PRESS RELEASE: “I.M.P. SELECTS NEW TICKET PROVIDER, TICKETFLY, FOR THE 9:30 CLUB”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (I.M.P.; Ticketfly) November 9, 2009 – The 9:30 Club, which once again just won Billboard’s coveted national honor of Club of the Year Award, announced today that it will use a new online ticketing and marketing provider. I.M.P., one of the nation’s preeminent independent concert promoters has selected Ticketfly to sell tickets for 9:30 Club shows scheduled to take place after January 1, 2010.
Ticketfly is exclusively focused on live music promotion, and plans to create an online community where customers not only buy tickets efficiently, but also discover new artists and events and share event-related experiences. In addition to show information, Ticketfly’s Event page will feature artist images, bios, streaming audio and video links and artist website and social media links. The pages integrate with Facebook and Twitter, allowing consumers to seamlessly invite their friends to concerts through their social networks. Ticketfly is headed by former senior management of TicketWeb, the Internet’s first ticketing company.
“The guys at Ticketfly have proven to be innovators and they’re on to something here,” said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and owner of the 9:30 Club. “The bottom line is we think it will be more fun for our customers. For years it has just been more of the same in the ticketing space, but this is different. They are creating unique tools and a better experience for our ticket buyers,”
“Although they are obviously a newer company with less volume and they’re investing huge sums on technology, Ticketfly made the commitment to not raise charges,” said Hurwitz. “But as usual customers have options. There are never any service fees when you buy at the door on show night, and only $1 per ticket when you buy in advance at the box office.”
Ticketfly is the brainchild of Andrew Dreskin and Dan Teree, respectively the co-founder/former CEO and former President of TicketWeb, the first company to sell event tickets via the Internet. “We’ve worked with Andrew over many years and he’s clearly a visionary and a businessperson who shares our standards of integrity,” said Hurwitz. In addition to the 9:30 Club, Ticketfly is now serving popular venues in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and other US markets, and is expanding quickly across the country.
“It’s remarkable how little online ticketing has changed in the past decade, “ said Dreskin. “Our integrated ticketing, website and marketing platform streamlines daily life for concert promoters. We address their repetitive and time-consuming daily tasks so that they are now able to focus their energies on more important initiatives.” Teree went on to say, “Ticketfly aims to give promoters and fans relevant technologies that will enhance the already social aspect of seeing a live show. We’re really listening to our clients and the fans to determine how best to use the latest web and mobile goodies and to have a lot more fun.”
Formed in 1980, I.M.P., is a Bethesda, Md.-based concert promoter and event production company. In addition to launching the Virgin Festival in the U.S., the principals at I.M.P. own Washington DC’s legendary 9:30 club, renowned as the premier place to see and hear cutting edge live music of all varieties. I.M.P. also programs and operates Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Over the last 29 years, I.M.P. and the 9:30 club have put on nearly 10,000 events, hosting millions of music fans.
Ticketfly (HYPERLINK “http://www.ticketfly.com/”www.ticketfly.com) is a new company from the co-founder and former senior management of TicketWeb, the first company in the world to sell event tickets on the Internet. Ticketfly is an online ticketing and marketing platform for music promoters that increases efficiency and offers next-generation ticketing, website and social marketing tools. Ticketfly offers promoters free website development tools and is the first ticketing company to have built a WordPress plug-in specifically geared to the live music industry. Ticketfly clients also gain access to integrated Facebook Event creation and Twitter tools to make sure their events are being seen and heard on the most ubiquitous social platforms today. For fans, Ticketfly’s goal is to offer an online destination where fans engage around live music experiences and easily communicate with their friends about the artists and events they love. Ticketfly’s clients include the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco, Troubadour in Los Angeles, Brooklyn Bowl in New York City and Knitting Factory venues nationwide.
Audrey Fix Schaefer