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Working for and with festivals and events, supporting live arts

Benefits of being an AFO Member

- A reduced insurance premium through the AFO/EVS Scheme
- Access to Members Only Resources which saves hours of research and training
- Discounted earlybird delegate rates for AFO Conference, the most useful conference in the business
- FREE Legal Advice from LSL Solicitors
- FREE Tax, VAT and accounting advice from APS Accountancy
News keeps you informed about the Events Industry world.
- The knowledge that the AFO office is on hand to provide valuable information, data, links and contacts
- Help and advice from the AFO office.  There are real people at the end of the phone or email that know the answers and genuinely want to help
- The opportunity to Ticket Swap and visit lots of other festivals
- The feeling of being in a club of like-minded people
- All Members subscribe to the AFO Code of Best Practice for Festivals

Membership is open to all types of festivals and events: to any festival or event organiser who wishes to share their knowledge and experiences, learn & teach and strive for good standards in festival work; voluntary or professionally run; any genre of music; dance, art, food, literary, children's.  Whether you are a one day event for 50 people or a week long festival for 10s of 1000s, AFO is here to help and support you as an Festival or Organisation Member.

If you don't run a festival or event you can still join us...
If you are a supplier to the festival and event industry, join AFO as an Associate Member and advertise your product and services directly to your target audience.

AFO also welcomes freelancers and students as Individual Members.  


  • Sandra Surtees, Director Shrewsbury Folk Festival

     "AFO membership is particularly good value and even more important these days. Covid-19 has nearly decimated our industry and the AFO is working tirelessly to help in every way it can...I very much appreciate all the work going on behind the scenes to help us come through the other side and thrive. Thanks a million."

  • Rowan Riley, Oundle International Festival

    "I cannot thank AFO enough for the tremendous expertise, support and advocacy it has provided, even before 2020's devastating time for the entire sector."

  • Jonathan Harvey, University of Suffolk

    "AFO provide a really useful selection of resources essential for festival organisers and the online members meetings in the past months have been really useful with members sharing good practice and being supported and encouraged by the AFO."

  • John Wirtz, Sore Fingers Summer School

    "Just imagine how moral boosting and reassuring it is to know that the AFO are lobbying directly to government at the DCMS. They are our voice in high places."

  • Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

    "We have to say that we found AFO support invaluable.  It was a big fest & hard work & it succeeded because of good advice!"

  • Geoff Leon, Festival Vision

    "Can I just thank you and the team for all you are doing for us, to say it's a difficult and challenging time is a bit of an understatement and I really appreciate the regular updates."

  • Caroline Slough, JSL Productions

    I’d like to say a big thank you for all the support and help you have given us festival organisers over the past crazy months

  • Becky, FolkEast

    "On a more personal note, thank you for all your support, for being there at the end of the phone and for all the work AFO are doing to support all of us.  It really is much appreciated.  On the positive side, I believe that Covid has opened up new doors and provided an opportunity to work together more closely ... long may it continue ..."

  • Alan Castle, Tenterden Folk Festival

    "Many thanks to AFO for their tireless work lobbying the Government and supporting all our festivals especially over the last 12 months."

  • Adam Courthold, The Courthold Family

    "AFO through the pandemic, has been a great source of information and support."

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