Support the Festival

High quality, memorable performances and Orkney itself are only part of what makes the St Magnus International Festival a unique event. The Festival has won widespread international acclaim for innovative commissioning of new work and championing of community arts and arts education. With the personal support of arts lovers like you, it presents an artistic programme the equal of many major city-based festivals across the world.

We can offer exciting packages for sponsors, including free tickets and advertising at venues, in our publications and online. Contact Charlotte Rendall for more details

You can make a real difference by joining the St Magnus International Festival's membership programme or by making one-off or regular gifts towards the work of the Festival.

You can donate directly here.

Supporters range from individuals to families to businesses and each contribution goes directly towards making things happen. Our funders and sponsors make the Festival possible. 

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Membership Programme

The membership programme of the St Magnus International Festival provides a close association with the Festival and a range of key privileges for its members to enjoy. such as priority booking or travel discounts, whilst playing an essential role in supporting the arts.

Our 2018 Membership Programme will be launched in February  



Vital Statistics
  • The Festival audience is made up of 58% local residents and 42% visitors. 
  • Around 400 local people are given the opportunity to perform in the Festival each year.
  • Approximately 250 volunteers help to make the events happen.
  • The Festival puts an extra £1.3 million into the Orkney Economy each year.
  • 93% of audiences agreed that the Festival provided them with a high quality experience. 
  • Every £1 that goes into the Festival brings almost £3 of benefit to the Orkney Community.


Each year it costs about £500,000 to stage the Festival

About £100,000 comes from ticket sales. Generous ongoing support from Creative Scotland Orkney Islands Council and a range of other trusts and sponsors allows the Festival to continue but this money needs to be raised each year. The Festival costs more to run than similar events on Mainland UK because of the costs of travel to Orkney and the extra time that artists need to take to travel here. To compensate, we ask them to take part in lots of events and we have an unrivalled contribution by volunteers to keep costs down. 

The Festival operates as a Scottish Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. 


Where does the money go?

Artists and Commission fees  31%

Venues, Staging & Production 17%

Travel 13%

Accommodation 10%

Publications 4%

Student Bursaries 1%

Staff, Premises & Admin  24%

Orkney's own St Magnus Festival Chorus and Mayfield Singers (both impeccably drilled) in a big, bold, enthusiastic account of Walton's Belshazzar's Feast.
The Telegraph

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St Magnus Festival is a charity registered in Scotland. Scottish Charity No SC011666. Company Number SC073825.

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