Event or­gan­is­ers hope to be paid

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - ES­THER ASHBY-COVEN­TRY

Af­ter spend­ing about 400 hours mak­ing this month’s Geral­dine Win­terlights Fes­ti­val a suc­cess, or­gan­is­ers would like to be paid.

If there was any profit af­ter bills were paid it would be put back into the event, one of the or­gan­is­ers, Sarah Ed­wards, said.

She ar­ranged the suc­cess­ful July 15 event along­side Tris­tan King and Jill Grif­fin-Roberts.

In pre­vi­ous years Grif­fin-Roberts had or­gan­ised the fes­ti­val in her paid role as events co-or­di­na­tor of the Geral­dine Re­source Cen­tre.

The po­si­tion was dis­es­tab­lished in 2016 and there was no fes­ti­val that year due to a lack of fund­ing.

‘‘We think peo­ple should get paid for or­gan­is­ing ... It’s very hard to get fund­ing and get­ting paid is a bar­rier to that fund­ing,’’ Ed­wards said. Many fund­ing grants stip­u­lated that money could not be used for wages.

She said that was the rea­son many events did not go ahead, as or­gan­is­ers still had to sur­vive.

Whether the fes­ti­val went ahead next year would again be de­pen­dent on fund­ing.

Six hun­dred pre-sale tick­ets were sold for the fes­ti­val and an­other 2200 through gate sales.

The pre-sales en­cour­aged peo­ple from out of the dis­trict to spend time and money in Geral­dine, ben­e­fit­ing the lo­cal econ­omy, Ed­wards said.

The Com­mu­nity Trust of Mid & South Canterbury gave a grant of $6300 to­wards this year’s fes­ti­val for op­er­a­tional costs.

Trust com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager Clive Cal­low said it was not un­com­mon for grants to be used for or­gan­is­ers or di­rec­tors’ fees, par­tic­u­larly in theatre, though some ap­pli­ca­tions were con­di­tional.

In the case of the fes­ti­val the trust grant had no stip­u­la­tions and was paid to the Geral­dine Dis­trict Pro­mo­tions and De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, which trades as Go Geral­dine.

‘‘We of­ten pay it to an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion as they have for­mal ac­count­ing in place,’’ Cal­low said.

He said as long as all out­stand­ing ac­counts were paid there was no prob­lem with pay­ing or­gan­is­ers, if that was what Go Geral­dine de­cided.

Go Geral­dine co-or­di­na­tor Janene Adams said it was the fund­ing ap­pli­cant, on be­half of the or­gan­is­ers, and she could not com­ment on any wage pay­ments.

Last week Grif­fin-Roberts said not all the bills from the fes­ti­val had been paid but it was look­ing pos­i­tive.

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