Festival Goers Give Big To Charities
- Oxjam/WeGotTickets Partnership Raises £6.7k, With Record Donations by Customers
- Radio Station Launches in Kenya Through WeGotTickets/ActionAid Christmas Appeal
- WeGotTickets Reaches 1m Customers
16 February , London:- In its fifth year of drumming up funds for charity Oxfam, the month-long music festival Oxjam raised £6722.87 in October through UK paperless ticketing agency WeGotTickets. The £3556 received in donations on top of the ticket price from Oxjam fans also broke the largest amount of customer donations to any charity project processed by WeGotTickets.
Charity ActionAid also raised £3473.37 for Kenyan radio project Muziq Speak in a 2011 Christmas appeal through a mixture of customer donations and WeGotTickets booking fee donations.
WeGotTickets reached a high point last week as it served its one millionth customer, a decade after its launch as a pioneer of transparency and innovation in the ticketing sector. Paperless ticketing, an example of such innovation, was initiated by WeGotTickets to increase convenience and reduce ecological impact, subsequently becoming an industry standard.
Thanks to the generosity of this year’s Oxjam patrons, customer donations rose to £3556 compared to £3255 in 2010 despite a dip in overall ticket sales. This brought the total amount raised to £6722.87 from a mixture of donations and WeGotTickets contributions. 2011’s Oxjam was a huge success with more shows taking place than 2010, as well as ‘Takeover’ events, for which the festival has become known. WeGotTickets succeeded in training more Takeover managers than ever, and the expectation is to expand this further in 2012.
WeGotTicket’s Christmas appeal steamed ahead of their 2010 effort raising £3473.37 for this year’s ActionAid project Muziq Speak, a radio and recording studio in the slums of Korogocho, Kenya. Run in conjunction with the local partner Koch FM, the community radio station now addresses issues of poverty and social exclusion in the region through music, information sharing and education. The project was made viable with a combination of customer donations in a ‘donation box’ when buying tickets through WeGotTickets in December and 100% of the booking fees on Christmas day which WeGotTickets donated to the project.
Said Nick Bryer, Oxjam Manager, “We’re so grateful for the money that WeGotTickets and their customers raised for Oxfam last October. It’s money thatwill genuinely change lives around the world. The Oxjam festival is all about using their love of live music to really make a difference. WeGotTickets share ourethos and our passion, and that’s what makes them such a great partner for us to work with”
Commented Stuart Fowkes, ActionAid “This money will make a huge difference to tens of thousands of people living in the Korogocho slum in Kenya -their community radio station is a vital lifeline for them, and WeGotTickets and their customers have given it a massive boost this Christmas. Everyone atActionAid is looking forward to working with WeGotTickets in all sorts of new ways in 2012.”
Said Dave Newton, WeGotTickets “One million customers and over £10,000 raised for these great charity projects – doing it right and doing the right thing”
WeGotTickets is the UK’s leading paperless ticketing agency. Launched in 2002, WeGotTickets works with over 4,000 event organisers placing it in the top five ticketing agencies in the UK.
WeGotTickets has made it possible for organisers of events of all shapes and sizes to benefit from advance ticket sales, and now sells more than 750,000 tickets a year; from art events and underground restaurants to traditional live music and comedy shows and festivals.
Since its launch, WeGotTickets has consistently pushed for innovation, transparency and best practice across the ticketing industry, with many of the company’s ideas becoming standard industry practice.
The company’s 10% maximum ticket commission rate has helped to lower fees across the business, whilst its pioneering paperless ticketing system has been a major factor in reducing the live music industry’s carbon footprint.
Over the years WeGotTickets has been proud to work on a number of special campaigns with charities such as Oxfam, Macmillan, Youth Music and Warchild, and regularly donates a percentage of their booking fees back to these groups. In 2009 the company launched a unique feature allowing ticket buyers to quickly and easily make a donation to a featured charity whilst purchasing tickets.
WeGotTickets is now proud to be a full member of STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) and is fully behind the organisation’s new fraud prevention kite mark.