Seattle, Washington February 22, 2013- In this post Napster music industry that we are living in, the live concert is proving to still be king. The Seattle Venue Project is challenging the way that music venues work around the country, taking things back to how things used to work. The new venue boasts a code of ethics that they are going to operate by.
They will never:
- Ask a band to pay to play
- Ask a band to sell their own tickets
- Charge convenience fees
- Never put more than 4 bands on a bill
The Seattle Venue Project is going to accomplish these ethics by using a few methods. An in house ticketing system that is going to help relieve the stress at checkout over convenience fees. Owner and General manager Aisha Alder says, “ Who are convenience fees really convenient for? Not the audience, I have had people tell me stories about buying a ticket on one of the major online ticket outlets and their $25.00 ticket turned into a $80.00 ticket at check out.” The Seattle Venue Project says that their ticketing system which is completely green, when you buy the tickets online from their website you can open up the email on your smartphone and they will scan it at the door, allows them to keep the extra charges at bay because there is no middle man.
Local news outlets are catching on to what the Seattle Venue Project is doing Kelly Mason of Raincityambiance.com said in her recent interview with Aisha “ I’ll admit it sounded a little idealistic. A venue that cares about the people’s opinion and doesn’t ask bands to sell tickets sounds like a pre-2007 notion, but it would be great if bands could focus on making music again instead of driving all over the greater Seattle area selling $8 tickets to people who might not even show up to the gig. “
Aisha says “ I know that we are in Seattle but we want to inspire all the other venues all over the country to do this too, rock shows have gotten crazy, having 5-6 bands playing in one night! I am worn out by the time the band I came to see comes on. Venues have stopped caring about the music and the experience. I have been on the other side of this for to long, it is time to create a better venue for a better concert experience. “
Right now the Seattle Venue Project is running a crowd funding campaign to raise money for the initial fees of opening but since launching they have collected hundreds of dollars in just a few days.
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