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Songkick joins the MMF

The ticketing and discovery platform says becoming a Music Managers Forum associate will boost its efforts to ensure tickets stay off the secondary market

By IQ on 30 Jun 2016

Ian Hogarth, Matt Jones, Songkick, MMF

Jones (right) and Songkick chairman Ian Hogarth

Artist-ticketing and concert discovery service Songkick has joined the Music Managers Forum (MMF) as an associate member.

In a statement, Songkick said becoming an associate of the MMF will boost its efforts to “ensure tickets end up in the hands of dedicated fans rather than on the secondary market” and “ensure musicians are able to take control of their live experiences”.

“Songkick strives to be a transparent, pioneering technology partner to artists, making it possible for musicians to remain in control of their tickets and connect them with their global fanbase better than ever before,” says Matt Jones, who has been sole CEO of Songkick since January. “We’re proud to join the Music Managers Forum as an associate, and look forward to continuing our work with its members to help artists take control of their ticketing, grow their live businesses and fight touts.”

“We look forward to continuing our work with the MMF to help artists take control of their ticketing, grow their live businesses and fight touts”

Songkick is the world’s largest direct-to-fan marketing service, operating in over 20 markets globally. It is currently suing Live Nation/Ticketmaster over claims the ticketing giant “exploited [its] monopoly power” to stifle competition by attempting to force the Songkick to pay service fees for artist-to-fan presales and intimidating concert venues and artists into not working with Songkick and other rival ticket outlets.

The MMF represents over 500 artist managers in the UK and more than 1,700 in the US, and also counts Spotify, Universal Music Group, AirPartner, Robertson Taylor and Google among its associates.


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