Bands waiting on full payment after Indianapolis music festival

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Local bands are hitting some sour notes, still waiting on full payment from a first-year music festival in downtown Indianapolis a week and a half ago.

While headline acts were paid in full, hometown musicians are miffed they haven’t gotten their cut.

One of the organizers of the Evermore Music Festival held at the American Legion Mall said he needs roughly $25,000 to pay the entertainers and production staff what they’re owed.

We found Fountain Square rock-and-roll band BYBYE playing a tune on Tuesday night.

“We play shows and everybody else in the Indy scene is great about covering their bands and taking care of them,” said Paul Symons, a drummer for the band.

The song wasn’t called “Gimme My Money,” but it sure could’ve been.

“Hopefully they can make things right,” said Symons.

The band of five played the Evermore Music Festival, held September 30 through October 2. The first-year festival was headlined by Atlas Genius and Guster. Those big-names got paid, but other local bands haven’t seen their cash.

In fact, organizers are offering a fraction of what was agreed. BYBYE was due to get $500 as part of their agreed-upon deal.

“They gave us an ultimatum to accept one-third of what they promised us in the contract,” said Symons.

BYBYE is not alone. We spoke with a member of another band also waiting to get paid.

BYBYE, after inquiring about payment, got an email from festival co-founder Nick White.

“Right now, we are working with potential investors to hopefully keep our business going and give us the funds to fully cover our current debts,” the email read in part, “This process might take some time.”

White declined an on-camera interview, but said over the phone that he blames bad weather for lower-than-expected attendance.

He said 2,500 was the number needed to break-even for the festival. He anticipated they had around 1,000 concert-goers over the three days.

He said he’s got to have roughly $25,000 to make good on the debts and is offering 31% settlements.

Out of more than 30 acts, White told us he owes the “majority” of them.

At this point, BYBYE isn’t sure what their next move is.

“It’s a little unfortunately that in the end the production entity that put on the show decided they weren’t going to pay what they’d made their contracts with the local artists,” said Symons.