DaveCalifornia wrote:This year Burning Man is instituting a huge price increase. Not including scholarship/low income tickets, they will take in over 18.2 million dollars (not 14.3 million. Kimo made an addition error) in ticket sales which represents an increase of over 22%. This concerns me not only because many of us are being priced out of the event but even more so because this represents a significant shift in priorities at Burning Man. In the past, even though Burning Man LLC has been a for profit company, it seemed that they were genuinely interested first and formost in the best interest of the community. I could understand if there was a huge increase in the cost of putting on the event, but if this were the case, it surely would have been included in the FAQ, but it is not. Unfortunately, it seems they want to exploit the fact that they sold out last year. I believe it can undermines everything our community has become if we (Burners) start to feel we are viewed as a commodity to be exploited. I am very concerned and quite saddened that Burning Man as we know it may be over.
I can understand why and how you could feel this way. Please keep this in mind:
1. While BMORG is an LLC, they have not ever been in it for the profits. It is an incredibly expensive event to put on, not to mention paying the VERY small salaries of the people who devote their lives to making our burns happen.
2. BMORG is currently in the process of becoming a non-profit. This is something they have been working towards and are very excited about.
3. We are renegotiating a new permit this year. I imagine this permit will include a HEFTY increase in fees. As our event becomes more popular it requires a LOT more infrastructure. Medical, law enforcement, water trucks, portos, pump trucks, equipment rentals, and of course, the GIANT land rental fee. This event is a STEAL for the amount that is provided and the length of time.
4. Finally, if the price of a ticket is the hurtle keeping a person from going to this event, it is NOT the one for them. There are lots of great little festivals all over the world that are more cost effective and conducive to a person who is a bit short on cash at the moment. I am not saying that those of us who aren't well off shouldn't be there, heck, I always barely scrape it together....but that is the thing, no matter what, I always scrape it together.