I’m not saying people don’t enjoy themselves but someone is making a HUGE profit… I estimate the 2014 take will be around 10-12 million on ticket sales alone. Now consider all the sets are largely created by participants and there are volunteers I’ll bet these guys are raking in around 7-9 million in net profit after expenditures… like I said someone has turned this into a hugely profitable event and isn’t that against what Burning Man is supposed to be?
Answer by Andrew T
Burning Man isn’t the Rainbow Gathering. It isn’t supposed to be. Yes, Burning Man has a gift economy/non-commercial atmosphere at the event, but it’s no secret that the only way that works is via front-loading. Nobody spends money at the festival; they do all their spending before they show up.
Burning Man tickets aren’t out of line with similar events. I’m pretty sure Coachella is charging 200+ for a ticket that doesn’t even include camping. Yes, Coachella is paying for bands and Burning Man isn’t. However, Burning Man runs for a week, so per day ticket cost is lower than comparable events, and there is artwork funded out of the ticket price.
If you really care, you can see records of expenses from previous years:
While they don’t give a figure of actual income, it appears that almost all of it accounted for. 2008 expenditures were $ 14,091,000. There were 49,599 attendees with a maximum ticket price of $ 295. That yields $ 14,631,705. Keep in mind that $ 295 was the max price, average price was probably closer to $ 250, so they may have had a loss in 2008. Of course, there were probably some tickets sold that went unused, but really, there isn’t a huge profit unaccounted for. There is a 3,000,000, payroll but divide that by 50 full time people (who live in a very expensive city) and many part time workers (who are paid a pittance), and nobody is getting rich off of it.
Napa, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2014
If you sit and talk to many of the alternative rock artists dominating todays music, youll find that many of them pay homage to the The Psychedelic Furs. Led by front man and songwriter Richard Butler, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Through it all, the band scored major hits with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and Heartbreak Beat in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD. Dont miss Psychedelic Furs plus The Burning of Rome on Sunday, September 1st, 2014 at Uptown Theatre Napa. Doors open at 7:00pm; show starts at 8:00pm.
The Furs’ 1984 release Mirror Moves was produced by Keith Forsey, and featured the songs “The Ghost in You” and “Heaven”. Both charted in throughout the world, and “Heaven” became the band’s highest charting UK hit at the time. Strangely, however, “Heaven” was never released as a single in the U.S. Instead, Columbia Records opted for “Here Come Cowboys”, despite both international success and heavy MTV airplay for “Heaven”. “Here Come Cowboys” failed to chart, but “The Ghost In You” was a hit single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
By the mid-80s, the band had become a staple on both U.S. college and modern rock radio stations. Simultaneously, they were experiencing consistent mainstream success, placing several singles in the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
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The Uptown Theatre Napa is downtowns ultimate destination for live concerts. Nestled in the famed West End district, this stunningly restored art deco masterpiece showcases only the finest acts, featuring music, comedy and more. An historic landmark, the Uptown offers a phenomenal, intimate live show experience, with excellent site lines and world class sound and lighting. As concert venues go, this is the place to be. Every seat is a great seat so buy concert tickets now!