We build the community around community arts and culture organizations

Audience1st is a web-based, all-in-one, open source system for ticketing, subscriptions, development, and backoffice functions, designed expressly for the needs and budgets of small to medium sized nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area have been relying on Audience1st for over 10 years.

Run for theaters, not for profit

Audience1st is run by theater folks for theater folks. Low monthly fees (and no per-ticket fees) cover our hosting and backup costs, nothing more. Or deploy it yourself with no license or royalty fees.

Cultivate long-term relationships

Selling a ticket to a customer is just the first step. Cultivate your ticket buyers into regular customers, then subscribers, and ultimately donors and supporters.

Get paid quickly

Patron payments go directly into your organization's Stripe account. We are never in the path of your revenue, we don't see your patron's credit card data, and we don't collect “convenience” fees.

Integrates with best-of-breed tools

Automatically import Goldstar or TodayTix sales to cultivate those patrons, create marketing campaigns using MailChimp, and add a show calendar and real-time ticket info to your theater's main Web site.

Flexible event types and seating

Events can be livestreamed, stream-anytime, or in-theater with either general admission or reserved seating. If you can make a spreadsheet, you can make a seating chart.

No long-term commitment, and you own your data

You pay nothing until you start selling tickets, after which it's month-to-month. If you decide to leave, we'll send you all of your patron and purchase data immediately. Audience1st is 100% open source and all of its data formats are documented.

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Have questions? Want a demo? Email us at We're happy to provide testimonials from the organizations we work with now and set up a demo for you!