The Dixie Chicks, Court Yard Hounds, John Mayer, Maroon 5 and R.E.M are among more than 30 artists involved in launching the Fans First Coalition, a nationwide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting fans from fraudulent and unscrupulous ticket practices. The organization aims to curtail ticket scalping and to raise awareness of the business practices of ticket resale sites. Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine said, “We need to make sure that fans get the tickets, and not scalpers. Fans First is fighting to do just that. Our band wants our tickets to be sold at the face value that we set, so that the real fans can get the tickets — not scalpers.” Other artists involved in the organization include Jason Mraz, Jennifer Hudson, Kenny G, Megadeth, Bo Bice and Earth, Wind and Fire. The initiative is also being supported by several professional sports teams, artist management companies and more than 60 venues in the U.S. More information is available at www.standwithfans.org.