19 Dec 2012
There are many points on which I would agree with the contribution to the secondary ticketing debate from StubHub's Navin Kekane, particularly on the need for greater transparency of primary allocations – letting fans know how many tickets are available on the onsale date, and how many are channelled elsewhere.
11 Dec 2012
This week’s debate ‘Ticket To Ride: Getting Primary Tickets Back Into The Hands Of Fans’ at Music Tank made it clear there is still much we can do together to identify and address the true issues within the live music industry. For StubHub, as a technology company dedicated to providing a great fan experience, there are clear opportunities to work with willing partners to progress this...
04 Dec 2012
Promoters have argued for several years that secondary ticketing needs legislation. The rampant proliferation of the secondary market has created a parasitic business for profiteers who have no investment in the music industry. This creates a huge problem for those who have long-term interests in the financial stability of the business...
27 Nov 2012
The issues around ticketing are among 2012’s most contentious. This, of course, was mainly due to an edition of Channel 4’s Dispatches that brought to wider public attention what many working in the music industry knew and feared: that the primary and secondary markets for major live events are becoming inherently dysfunctional, and true music fans were being royally ripped off.
24 Oct 2012
Revelations broadcast by Channel 4’s Dispatches back in February 2012 have failed to dent public confidence in the online secondary market although technological innovation will continue to help the primary (and secondary) market to operate more effectively - allowing artists to communicate directly with their audience and ensure, at least to some degree, that tickets end up in the hands of genuine fans.
10 Oct 2012
We want to thank Andy Inglis for his comments on the Music Tank blog around the Live Music Act. He articulated valid points which are central to the thinking around the Act; we all must consider its implementation.
03 Oct 2012
Just the other day The Live Music Act 2012 became law in England and Wales, which ushered in the deregulation of live performance in rooms of no more than 200 people capacity. I’ve followed its progress for some time, attended debates, and been invited to give my perspective on it...
26 Sep 2012
The Licensing Act 2003 created three categories of music: live music, recorded music, and entertainment similar to live and recorded music. The Act itself offers little explanation of the first two categories, and no hint of what could be included in the last, which has led to local authorities enforcing differing interpretations. This matters because their purpose is surely to promote the objectives of the Licensing Act, by guiding the accurate targeting of licence conditions.
12 Jul 2012
The more I hear about what is going on with music at the Olympics, the more the words “snouts” and “troughs” come to mind. I know that the Olympic ideal is more about the taking part than the winning, but very few participants go in knowing that the odds are rigged for them to lose every time...
12 Jul 2012
Some of the problems faced by the live business, such as ticket fraud, could broadly be considered black and white issues, whereas secondary ticketing is fifty shades of grey (ba-boom)...With the Association of Independent Festivals soon to announce its ongoing efforts toward fairer ticketing, we wonder whether black and white or grey, the ticketing issues faced by the live music business, might yet get solved in the foreseeable future.
28 May 2012
In his riposte to recent Observer and Guardian articles concerning the plight of small venues, Andy Inglis is convinced that the struggles lies more with attitudes to culture and funding. He is also convinced that attitudes to guest lists and freebies make us all potentially part of the problem...
22 May 2012
In an 'intelligence' gathering move - more Laurel and Hardy than Holmes and Watson - Essex Police have reintroduced the music-profiling question “Music style to be played /performed”, but assumed that the genre 'bashment' was a spelling mistake and had renamed it 'basement'...
29 Mar 2012
Venue owners and promoters face a slew of legislation top-down; from the proposed changes to the Licensing Act (seldom out of the news) to a burgeoning raft of health and safety legislation, noise abatement issues, security and temporary event notices...
26 Mar 2012
The Luminaire…from award-winning venue to shut-down in under six years. A thorough examination of why it was opened, how it tried to be different, how it was received by the audience, artists and industry, what went right, what went wrong and what its legacy was...
14 Mar 2012
From Ticketmaster and WeGotTickets to the new direct-to-fan companies snapping at their heels, we'll look at booking and administration fees, kickbacks, paperless tickets, entry systems, fraud and what new technology has in store for the future of ticketing...
08 Mar 2012
Part 2 - From promoting the barely-breaking-even backroom gig, right up to sold out arena shows, we’ll consider the full gamut of marketing methods available. What tricks can be learned...
06 Mar 2012
Nearly three years ago I wrote and produced the first in a trilogy of YouTube videos called United Breaks Guitars. Following a bad experience with United Airlines, where baggage handlers were seen mishandling our bands instruments...
01 Mar 2012
Live course part 1 - This introductory session considered the changing nature of the audience in a world where attention spans are shortening, where technology and an explosion in media makes never leaving the house an attractive proposition, and how venues can adapt to cope and survive in the teeth of arguably the worst economic crisis in history.
06 Feb 2012
Congratulations are due to Lord Tim Clement-Jones, The Musicians Union and UK Music for their recent success in carrying through the live music bill, making it possible for musicians to play in venues of up to 200 people without the venue requiring a license. It has been a long and certainly worthwhile campaign...
26 Jan 2012
It is now on the home straight to becoming law. Two minor amendments agreed in Commons Committee must be ratified in the Lords, probably within a fortnight, and dates set for Royal Assent. Implementation will require secondary legislation. A lead-in period of several months is likely to allow time for the live music sections within statutory Licensing Guidance to be rewritten.
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