USMTG Welcomes Tix City’s Lonny Belvin to the Team

By: Taylor Porco The US Minority Ticketing Group (USMTG) is proud to welcome Lonny Belvin, one of our first supporters, to the organization. Belvin is the founder and owner of Tix City, a nationally recognized leader in ticket sales in the Northeast. Belvin is no amateur when it comes to the ticketing industry. Like most teenagers, […]

Hawaii Moves to End Ticketmaster’s Exclusive Contracting Agreements

January 31, 2019 TicketNews Hawaii natives have had enough of primary ticket sellers, exclusive contracts, and ticket hold backs; the state has now introduced legislation to prohibit it and put numerous consumer protections in place. If passed, the legislation would prohibit venues from entering into exclusive partnerships with ticket providers. These exclusive ticket contracts have been the disdain of performing artists like Pearl […]

Opinion: New York Resale Laws Add Onerous Barriers to Small, Minority Businesses

Opinion: New York Resale Laws Add Onerous Barriers to Small, Minority Businesses INDUSTRYLEGAL November 26, 2018 TicketNews “New York does not lower fees or taxes!” This phrase was shouted across the room by none-other than democrat New York Representative Daniel O’Donnell. This was said in the private closed-door October 2017 meeting between state legislators and representatives from […]

The Myth of the Ticket Scalper: Corporate Scams, Historical Stigma

The Myth Of the Ticket Scalper: Corporate Scams, Historical Stigma INDUSTRY December 13, 2018 TicketNews By: Taylor Porco The words ”ticket scalper” are marked by centuries of taboo and stigma. The ticket scalper’s infamous and criminalized legacy persists today, as state legislation, artists and venues try to control and prohibit the resale of tickets. As ticket reseller […]

New York Congressman Espillat Stands Up for Small Businesses With Letter to FTC

New York Congressman Espillat Stands Up for Small Businesses With Letter to FTC GUEST COMMENTARYINDUSTRYLEGAL July 3, 2018 Darnell Goldson Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who represents the upper Manhattan New York 13th Congressional District, recently wrote to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding small business participation in the online ticket sales market (PDF). In supporting small and minority participation, Congressman […]