Ibiza Global Festival under fire for charging DJs €5000 to perform

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Ibiza Global Festival has been receiving criticism for its alleged practice of charging DJs to perform at its annual event. This issue was first brought to light by French DJ Arnaud Le Texier, who posted screenshots of an email received by one of his students.

The email revealed that the festival charges €5000 for a slot, which includes promotion before, during, and after the event.

Le Texier called it a “new low” for the electronic music industry and many others agreed with him, including German DJ and producer Lars Behrenroth who remarked:  “See, everyone can play Ibiza. This is what the Ibiza Global Festival is apparently doing… time to get into the promoter business, I guess.”

The festival organizers responded to the criticism by stating that it’s a “huge opportunity” to perform and mentioned the “consistent cost” the annual event needs to cover each year.

Ibiza Global Festival takes place in San Antonio and will return from August 9-10, 2024, for its third edition. Past headliners include Roger Sanchez, Amémé, and Nic Fanciulli.

A music career is extremely financially unsustainable, with a recent study revealing that 82% of artists surveyed hold jobs unrelated to electronic music to support themselves. Of these artists, 56% work full-time and 26% work part-time.

Incidents of this sort are a reminder of the lack of transparency within the industry and how it makes the landscape extremely challenging to navigate for musicians in the early stages of their careers. Practices of this sort erase any sense of equitability as merit is overlooked in favor of money. If these practices remain unchecked, there’s bound to be a detrimental effect on the growth of the industry.

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