We’re excited to launch a new way for you to show your support for Sled Island!
Sled Island recently became a charitable organization, meaning we can now issue tax receipts for generous giving.
We’re looking to our community for monthly or one-time donations that are an investment not only in the festival we all look forward to each year, but in our year-round support of Calgary’s music and arts scene. This is not a one-time campaign, but a new reality for ensuring a sustainable Sled Island.
Donate now or scroll down to learn more!
The Sled Island Arts Fellowship is a charitable organization dedicated to the presentation of incredible independent music and art. Our main activity is Sled Island, a one-of-a-kind, five-day music and arts festival presented in Calgary each June that has earned rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe.
Since its inception in 2007, Sled Island has been proud to showcase a whopping 724 unique Alberta bands, including 530 from Calgary, as well as comedy, film, art, special events and conference programming in 141 unique Calgary venues to a combined audience of more than 340,000 people. The organization operates with only three full-time staff as well as a passionate base of support made up of 400+ volunteers annually and 505 unique partners to date.
But Sled Island is about more than just five days in June. It’s a year-round catalyst for music, arts and community and a beloved connector of partners, volunteers, artists and audience members. The festival is a leader in fostering all-ages, green, safer spaces, inclusion and accessibility initiatives. It’s also an important economic driver. A 2015 economic impact study produced by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance showed that Sled Island generated $3.4 million in economic activity for Alberta that year.
With accessibility as a core value, the festival is committed to keeping pass and ticket prices affordable as well as continuing to offer high-quality free programming. As a result, box office revenues cover only 35% of our annual expenses.
Sled Island has weathered a flood, an economic downturn and decreasing sponsorship dollars across the Canadian arts sector. Despite our tenacity through hard times, the changing economic realities facing festivals like ours mean we must find new paths for ensuring our sustainability.
We’re now looking to our community for monthly or one-time donations that are an investment not only in the festival we all look forward to each year, but in our year-round support of Calgary’s music and arts scene.
Sled Island is grateful for donations of all sizes and all donations will contribute to Sled Island’s operating and programming costs. If you’d like to show your support for a specific Sled Island program or interest area, please leave a comment in the "Message for Sled Island Music & Arts Festival" box on the donation form. A tax receipt will be issued to you for your donation amount.
If you wish to make a corporate donation or if you wish to donate via cheque or cash, please contact Maud Salvi at firstname.lastname@example.org.