Here is a little graph showing how the fees were spent using the 2019 data of the previous conferences. We are aiming at making our budget and money policy as transparent as possible :-)
Someone ask me recently: "Why should I pay at all, when I`m asked to be a co-leader?
Your fee is a contribution that enables this event to happen. Its not a payment to buy a product. Its a gift indicating that such a happening has value to you. The more you value it, the better is will be.
An we do have costs (as you can see in the graph), which need to be covered. Part of the fee goes back towards yourself like food, the Staffa trip etc. Other parts of the amount make sure we can have it at Leob, the place needs to be prepared, the Marquee needs to be put up and down, needs to be fixed and payed of. Also the organization of it is partly payed. Another section of the fee makes it possible that some supporting people which we think are necessary to make it a success, like the cook, the artists other main contributors can have a small travel expense refund and at least have no expenses during the summer school. They will not get a honoree for the workshops, cooking etc. its all volunteering. Otherwise the fee would need to be much higher.