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Burning Man Afterburn's compiled to spreadsheet form:
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YearAfterburn Source URL:Salary/Payroll
% Increase
Outside Contractor+Services
The Man% IncreaseArt
% Increase
Total Budget Comment
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2001
http://afterburn.burningman.com/01/financial_chart.html
$607,000$710,000$37,000$270,000$5,255,200
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2002
http://afterburn.burningman.com/02/financial_chart.html
806,00033%958,10045,00022%279,0003%5,624,200
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2003
http://afterburn.burningman.com/03/financial_chart.html
1,047,52830%1,328,25594,725111%288,5603%7,287,335
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2004
http://afterburn.burningman.com/04/financial_chart.html
1,493,47643%774,223109,41416%255,028-12%8,557,308
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2005
http://afterburn.burningman.com/05/financial_chart.html
1,759,93418%580,507136,30425%437,97372%8,397,178
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2006
http://afterburn.burningman.com/06/financial_chart.html
2,205,00025%548,000183,00034%420,000-4%10,278,000
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2007
http://afterburn.burningman.com/07/financial_chart.html
2,802,00027%1,628,000292,00060%476,00013%13,497,000
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2008
http://afterburn.burningman.com/08/financial_chart.html
3,134,00012%3,168,000292,0000%476,0000%14,091,000
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2009
http://afterburn.burningman.com/09/financial_chart.html
2,858,000-9%1,435,000106,000-64%362,000-24%12,317,000
Why the major reduction to the art grants and the man?
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2010
http://afterburn.burningman.com/10/financial_chart.html
7,283,000155%1,699,783156,00047%453,00025%17,515,083
Suddenly payroll rises by 4.4 million dollars!
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2011
http://afterburn.burningman.com/11/financial_chart.html
7,103,000-2%2,574,000162,0004%591,00030%20,668,000
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2012
http://afterburn.burningman.com/12/financial_chart.html
$7,787,78710%$1,710,495$237,58147%$591,0000%$22,111,580
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2013
http://afterburn.burningman.com/13/financial_chart.html
7,051,041-10%1,143,348407,05571%830,28040%26,810,724
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What happened in 2010?
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In 2010, according to the Orgs official numbers, there was a $4.4 million payroll increase. According to website, they have around 30 employees. The huge boost in cannot be explained by hiring - the org did not dramatically change in size in 2010. If the average job at Burning Man HQ pays $100k a year (for a non tech SF company this seems generous), then:
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In 2010, according to the Orgs official numbers, there was a $4.4 million payroll increase. According to website, they have around 30 employees. The huge boost in cannot be explained by hiring - the org did not dramatically change in size in 2010. If the average job at Burning Man HQ pays $100k a year (which is likely higher than average for a non-tech company), then:
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[Total Salaries paid] - ( [avg salary $100k] * [number of HQ workers 30] ) =$4,283,000.00
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This means that the board is taking 4,000,000+ dollars as their payments every year, while at the same time spend a mere 591,000 in art grants.
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As it turns out, a New York Times article asked these same questions back in 2011, before the most damning numbers (highlighted in red above) were out.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/business/growing-pains-for-burning-man-festival.html
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The New York Times article also addressed questions raised by the numbers highlighted in yellow: why the huge cut in spending on the man in 2009? In a quote attributed to Larry, its because they lost money betting on stocks in the crash of 2008. But no where online does it address a stock ownership program or detail anything about a loss. They spent almost $300,000 dollars in 2007 & 2008 on the man - and even after the markets recovered, they never brought spending back to the same level.
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Temple Builder Ross Asselstine wrote on a related subject: his grant application for Temple of Descendants was announced as the selected entery, but he refused to sign the contracts for moral reasons. Ross posted on his website:
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"The [Burning Man Organizations] contract appears to seek to purchase the display and use of the piece the same as any piece of radically expressive art, not what many consider it is: a community service and a gift. This could change very, very simply. People need to ask for it for it to happen.
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After a while it was all simply too much. I asked for help from those best able to do so. I was told: “we want to support you in any way we can” but they still required an unlimited license to the art, me to buy all insurance and take every risk related to 60,000 people using and experiencing the piece. Of the entire community, only about 700 people donated two years ago, maybe 1700 people donated last year with a good portion of the funds raised post-event.
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After considerable efforts, struggles and loss of sleep, I confirmed I was unable to risk and gift to the extent of the grant contract language.
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I think the community is not aware of the back story and does not expect this of any temple builder nor want them to risk so much. If you share this sentiment, I ask for your voice. This could be improved and be equitable in very, very simple ways."
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Ross is leading the way to show participants how badly Burning Man treats artists - check out his website and boost his message:
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http://www.temple2014.net/
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Source for employee headcount and organizational structure: http://burningman.com/whatisburningman/organization/index.html
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The Burners.Me post with the initial comments:
http://burners.me/2014/05/09/the-great-bmorg-cash-out-of-2010-to-2016-28-million-to-45-million-est/
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