Our History

 

The US Minority Ticketing Group was founded in Las Vegas in 2014 as a business league by a national group of minority ticketing, event, and entertainment business owners to create a diverse and inclusive association of event professionals. We started with a core group of 5 members and have grown steadily over the years, now numbering over 100 members.

The initial main focus of this group was to advocate for a more inclusive business environment on a local, state and national level, to reduce institutional barriers that prevent small ticketing professionals from reaching the next level. In the end, like all other businesses in America, the ticketing and event marketplace should be governed by supply and demand, where consumers and ticketing businesses can participate freely without restriction.

Through our national chair Scot X. Esdaile, we were influential in passing landmark legislation in Connecticutfought Federal Trade Commission for equity with Congressman Adriano Espaillat of the Committee on Small Business, and this year led the fights for fairness in Missouri, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Washington and many other states.

Dedicated to our members' growth and prosperity, we can help protect your business from overreaching regulation, connect you to leaders and legislators, and provide you with valuable benefits and services.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring minorities and nontraditional business owners together in unity to utilize our business expertise in order to create access in the entertainment industry, enhance economic development and give back to our communities.

We are an advocacy organization that makes changes for the betterment of nontraditional businesses in the entertainment industry. 

We are a 501 (c) 6 that is comprised of minority, nontraditional and traditional entertainment event professionals, forming our inclusive and diverse national network and unique approach to issues within the entertainment industry. Our members extend throughout the United States, ultimately creating a national alliance of event professionals in the entertainment industry.

WE ADVOCATE. WE INFLUENCE. WE GIVE BACK

Our partnership with USMTG Scholars offers mentorship and guidance to youth by providing the skills and expertise of our members.

The US Minority Ticketing Group (USMTG) is the voice of small entertainment business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners. USMTG is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven.

Our Three Core Goals:

  • Advocacy – We address state and national legislative initiatives that provide barriers to minority businesses and consumers, as well as supporting initiatives which assist our members' business growth. We have an expert legal team that helps address these issues and supports initiatives that enhance business growth and economic development for our members.
  • Business Opportunities –  We develop partnerships with other entertainment associations, corporations and business owners to position members in a national network of professionals. We use the sum of our joint power to grow our individual businesses, as well as develop additional ventures.
  • Networking – We work with other brokers and businesses in the ticketing, entertainment and sporting industries to achieve our goals and provide business opportunities. We are currently working on various partnerships to ensure that our members will have access to capital, resources and services throughout the country.
(Left to right: Darnell Goldson, Scot X. Esdaile, Mike Freeman, 
Larry Lundy and Freda Wilkins)
USMTG presenting at the TicketSummit annual conference.

(Left to right: Darnell Goldson, Scot X. Esdaile, Mike Freeman, Larry Lundy and Freda Wilkins)