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Ticketing News: Open Sources, Picatic Crowdfunds, Eventbrite x Apple’s Passbook

Artfully-logoTicketing continues its wave of innovation as online services expand their features and make disruptive moves. Fractured Atlas recently open sourced their nonprofit-oriented ticketing, donations and contacts platform Picatic is now offering a crowdfunding feature called EventTilt to test for event demand. And Eventbrite is helping mainstream mobile ticketing by signing on to Apple's new Passbook service. Open Source Edition

Nonprofit arts service organization Fractured Atlas recently announced the open source edition of, their ticketing, donations and contacts platform. Open Source Edition is free to download though obviously it requires tech support which is rarely free and often problematic when handled by volunteers. You can check out the development roadmap to see current features and those that are on the way.

If you're running a venue, whether or not it's for profit or nonprofit, the open source version is worth a look. For one-off events and for those who don't want to handle tech issues in-house going with Artfully's hosted version or any of the myriad ticketing services now available is probably the way to go.

Picatic Adds EventTilt Crowdfunding Feature

Online ticketing service Picatic now offers event crowdfunding as an option called EventTilt. It basically functions as a presales feature that can be used to assess demand before going into regular presales ticketing mode. If early demand is not there, initial presales are refunded.

Given that ticketing is part of the package, EventTilt reveals the "potential for ticketing services who already handle events, especially those with strong brands and an established two sided market, to get into the music concert crowdfunding space and squeeze out niche operators."

Eventbrite Expands Mobile Ticketing with Apple's Passbook

Apple's new iOS6 mobile operating system includes a mobile ticketing and coupon feature called Passbook that can now be accessed by mobile apps such as those of Live Nation, Ticketmaster and Fandango.

Now Eventbrite's getting in on the action and expects to have Passbook capabilities by the end of the month.

As GigaOM's Erica Ogg points out, if Apple's Passbook does a solid job with mobile ticketing, it could be instrumental in mainstreaming this development that moves beyond paper ticketing.

Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (Twitter/ blogs about music crowdfunding at Crowdfunding For Musicians (@CrowdfundingM). To suggest topics for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.

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  1. Thanks for the article Clyde. Quick question on Crowfunding. I understand the benefits, but what happens to the venue that was booked for the event if the event is cancelled due to lack of demand? will promoter have to pay a cancellation penalty?

  2. That’s a good question. One I’ll remember to pursue in the future!
    My assumption is that it depends on the initial agreement with the venue and I’m sure that varies. If event crowdfunding takes off that will definitely become a bigger issue.

  3. Passbook is an amazing app and surely the event and ticketing world will take advantage of it.
    Big companies such as Ticketmaster and Fandango have already implemented it in their system, but also small business, cinemas and multiplex will soon get into its potential.
    That’s why we of the Passdock team are working hard with our web application, a simple and intuitive app that allows you to design, manage, delivery and update passes for iOS Passbook app, and helps you to better understand all Passbook features and potential.
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