At Hamden’s Space Ballroom and now New Haven’s College Street Music Hall, all performing artists retain 100 percent of their merchandise revenue. The venues are run by Premier Concerts/Manic Presents, which is the state’s largest independent concert promoter.
Though Space Ballroom has never taken cuts from artists’ merchandise sales, an announcement on behalf of both venues was made on Tuesday, following an Instagram post from punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock, who performed at College Street Music Hall Saturday. In the post, Rosenstock took a picture of a spreadsheet listing all of the cities that he would be performing in during his fall tour and what percentage of cuts each venue would take on merchandise. Values ranged from 10 to 25 percent plus added taxes on top of some of the cuts.