Event organisers hope to be paid
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.