Two Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed new ticketing legislation, dubbed the “Taylor Swift Bill,” that would require platforms to transparently disclose the full price of tickets.
As reported by Fox Business, Democrats Dan Carey (Representative) and John Welles (Senator) have introduced similar bills titled the “Ensure Transparent Ticket Pricing Act.” These bills require ticket sellers to display the full price of tickets, including fees and surcharges, before selecting tickets for purchase.
The Bill states, “The disclosure of subtotals, fees, charges and any other components of the total price shall not be false or misleading, and shall be presented in the same size as the total price.”
Carey told Boston 25 that the proposal is known as the “Taylor Swift Bill” because of the fallout from last year’s Eras Tour pre-sales that led to an investigation into the market by the US Senate.
“We get a lot of feedback from fans who are frustrated with the ticketing process,” he says. “It will be a tool in the arsenal to quickly know the total price, to see what part is fees and what part is ticket price.
“I’ve heard from Bruce Springsteen fans, Taylor Swift fans, Beyoncé fans, Patriots fans and all kinds of people who want to attend different shows and don’t want to be cheated while doing so.”
The bill, which is based on a similar law in New York, is currently before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensing.
“At the most fundamental level, this bill is a consumer protection law,” Wellis says. “It allows people to know their budget when they go to buy these tickets and to know that this is the amount they will ultimately be asked to spend.”
Earlier this year, US President Joe Biden called for a crackdown on “excessive ticket fees”, saying that hidden or unexpected fees “are not only costly to consumers, but can also hinder competition.” ” True cost faced by the consumers. This call inspired Senators Richard Blumenthal and Sheldon Whitehouse to introduce the Junk Fee Prevention Act.
Ticket reform has been an increasingly hot topic in the United States since the pre-sales of last year’s Eras tour, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapinoe recently addressed high-profile disputes over ticket prices, tickets and sales. addressed. Live Nation has been a vocal supporter of all-inclusive pricing and launched the “Fair Ticketing Act” with support from organizations such as the CAA, UTA, Wasserman Music and WME.
Nineteen companies and associations operating in North America also formed the “Fix the Ticks” coalition earlier this month to “collectively advocate for a better ticketing experience than the nightmare of many fans and artists.”