The Student Union Board of Governors will have to pay nearly $200,000 for UCONNIC artists Lil’ Baby and Sean Kingston, according to artist contracts requested by the Freedom of Information Act.
While Kingston’s performance was cancelled due to student outcry over sexual assault allegations against the artist, the contract entails payment upon cancellation from the University of Connecticut. Kingston will be paid $44,000, and Lil’ Baby will be paid $148,500.
Summer Walker, who was unable to attend the concert due to travel issues, will not be paid the $55,000 allocated in her contract, SUBOG president Adam Sherif said. This will result in at least $192,000 loss for SUBOG based on artist fees alone, since all tickets for the event were refunded after Kingston’s cancellation.