The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is a national not for profit trade association and the UK’s leading festival representative body. Our mission is to represent, empower and provide a vital support network to our unique network of member festival organisers.

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Growing membership

We represent over 90 UK festivals


Unique network of promoters

Enabling festival organisers to connect with each other


Government lobbying

Providing a collective voice for independent festivals


Festival Congress

UK’s largest gathering of independent festivals

Members join from just

£535 +vat

  • Exchange insights and develop contacts through member meetings and events.
  • Be part of the collective voice and input directly on AIF policy, national campaigns, and dialogue with Government.
  • Free legal helpline and accountancy health checks.
  • Free access to Festival Congress, in addition to AIF training and social events.
  • One-to-One advice on a range of issues from our experienced team.
  • Access our PRS disputes resolution service.
  • Receive regular communications updates on industry issues alongside a bi-weekly newsletter, listing on the AIF website and access to Members Area.
  • Access to resources, including annual audience surveys and market data.
  • Cost savings and discounts through the Friends of AIF Scheme.
  • Discounts on wider industry events such as the International Festival Forum (IFF).

Friends join from just

£500 +vat

  • Invitations to AIF Member & Friends social events in key cities.
  • Opportunity to attend a networking dinner with Member festivals.
  • Invitation to AIF’s AGM.
  • Bespoke event sponsorship opportunities available.
  • Direct introductions to 3-5 festivals per year.
  • One free ticket, and discounted additional tickets, to AIF’s annual Festival Congress.
  • 50% off Festival Congress exhibitor spots.
  • 2 mailers a year direct to membership.
  • Spotlight opportunities in the AIF newsletter.
  • First recommendation for festivals seeking suppliers.
  • Listing on the AIF website directory.

Largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK

Festival Congress is the annual flagship event organised by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF). It is the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, with over 300 industry delegates.

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Our initiatives

Safer Spaces at Festivals

  What is Safer Spaces at Festivals? Safer Spaces At Festivals is a campaign and charter of best practice originally…

Added: 08 Sep 2018
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AIF Webinar – Sustainable Audience Travel with You. Smart. Thing.
This download is for members only.
Added: 04 May 2023
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Partners of AIF

FRIENDS OF AIF / Azorra Limited

Azorra is a boutique Business Affairs Consultancy for the live music, festivals, events, promotions and venues industry. We deliver an outsourced service with the same level of passion,…

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