Why paid Meet and Greets suck.
Hello reader! Let me warn you now, this post is basically me being angry and expressing said anger in the form of writing.
When I say paid meet and greets, I’m talking about VIP Ticket Upgrades, Tour Packages and any other instance where artists try to sell you the experience of getting to talk to them for copious amounts of money.
So why do they suck?
Well, because when you look at it in basic terms, it’s one person paying to meet another person. It’s artists and bands, trying to find a way to make more money, so exploiting their fans by offering them this ‘amazing opportunity!’
If artists really did care and respect their fans, they would not capitalise the simple action of meeting them.
The way I see it, the problem is always the artist offering the Meet and Greet. If it is being offered, people will likely buy it as they would love the opportunity to meet their idols.
I feel as though it is a challenge for people not to put artists and bands they admire on a pedestal, but it’s important to remember that at the end of the day these are just ordinary people who like to create. In fact, without their fans, they have no audience and no income from their art. They should be grateful to their fans, for giving them the support that they want for their art . So why are their artists making their fans pay to meet them? These artists, quite simply, do not deserve their fans.
Now I’m not suggesting no one should meet their heroes. Instead, these artists and bands should be offering opportunities for their fans to meet them where money is not involved.
The easiest way could be at gigs. Before or after the show, the artist could make themselves accessible for anyone who would like to meet them. Album signings are another good solution, however, they often require you to purchase the album. But if someone is a fan wants to meet the artist, chances are they’ll want to have their new album too. A further solution, if there is the concern that there are too many fans to meet for larger bands, a simple raffle draw would be fair.
What I’m saying in short, is that it’s not fair for fans of an artist to feel that they have to spend money just to say hi to their heroes. Ethically, it’s not right, and I suppose it could create divides among fans, as those who can afford it get to meet artists, and those who can’t are left longing for that brief handshake and two-minute photo opportunity.
It’s only right that I include a link to an interview with Rou Reynolds for Altpress on this subject, as it’s what got me questioning the morality of paid meet and greets in the first place a good four years ago – Click Here