World-Renowned Company to Operate New Facility

From: LEPAA Progress and Advancement Newsletter
Issue: Fall 2015, Volume 1

LEPAA recently signed worldwide entertainment and conference venue management company, SMG, as the operator of The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. The announcement was made public at a press conference held August 5th at the Charles Adams Gallery. Along with LEPAA Board Chairman Tim Collins, SMG’s Vice President of Live Entertainment -Theaters, Bob Papke, also spoke at the press conference.

SMG will operate, schedule and book performances, program special events, and manage all aspects of Buddy Holly Hall’s day-to-day operations.

“LEPAA is thrilled to partner with this dynamic venue management company with its national and international expertise to oversee the operations of this splendid performing arts center,” said Tim Collins.

Founded in 1977, the Conshohocken, PA-based management group is the “gold standard” in public facility management, providing services including sports and entertainment booking, convention center services, facility marketing, naming rights and sponsorships development, facility design, and daily operations. SMG manages over 230 facilities worldwide, 62 of which are performing arts centers/theaters. Needless to say, their expertise goes unrivaled.

In addition to the many venues they handle, SMG now also operates Midland’s Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. With its close proximity to Lubbock, the entire West Texas region will benefit, as SMG will attract a larger number and wider variety of performances and events to both of these facilities. “Managing both facilities will provide one-stop shopping for agents, managers, and promoters as they route their events through West Texas,” said Bob Papke.

With SMG joining the already stellar team of LEPAA’s key partners, there is no doubt that The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences will showcase the highest quality local, national, and international entertainment and artistic performances for the Lubbock and the South Plains audience.