Support the Festival

Founders Society

As a Founders Society member, you become the ultimate insider

Founders Society members take a leading role in supporting one of the world’s most innovative arts, culture, and civic organizations, helping to ensure that the Festival can continue to bring the world’s greatest artists, thinkers, and experiences to this community. Founders Society members provide significant support that ensures the future of the Festival so that we are able to continue to showcase the world-class artists and preeminent thinkers you have come to enjoy.

Join the Founders Society with a gift of $2500 or more.


All founders Society Members enjoy:

  • Additional passes to the Hospitality Lounge on the New Haven Green for Headline Concerts
  • A personalized “Welcome to the Festival” package before the Festival with event passes, calendar of important dates and other Festival information
  • Invitations to exclusive Founders Society events, including intimate gatherings and meals with Festival artists
  • Special recognition from the stage and on signage at select performances
  • Artist-signed program books and memorabilia
  • Concierge ticket service & exchange privileges
  • Access to prime Festival house seats

Click here for a complete list of Founders Society benefits (pdf)

2015 Patron Trip

Planning is underway for our 2015 patron trip! Check out details from our 2014 trip to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Make a Differene Now

Please contact Patrick J. Dunn in our Development office at (203) 498-3704 or to join the Founders Society and for more information about becoming one of the Festival’s leading supporters.


Top photo: Mark Morris Dance Group, by Nan Melville; Second photo: Irish Consul General Neil Kilkenny, wife Hanara, and Founders Society member Kim Healey toasting Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company at Festival 2011, by Alisha Martindale; Third photo: Founders Society members James Horwitz (right) and Sandra Allison with son Evan and Festival Artist Yo-Yo Ma, by Alisha Martindale