Social Responsibility & Charities
Bluesfest is respected for creating ongoing employment and contracts work placement opportunities for individuals and small businesses in Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers. A small regional part of Australia with limited employment opportunities.
Bluesfest not only invests in our local community contributing over $20 million to the Northern Rivers region and an estimated total of $40 million to the NSW economy annually, it continues to provide countless opportunities to local musicians, artists, volunteers and businesses through performance platforms, stalls, and networks.
As a world recognised destination event with 49% of Bluesfest patrons visiting from outside NSW. Bluesfest is responsible for significant injections into NSW and Byron Shire tourism economies and brand awareness.
Bluesfest stimulates local tourism and hospitality industries in great numbers. Many Byron Bay business owners have attributed Bluesfest for their busiest week all year, including Christmas.
WE CARE about the community, wildlife, and the environment. We facilitate fundraising for local charities, run progressive sustainability and recycling policies and work with local foundations on the protection and care for koalas & bees on the festival site.
For 2017 Bluesfest is proud to announce we are supporting these charities to name a few:
Bluesfest Associated Charities
We are immensely proud of the contribution we’ve been able to make in the local and international charity community. Bluesfest recognise the importance of providing opportunities for charities to engage with our patrons and annually provide a location on site for the local divisions of The Cancer Council, Westpac Helicopter Rescue and Cystic Fibrosis as well as other local charities such as Byron Youth Service and The Uncle Project.
Bluesfest has two major charities. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have been with us for the last 17 years and with the generous annual donation from Gibson Guitars signed by artists performing at the festival Cystic Fibrosis are delighted to have raised over $532,000.00 to date. Bluesfest is now the highest annual fundraising contributor for Cystic Fibrosis in Australia. In 2017 we raised $57,000!
The Playing For Change Foundation returned to Bluesfest 2016 for the third time in a row and raised upwards of $40,000 enabling the Foundation to build music schools in Thailand and now Bali under the direction of Bluesfest Director, Peter Noble, who is an ambassador for Playing For Change.
Each year we celebrate Bluesfest with approximately 10 charity stalls and collectively our patrons contribute to these charities with an average of over $125,000 raised.
Some of our other achievements and milestones include:
- We have had fundraising concerts and given a portion of the profit to groups such as Jarjum Playground, Nelson Mandela’s 4664 Foundation, and victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
- Our fundraising for Tsunami victims raised over $130,000
- We have provided emergency tent covers in the first instance for victims as well as building 22 houses in Sri Lanka, in conjunction with The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
- We have provided the Byron Bay Surf Club with an ongoing commitment to pay for the Emergency Beach Rescue Vehicle which we replace every four years
- We raised approximately $20,000 over three years for Byron Bay Youth Service
- Raised over $8,000 over four years for Byron Bay Hospital Pink Ladies
- Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter raised over $3,000 and Starlight Foundation raised in 2007 over $2,500.
- Continual involvement with Thai Orphanage, Yaowawit in Kampong, and African Leaf in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Raised over $1 million in ground rentals for the Byron Bay Rugby League Club
- Local schools, St. Finbarrs Catholic School and Byron Bay High School, raised approximately $300,000 and $450,000 respectively in the last eleven years through event car parking. The Performance Arts Centre at Byron Bay High School was greatly funded in this manner.
Past Years Charities
Cystic Fibrosis 2017 Raffle - 3 lucky winners!
Bluesfest’s major charity Cystic Fibrosis will be conducting their annual Gibson Guitar Raffle. Again 3 Gibson Les Paul Electric guitar prize will be on offer, with the Guitars to be signed by many of the major performing artists at this years Festival.
Cystic Fibrosis raised $55,000 throughout the duration of the festival through their guitar raffles of donated Gibson guitars bringing their total raised at Bluesfest over the last 18 years to an impressive $530,000.
The 3 lucky winners of this years raffle are:
1st Prize : Mrs R Solter of Kingscliff NSW ( Ticket No.9344)
2nd Prize : Mr D Richards of Lismore NSW (Ticket No. 10085)
3rd Prize : Mr G Lepp of Yackanddanah Victoria ( Ticket No. 15572 )
Your contribution is bringing a better quality of life to all Cystic Fibrosis sufferers and furthering vital scientific and medical research to bring about a CURE sooner.