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Canadian Live Music Association Applauds B.C.'s Ticket Sales Act

The Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) says it congratulates the British Columbia Government on the introduction of the Ticket Sales Act on April 9, 2019. The Bill will establish a regulatory framework for the sale and resale of tickets to live recreational, sporting, or cultural events in B.C.

The ticket sales act, if passed, will require:

  • clear and prominent disclosure of prices;
  • refund guarantees by secondary sellers and secondary ticketing platform operators;
  • disclosure of key terms and conditions by primary and secondary sellers;
  • ticket resellers to disclose they are secondary sellers;
    prohibition of the sale of speculative tickets that the seller does not possess or control; and
  • the ability for civil action to be taken by consumers or ticket selling businesses if they feel they have suffered losses as the result of a contravention of the legislation.

“This legislation is good for fans,” said Erin Benjamin, president and CEO of the CLMA, “and it’s good for the growth and momentum of B.C.’s incredible concert sector, which creates almost 7,000 jobs and contributes $815 million to B.C.’s economy."

The CLMA says it commends the Mike Farnsworth, the minister of public safety and solicitor general, and his team for their commitment to working with the live music industry to develop this Bill.

The CLMA says it will be continuing to work with the B.C. government on the details of the new framework.

Read the government’s news release here.

Read the Bill here.

For more information, contact Victoria Shepherd, Director of Operations, at 647-502-3364 or vshepherd@canadianlivemusic.ca.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.