an exclusive theatre for guests 21 and over with full menu and bar in Seattle, created a presentation video for our client and then travel cross country down to Texas for the next event.

A stop in Memphis brought us to Sun Studios, Graceland and made a new friend named Memphis Jones who told use the history of Memphis and gave us 50 cents. (Don’t ask)

ileaWe have been growing our national production teams and connecting with partners from ILEA (International Live Events Association) across the country and around the world.

We teamed up with Pop Star Katy Perry on her world tour to present exclusive content and and an interactive display for fans attending the show. Fans created their very own album cover and could submit their photos from the show via social media to be included with tour photos.

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Very soon we hope to announce another national tour that will take us to several cities and more exciting events happening right up till the end of the year.

We would love to talk to you about your next event. Big or small, give us a call.

 

Pay to Play – Facts on Music Licensing

bandI recently heard from a number of bands that were lamenting how many venues were now cancelling music performances. The reason behind it all, music licensing fees.

This comes as our home base city of Pittsburgh, PA is actively trying to encourage live music.

It’s the responsibility of any venue that plays any form of copyrighted music (live or recorded) to obtain and pay for the proper licences. The problem is many venue owners are either uneducated or simply think they can ignore the rules. Either can be very costly when a group that collects these fees comes calling and these days they are cracking down on everyone from small bars to restaurants.

Performing rights organizations (“PROs”), such as BMI, ASCAP and SESAC, act as intermediaries between restaurants and songwriters to protect intellectual property. Venues pay a fee to the PROs for a blanket license that grants permission to use all of the music each organization represents. This applies to everything from live music to background music. Each PRO represent certain songwriters and songs. Many venues decide to only pay fees to one of the three PRO. That can be dangerous. If you play music licensed by a PRO you do not have a license from, you can be held liable for copyright infringement. I have seen legal action taken over one single song the repeatedly played.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in places that are streaming music. Pandora’s “terms of use” specifically prohibit businesses from streaming music without setting up and complying with the terms of a paid DMX/Pandora business account. If a bar or restaurant has a business account with Pandora or SiriusXM and the music is used only for background, the establishment does not allow dancing to the music, or charge a cover fee to enter, then the provider of the music such as Pandora or SiriusXM, should be paying the public performance fees to BMI, ASCAP and SESAC. Should the business have any additional music, live bands, DJs, or Karaoke, they need to license with the PROs directly for those uses.

How bad is it if you get caught? Federal penalties for using music without permission can be high, with each musical composition used without authorization entitling copyright owners to damages between $750 to $30,000, or more. That’s for every song!

Rumor has it PRO’s are now turning to monitoring advertisements in local cities for cover bands, karaoke nights and DJ’s. Why the sudden tough enforcement? The PRO’s aren’t bringing in the money they used to with music being constantly copied, streamed, downloaded and outright stolen.

Many people think because they purchased a song on CD or through iTunes they own it and can use it as they wish. Wrong. What you actually purchase is not the song but a license to use that copy of the song for your own personal use. It can not be used for public purposes.

Everyone should be compensated for their work. Venue owners should be knowledgeable and play by the rules, however the rules need to be fair and applied in a way that promotes music and not scares people away from the music.

For more information:

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