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Mondo.NYC Speaker

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Dayna Frank

Dayna Frank

CEO, First Avenue Productions; Board President & Co-Founder, NIVA

Dayna Frank is President and CEO of First Avenue Productions, Minnesota’s leading independently owned and operated concert venue and promoter. Dayna has expanded the business beyond its star-adorned walls to include the Fine Line, the Turf Club, the Palace Theatre, and the Fitzgerald Theater. Dayna is Board President and co-founder of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) who lobbied Congress and rallied music lovers in all 50 states to secure $16.25 billion dollars to save our stages. NIVA continues to work on preserving the national ecosystem of independent venues and promoters. Dayna is a strong LGBTQ+ advocate, a 2018 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a firm believer in community building through live music. In all First Avenue Productions events, Dayna aspires to provide a safe space for everyone involved that offers radical inclusion.

The State of the Music Business: Live Music’s Long Road Back to Normal

October 11, 2022, 2:00:00 PM

After a harrowing couple of years for the live-entertainment industry, the coronavirus has diminished and artists and festivals are back at nearly full strength. But with a glut of tours and festivals competing for limited fan budgets amid record-high ticket prices and an uncertain economy, how is it all going? We kick off Mondo 2022 with live music leaders and what promises to be a lively -- and important -- discussion.