The live music events company Sofar Sounds will pay $460,357.50 to 654 unpaid volunteer workers (known internally as “ambassadors”) as part of a settlement with the New York State Department of Labor, as Variety reports. It was first reported back in August 2019 that New York state had opened an investigation into the labor practices at Sofar Sounds.
In a statement given to Variety, a Sofar spokesperson said:
Today’s agreement with the New York State Department of Labor
stipulates no admission of guilt or wrongdoing and confirms our
operating model is fully compliant with New York state law. We thank
them for working collaboratively with us in New York, Sofar’s biggest
U.S. market. We are excited about resolving these issues and moving
forward in 2020, with a continued focus on connecting local and
independent musicians with passionate music fans.
Sofar has also faced criticism for its artist payment practices. In a blog post published last month, the company committed itself to “artist compensation for larger shows, while still guaranteeing each artist $100 for the smaller ones,” beginning in February 2020.