City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

How Is the Edinburgh International Festival Funded?


By edg - Posted on 12 March 2013

Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

Edinburgh wouldn't be the same without the Edinburgh International Festival. But how does a live arts jamboree that boasts the crème de la crème of international orchestras, dance troupes and travelling theatres support itself in this age of austerity?

In 2012, the festival cost approximately £10.6 million. According to its website almost half of EIF's revenue (49%) comes from "earned revenue": that is tickets sales, sponsorship, and donations (as a charity, the EIF is eligible for various tax exemptions and tax breaks).

The rest of its revenue (51%) comes from public grants. Chief among these are the City of Edinburgh Council, which paid £2.53 million last year toward the EIF alone (see the report on all the Edinburgh Festivals for 2012), and Creative Scotland, the cultural arm of the Scottish Government.

The festival describes the costs break-down as being 75% for "presenting performances: artists' fees and travel, hiring the venues, and paying the technical costs involved with staging events."

It continues: "The remaining 25% of the budget was spent on marketing, selling the tickets, fundraising and administration."

Here's the list of the EIF's 2013 event sponsors and supporters. It's a long one:

Grants

  • Edinburgh Council
  • Creative Scotland

Project Grants

  • The Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund
    Dance Odysseys, Scottish Ballet, Friday 16 August – Monday 19 August

Principal supporters

  • Dunard Fund
    L.A. Dance Project, Saturday 24 August – Monday 26 August
    Russian National Orchestra, Monday 19 August – Tuesday 20 August
  • Harold Mitchell Esq, AC
    Eh Joe, Gate Theatre Dublin, Friday 23 August, Tuesday 27 August, Thursday 29 August and Saturday 31 August
    I’ll Go On, Gate Theatre Dublin, Sunday 25 August, Wednesday 28 August, Saturday 31st August
    First Love, Gate Theatre Dublin, Wednesday 28 August - Saturday 31 August
  • Léan Scully EIF Fund
    Embers, Pan Pan Theatre, Saturday 24 August – Sunday 25 August
    All That Fall, Pan Pan Theatre, Sunday 25 August – Monday 26 August

Festival Partners

  • Arup
    City Noir, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tuesday 27 August
  • Baillie Gifford & Co, Investment Managers
    L.A. Dance Project, Saturday 24 August – Monday 26 August
  • BBC Music Magazine
    20th Century Classics, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Saturday 10 August
  • BP
    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Monday 12 August
  • Capital Document Solutions
    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sunday 11 August
  • Classic FM
    The Sixteen, Wednesday 21 August
  • Pinsent Masons
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Friday 30 August
  • Pulsant
    Leaving Planet Earth, Grid Iron, Saturday 10 August – Monday 12 August, Wednesday 14 August – Monday 19 August, Wednesday 21 August – Saturday 24 August
  • The University of Edinburgh
    Verdi Requiem, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Saturday 31 August
  • Virgin Money
    Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sunday 1 September

Principal Donors

  • American Friends of the Edinburgh International Festival
    On Behalf of Nature, Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble, Friday 16 August – Sunday 18 August
  • The Director’s Circle
    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Marco Stroppa, Samuel Favre, Sunday 18 & Wednesday 21 August
  • Edinburgh International Festival Benefactors
    The Queen’s Hall Series, Saturday 10 – Saturday 31 August
  • Edinburgh International Festival Friends and Patrons
    Hamlet, The Wooster Group, Saturday 10 – Tuesday 13 August

