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HOF Foundation Head Joel Peresman on the Ceremony, Tickets and the Hall's Work

We don't run many letters to the editor, since most of them just say stuff like "You suck" and "Please stop murdering trees to make your crap magazine." But since the following note from Rock and Hall of Fame Foundation President/CEO Joel Peresman is quite thoughtfully presented, we thought we'd share with you, dear readers.

I saw the comment in the Rumor Mill regarding the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony yesterday. Just to give the facts, this show, which unlike other big award shows, is now open to the public (outside of the tables on the floor that are held for benefit sales, inductees and presenters), went on sale Monday at 9 a.m. and by 1:30 was effectively sold out. As of late Monday afternoon there were over 8,400 tickets sold and less than 300 available to the public.

With the way our production is set up we don’t sell tickets all the way around, and between the benefit tables on the floor, which are also sold out, tickets held by the venue, etc. there will be over 10,000 people there to celebrate this induction of Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, Peter Gabriel, Kiss, The E Street Band, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham.

As far as ticket pricing, this is our one major fundraiser of the year and we don’t have the advantage of a massive TV deal to offset all of what are still significant costs to put on a top rate event that is respectful to the inductees and also televised and we depend on the sale of tables and tickets to offset these costs and raise money for the Foundation. We are not doing anything different than we have done for the past 28 years as far as what tickets are given to the inductees, presenters and performers and what is available for them to purchase for their friends and families.

The money the Foundation nets is used to support the activities and programs of the Museum and our new Library & Archives. In the over 15 years the Museum has been open and the 3 years of the Library & Archives we have provided over 16 million dollars, which for example as gone towards the funding of a major redesign of the Museum, the building of the Library, an historic oral history program and others.

We exist solely to support the Museum and Library and continue to help fund projects, exhibits and educational programs that are the heart and soul of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We are the only people working fulltime to preserve and tell the story of the history of rock and roll.

I invite your readers to visit the Museum and Library and see firsthand what we do. There is a lot more to us than the induction ceremony.


Joel Peresman