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Episode 1: Getting Rid of Gatekeepers

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January 22, 2021

Side Door Access cofounders Laura Simpson and Dan Mangan take their entertainment tech start-up into the new world of live-streamed performances. Finding opportunity exists in the midst of a pandemic for a middle-class of artistry.

The Side Door Access website states, “We match artists with spaces to create shows anytime, anywhere”, and anywhere now includes the world wide web! The team at Side Door have a habit of identifying music market voids and reacting with innovation. The whole business was birthed from recognizing a need for more performance opportunities for a mid-level of performers, and once again when Covid-19 struck and the arts industry felt the sting, Side Door jumped to action.

In Episode 1 of “From Starving to Savvy”, we hear how this online platform started by a 2-time JUNO winner and an arts industry wiz rolled with the pandemic punches and found a way to come out on top.

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