Festival Republic are passionate about supporting vital initiatives both inside and outside the world of music.
“Here at Festival Republic we work with a number of charities across our festivals, raising money and awareness for organisations close to our hearts”
Melvin Benn, Managing Director
For over 25 years we have collected charity donations at our festivals and supported a huge range of local, national and international charities and non-profit groups. Your donations have helped support everything from local children’s groups to international health and education programmes.
Here’s a selection of our current charity partners and a short introduction to their work.
Action Aid – Helping women and young girls escape poverty and violence and realise their potential.
Oxfam – Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people working together to end the injustices that cause poverty.
Child.Org – Dedicated to transforming the lives of children born in the most difficult places in the world
Bike for Cambodia – Donations have built two schools, and a dental clinic with a tooth brushing programme offering free dental care to those in need.
Attitude is Everything – Working to improve Deaf and disabled people’s access to the world of live music.
British Red Cross – Help anyone, anywhere in the UK and around the world get the support they need if crisis strikes.
To learn more about the vital and exciting work of these charities, please click the links below and check out their websites.
Action Aid – Oxfam – Child.org – Bike For Cambodia – Attitude Is Everything – British Red Cross
ReBalance is a pioneering programme focused on supporting female musicians who want to make waves in the music industry. As part of this initiative Festival Republic provides studio recording time to a core** female band and female solo frequently, covering all costs associated with this including the studio and engineer, accommodation and travel (applicants must be based within the UK). At the end of each year, Festival Republic commit to giving these successful acts a slot at a Festival Republic or Live Nation Festival. In addition, we shall also be supporting women who want to work in sound engineering and production by offering studio apprenticeships. The Rebalance programme also creates bespoke live events and hosts stages at established music festivals.
In the recent Women Make Music Evaluation carried out by PRS Foundation, it was highlighted that women represent 16% of UK songwriters and composers and that there is a lack of women in other roles across the industry e.g.“…Engineering, in particular, is viewed as an almost entirely male ‘closed shop’.” ReBalance responds to this by supporting both artists and up and coming female engineers in a programme which offers valuable studio time and industry support. The aim of the project is to strengthen the talent pipeline and progression routes for female artists and engineers.
More information on Rebalance events and projects in 2022 will be announced very soon.
Festival Republic endeavours to deliver festivals and events with the least amount of environmental impact as possible. Working through every aspect of the festival, we develop systems across key areas such as energy, waste, water, transport and purchasing. A Sustainability Coordinator is employed to work with the Festival Republic team, contractors and suppliers to focus on sustainability issues and develop innovative solutions. We work closely to reduce our impact, and implement systems onsite which the audience can participate in, providing the opportunity for encouraging positive behaviour change.
Having the audience participate in our green initiatives may also lead to similar actions in their everyday lives. In fact, much of our audience already acts sustainably at home, and expects the same when attending our festivals and events. We hope Festival Republic’s focus on sustainable practices will impact the industry through our suppliers, contractors and membership of industry wide coalition Powerful Thinking. We have signed the Festival Vision : 2025 pledge to work together with other festivals to understand, and aim to reduce, our carbon emissions to 50% by 2025 (from 2014 levels) following the Paris Agreement.