Photo Credit: Terry Manzo 

Corporate Giving

Sponsoring the Blyth Festival offers businesses an opportunity to give back and reinvest in the local region, while at the same time reaching a targeted demographic to strengthen your own business’s success.

As a registered charity, Blyth Festival offers unique opportunities for corporate giving and sponsorship from Production and Event Sponsorship to In-kind donations of much need services and supplies. All sponsorships are tailored to address the individual needs of your company and we can tailor-make a package to perfectly fit your organization’s priorities.

All corporate sponsors and donors are proudly listed on our Corporate Donor Recognition Roll of Honour.

Legion 420 & Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 420 Cheque Presentation
Blyth Legion 420 & Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 420 are longtime supporters of the Blyth Festival. They generously co-sponsored Sticks & Stones, Part I of The Donnellys: A Trilogy during our 49th season.

Our audience profile

  • Blyth Festival patrons from Southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area represent the majority of our audience, with a strong presence in Midwestern Ontario.
  • 54% of Blyth Festival patrons have annual household incomes over $60,000 and over 25% have incomes over $100,000.
  • The top four sectors employing Blyth Festival patrons include sales and services, trades and transportation, business finance and administration, and primary industries, such as farming.
  • Blyth Festival has over 1200 active Members who receive regular updates and a quarterly newsletter.
  • Blyth Festival patrons are not frivolous consumers — they purchase what they value and pay attention to those companies who support the Festival.
  • Blyth Festival patrons are engaged in their communities through volunteerism and support for local initiatives.

Tax and Sponsorship

As a registered charity, your sponsorship of any Blyth Festival events has tax benefits too. Tax receipts are issued in accordance with Revenue Canada guidelines. If benefits are waived, a full tax receipt is issued.

Corporate Program Details

Each season, the Blyth Festival presents a season of up to seven productions. Most of them are new works receiving their first performances at Blyth. These exciting new productions are very popular with our regional, national and international audiences, and also attract a great deal of critical interest.

As the main sponsor of a production at the Blyth Festival, your business can enjoy a high level of exposure for a sustained period of time. We announce our season as early as November and from then on, we market to our members and audience continually through to opening night and beyond.

Individuals, trusts and foundations are also warmly invited to sponsor a production.

Marketing benefits of production sponsorship include:

  • Extensive visibility and profile through marketing and promotional materials
  • A variety of client-hosting and entertaining opportunities
  • An opportunity to give back and reinvest in the local region
  • Reaching a targeted demographic to strengthen your own business plan
  • Year-round recognition and exposure through our website and newsletters

Ticketing and recognition benefits include:

  • Guaranteed two (2) Opening Night tickets for the production
  • Recognition (logo placement) on the Blyth Festival website
  • Advertisement in the Festival program
  • Verbal recognition during performance curtain speech
  • Tax or Marketing receipt
  • Free ticket exchanges
  • Social media promotion (Facebook, Instagram) recognizing your support

Sponsorship =  starting at $6,500

Given our plays’ Canadian settings and universal themes, sponsors often find that the production aligns with their own core values and mission for outreach and inclusivity.

For more information and to discuss sponsoring a Blyth Festival production,

Being a Performance Host offers businesses and community partners an opportunity to give back and reinvest in the local region, while at the same time reaching a targeted demographic to strengthen your own business network.

When you become a Performance Host, your contribution directly supports new play development and play production. You also contribute towards community outreach initiatives and youth programming that contribute to the quality of life in Huron County and the surrounding area.

Plus, your audience, guests, clients and staff present experience the thrill of being announced as the very special host of the night’s performance. Applause erupts from the audience who understand you’ve invested in our own Canadian stories created and performed by award-winning theatre professionals.

Individuals, trusts and foundations can also sponsor a performance in their own name.

You can sponsor an Opening Night performance or a Regular or Preview performance – the choice is yours.

Performance Host – Opening Night Benefits

  • Guaranteed two (2) tickets for the performance you are hosting
  • Insert in evening’s program recognizing your support
  • Verbal recognition during performance curtain speech
  • Tax or Marketing receipt
  • Free ticket exchanges
  • Social media promotion (Facebook, Instagram) recognizing your support

Sponsorship = $1,000 

Performance Host – Preview or Regular Performance Benefits

  • Free Ticket Exchange
  • Tax or Marketing receipt
  • Early Booking privileges
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the performance you are hosting
  • Verbal recognition during performance curtain speech
  • Insert in evening’s program recognizing your support

Sponsorship = $500 (regular performances)

For more information and to discuss sponsoring a Blyth Festival performance,

We are eternally grateful to all our sponsors for continuing to support us. You are so important to us and our future.

As a company, you can make a donation to Blyth Festival as a stand-alone gift rather than at the sponsorship level. Donations to our charity can become part of your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and community outreach strategies to support local charities and the Canadian arts.

We also welcome donations in kind of other items we may require, such as equipment and materials.

For more information and to discuss making a donation from your company to the Blyth Festival,

The Blyth Festival New Play Development program provides new and renowned playwrights alike with the support, knowledge and expertise required to take a play from the first idea on paper to opening night onstage.

Your donation will help support, as our Artist Director Gil Garratt says:

“The essential role the Festival plays in telling the region’s stories, celebrating our heroes and our history, and bringing the highest calibre of vibrant and vital arts and culture to our community.”

The Blyth Festival has enabled 150+ Canadian plays have launched in 49 seasons. It has also assisted in the development and workshopping of numerous other plays. Currently, we have 22 plays under commission, thanks to Bruce Power our New Play Development Sponsor. This ensures a wealth of new plays are in the works for our stages over the next few years.

The New Play development program is key to developing new, uniquely Canadian plays that become part of our national cultural heritage in the years ahead.

For more information and to discuss making a donation to the New Play Development Fund:

We have numerous opportunities for print-based advertising, including our Season brochure and our House Program. For more details, contact Jen Lamb jlamb@blythfestival.com

Discover more information here:  Our Young Company

We have numerous opportunities for print-based advertising, including our Season brochure and our House Program. For more details, contact Jen Lamb jlamb@blythfestival.com

Other sponsorship opportunities

We are delighted that local companies continue to sponsor particular aspects of our work as sponsors for:

  • Distribution
  • Envelopes
  • Harvest Stage
  • Curtain Call and Lobby
  • Young Company
  • Official Vehicles
  • Mint Sponsors
  • Printing
  • Education and Outreach

If you think your company could sponsor an aspect of our Festival, do get in touch.

“Foxton Fuels is proud to continue its 50-year tradition of community sponsorship and its ongoing relationship with the Blyth Festival. We believe live theatre offers us the chance to share a story that can make us laugh and can also move us to tears, that can recognize and celebrate our similarities and our differences, that we can see ourselves reflected in and that can remind us that we are all in this together.  

We are incredibly lucky to have Blyth Festival in our “backyard” where the plays, written, performed, directed and designed by Canadians, highlight the joy of rural life in Ontario.”

Foxton Fuels

“Bruce Power supports the Blyth Festival because it aligns with our commitment to promoting and sustaining arts and culture in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties. The Blyth Festival is a unique experience for theatre-goers of all ages, and we are happy to support it and the Blyth community.”

New Play Development Sponsor 2019 – 2023

Chris Mercanti, Manager of Community and Indigenous Relations, Bruce Power

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