Ticketmaster’s Jared Smith Stepping Down at End of Year
Jared Smith is stepping down as global chairman of Ticketmaster at the end of 2020, according to multiple reports. The longtime Ticketmaster President was named global chairman earlier this year. Sportico first reported the move, which it says will help the company bring in new leadership to shape its post-COVID... Read more
The state of festivals and concerts: preparing for live events to commence
By Jason Thomas, CEO of Tappit With COVID-19 continuing to have an impact on events for the foreseeable future, it’s safe to say that concerts and festivals, as we have known them, will not be happening anytime soon. However, promoters and organizers around the world are finding new ways... Read more
Australian Regulators Fine Viagogo $7 Million Over “Misrepresentation”
A judge in Australia has ordered Viagogo pay a $7 million fine over “misrepresentation” to consumers. Justice Stephen Burley issued the ruling in a case brought against the ticket resale marketplace by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Viagogo’s use of the word “official” in its marketing and... Read more
Broadway Lauds Inclusion of “Save Our Stages” Funds in Proposed Stimulus
Broadway representatives applauded the most recent iteration of a new round of coronavirus stimulus from the government, at least as the democratically-controled House of Representatives has framed it. The Heroes Act introduced this week included $10 billion in grant money – known as the “Save Our Stages Act” designed... Read more
Los Angeles Comic Con Aims for In-Person Event in December
Los Angeles Comic Con has announced plans for an in-person event in December, which would be the first at that scale in the state since March. This, of course, assumes that they will be able to get governmental approval for the event, which is anything but certain. “Over the... Read more
Law Sharply Penalizing Ticket Resale Proposed by Irish Authorities
Fines of up to €100,000 and two years jail time are included in legislation being considered by authorities in Ireland. The crime? Resale of tickets for more than face value. Proposed legislation effectively bans ticket resale in the country in venues with a capacity of more than 1,000 for... Read more
Tampa Bay Cup Celebrations Kick-Start Stadium Reopening
Tampa Bay fans have not yet been able to see the Buccaneers play in person, but they will be allowed into Raymond James Stadium Wednesday. The field will host a celebration for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who captured the franchises first Stanley Cup this week with a 4-2 series... Read more
Connecticut Venues Allowed to Reopen After Surprise Announcement from Governor
Concert venues and other arts spaces will be allowed to open as early as October 8 in Connecticut, following a surprise announcement by Governor Ned Lamont last week. Shuttered since March in one of the states hit hardest by the pandemic in its early phases, some organizers plan to... Read more
Michigan House Votes to End Ban on Legal Ticket Resale
State lawmakers in Michigan voted Tuesday to repeal a longtime ban on legal ticket resale in the state. A pair of bills passed the house by wide margins – 93-12 and 91-14 – and will now be considered by the Senate. The upper chamber had passed legislation removing the... Read more
Broadway, Sen. Schumer Call on Congress for SOS Support
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined the Broadway League to drum up support for the Save Our Stages (SOS) Act in New York City Friday. The legislation proposes federal assistance for productions, concerts, comedy shows and other positions within the industry, which has been brought to a near-complete... Read more