Though UCF has hosted a number of concerts in the CFE Arena deemed “free” to students, some might not realize that they are actually already paying for them through the Activity & Service Fee included in their tuition.
Much of the fee, which comes out to about $140 for a full-time student, goes to shelling out the cash to pay for the artists’ performances, which isn’t always a nominal expense.
In the past, the Pegasus Palooza events in 2012 ranged at a lower price per artist, with Andy Grammer and Outasight being paid $30,500 and $17,500, respectively.
In 2013, Capital Cities, Stepdad and The Pass were paid $20,000, $5,000 and $2,000, respectively.
However, in 2014, higher prices per artist returned as Karmin and Alex & Sierra performed during Pegasus Palooza for $40,000 and $10,000, respectively.
Additionally, for Homecoming 2014, $65,000 went toward B.O.B., and $45,000 to Icona Pop.
Most recently, T-Pain was the headliner for Pegasus Palooza on Aug. 27, and was paid $40,000.
The most expensive concert that has been held for students was with Snoop Dogg during Homecoming 2012, which cost a total of $232,273.
Of this total, Snoop Dogg was paid $100,000, while the other artists — Cold War Kids, Sammy Adams and DJ Wizz Kid — were paid a total of less than $45,000. The rest of the money went into venue preparation, marketing and other concert setup.
The second-most expensive concert will take place next month, with Big Sean performing at the CFE Arena Oct. 21, along with Dan + Shay. Big Sean will be paid $90,000 and Dan + Shay will receive $25,000.
Many CAB concerts draw in crowds of more than 3,000 students. UCF Homecoming Executive Director Joey Wolf said teamwork plays a large part in the success of UCF concerts.
“I am always pleased with the results of our events because I am always proud of the team I work with and all the hard work they put in to make these events possible,” Wolf said.
Some students, however, do not necessarily believe that CAB, Homecoming or UCF are doing their best with the choices they have made, but are moving in the right direction.
“I feel like the artists that UCF has brought are OK, but I think they can do better,” said Kristina Dunlap, a sophomore early childhood education and psychology major. “They can get artists that are more current ... and they could also get artists from different genres that better reflect students’ music choices.”
CAB determines who it brings in for its concerts by using Babco Entertainment and advice from its Babco agent.
Homecoming also makes its decisions based on who is current, who will be most appealing to the greatest number of students and whether the price will make the most out of the Activity & Service Fees, Wolf said.
Brianna Ordenes is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.