In response to the Wednesday, July 30 Brandon Sun article regarding musical discrimination and Battle of the Bands, on behalf of the Brandon University Students’ Union, I would like to issue an apology to Mr. Chris Jaszczyszak and any others who possibly felt discriminated against based upon their style of musical performance.
It was never BUSU’s intention to discriminate against artists or groups based upon whether or not they use instruments. I want to make clear that there has never existed a rule preventing artists who do not use instruments from performing. Rather the use of instruments was a personal preference of Ms. Mutasa, our vice-president external and chief organizer of Battle of the Bands, when making the choice of musical acts to compete in the competition.
The BUSU executive understands how personal preferences such as these could discriminate against certain musical acts and will strive to ensure that situations like this will not take place in the future. Furthermore, Ms. Mutasa has extended an apology to Mr. Jaszczyszak and offered him a spot in our Battle of the Bands competition, which he has graciously accepted.
Finally, I want to make clear that in future Battle of the Bands competitions, much the same as this year and years past, that all musical acts are welcome to apply to the competition, regardless of whether or not they play musical instruments.
Joel Springer, president of
Brandon University Students’ Union
Local 37 of the Canadian Federation
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 1, 2014