Today, the legendary Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival have announced they are entering a new era of ticketing via an exclusive partnership with DICE, the fast-growing platform that will digitally ticket each preeminent event for the first time ever. Both Festivals take place at the gorgeous Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island and are known the world over for their historic moments, unannounced guests and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations.
DICE, the music discovery and ticketing platform, has rapidly expanded their U.S. footprint, opening a second headquarters in New York City and joining forces with dozens of stateside venues who have leaned into DICE’s transparent, fan-friendly model.
Since the 1950s, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals have delivered unforgettable performances from some of the most iconic artists of all time, while simultaneously providing music education and grants to multiple generations of artists.
“Every year of the event, we work with our partners to innovate beyond traditional ticketing,” says Jay Sweet, Executive Producer of Newport Folk. “The most important thing to us is that the fans have a fantastic experience and we know that experience starts long before doors open to our event. In a year where fans deserve to get out and go see the music they love, we know DICE is the right partner to make things as easy as possible, fair, transparent and intuitive for our Newport Family. We want these tickets in the hands of our fans and not on the secondary market.”
“Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals have an unmatched legacy as two of the most celebrated music events in US history and it’s an honor for DICE to be named their partner,” said DICE President Russ Tannen. “At DICE we love working with the most ambitious operators in the world, whether that’s rising independent venues through to legendary festivals that continue to push the boundaries.”
The Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, created by George Wein in 1954 and 1959 respectively, are some of the longest running music festivals in history. The festivals have been home to legendary performances by Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples and countless more. Widely considered two of the most treasured cultural institutions in American history, for over sixty years, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals have shown that music has the ability to positively impact the communities and lives it touches. In 2008, Jay Sweet joined the organization and since then, Sweet has steadily grown Newport Folk Festival to an immediate sellout months in advance and before announcing a single artist. The success of the Folk Festival has allowed the organization to invest in musicians relief programs and expand the impact and reach of its music education initiatives.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Newport Festivals Foundation’s mission is to foster the legacy and expand the impact of its Folk and Jazz Festivals through education initiatives that celebrate innovation while preserving the deep traditions inherent in Jazz and Folk music. Newport makes annual grants to music education organizations across the country and in its own backyard as well as organizing music programming for numerous area schools.
DICE is known for making quick and easy connections to the best live and live streamed shows in the world through its easy to use app that locks tickets to smartphones, eliminating scalpers and ensuring fair pricing. The burgeoning platform is home to innovative features like its Discovery tool that recommends personalized events and the Waiting List which gets activated when a show sells out, giving fans the chance to get into a hot event at a fair price without getting sucked into the unforgiving world of secondary resales.
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