The Playgoer: B'way Ticket "Fees" Bypass Artist Royalties

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

B'way Ticket "Fees" Bypass Artist Royalties

Nice idea the Broadway League had back in 2008 to start slapping an extra $1 fee on every ticket sold at the TKTS discount booths.  Not only was it more cash--but cash not accounted for under "box office."  That means when certain artists get paid royalties as a percentage of said box office... well, you get the picture.

Well thanks to the directors' union (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, aka SDC), a labor arbitrator has ruled the practice illegal!

So the producers will have to come up with some other way of amassing "tax free" income.

One wonders, too--will they keep the fee?  Or would they rather give the dollar back to consumers than share it with artists?

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