Does a show admission fee "winnow out" looky-loos, thereby increasing the percentage of buyers at a show?
Do such shows actually have a higher spend per customer?
And how do you know?
This issue was brought up by Nancy Grimsley on my Coconut Point show review today, and we thought it was worthy of its own topic. I've heard lots of debate pro and con about whether artists like fees or not. But the debate, while impassioned, has never been accompanied by data.
So I thought I'd ask here: Has there been done any actual RESEARCH (you know, with numbers and all ;-) ) done on the relationship between a show charging an admission fee, and the percentage of buyers and per-customer spend at the show?