Mira Goto The Best

Gigmor Pro New Releases: Mira Goto – The Best

Mira Goto is a California native who now splits her time between Santa Cruz, CA and Nashville, TN. The singer began her music career at a very young age playing violin, but grew up to play guitar. When she reached college, she began writing songs and has now gone on to chart on country radio stations and just released her first EP in October of last year. 

On August 12th, Mira released her brand new song “The Best”. Mira told us she was “Drawn to the songs that told stories, songs that were more lyrically driven.  I wanted to learn how to do that… how to have a song about love without ever saying the word ‘love’. It’s a really fun challenge to say something without saying it.” 

Mira mentioned she is inspired by a variety of styles, and her inspirations have evolved over time.

“My inspirations vary greatly in style, and in timing; some were massively inspirational years ago, and some speak to me now.  For example, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Colbie Caillat, Sheryl Crow – that whole singer songwriter movement in the early 2000’s is what inspired me to first pick up a guitar.  Kacey Musgraves & Taylor Swift brought me into country, while Chris Stapleton, Lori McKenna, Ingrid Andress and Lee Brice keep me here.”

When asked what is next for her, Mira told us “Next for me is more music!  Always more music.  I would love to do more shows, but the future is unknown in that regard.  I’ll pace myself for now, and perform when I can. In the meantime, I’m writing and hoping to have a deep catalogue of great music to share with the world once we’re [in] full sprint again!”

20% of Music Venues Received No Federal Assistance During Quarantine

A new report from Billboard states that 20% of independent music venues received no federal assistance to keep their properties afloat during the height of the pandemic. There was a total of $8 billion distributed to just over 10,400 venues. The rest were denied without explanation.

The United States Small Business Administration received 15,429 applications for the Federal Shuttered Venue Operations grant. The grant was established after the creation of the #SaveOurStages movement which aimed to attract the government’s attention to the peril that these businesses were facing. The movement gained popularity after statistics were released in late October that 90% of independent music venues across the country were at risk of closing permanently, with an estimated 300 already shuttered before the end of 2020.

The Federal Shuttered Venue Operations grant was allocated $16 Billion to distribute to independent venues. Many venues were rejected without explanation or actionable recourse. When a venue received notice that they were rejected for funding, papers showed a generic “Eligibility matrix,” including “Common reasons an entity is found ineligible [for the grant].” As of now, the United States Small Business Administration has declined further comment.

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Live Nation Lists 16x More Events in Second Quarter of 2021 Than In 2020

Coming off of a dry concert season last year, Live Nation is experiencing “pent-up demand” for live events. In Q2 of 2021 there were approximately 1,600 events created which was a 16x increase over the same period in 2020.

Live Nation’s SEC filing from this week shows the company earned $575.9 Million in show revenues solely from the second quarter of this year. This is up 677% from Q2 of 2020 which saw only $74.1 Million in revenue. Concert revenue growth is also up by 102% at $287 Million in Q2 of this year in comparison to $141.8 Million in Q2 of 2020. In terms of the number of fans buying tickets, there were 50,000 fans buying tickets between April-June of 2020. From April-June of 2021, there were 1.3 Million fans buying tickets, with fans in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific being the largest purchasers. 

The number of ticket purchasers drove Live Nation to $244 Million in ticket revenue for Quarter 2 of 2021, an increase from only $87 Million in the same quarter of 2020. There were 30 Million tickets sold in Q2 of 2021, a 15x increase from 2020’s 2 Million sales. Live Nation and Ticketmaster expect sales to continue increasing as even more events will be announced in the upcoming months. 

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has stated that June of 2021 was Ticketmaster’s 4th best selling month in terms of ticket volume in the company’s history. As more festivals and tours are announced, the two live event companies are rightfully expecting high-profitability and full-scale operations to continue in 2022.

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