Unfortunately, we cannot generally pay any artist fees or cover expenses at this point - this is not because we don't value our artists' work and talent, but simply because so far we have not been able to raise the necessary funds for this.
Our Interfaith Music Festivals were started from scratch in 2011 without any funds but only the vision of uniting people of all different faith backgrounds through their music. The London festivals have been made possible through in-kind support from our hosts (SOAS University from 2012-2015, The British Museum since 2016), while the organising team and all participating artists have been volunteering to donate their time and work towards the cause of promoting interfaith dialogue and coexistence. The devotion and commitment of our participants is a main reason for the success of our festivals.
At the same time, we decided against the introduction of entrance fees to our festivals, even if these might help to raise funds from which to pay modest fees to the performing artists, because we believe that the message of our festivals is so important that we don't want to discourage anyone from attending by putting up financial barriers.
We are working on raising additional funds for the festival, but until we are successful in this we remain unable to pay any fees or cover any expenses.
For our Berlin festivals in 2016 and 2017, we were able to raise funds to cover travel expenses for artists based within Germany and in 2017 we were also able to pay humble fees to the performing artists. We appreciate that many of our UK-based artists are eager to join the Berlin festival as well, however at this stage we are prioritising performance offers from Berlin-based artists. We will not be able to cover any accommodation costs nor travel expenses from outside of Germany to Berlin.