In this Issue:
Fans First Gears Up for 2013
2012 was a pretty big year for Fans First. Many of you, backed by the power of our new Legislative Action Center, stood up for your rights as a fan and alerted your local lawmakers about scalpers and their misleading practices. As a result, not a single state enacted scalper-friendly legislation! But fan-friendly ticketing practices are still under attack, and we need your help. In 2013, Fans First will continue to fight back against legislation that favors scalpers over fans. Will you join us in the fight? Take the next step: If you haven’t already, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, and share your story of how scalpers have made a live event experience less than you’d hoped for.
The Fans First Coalition is committed to ensuring that fans everywhere get what they deserve – a good event experience, from the ticket purchase through the final out or encore. Learn More.
In Case You Missed It
Q&A With Fans First Coalition’s Michael Marion, Pollstar
- Fans First Coalition president Michael Marion reminded the live entertainment industry that scalpers remain the primary roadblock in the effort to get more face-value tickets into the hands of real fans. In a recent conversation with Pollstar, Marion discussed the major issues Fans First is working to address, including ticket scalping and face-value ticketing.
Click here to read the whole interview.
Welcome Fans First Members!
Fans First welcomes the new members who have recently joined our ranks:
2013 Legislative Outlook
As 2013 state legislative sessions begin, Fans First will encourage lawmakers across the country to stand together with fans and reject pro-scalper legislation. Here’s a look at what’s going on in one key state, and tips on how you can get involved:
- Tennessee: Good news for fans, artists, industry members in Tennessee! The Fairness in Ticketing Act will be considered again in 2013. This bill will secure many important protections for fans, including up-front, clear information about the tickets you’re buying on the resale market, and safeguards from unofficial deceptive websites that so frequently scam unassuming fans. Fans First joins the Tennessee Sports and Entertainment Industry Coalition in supporting fan-friendly ticketing reforms, and this legislation. If you live in Tennessee and love live entertainment like we do, click here and ask your Tennessee legislators to vote “Yes” on the Fairness in Ticketing Act!
Ticketing Tips: Improving your chances of getting tickets at the onsale
High demand shows can sell out FAST – no surprise when you consider that Justin Bieber has 47 million Facebook fans, but only 15,000 seats available at a typical show. Here are a few tips to consider when gearing up for the next hot onsale:
- Take advantage of fan club perks: Ticket onsales have evolved from a single event on a specific day and time to often multiple points at which tickets can be purchased. Joining an artist’s fan club and the mailing lists of your favorite venues can often give you free access to presales meant for the biggest fans.
- Be on time: High demand shows sell out FAST. So make sure you know when the onsales (or presales) are, and be ready to get online right when tickets go on sale. You can also store your purchasing information on your favorite sites, which will help to save you time and prevent your transaction from timing out if you get called away from the computer.
- Consider paperless or will-call-only tickets: Paperless and will-call-only tickets are linked to the credit card or photo ID of the individual who purchased them – so it is hard for scalpers to buy these seats with the sole purpose of reselling them. If an artist is offering these tickets as an option they can help to ensure that some of the best seats remain available for real fans who intend to go to the show.
Get more ticketing tips, including how to protect yourself when buying on ticket resale sites.
Scalpers Suck: A fan story from Karen R.
“A [scalper] website sold me two counterfeit tickets for $182.90. When we tried to use them, we were detained by security and told these were counterfeit tickets. We asked the website for a full refund and got no response.”
Have a sucky scalper story that you’d like to share? Tell us here!