Goodwill Guestlist is a charity project that was started by Streetlight Manifesto in 2010 after the band realized that night after night, their guest list was never being used.
As you may know, bands are given an allotted amount of names they can put on a guest list for each show to be let in for free. This is even more so the case with the headlining band on the bill, as they sometimes are given upwards of twenty guest list spots, to be used by friends, music industry types, girlfriends/boyfriends, wives/husbands, their doctor, their postman - anyone.
Due to what can only be called "geekiness", Streetlight Manifesto saw that, more often than not, their guest list went unfilled, sometimes even untouched. Goodwill Guestlist is Streetlight's response to these lost potential tickets. With a lot of Streetlight Manifesto shows selling out and fans unable to get tickets at that point - the guest list remained mostly vacant, and that's when the idea surfaced.
What Streetlight came up with was simple: sell a certain amount of these guest list spots, to fans, each night - with every last penny of the proceeds going directly to a specific charity (which changes each tour). Starting in mid-2013, GWGL has upped the ante a bit and started throwing in exclusive gifts with the charity spots. While this project is still young, the concept is in place and the practice is well underway; what GWG strives to do now is reach out to other touring bands in hopes that they will also part with their guest list spots in the name of something larger - doing something good.