Brunswick Music Festival was cancelled just days in because of the coronavirus. The first weekend of events went ahead including performances from the likes of Alex Cameron and Blind Boys of Alabama, as well as the Brunswick Music Feastival that brought together renowned locals Crepes, Biscotti, Eggy, Baked Beans and more on the one stage.
Now it’s been revealed to The Music, that each and every one of the artists that performed or didn’t perform were paid for their involvement.
Moreland City Council said that because artist payments had already been accounted for within the Council’s festival budget, all artists on the lineup were paid their full fee.
“Moreland Council recognises the importance of a thriving arts and cultural sector as being the lifeblood of our local community, with a range of benefits including economic, health and wellbeing and building social cohesion,” Moreland Mayor, Cr Lambros Tapinos, told The Music.
“We wanted to support the artists and contractors that work so hard preparing for the festival. We wanted to ensure that this work was deservedly remunerated to those who make the festival happen and we hope to continue this much-loved event in 2021 and beyond.
“Our focus has been to provide the best support where we can to our community during the COVID-19 crisis, including support for individuals, businesses and in this case artists, so we can get through this pandemic together.”
Brunswick Music Festival has affirmed itself as one of the most well-respected events on the Melbourne music calendar, so this comes as no surprise.
This article was originally published by Beat Magazine.