Donate to Midsumma
Melbourne Pride 2022. Photo by Suzanne Balding
Midsumma is a non-profit organisation. By making a donation to Midsumma you're helping to support over 1600 culture makers, producers, artists, and community members passionate about queer cultural experiences who need to tell and hear these stories and share these safe spaces.
Your support really counts. If you are in a position to support, please donate what you can and help us keep our major events free for everyone in our communities.
We would love your help to bridge the shortfalls in our finances (which you can imagine has skyrocketed in this economy!) to enable us to meet the rising costs of delivery - and to make each festival the best Midsumma Festival that we can make it.
Midsumma is a non-profit organisation staffed by a small team of committed professionals, governed by a voluntary Board of Management, and supported by hundreds of generous and passionate volunteers every year.
What does your donation provide?
Midsumma relies on your generous donations to produce your three-week festival each year, as well as year-round community cultural development work, including mentorships, and work with some of our most marginalised diverse intersectional communities. We give voice to those who might otherwise not be seen or heard. We celebrate the vibrant and diverse LGBTQIA+ arts and cultures.
Offer a free show to someone else - $30 can cover the cost of a person attending an LGBTQIA+ work, event or act. Your donation helps to keep approx 40% of our program FREE and accessible to everyone.
- Share stories, and create queer art - $50 will go directly to assist artists to share their stories through the development of new artwork and events throughout the year.
Pay the registration of an independent artist - $100 helps subsidise the registration fee for new independent artists to showcase their event and tell their stories to others as part of Midsumma Festival.
Mentorship assistance for LGBTQIA+ artists - $200 can contribute to providing an early career artist with a mentor to help them grow and improve their art form. Our Patrons tell us that the most important benefit is feeling that you really are making a difference to the lives of those within our LGBTQIA+ communities by supporting Midsumma Festival.
We need you to show your support for LGBTQIA+ Arts and Cultures
Midsumma needs to raise 70% of our expenses, and we do this through private donations. Without your donations, we would not exist each year.
By making a donation to Midsumma you're helping to support over 1600 culture makers, producers, artists, and community members passionate about queer cultural experiences who need to tell and hear these stories and share these safe spaces.
Your donation helps us to continue to run our year-round programs such as our mentorship programs Midsumma Futures, Midsumma Pathways. And, it helps us keep events like Midsumma Carnival and Midsumma Pride March free and accessible for everyone to attend. Above all, your donation helps keep the door open and Midsumma operating!
Midsumma Festival has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status, which means all donations above $2 are tax-deductible. 100% of funds raised go directly to artist and community development and access initiatives so you can be assured every dollar you give makes a difference.
Your support really does count and right now we really can’t do it without you!
Other ways you can donate:
Corporate Workplace Giving via Good Company for Midsumma Festival
Are you looking for new ways to reward your staff and attract new employees? There are some great ways to reward your team members with Charity Gift Vouchers, Paid Volunteering days and Workplace giving and payroll giving options.
So what is Workplace giving? Workplace Giving allows you to support Midsumma directly from your payroll plus you receive an immediate pre-tax benefit and Midsumma receives the full donation amount.
For example, if you donate $20 per pay cycle, it will only cost you $12.60* but Midsumma will receive the full $20.
This can help you to build corporate culture and drive workplace giving easily. Visit Good Company or get in touch with us to find out how you can set up Corporate Workplace Giving with Midsumma Festival.
Support Midsumma with GiveOut Day Australia
GiveOUT (formerly known as The Channel Giving Circle) is an LGBTIQ+ organisation based in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 2016, in their short history they have distributed more than $150,000 in grants to LGBTIQ+ community projects, supported more than 50 LGBTIQ+ community organisations, and released the first ever Australian report on the state of LGBTIQ+ funding.
Want to help us out a little more?
Midsumma is further supported by our Patrons. We couldn’t put on a three-week festival, or continue our mentor programs, without our Patrons – valued Festival Sponsors, Partners, and Providers who help us to continue to work year-round, and to produce our world-class festival each year.
Our Patron Program is your opportunity to really show your passion for LGBTQIA+ arts and cultures, and to contribute to its future. Our Patrons tell us that the most important benefit is feeling that you really are making a difference to the lives of those within our LGBTQIA+ communities by supporting Midsumma Festival. Join a special group who understand the importance of queer arts. If you are interested in making a contribution of $500 or more to Midsumma, find out about our Patron Program here.
Thank you for your contribution.
See how far we have come...
Image: Midsumma Carnival 1997 in Alexandra Gardens, image by Virginia Selleck (not the first Midsumma Carnival)
Become a Patron
By becoming a Midsumma Patron you not only get the VIP treatment at our signature events but you also receive regular behind the scenes updates on Midusmma’s activity as the festival develops and invitations to attend VIP events throughout the 22-day festival.Become a Patron
Volunteer With Us
Midsumma Festival is a volunteer-fuelled organisation that wouldn't exist without the contribution from individuals within our community. Every volunteer is an ambassador for Midsumma Festival: enthusiastic, friendly, helpful and professional.Volunteer With Us