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					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2003


                                             CONTACT:
                                             Dava Guerin
                                             Guerin Public Relations, Inc.
                                             (215) 914-2040 or (215) 262-0740 wireless
                                                            or
                                             Carrie Lombardi
                                             Madison House Publicity
                                             (303) 413-8308 or (303) 589-5583 wireless
                                             carrie@madisonhouseinc.com

    TICKETMASTER SUED IN FEDERAL COURT FOR ANTI-
                 TRUST VIOLATIONS

The internationally acclaimed band The String Cheese Incident, along with representatives of its
ticketing company, SCI Ticketing, and others, explained how Ticketmaster has monopolized the
                                U.S. concert ticketing industry.

NEW YORK, NY August 11 – Today, members of the rock band The String Cheese Incident,
joined representatives of their ticketing company, SCI Ticketing, and others at a news conference
in New York City to explain the details of a lawsuit filed in the U.S. Federal Court in Denver,
Colorado last week.

SCI Ticketing filed the lawsuit claiming that ticketing giant Ticketmaster has monopolized the
ticketing industry, using its immense market power to prevent competition for the sale of concert
tickets. SCI Ticketing is the first artist-centered ticketing company to sue Ticketmaster in
federal court.

SCI Ticketing is owned by The String Cheese Incident and their management company, Madison
House Inc., based in Boulder, Colorado. Madison House is a management and booking agency
that was started in 1996 with the vision of centralizing all of the music industry’s individual
functions. SCI Ticketing is one of the “family of businesses” located in the Madison
House/String Cheese headquarters.

According to Neil L. Glazer, an attorney at the Philadelphia law firm, Kohn Swift and Graf, P.C.,
who is leading the team of lawyers representing SCI Ticketing in the lawsuit, SCI Ticketing “had
no other recourse than to take legal action.”

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“SCI Ticketing has literally hit the wall in terms of being able to sell tickets directly to fans
because of Ticketmaster’s anticompetitive practices,” Glazer said. “Our client has carved out a
truly unique and successful way to do business. Unfortunately, they simply cannot compete
because Ticketmaster is restricting the supply of concert tickets.”

Because Ticketmaster has exclusive dealing arrangements with so many venues and promoters,
they have closed out independent, artist-driven ticketing companies like SCI Ticketing. This has
made it increasingly difficult for Madison House to book bands such as The String Cheese
Incident, who feel strongly about having the right to sell an allotment of their tickets directly to
fans.

Glazer said that the antitrust violations alleged in the suit include:

      Ticketmaster has entered into combinations, agreements, or conspiracies with promoters,
       venues and others, in restraint of trade, in violation of section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust
       Act.
      Ticketmaster has monopolized, attempted to monopolize, or abused its monopoly power
       in the market for the sale of tickets to popular music concerts, in violation of section 2 of
       the Sherman Antitrust Act.

In addition, SCI Ticketing asserts a state law claim for tortious interference with prospective
business advantage.

“The decision to file this lawsuit was not one taken lightly,” Glazer added. “SCI Ticketing is a
very small company, and Ticketmaster is one of the behemoths of the concert industry. By filing
this lawsuit, SCI Ticketing is hoping to put a stop to anticompetitive practices that harm not only
innovative young companies, but also artists and consumers.”

Mike Luba, co-founder of SCI Ticketing and a partner in Madison House Inc., believes that
being able to compete in the concert ticketing industry is critical to his organization’s creative
and business philosophy. “For bands like The String Cheese Incident, who depend on heavy
touring and lasting fan relationships in order to succeed, services like direct artist-to-fan ticketing
are essential. It allows fans to enjoy the complete String Cheese experience, from beginning to
end,” Luba said. “This involves giving the fans unprecedented attention for the essential part
they play in the artists’ career, and being able to offer fans SCI performances in high quality
venues and with affordable prices. Today, cultivating an artists’ fan base through such things as
touring, creative internet communications, and how they sell tickets are some of the ways for
bands to survive outside the music industry’s corporate machine. Bands like The String Cheese
Incident rely on these tools for survival,” he added.




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Keith Moseley, bassist/vocalist of The String Cheese Incident, said the band has aligned SCI
Ticketing with their creative vision to fulfill a life-long dream. “Its been a huge commitment –
our touring and reinvesting and sacrifice,” said Moseley. “We hope this action sends the
message loud and clear that monopolies like Ticketmaster cannot and will not be the only game
in town; our fans deserve more than that.”

“We are not saying Ticketmaster doesn’t have a place in the ticketing business, but we have a
different philosophy of doing business, one that caters more directly to our fans,” said Jason
Mastrine, general manager of SCI Ticketing. “Now, for the first time in our company’s history,
Ticketmaster is preventing us from acquiring the same reasonable ticket allocations we used to
get from promoters and venues. There’s room for everyone in the mix.”

According to Luba, the music industry is changing dramatically with many artists wanting to
take more control of their own careers. “This involves everything from the labels they choose to
who does their ticketing,” Luba continued. “But it’s not just about artists wanting to control their
own destiny and providing better service to their fans, it’s also an economic issue. For many
artists in today’s music industry, touring has become a much more important source of revenue
than record sales because constant touring encourages community building and fan loyalty,
which promotes a sustainable career.”

 “The music industry is suffering right now, but there is no reason that the artists and their fans
have to go down with it. We hope that the positive ramifications of filing this lawsuit
will reach well beyond just The String Cheese Incident and their fans, and benefit everyone,”
Luba said.

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