Concert Funding Slashed

Miscommunication results in downsized shows

by Published: Nov 6, 2013

Kris Hitchcock performs at The Gate this past Friday as part of this year’s Autumn aLive. Kris Hitchcock is a country band and one of three different Michigan artists that performed on Friday.  Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Kris Hitchcock per­forms at The Gate this past Friday as part of this year’s Autumn aLive. Kris Hitchcock is a coun­try band and one of three dif­fer­ent Michigan artists that per­formed on Friday.
Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Students who attended Autumn aLive had a dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ence than stu­dents in years past.

Due to a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion, fund­ing was cut and Turn Up the Good now faces a sim­i­lar situation.

Dan Cronk, coor­di­na­tor of the music indus­try man­age­ment pro­gram and MIMA adviser, said MIMA began the fund­ing process in March. They ini­tially asked the finance divi­sion of stu­dent gov­ern­ment for $59,095.60 on March 7, accord­ing to Ferris senior music indus­try man­age­ment major and MIMA book­ing agent Amanda Trigger. The request was scaled back to $44,248 as reported by the Torch in the April 24 issue. The request was moved to stu­dent gov­ern­ment and passed by a 12 to 3 vote sup­port­ing the allocation.

MIMA trea­surer Tyler Hanan missed the trea­sur­ers’ meet­ing required by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services for all reg­is­tered stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions due to a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion. As a result, the money allo­cated by the finance divi­sion to MIMA was rescinded.

“We didn’t meet the oblig­a­tions we had to meet,” said Hanan, a Ferris junior in music indus­try man­age­ment. “It was a fault on our part, not a fault of the finance division.”

In full dis­clo­sure, Hanan also serves as edi­tor of the Torch Lifestyles sec­tion. The Autumn aLive finan­cial sit­u­a­tion was reported on the first page of the Lifestyles sec­tion in the Oct. 23 issue of the Torch.

“The RSO hand­book states that orga­ni­za­tions that attend the Presidents’ Meeting and have updated OrgSync pro­files but have failed to attend the Treasurers’ Meeting will be listed as ‘In good stand­ing — non finan­cial,’” Director of the Finance Division Noah Moss said. “This means the orga­ni­za­tion can­not request Student Activity Funds (SAF) for the remain­ing semester.”

A sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion hap­pened within the auto­mo­tive man­age­ment stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion on Oct. 22. The group lost fund­ing to attend a tradeshow due to a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion which vio­lated finance divi­sion rules for allocation.

The manda­tory trea­sur­ers’ meet­ings were avail­able to attend Sept. 5 or Sept. 10. MIMA was informed of the rescinded allo­ca­tion on Sept. 16, accord­ing to Ferris senior music indus­try man­age­ment and sports mar­ket­ing major and MIMA pres­i­dent Sam Wohlfeil.

Turn Up the Good, like Autumn aLive, an annual elec­tronic spring con­cert, will have to be funded by MIMA as well instead of receiv­ing money from the finance divi­sion, accord­ing to Hanan.

Originally, Autumn aLive was plan­ning to have five to six bands but ended up with three bands, accord­ing to Cronk. Past MIMA con­cert per­form­ers have included Taking Back Sunday, Joe Nichols and We the Kings.

Three local Michigan bands played at Autumn aLive this year; Wilson, Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son and Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers.

“[The sit­u­a­tion] really iden­ti­fied those stu­dents, the pro­gram and the asso­ci­a­tion that are seri­ous about their lives and career and they’ve got­ten busy,” Cronk said. “Sometimes things like this happen.”

Trigger said the venue of “The Gate” was pro­vided for Autumn aLive at no charge. The artists were $1,000 each totally $3,000. The equip­ment that was used is owned by MIMA. The artists brought all the other equipment.

“Through pre-existing funds, fundrais­ing, spon­sor­ships, ticket sales, and dona­tions, MIMA was able to cover all costs for this event,” Trigger said.

Ferris senior auto engi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy major Tucker Baillas went to Autumn aLive last Friday.

“I liked The Gate, but if Autumn aLive wants to do a big­ger con­cert rather than a bar show, [they should] try going back to the arena they had last year,” Baillas said.

  • Guest

    About time the truth is out & straight­ened out. Every class I went to, there was always a mem­ber of MIMA “trash talk­ing” about SG over some­thing that was their fault & simply…a mis­take. (I’m not defend­ing for SG either). It was good to read an hon­est arti­cle instead some sugar coated, “hush” story like the Oct. 23rd issue of the Torch about Autumn aLive. Own up to your mis­takes & move on. A plus to MIMA Treasurer & Torch for this story.