Sticky Fingers have removed an job advertisement which sought to recruit animators to work for free on one of their upcoming music videos, after receiving some negative feedback online.
It’s been a busy year for Sticky Fingers, who have been touring non-stop and selling out multiple shows across the country, but they’ve landed themselves in a bit of a sticky situation after punters who saw the new job ad in the band’s name assumed the group were trying to rort their fellow creatives to save a few quick bucks.
“If you sell out [Sydney’s] Enmore [Theatre] once every 4 months, you can afford to pay your fucking animators,” said Music Feeds contributor David James Young in response to the listing, which surfaced on recruitment website The Loop.
A representative for Sticky Fingers tells Music Feeds that a producer hired to make the music video was the one who placed the ad, which was deleted as soon as Sticky Fingers were informed of its existence. The ad was deleted after Music Feeds contacted the band, who have declined to comment further.
The advertisement (seen in the screenshot below) called on artists to help the Stickies create “full colour, psychedelic animated loops” two-seconds in length for the band’s latest music video.
“The position is unpaid but you will be given full credit as an illustrator/animator,” the ad promised, citing a “great opportunity not only for guaranteed professional exposure but to work on a unique style of animation for a well-known Australian band”.
Music Feeds has also contacted a number of animators who worked on the Sticky Fingers’ 2015 animated video for Dreamland. Two artists have said they were not paid for their work (and were aware that they were volunteering), while one artist who contributed a 10-second scene has said they were paid correctly. The other artists are yet to comment.
Check out a screenshot of Sticky Fingers’ pulled online ad below, alongside reactions from Twitter and the music video for Dreamland.
Sticky Fingers will perform live at a bunch of Aussie festivals over the summer, including Party In The Paddock, Beyond The Valley, Spilt Milk and Southbound, plus they’re preparing to announce one of their biggest national tours ever for 2017.
Deleted Sticky Fingers Music Video Job Ad (Click to expand)
Watch: Sticky Fingers – ‘Dreamland’
If you sell out the Enmore once every 4 months, you can afford to pay your fucking animators.
— David James Young (@DJYwrites) November 8, 2016
— Joseph Earp (@Theunderlook) November 8, 2016
— Babaganouj (@babaganoujsuck) November 8, 2016
— Spencer Scott (@ImSpencer77) November 8, 2016