International Partners and Agencies

  • Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Edinburgh
    Dido and Aeneas / Bluebeard’s Castle, Oper Frankfurt, Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 August
  • Culture Ireland
    Eh Joe, Gate Theatre Dublin, Friday 23 August, Tuesday 27 August, Thursday 29 August and Saturday 31 August
    I’ll Go On, Gate Theatre Dublin, Sunday 25 August, Wednesday 28 August, Saturday 31st August
    First Love, Gate Theatre Dublin, Wednesday 28 August - Saturday 31 August
    Embers, Pan Pan Theatre, Saturday 24 August – Sunday 25
    All That Fall, Pan Pan Theatre, Sunday 25 August – Monday 26 August
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, London
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Friday 30 August
  • Embassy of the United States of America, London
    L.A. Dance Project, Saturday 24 August – Monday 26 August
  • The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
    Verdi Requiem, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Saturday 31 August
  • Korea Arts Management Service
    Madame Freedom, YMAP (Your Media Arts Project), Tuesday 20 August – Wednesday 21 August
    Media Skins, YMAP (Your Media Arts Project), Hyung Su Kim, Friday 9 August – Sunday 1 September
  • Korean Creative Content Agency
    Madame Freedom, YMAP (Your Media Arts Project), Tuesday 20 August – Wednesday 21 August
    Media Skins, YMAP (Your Media Arts Project), Hyung Su Kim, Friday 9 August – Sunday 1 September
  • Korean Cultural Centre UK
    Madame Freedom, YMAP (Your Media Arts Project), Tuesday 20 August – Wednesday 21 August
    Media Skins, YMAP (Your Media Arts Project), Hyung Su Kim, Friday 9 August – Sunday 1 September
  • Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    Madame Freedom, YMAP (Your Media Arts Project), Tuesday 20 August – Wednesday 21 August
    Media Skins, YMAP (Your Media Arts Project), Hyung Su Kim, Friday 9 August – Sunday 1 September
    The Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China
    The Tragedy of Coriolanus, Beijing People’s Art Theatre, Tuesday 20 August – Wednesday 21 August
  • The Ministry of Culture, Taiwan
    Metamorphosis, Contemporary Legend Theatre, Saturday 10 August – Monday 12 August
  • Taipei Representative Office in the UK
    Metamorphosis, Contemporary Legend Theatre, Saturday 10 August – Monday 12 August
  • United States Consulate General, Edinburgh
    L.A. Dance Project, Saturday 24 August – Monday 26 August

Trusts and Foundations

  • The Binks Trust
    Dido and Aeneas / Bluebeard’s Castle, Oper Frankfurt, Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 August
  • The Peter Diamand Trust
    Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Saturday 10 August
  • The Ellem Foundation
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sunday 18 August
  • Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust
    Conversations with Artists, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 23, 28 and 29 August
  • The Pirie Rankin Charitable Trust
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Friday 16 August
  • The Stevenston Charitable Trust
    Tonhalle Orchestra, Monday 26 August
  • Wellcome Trust
    Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man - Lecture and Workshop Series, 12, 19, 23, 26 and 27 August
  • The KT Wong Foundation
    The Tragedy of Coriolanus, Beijing People’s Art Theatre, Tuesday 20 August – Wednesday 21 August

Benefactor

  • John and Angela Kessler
    Fidelio, Opéra de Lyon, Saturday 10 and Monday 12 August
  • Gavin and Kate Gemmell
    Dance Odysseys, Scottish Ballet, Friday 16 August – Monday 19 August
  • Joscelyn Fox
    Mitsuko Uchida, Tuesday 13 August
    Nikolai Lugansky, Thursday 15 August
  • Donald and Louise MacDonald
    Fauré Requiem, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Saturday 17 August
    Zukerman Chamber Players, Wednesday 28 August
    Quatuor Ébène, Saturday 31 August
  • Ewan and Christine Brown
    La Belle et La Bête, Philip Glass Ensemble, Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 August
    The Poet Speaks, Philip Glass Ensemble, Tuesday 13 August
  • James and Morag Anderson
    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Monday 12 August
  • Mr Hedley G Wright
    Nicola Boud, Sabine Devieilhe, Jane Gower, Sophie Gent, Kris Bezuidenhout, Wednesday 14 August
  • Claire and Mark Urquhart
    Andreas Haefliger, Saturday 17 August
  • Frank Hitchman
    Nachtmusique, Tuesday 20 August
  • Dr and Mrs George Sypert
    Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Wednesday 21 August
    Christophe Rousset, Thursday 22 August – Friday 23 August
  • Roxane Clayton
    Midori, Thursday 22 August
  • Susie Thompson
    Arditti Quartet, Tuesday 27 August
  • Jim and Isobel Stretton
    Andreas Scholl, Talmer Halperin, Thursday 29 August
  • John-Paul and Joanna Temperley
    Véronique Gens, Susan Manoff, Friday 30 August
  • Ian Stoutzker
    Cafe Concerts