2019 Ticket Registration is Open
Ticket Lottery registration closed: register NOW and get your name on the end of the waitlist!
Lottery occurs May First — you’ll get an email about your ticket status.
Hello Fireflies! Welcome to the start of Firefly 2019!
TLDR Summary: At registration for the ticket lottery, you will be asked to commit to how much you are willing to pay for a ticket. There are no changes to the lottery system. If you get a ticket, you’ll be asked to pay what you said you would. For Firefly to break even in 2019, the average ticket buyer would have to pay $95. We hope that some people pay more than the recommended average contribution, to cover the costs of some people paying less. This is an experiment: if it looks like Firefly won’t be able to meet its financial obligations as a result, the Board may decide to set a flat ticket price, as in past years.
In 2018, Firefly introduced Financial Assistance for ticketing, which meant that Fireflies could write in to say that they could only pay a portion of the cost of a ticket, and a bunch of other Fireflies donated more than the cost of their ticket to help cover the difference. The community stepped up and pitched in more than enough to cover the costs of every Firefly requesting financial assistance. This year, we want to expand this pricing system…to everyone. That lets you, and all the other Fireflies, pay what you are willing and able to make Firefly happen.
So what’s the recommended ticket contribution?
Based on our budget, if we changed nothing else, the ticket price would be $95/person. For some of you, this is more than your finances can handle; for others, it’s remarkably little for an experience as important to you as Firefly. So, this year we’re going to let you decide what you can pay.
We ended 2018 in the red, but only barely. We expect 2019 expenses to be slightly higher–for instance, we’re adding 24-hour first aid/medical. For the last several years, we’ve kept ticket prices constant by adding about 10% more tickets…this year, we will not be increasing size of Firefly. Parking capacity and complexity is the largest structural constraint on event growth.
How will getting a ticket work?
The process of getting your Firefly ticket will change very little. There’s a FAQ describing in detail how things work.
When you register for your ticket you’ll be asked what making Firefly happen is worth to you. We’ll have a lottery and a waitlist, just like past years. When your name gets to the top of the list, you’ll receive a ticket offer and pay the amount you decided on at registration.
This is an experiment: if it looks like Firefly won’t be able to meet its financial obligations as a result, the Board may decide to choose a flat ticket price, as in past years.
Other pricing will remain the same, including bus ticket prices (which covered around half the cost of the buses in 2018).
How much you’re able to pay for your ticket does not affect the lottery.
We hope this goes without saying, but to be totally clear: when you register for the lottery and indicate how much you’re willing to pay for a ticket, that price has no bearing on your chance of getting a ticket. Every participant has the same chance of getting a ticket in the lottery, and groups are handled the same way they have been in the past.
What happens if the new pricing system raises too much money?
If Firefly has a revenue surplus, that money will roll over towards the next year’s budget and will reduce the recommended average ticket contribution next year, or fund more art programs.
In 2018, the Financial Assistance system raised a bit more money than was needed. Because donors intended that money to go towards people requesting financial assistance, it won’t be used this year–we’ll reserve it until next year, in case we go back to a Financial Assistance model of ticketing.
Register for the Waitlist Now!
Ticket registration for Firefly 2019 is still open! Register now at volunteer.fireflyartscollective.org.
Lottery registration is closed: register now to be added to the end of the waitlist in the order you sign up.
Firefly 2019 happens Tuesday 2 July through Sunday 7 July, in Vermont, with around 1300 participants.
Firefly has developed a ticket process which uses non-transferable refundable tickets, a lottery to allocate initial ticket offers, and an automated waitlist system.
The ticket process is entirely online.
- Each participant seeking a ticket needs to sign up on the Firefly Ticketing website. The link says “You have not yet registered for a ticket! Click here to register!”
- A Lottery will be held on 1 May to put all registrations in random order.
- Ticket offers will be sent to the top entries on the list, and a waitlist created for ticket turnover after that.
- Folks who register after 29 April are added to the end of the waitlist in the order they register.
- If you have a ticket offer, pay for it within five days or the next person on the waitlist will get it!
- Tickets are non-transferable and tied to your name and birth date. If you can’t attend, you can–and should!–return your ticket for a refund so it can be offered to the next person on the waitlist.
Information about all the details of the ticketing process is on the Omnibus Ticket Information Page.
As always, send your questions, comments, concerns, and thematically-appropriate pterodactyl pictures (but please, no bribes) to firstname.lastname@example.org.