Support Midsumma Festival

Midsumma Festival relies on your generous donations to produce our three-week festival celebrating the vibrant and diverse LGBTQIA+ arts, culture and community contribution to Victoria.

Did you know?

Delivery: delivering the festival takes year-round planning and some events require even longer to plan.
Staff: Midsumma has three full time employees and is made possible by 200–300 volunteers each year.
Budget: Midsumma needs to raise 70% of our budget each year through private donations and business sponsorship.

The festival, especially Midsumma Carnival and Pride March, is expensive to run - and we need your help to keep it going.

Since 1989, Midsumma has also been able to provide the community with a range of programs and events throughout the three-week festival. There are also other significant hard costs to produce events, our program guide, the website and more. We truly appreciate the generosity of so many Midsumma sponsors, supporters and allies, who often provide time, money and even help to spread the word.

But your private and company contributions are vital to us, so we can continue to bring you this vivacious – often irreverent – world-class festival.

Patron support of Midsumma will ensure that your Midsumma exists well into the future. It will directly support new and emerging artists and cultural event producers who wish to showcase their work, members of the LGBTQIA+ communities who are further disadvantaged by intersectional identities such as queer people with disability and/or those who face other types of cultural discrimination as well as being LGBTQIA+.

They all need our support and Midsumma Festival provides an important platform for their stories to be heard. But Midsumma needs your patronage to continue.

Patronage Types

Midsumma has four levels of patron:

  o Diamond Patron: $5,000+
  o Gold Patron: $2,000 – $4,999
  o Silver Patron: $1,000 – $1,999
  o Rainbow Patron: $500 – $999

The Benefits?

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.

Not only that, but each Patron donation is fully tax deductible. The Patron donations are acknowledged on our website (, within the Midsumma Festival printed program guide for the year and in our annual report.

2018 Festival Patrons also receive additional behind the scenes updates, an invitation to attend our 2018 Festival program launch in mid-November and special invitations during the 2018 festival itself.

All Patrons also receive a complimentary individual membership to Midsumma Festival for the 2017/2018 financial year and are signed up to our eNews.

Alternatively, we also have a Midsumma Members Program. Memberships are purchased for a 'festival year' and expire on 30 September annually.

Become a Midsumma Patron, a Midsumma Member or simply choose to donate as little or as much as you like by clicking the following links – we really are grateful for every little drop.

Become a Midsumma Patron

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Midsumma Patron.

Patron support of Midsumma will ensure that your Midsumma exists well into the future. It will directly support new and emerging artists and cultural event producers who wish to showcase their work. You patronage also goes a long way to help us empower others. For instance, we actively support members of the LGBTQIA+ communities who are further challenged by disability or other types of cultural discrimination as well.

Register to be a Patron now

Our Current Patrons

Midsumma would like to thank the wonderful and generous patrons of the 2018 festival:

Diamond Patrons ($5,000+)

Valentina Jovanoska and Adrian Lewis

Gold Patron ($2,000 – $4,999)

Anonymous donor
Lahn Straney
Naum Tered

Silver Patrons ($1,000 – $1,999)

Adam John Lowe
Howell Williams
Jessica Morden
Jude Munro
Mark Matthews and Antony Jarvis
Tim Morden

Rainbow Patrons ($500 – $1,000)

Aaron O'Shannessy
Andrea Pearman
Angus Hayes
Colin Smith
Dennis Altman
Devinia Liddelow
Georgie Harman
Ian Gould
Jo Whyte
John Caldwell
Mark Meierjohann
Michael Daly
Robert Morrison
Rhys Cranney
Sebastian Norman
Stephen Hanlon
Stuart Kollmorgen and Rodrigo Reis
Swinburne University
Tori Berquist


Midsumma Membership

Midsumma Memberships are purchased for a 'festival year' and expire on 30 September annually. Purchasing your membership before the Festival annually allows you to enjoy it for the maximum amount of time, including the launch event, the run of Festival and the ensuing AGM.

As a valued Midsumma Member you will:
  1. Support us in fulfilling Midsumma's mission and objectives;
  2. Join a group of individuals who share a passion for the artistic and cultural development of Midsumma, and queer Melbourne;
  3. Be awarded with voting rights within the Midsumma organisation;
  4. Agree to be bound by the rules of Midsumma that are currently in force. A copy of these rules is available from our office on request.

Membership levels

There are three types of membership available:
Individual: $30 inc. GST
Family: $45 inc. GST (covers two adults living at the same address)
Affiliated Organisation: $60 inc. GST

If you'd like to become a member please fill out the form below.

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