Two weeks ago, when the Saratoga Performing Arts Center initially announced the rules for the upcoming SPAC Battle of the Bands, all applicants had to agree to purchase 25 tickets at $15 each (that’s an outlay of $375) if they were selected as one of the 10 finalists to perform in the Spa Little Theatre on Friday, May 21.
Wisely, the folks at SPAC have now backpedaled off of that proposal, thereby avoiding any appearance of pay-to-play.
Here’s the lowdown from today’s press release:
“Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced today that it will no longer require the 10 finalists competing in the May 21 Battle of the Bands competition to purchase tickets to participate in the event. Due to the overwhelming public interest, the 10 finalist bands selected to compete will not be obligated to pay any entry fee or purchase tickets, as previously announced.”
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 14.