Washington – The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) and the U.S. Minority Ticketing Group (USMTG) today announced a formal affiliation between the organizations where NATB will provide support and other resources to USMTG and its members. This relationship aims specifically on issues of common interest, including advocacy, developing a mentorship program with small brokers who belong to USMTG, and to develop educational tools such as a ticketing school to advance best business practices in conducting ticket resale.
“This is a terrific moment for both of our organizations,” said Scot X. Esdaile USMTG, Executive Director. “Some of the issues we hope to address with NATB revolve around creating access for minorities, corporate responsibility, community outreach, the development and growth of small ticket brokers, and philanthropy in urban communities.”
“We formed NATB in 1994 in order to establish and conduct ticket resale to the highest standards possible, which are reflected in our Code of Ethics and evidenced by our many years supporting the passage of state and federal laws and regulation that protect consumers and an open secondary ticket resale market,” said Gary Adler, NATB executive director and counsel. “We believe in doing ticket resale right and we are excited about this USMTG relationship because it is all about helping others practice what we preach. The growth of ticket resale has been enormous and consumers have benefited from a wider choice of companies and platforms from which to buy tickets, with a wider range of price options including lower prices.”
NATB represents over 200 secondary market resale companies and has long advocated for the rights of ticket buyers and its membership which, importantly, is comprised of brokers that conduct their business under a set of consumer protection measures and Code of Ethics. For example NATB members provide 200% refund protection on its tickets. USMTG was founded in 2014 and already has over 100 member resale companies throughout the U.S.
Through this relationship with the USMTG, NATB is excited to expand the reach of NATB’s Protect Tickets Rights initiative (www.ProtectTicketRights.org). Protect Ticket Rights defends the rights of ticket buyers and sellers.