This year’s Spring Weekend will be a one-day festival as a result of rising production costs and University-wide student group budget cuts, according to a Wednesday announcement from Brown Concert Agency. In keeping with recent Spring Weekends, entry to the festival will remain free for all undergraduate students.
Previously, Spring Weekend has taken place across two days, with three unique artists performing each day.
This year’s funding for BCA, allocated at $300,000 excluding supplemental funding, marks a $256,665 reduction from the 2022-23 academic year — which totaled $556,665. This year’s funding is roughly equivalent to funding for BCA prior to the pandemic in 2019 and 2018, public UFB data shows.
“This is by far the largest budget for any student organization, and BCA acknowledges the enormity of it,” BCA wrote in a statement sent to The Herald.
BCA was just one of the student groups affected by budget cuts made by the UFB, which faced over a $1.5 million gap between revenue and funding requested by student groups for this academic year, The Herald previously reported. In allocating limited funds, UFB has worked to ensure events that have occurred historically can still happen.
“I think that it's unfortunate that we can no longer have this awesome concert that can no longer span over two days because of these funding issues,” Nora Landry ’26 said.
According to BCA’s statement, before the COVID-19 pandemic, attending both days of Spring Weekend used to cost $50, which accounted for “roughly 40% of an annual (Spring Weekend) budget” for the next academic year.
After Spring Weekend was made a free event in 2021 — a decision “proposed by” the Undergraduate Finance Board and the Student Activities Office — lost ticket revenue was supplemented by UFB’s “budget surplus” for the past two years, with the group being “under the impression that things would continue this way” until they were notified otherwise after last year’s Spring Weekend, according to the statement.
Coming into the previous academic year, UFB had about $3.2 million to spend — including a $1.2 million surplus — and planned to spend nearly the entirety of the funds in their account, The Herald previously reported. While it intended to have a $150,000 surplus into this school year, spending exceeded projections, leaving them with almost no surplus this year.
“Now that the surplus has run out, we’re in a position where we have no ticket revenue from previous years, effectively leaving us with 40% less funds for the foreseeable future,” the BCA statement wrote.
“It’s an example of the larger impact of the mismanagement of UFB funds,” Mia-Nathalie Pridgen ’26.
“I’m disappointed because I think that it’s an event that a lot of students look forward to,” said Bryanna Pajotte ’24. “It’s disheartening.”
The cut in funding is accompanied by rising production costs.
According to the statement, BCA has historically dedicated “roughly 60%” of total budget to artists and 40% to production costs — but that number has changed due to “inflation as well as the advent of new costs like (Event Operations),” which had “previously been covered by Brown for all student groups.”
On Sept. 11, UFB announced that back-end support for events not strictly related to safety — such as Event Operations — will be limited due to their budgetary constraints, The Herald previously reported.
This year, 60% of BCA’s budget will go to a single day’s production costs, reducing the group’s artist budget. That budget “would have been reduced by more had we decided to maintain the 2-day model,” the statement shared. “Furthermore, inflation has increased the price that artists charge and the percentage of their fee that agents demand, leaving BCA with even less buying power.”
“Despite the change to a one-day festival, we’re really excited to explore new possibilities for Spring Weekend in the coming years, and hoping to get in dialogue with the student body over what the event should look like,” BCA wrote in their statement.
Kathy Wang is a University News editor who oversees the student government and international student life beats. She is a junior from Beijing, China studying Nonfiction Writing and Comparative Literature. Growing up, she has changed her English name at least five times.
Rya is an arts & culture section editor from Albany, NY. She is a junior studying English and Literary Arts, and her favorite TV show is Breaking Bad.