I volunteered at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware in 2013.
It was one of the best experiences of my life. I danced, I cried and I made new friends.
But all good things have to come to an end, and it seems as though the festival’s Glow volunteer program is one of them.
“In an effort to offer more variety in the open positions and hours available, we have replaced the Glow Program with FestWorks,” Lauren King, a spokeswoman for Red Frog Events, the production company behind Firefly, told me in an email.
Those who participate in the new program can purchase a four-day festival pass for the discounted price of $139 and will be paid an hourly rate for their time working, she said.
Workers who want to attend the festival during their off time will be required to work approximately 23 hours during the event, according to Firefly’s website. There is also an option for those who want to work during the entire festival.
The hourly rate is minimum wage, the website states. In Delaware, the minimum wage is scheduled to be raised to $8.25 in June. So someone electing to work for 23 hours will receive roughly $190 before taxes.
Camping is available for workers for an additional $25 per site, with a minimum of two people.
All together, if you were to participate in this program, purchase a discounted pass and split camping with one other person, you could still earn about $38. But again, that’s before taxes.
It’s important to note that Firefly volunteers in years past had to pay a fee and were required to work a set number of hours. When I volunteered in 2013 the cost was about $45 and you had to work around 18 to 27 hours during the event.
So there will be no volunteers glowing in the Woodlands this June, but the sky may be shining a bit brighter with these new FestWorkers.