RANT: Music Festival Charging $500 to Shoot in the Pit

UPDATE: I just got an e mail back from Firefly that said this: “Hi Jared,

Thanks for your interest in the photographer experience. Once we receive an inquiry, we work directly with the selected artists’ team to ensure that everyone is aware of the experience happening. The bulk of the cost comes from the services that Firefly is providing (escorting, equipment, editing post event, etc) so artists typically do not ask for a cut. But if they do, we will work with them.

I hope this answers your questions!
Christiane ”

Firefly Music Festival has posted for sale the ability to shoot from the pit for $500!!! Let me be clear, this is for as they call them “super fans” to get this once in a lifetime experience.

Right before I was about to film this video the page with the offer changed the wording. The original text was

“Get access into one of the most exclusive areas of the festival grounds – the photo pit. You will be escorted by an official Firefly photographer, given a professional camera, and allowed to take photos of your favorite Firefly artist from the photo pit* (with an asterisk). After the show, we will edit your photos for you and the best of the bunch will be featured in our post-festival albums. (now the asterisk) *artists may be restricted, and photos can only be taken during the first three songs of a set. ”

And the updated text reads ““After the festival, you will be the sole owner of your photographs, and if you’d like, our team can help edit the best of the bunch. With your approval, Firefly is willing to share your favorite photos in our post festival albums.
*artists may be restricted, and photos can only be taken during the first three songs of a set

This experience is meant for superfans, not aspiring, amateur, or professional photographers. If you’re interested in being a part of the official Firefly photographer team, submissions will be available in the fall for 2018.”

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