Australian Festival Association
The Australian Festival Association is operated by members, for the benefit of members. More information may be found here or below.
Membership is open to all Australian festivals promoters, organisers and operators as well as those working in the industry and extends to music, arts, film and any other festival.
Annual fees are payable on receipt of your membership application.
General Membership Benefits
A united voice representing the industry politically & within regulatory bodies
Representation of industry in the media
Best Practice Guidelines developed by the AFA in conjunction with other peak bodies
Voting rights at the AGM to ensure a consultative approach is taken to the direction of the Association
Networking opportunities with other festival industry members
Notable work to date
Successfully advocated for a Festival Roundtable in NSW, GM elected as co-chair, and 4 total positions of 20 seats, on the NSW Music Festival Roundtable – TERMS OF REFERENCE HERE
Participant on the Victorian Live Music Roundtable – TERMS OF REFERENCE HERE
Invited to give evidence to the Senate Select Committee hearing into the Federal Government’s response on COVID-19 – TRANSCRIPT HERE (30th June 2020)
Appeared at the Coronial Inquest into Music Festival Deaths as an interested party – FINDINGS HERE
Formed an alliance with key music industry bodies; Live Performance Australia, Music NSW, APRA AMCOS and Live Music Office to launch the #votemusic campaign in the lead-up to the NSW State Election
The campaign hero video had a reach of 500,000 views on the AFA Facebook page
The AFA offers four types of membership:
1. Festival Members
Membership granted to organisations who fit the following criteria:
- a festival
- operating for three (3) years or more
- 2,000 + capacity
Festival membership is divided into four tiers:
$1,250 ex GST^
Tier 1 = 2,000 to 5,000 patrons*
$2,500 ex GST^
Tier 2 = 5,000 – 10,000 patrons*
$5,000 ex GST^
Tier 3 = 10,000 – 20,000 patrons*
$10,000 ex GST^
Tier 4 = 20,000+ patrons*
Fees are charged annually.
^Membership charged per Festival Identity (not per location held).
*Capacity should be considered combined capacity if held across multiple locations.
2. Industry Members
Membership granted to Festival Professionals such as:
- New Festivals and those with under 2,000 Patrons
- Event Supplier Companies
- Local Government Organisations
- Site Managers
- Bar Operators
- Production Managers
- Venues and Venue Groups
- Event Contractors
$500 ex GST
Flat rate per member, charged annually
3. Not-for-profit Members
Membership granted to any festival or festival company that operates as a not-for-profit as defined by the ACNC.
$250 ex GST
Discounted rate for not-for-profits. Charged annually.
4. Sponsors / Other
Membership granted to a brand with significant interests in the festival industry.
Membership granted to any other membership type that does not fall within the above categories.
Contact the AFA for more information. Charged annually.
Fill in the following form to apply to join the AFA. Fields marked * are required.