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Mondo.NYC Speaker

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Hal Real

Hal Real

Founder/CEO, World Cafe Live, Co-Founder/Board Member, NIVA & NIVF

Hal Real is the Founder and President of World Cafe Live and co-founder of LiveConnections.org (now merged with World Cafe Live). Hal is a co-founder and board member of NIVA (the National Independent Venue Association) and a co-founder and board president of NIVF (the National Independent Venue Foundation). He also serves on the boards of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (immediate past chair) and the Freire (Charter Schools) Foundation, and chairs the Honorary Board of People’s Light (Malvern, PA). In the past he chaired the Boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the People’s Light and Philadelphia’s Fringe Arts boards, as well as the Chairman’s Council of the Philadelphia Zoo and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Board. Hal plays piano, loves dogs and is a graduate of Kenyon College and Temple University School of Law.

NIVA Presents Building Back Better pt. 1: Post-Crisis Venue Collaboration

10/15/21, 6:00 PM

Faced with devastating shutdowns, venues and promoters all over the US came together to form the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) in March 2020. NIVA ran the massively successful "Save Our Stages" campaign, eventually securing the most extensive federal support package for the arts in history. Listen in as leaders of the movement look towards the future now that they have "saved our stages."