Billie Eilish among artists to back Fans First Act in letter

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Billie Eilish, Green Day and Cyndi Lauper are just some of the artists that have signed a letter in support of The Fans First Act.

The legislation is aiming to address some of the flaws in the live event ticketing system in the US.

More than 250 artists have signed the letter, which is urging the Senate Commerce Committee to support the bill. The Fans First Act was initially introduced by Senators John Cornyn, Amy Klobuchar, Marsha Blackburn, Peter Welch, Roger Wicker and Ben Ray Lujan. 

Facilitated by Fix the Tix, which represents constituencies within the music and events industry, the letter read: “As artists and members of the music community, we rely on touring for our livelihood, and we value music fans above all else. 

“We are joining together to say that the current system is broken: predatory resellers and secondary platforms engage in deceptive ticketing practices to inflate ticket prices and deprive fans of the chance to see their favourite artists at a fair price.”

Additional artists that backed the legislation included Lorde, Train, Fall Out Boy, Duran Duran, Diplo and more. 

Addressed to Senators Maria Cantwell and Ted Cruz, Chair and Ranking Member of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, respectively, the letter added: “Predatory resellers have gone unregulated while siphoning money from the live entertainment ecosystem for their sole benefit. They use illegal bots, speculative ticket listings, and deceitful advertising, which cause real harm.”