Become a Member

We provide various benefits such as discounted festival insurance from Graham Sykes, advocacy through Festivals Mean Business, networking and festival advice. These are outlined below:

Networking and Professional Development

BAFA provides a year-round calendar of events including regional and small-scale discussion based forums, job specific seminars, the annual BAFA Conference together with our specialist conference for students and recent graduates ‘A Festival Career’. These provide opportunities for members to meet and share ideas with industry experts.


Each member Festival has its own unique BAFA webpage providing exposure to other members, the media (see marketing below) and the general public (member Festivals dates are displayed on the homepage.

Dedicated members’ resources including contacts at other festivals, press contacts, job opportunities and links to other useful resources.


BAFA backs campaigns for the arts and culture sector and undertakes research – the next iteration of its flagship research programme Festivals Mean Business, will collect core data on the festivals’ sector across UK, with the aim of representing the sector better to government, funders and stakeholders, and to identify priorities for BAFA’s lobbying and advocacy programme. In turn, this will raise the profile of the whole festivals’ sector, including highlighting its work in developing the UK’s creative economy, supporting community cohesion and development, and improving outcomes for health, wellbeing and social justice. Festivals Mean Business 4 will be rolled out in 2019.

Profiles BAFA members at industry events and beyond the cultural sector.

Save on your insurance 

Receive a 20% discount on festival insurance with Graham Sykes; typically this saving will easily cover the cost of your annual BAFA subscription.

Information and news 

Regular e-bulletins

Details of forthcoming BAFA events

A library of relevant reference articles

Access to partner events, discounts and resources.

Marketing support

A twice-yearly members’ joint media release (January and May) containing live links to each member’s page on the BAFA website, sent to the specialist and national media.

It’s affordable

Rates start at just £150 and are based on annual turnover.

Our festival membership rates are based on annual turnover and are currently as follows:

Up to £50,000 – £150
£50,000 to £150,000 – £250
£150,001 to £300,000 – £350
£300,001 to £500,000 – £500
£500,001 to £3,000,000 – £650
£3,000,001 and onwards – £950

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