• Salisbury Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Buxton Fringe Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Blue Sky Festival


  • Cheltenham Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Cambridge Summer Music

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Brighton Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

Startup Membership

Are you new to the industry? A first time festival, arts centre or company looking to network with other festival and arts professionals? BAFA has a special deal for you. Startup membership is for you during your first two years (once you have run your second festival we will be delighted to welcome you as a full BAFA member).

Benefits include:

Networking and Professional Development

  • The BAFA Board is drawn from its membership and facilitates new members’ welcome and introduction to the wider membership network of support and advice
  •  A year round calendar of events including small scale discussion based forums, job specific seminars and the annual Conference for Festivals and A Festival Career conference for students and recent graduates
  • All provide an opportunity for members to meet and share ideas with industry experts ‘Festival Focus’ – present a case study on your festival to your peers.


  • Each member has its own page on the BAFA website providing exposure to other members, press (see marketing below) and the general public (homepage displays upcoming member festivals)
  • Dedicated members’ resources including contacts at other festivals, press contacts, job opportunities and links to other useful resources. 

Advocating for Festivals and Arts Organsiations

  • Backing campaigns for the arts and culture sector 
  • Undertaking research including Festivals Mean Business providing a tool which can be used to support funding applications and 'reasons for support'
  • Profiling BAFA Members at industry events and beyond the cultural sector.

Save on your Insurance 

  • Receive 20% discount on festivals’ insurance with Graham Sykes. This typically will more than cover the cost of your annual BAFA Subscription.

Information and News 

  • Regular e-bulletins on current issues affecting arts festivals and inspiration from members 
  • Details of forthcoming BAFA events
  • News affecting festivals published in the members' area of the website in addition to a library of relevant reference articles
  • Access to BAFA Partner events, discounts and resources.

Marketing Support

  • A biannual BAFA Members Joint Press release (January and May) containing live links to each member’s page on the BAFA Website, sent to the specialist and national press.

Subscription: £100.00* per year and the BAFA membership calendar runs 1 April - 31 March. Pro rata subscriptions available for members joining at different points during the year.

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*Please note that we are willing to accept this payment in instalments if necessary. Please contact us if this would be your best method of payment.