Student Government Association discusses upcoming Haiti Relief concert

Plans for the Haiti Relief concert are still underway, but the lineup of potential artist has changed.

Drake may no longer be in the artist line up for the Haiti relief concert.

As of Monday’s meeting, the concert—which will potentially be held on April 3 during “Be Out Day” weekend—will still include recording artists Common, a Florida A&M alumni, and Trey Songz.

“Fabolous, Keri Hilson, Melanie Fiona are options we are considering to replace Drake. All proceeds and revenue are going directly to the Haiti Relief Fund,” said Tyler Cheatham, the concert promoter and CEO of District Seven Promotions Company.

With ticket prices projected at $22 a person, Senator Sammy Lamy proposed that FAMU students should pay between $18-$24, Florida State and Tallahassee Community College students to pay $25-$30 and the general public to around $30-$40 for the concert.

No official prices have been set.

“Drake was made unavailable last week while were in midst of discussing the bill. Without allocation, we could not finalize any contract agreement. We made contact with his management and it was in heavy consideration until he was offered a greater amount to do the NCAA Basketball Final Four that was not permitted in our budget,” said Andy St. Hilaire, planning committee member and organizer of concert.

Hilaire, who is from Haiti, said the committee wants different artists that would change the concept that “FAMU is a party school.”

“Common has been anticipating to come here for quite some time since he was a previous student here at FAMU. Both Common and Trey were contracted,” Hilaire said.

The student representative said he wants students to help with the concert. “We also want students to (participate) in the planning of where the committee will be donating the funds collected to a foundation in Haiti.”

Hilaire also acknowledged the recent earthquake and tsunami in Chile and said he is doing research to find ways to best benefit that recent tragic situation.

There are several details that will be addressed in the upcoming weeks. The concert is still on, but ticket prices and artist contracts continue to be negotiated.

The senate expects to make final decisions when students return from spring break.

Senate meetings are held every Monday beginning at 6 p.m. in the senate chambers located near the FAMU post office.