Event Tickets Imprinted with Works of Art Inspire Giving - An Innovation in Crowdfunding Offered by Brown Paper Tickets

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Brown Paper Tickets Just Released 100,000 Tickets Adorned With Original Works of Art for a 25-Cent Donation to charity as an innovative program that enables crowdfunding through ticketing.

Ellen Forney's Original Artwork for the Artist Ticket Program

“Ticket stubs help people to savor the memories of live events,” said Steve Butcher, CEO of Brown Paper Tickets. “We created the Artist Ticket to elevate the work of local artists to ticket buyers around the world, while inspiring giving."

Brown Paper Tickets has just released 100,000 Artist Tickets adorned with original artworks donated by nationally-recognized artists, in exchange for a 25-cent gift to a community rebounding from tragedy. This first-of-its-kind artistic innovation in crowdfunding has the potential to collect $25,000 for a community in need, while bringing international exposure to artists through events produced in 27 countries using Brown Paper Tickets.

“Ticket stubs help people to savor the memories of live events,” said Steve Butcher, CEO of Brown Paper Tickets. “We created the Artist Ticket to elevate the work of local artists to ticket buyers around the world, while inspiring giving and supporting community – the core values of our Not-Just-For-Profit business model.“

“The community spirit of giving has really helped with the healing process,” said Nancy Neyhart, organizer of the Victims of the Café Racer Shooting Memorial Fund, the beneficiary of the first Artist Tickets. The fund benefits the families and those affected by the tragic shooting of 6 people in a single day in Seattle last May. “The generosity of this gesture by Brown Paper Tickets is inspiring, and you will also have a really cool ticket.”

New York Times Best Seller’s List author and artist Ellen Forney, and nationally-acclaimed artist Jim Woodring each donated an original work of art to this innovative fundraiser. Both artists will give readings from their current books and personally autograph the Artist Tickets at an Artist Ticket Launch Party on Thursday, Dec. 13. Artist Tickets to this event can be purchased online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/301526.

Brown Paper Tickets has sold tickets through more than 750,000 events ranging from traditional theater, artist, comedy and sporting events to people and small businesses ticketing classes and tours. Even with the 25-cent donation for the Artist Ticket, the total cost of an event ticket is often less expensive than the regular cost of a ticket through almost any other ticketing company, as Brown Paper Tickets has one of the lowest and most transparent ticketing fees, globally. Brown Paper Tickets will choose a new artist’s work to adorn the tickets, and a new cause to benefit from them in 2013.

If you represent a nonprofit, or you are an artist, and you would like to be considered for the next Artist Ticket, send an email with the subject "Artist Ticket" to ArtistTicket(at)brownpapertickets(dot)com. Write your name, phone number, email address, and a short paragraph stating why you think your art or your nonprofit should be chosen.

About Brown Paper Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com), the Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company, revolutionized the industry by putting free, professional tools for ticketing any-sized gathering on the Internet, and continues to champion the rights of ticket-buyers with the lowest fee for the most service in the industry. The company donates 5 percent of the profit from each ticket sale to build communities and nonprofits, pays its employees to work 40 hours each year for the cause of their choosing, and employs a team of “Doers,” experts in industries such as music, new media, makers, roller derby and more, to fix, improve and revolutionize the communities where we live, work and play.

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