Ticketmaster.com to Service ARTISTdirect Users
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ARTISTdirect Inc. signed a ticketing services and promotional deal with Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch Inc. (TMCS) for real-time online ticketing for the ARTISTdirect Network.
As part of the three year agreement, ticketmaster.com will provide the ARTISTdirect Network with a co-branded ticketing site for all live music events and integrate real-time ticketing into each of ARTISTdirect's artist-specific sites.
In addition, the companies have agreed to work together to facilitate Internet-only ticket presales for artists participating in the ARTISTdirect Network. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.
ARTISTdirect and TMCS also will cooperate on direct marketing initiatives designed to provide concert-going fans with access to unique ARTISTdirect tour content and e-commerce opportunities.
"ARTISTdirect is a comprehensive destination for music fans, and music fans want tickets," said Marc Geiger, chief executive officer and chairman of ARTISTdirect. "The agreement with Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch allows us to implement a program that will not only bring value to our users, but will also underline our corporate mission to create a vertically integrated online network that connects fans directly to artists."
The ARTISTdirect Network of Web sites offers multi-media entertainment content, music news and information, community around shared music interests, and music-related commerce.
The network consists of ARTISTdirect.com, home of the official channels that the company operates on behalf of artists; UBL.com, a music search engine on the Web; iMusic, an online community site where fans exchange music interests and commentary; DOWNLOADSdirect; Artist TV, the network's hub for broadband programming; and the ARTISTdirect Superstore, a retail site offering recorded music and artist merchandise.