Fyre Festival Founder Tells Employees They Won’t Be Paid

By Staff  |  05/15/2017

Billy McFarland

This Fyre Festival story just won't go away...

Last month the Bahamas festival imploded after being touted as a "luxury experience" with tickets going for as much as $12,000 USD.

This week, a conference call surfaced (leaked by VICE NEWS) between co-founder Billy McFarland and Fyre Media employees, during which he told them they would not be paid for their last two weeks of work.

"After conferring with our counsel and all financial people, unfortunately we are not able to proceed with payroll," McFarland said on an internal call. "We’re not firing anyone, we’re just letting you know that there will be no payroll in the short term."

On the call, employees questioned why they were not being laid off, so at the very least, they'd be able to collect unemployment benefits. McFarland was unsure, but did offer around 12 employees the opportunity to stay with Fyre Media... but in unpaid positions until they can grow the business to a point where they can continue being paid.

Co-founder Ja Rule was on the call, but only as a listener.

Listen to the call below:

According to VICE News, the Fyre Media employees were responsible for “building a celebrity and talent booking app the festival was intended to promote." The app was never released, nor did the festival happen

This is just the latest in a long line of post-Fyre Festival bad news. The company was hit with a $100 million class action lawsuit, while its founders (Ja Rule and MacFarland) were also recently sued over a $3 million loan.