All About the Benjamin’s – The rising costs of talent acquisition in a crowded festival market

December 5, 2016 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

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Ja Rule, Musician & Co-Founder, Fyre Media
Tim Sweetwood, President – Shaky Festivals, C3 Productions
Philip Blaine, President, Robot Picnic
Christiane Pheil, Director of Creative Programming and Talent Curation, Red Frog Events
John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer, Insomniac Events
Zach Rubin, President, Prime Social Group

As the festival scene continues to expand on a domestic and international scale each year, have we reached the point where intense competition amongst festivals is inflating the price for artists? If so, do fans need to prepare for the reality that those talent booking costs are eventually going to be passed down to them through higher ticket prices each year? We’ll debate these questions as organizers and agencies come together to discuss how festivals and fans are being impacted by the new financial realities of talent booking.