Mission and values

We advocate. we influence. we give back

Our Vision

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.

Who We Are

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.

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.

Learn More

In order to achieve our three core goals, we offer various services and benefits to our members in order to grow their businesses and overall enhance their livelihood. The USMTG is non-profit and member driven. All membership fees go directly towards funding benefits and services for our members.

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.

About Us

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. As our organization has expanded throughout the years, the USMTG has extended our reach to all professionals in the entertainment industry, including artists, promoters, athletes, lawyers, managers and more.

Accomplishments

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 fourteen 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.

Members Benefits

NETWORKING

Join a national alliance and network of diverse professionals, including but not limited to, ticket brokers, artists, athletes, businesses, lawyers, managers, promoters and accountants.

GROWTH

Develop and grow your business.

TRADESHOW DISCOUNT

A discounted fee of $399 to the annual national conference, Ticket Summit, where you can voice your opinions and meet hundreds of event professionals like you.

PRIVATE INDUSTRY NEWS

Receive up-to-date news articles and newsletters on subjects regarding the industry and affecting your business.

POSNEXT

waived setup fee to the online point of sale and marketplace, POSNext, saving you up to $300 per year. Member Exclusive training for the POSNext mobile application

LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Have access to an expert legal team representing you and fighting against unjust legislation that creates barriers for minorities in the entertainment industry.

TICKET ONSALE INFO

A waived fee for the online subscription to Onsale InformationTop 25 Events, a Ticket Broker ForumPresale Codes and Industry Tips.

EVENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

Get USMTG certified through our Event Professional Certification to promote your reputable business, including recommendations from our affiliated organizations!

insurance benefits

Access to Insurance Benefits, including medical, life insurance, a 401(k) and disability!

WEB PROMOTION

Each member and their business is promoted on our website’s membership directory and has the possibility of being featured as the Ticket Broker of the Month, as well as on TicketNews.

Advocate for minorities by minorities
We fight the battles that they don’t, so you don’t have to.
 

Support the success of minorities in the entertainment industry.

And as we grow, so will the member benefits.
Join the Voice of Small Business. Join USMTG.

Legal Advoacy

As a part of the USMTG’s mission to create a national alliance of minority ticketing and entertainment event business owners, we advocate for laws that will reduce the disenfranchisement of minority business owners in the entertainment industry.

To accomplish our goal, USMTG has outlined 12 main discriminatory practices. We suggest banning each and offer alternative practices that will create a more equal entertainment industry for minorities and small business owners.

The USMTG is currently working on legislation in 22 states across the country.

Reduce Discriminatory Restrictions​

Our Comprehensive Legislative Package

Transferability of Tickets

Paperless ticketing is the practice of selling tickets which are non-transferable to another consumer. Paperless ticketing occurs when a consumer buys a ticket and is only allowed entry to an event with an ID or credit card attached to the person who originally purchased the ticket. Consumers deserve to have the right to do whatever they wish with their ticket once it is purchased. We propose that a permanent ban be placed on selling paperless tickets exclusively to an event.

Transparency

The secondary market is blamed when event tickets sell out seemingly instantaneously and consumers are left confused without any options. This phenomenon is largely due to the entities that regulate admission to events. Those who operate places of entertainment often hold back 40-60% of tickets for promoters, artists, venues and VIP's to purchase or sell. Therefore, we propose a law disclosing the total number of tickets available and how many are available for the general public.

Standardize Disclosures

Current ticket resale laws hold standards for disclosures on the secondary market that the primary market does not need to meet. The secondary market is held accountable for disclosing the face value of a ticket and money back guarantees. We propose standardizing all disclosures for both the secondary and primary market, including transparency on the face value of a ticket, money back guarantees and displaying ticket prices.

Free & Equal Access to Internet Marketing

Google, StubHub and Ebay have raised advertising costs for small businesses by using private label marketing tools. It is unlawful for search engines to discriminate against small businesses by engaging in unfair practices designed to bias search content in favor of Internet content providers paying the highest advertising fees. We propose banning search engines from disadvantaging small businesses based solely on the ability to pay high advertising costs.

Ban URL Restrictions

Currently, there are restrictions on retailer's use of URL descriptors. This inhibits smaller businesses from using clear language to describe the event, artist or venue. By prohibiting retailers from properly and clearly marketing the tickets being sold, this bill disadvantages smaller ticketing business compared to larger competitors. In addition, it prohibits online advertising while harming consumer's ability to accurately search for tickets at fair prices. We propose allowing ticket resellers to fairly use descriptive language in order to advertise to the general public.

Ban Ticket Pricing Floors

Various teams have mandated that a ticket cannot be sold or resold below a minimum ticket price. Ultimately, this disallows sellers from lowering ticket prices, which in effect raises prices on the market and creates a restraint on free trade. We propose banning a minimum price on all tickets.

Genre Restrictions

Venues impose restrictions on ticket distribution on certain genres and not others. Operators of places of entertainment cannot selectively apply certain terms or conditions to one event and not others depending on the kind of event. This includes concerts, musical performances, theatre productions, sporting events and all other entertainment events. We propose banning venues from imposing restrictions on ticket distribution for certain genres.

License and Bond Fees

Several states, such as New Jersey and New York, have exorbitant licensing and bonding fees attached to annual applications for ticket resellers. These high costs are major barriers to smaller businesses and acts as a disincentive to smaller ticket resellers from registering within the state. We advocate that fees be reduced no more than $100.

Geographic Restrictions

In many states, ticket resellers cannot operate within a certain distance of a venue. These distances are arbitrary and do not protect consumers. The closer to the venue that a consumer is, the safer their purchases will be as they can check the legitimacy of a ticket at the venue. In addition, these laws are unfair to tax paying and registered ticket sellers, especially when many places of entertainment are funded by tax payers.

Exclusive Ticketing Contracts

Places of entertainment are often funded by tax payers and should be open for all brokers to participate with. Exclusive contracts between publicly funded venues and primary marketplaces restrict small businesses from doing business with the venue. This is especially unfair when the broker is a paying for that venue to operate through taxes. We propose restricting public funded venues and organizations from creating exclusive contracts with ticket sellers and resellers.

Third Party Sharing Agreements

Ticket sellers, such as Ticket Master, share customer information with the venue, team, artist, or league without consent from the customer. This breaches consumer privacy on every level. We propose that ticket sellers must have information sharing agreements with resellers, marketplaces and exchanges before sharing that information with third parties, including venues, artists, teams, leagues, etc.

Consumer Protection

Currently, ticket consumers cannot control how their personal information is being used by ticket resellers. Most commonly, the original consumer's name and other personal information is printed on the ticket. We propose that it is unlawful for the operator or ticketing service to print any personally identifiable information of a customer on a ticket to an event, unless the customer is able to remove or obscure the information on the ticket.

USMTG believes that this comprehensive legislative package will not only offer more opportunities to minorities in the entertainment industry, but also support our success.