Resignations At Gympie Music Muster Causes Concern About Future

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The future of the Gympie Music Muster is cloudy following the resignation of staff members including Executive Director David Gibson and Festival Director Melinda Wells. In a statement from Mrs Wells, she says that the decision is borne of irreconcilable differences over the festival's future direction.

"We are united in that belief as the working office team and paid staff of the Muster. The three of us as current employees could not see ourselves in these roles making the Muster successful this year with the current board." Mrs Wells said.

When speaking about the current situation, other resigning staff memeber Janell Cox said in a statement, "It has become clear over the past few weeks that due to circumstances beyond our control the actions of the board now mean that there is no longer an alignment in direction between the Muster staff and theboard, therefore we all believe that it is in the best interests of the Muster that we resign to provide adequate time to recruit new staff to deliver an event that aligns with the vision of the board." 

Gympie Music Muster chairman Tony Nolan says volunteers, including him, have some hard work aheaad but the event will stay on course. 

"From the board's perspective, we found out last week, on Wednesday or Thursday that two staff had tendered their resignations to (executive director) David (Gibson) and then he subsequently tendered his." said Mr Nolan.

"The Muster has lost all its paid staff, but retains its volunteer board and our army of volunteers who put the Muster on each year."

The festival is scheduled to take place from August 24-27 this year at this stage no artists have been signed to appear. 

Source: Gympie Times & Channel 7 News Sunshine Coast

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