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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Where Your Money from Those Very Expensive Prince Tickets Went

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Prince in Vancouver, a few nights before the April 21 Portland shows.
  • image via Rogers & Cowan
  • Prince in Vancouver, a few nights before the April 21 Portland shows.
As NME reported last week and OPB reposted yesterday, Prince used part of the proceeds from those very expensive tickets to his two April 21 shows at the Roseland to help send Portland-area high school jazz students on a trip to a competition in New York City. The American Music Program's Pacific Jazz Orchestra is made up of musicians in grades 7 through 12 and, thanks to Prince, are going to the Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival at Lincoln Center this weekend, where they're one of only 15 finalists from across the country.

From NME:

Acclaimed jazz trumpeter and Artistic Director of the programme Thara Memory said: "The promoter [of Prince’s Portland gigs] is a longtime friend of mine and he told Prince about the programme. Prince was looking for something to give some money to anyway, and that’s how it came about."
Tickets for the two Portland shows were $175 for floor seats—substantially cheaper than tickets for Prince's shows in other markets like Seattle and San Francisco. Assigned balcony seating were $300. I believe there were several day-of-show tickets that went on sale for $100, and those may have been the tickets that, at least in part, went to fund the AMP's Pacific Jazz Orchestra's trip.

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