The past 15 months have been a nightmare for independent venue owners and few know that better than founding National Independent Venue Association founding member Justin Kantor and Neumos co-owner Steven Severin. The two have fought tooth and nail to get the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant passed and understand that independent venues are still trying to get their footing as live shows return. With grants finally rolling out to independent venues, the two are turning their focus back to venue management and ticketing platform, VenuePilot.
VenuePilot was created by Kantor – who also founded New York City venue (Le) Poisson Rouge – nearly a decade ago as he perfected the software to make something he “thought would be really valuable to the industry.” The platform allows venue operators to forecast ticket sales, generate settlement sheets, place unlimited holds for events on a specialized calendar and can serve as a venue’s primary ticket. The program is free to use for all venues with VenuePilot earning revenue of $0.75 per ticket sold. Until 2022, Kantor says all those ticketing fees are going back to the venue owners.
“That’s to make sure venue operators can get back on their feet this year,” says Kantor. “I was able to build VenuePilot over an extended period of time and in a way where the company can survive quite well without making any revenue for the rest of this year.”