Live Nation’s Latest Cuts

Live Nation is cutting staff again, with the latest round of layoffs that began Dec. 3 and appear to be in progress at press time, multiple sources have confirmed.

Reports began circulating over the weekend that as many as 300 layoffs were being carried out; however, similar staff reductions in the past do not appear to have been as extensive as the grapevine tends to portray.

To date it does appear that the affected staff have come largely from the ranks of Live Nation marketing, production and IT staff, as has been rumored.

Among those confirmed as no longer with the company are Matt Curto, who has been the general manager for Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., for decades; Jake Goldman, the production manager at Hollywood Palladium (and son of Monterey International President Paul Goldman); and Taki Pappas, touring.

Also let go is Beckye Levin, who began at PACE Concerts before two decades of mergers and acquisitions brought her to the Live Nation Houston office.  Peter Ore, VP Booking at the Las Vegas office, has also been laid off.

It appears several high-ranking venue personnel have chosen to take lower-level positions rather than pink slips.

Reports that marquee names in talent buying ranks, as well as “heritage” promoters, were among the cuts so far appear groundless.

The layoffs have also affected the Ticketmaster side.