In the inaugural Impact 50 awards, Pollstar named Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino as the Most Impactful Executive of 2019, and Ticketmaster President Jared Smith as an industry visionary. The Impact 50 was created to recognize executives leading the charge on the industry’s most exciting innovations through creativity, strategic management, leadership, vision, artist development/career longevity, fan engagement and a commitment to excellence.

Compiled based on the feedback of fellow industry luminaries, PollStar recognizes how Smith and “the broad impact of Ticketmaster on the touring industry” has transformed the way artists, teams and venues understand, protect and connect with their fans.

Over the past several years, Ticketmaster has transformed the ticketing industry with innovations like Ticketmaster Presence, our next generation digital ticketing and venue access control platform, and SafeTix, an enhancement to Presence which adds rotating barcodes and NFC to digital tickets to prevent counterfeiting and provides event owners greater visibility into event attendees.

For more than 40 years, Ticketmaster has been the global leader in ticketing, providing the best ticketing technology and services to connect content owners to their fans, and will continue creating an impact across the industry.

To learn more about PollStar’s Impact 50, read here.