[Dixielandjazz] Music Concert Grosses holding in 2008.

Stephen G Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sat Jul 12 07:20:47 PDT 2008

Below is a snip from a NY Times article about the music concert  
industry. Basically for the first half of 2008, the rise in gas prices  
and the economic slowdown have not affected concert grosses, though  
attendance has been shrinking over the years.  BTW, on average,  90%  
of the ticket prices go to the performers.

"Grosses might be holding steady, but attendance has been slipping for  
years, as the industry has remained profitable by selling fewer  
tickets for more money. The total number of tickets sold in the first  
half of 2008 fell by 5.6 percent to 16.9 million, though that was  
offset by a 5.9 percent increase in prices. The average ticket price  
for Bon Jovi, for example, was $88, and for Jay-Z and Ms. Blige it was  
$111." (Pop Tours Still Sell Despite Economy, NY Times July 12, 2008  
Ben Sisario)

Note the ticket prices above. Note also that the only OKOMer who  
commands those prices is Woody Allen. Hmmmmmmmmm.

Steve Barbone


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