Silver Anniversary Campaign

The Michigan Irish Music Festival, in celebration of our twenty-fifth year, introduces our

Silver Anniversary Campaign!

This campaign is designed to empower the festival for the next quarter-century with investments in essential operational equipment, marketing assets, and technological infrastructure.

The Michigan Irish Music Festival, over the last 25 years, has grown to be one of the most renowned Irish music festivals in the world and one of the most popular festivals of any kind in Michigan. The very finest of Celtic musicians have played on the shores of Muskegon Lake, including Tommy Makem, Andy Irvine, Altan, Lunasa, Gaelic Storm, Seamus Kennedy, Damien Dempsey, Leahy, Scythian, We Banjo 3, Doolin’, High Kings and many more. The Michigan Irish Music Festival is definitely on the map in the Irish cultural world.

Since its inception, the festival has been entirely led by volunteers with no paid staff. The board, volunteer leaders, managers, and shift volunteers are all driven by a passion to enhance our community, host a premier Irish music festival, and be part of a high functioning and fun team.

The Silver Anniversary effort will honor that volunteer commitment with investments that allow the volunteers to move our event to a new level. Improved signage, branding and electronic marketing, artist facilities that are worthy of the artists who utilize them, and the appropriate tools and equipment essential to produce a world-class festival.

Festival President Kevin Donovan remarked, “We’ve run this event using donated construction trailers as offices and dressing rooms, patching them up to make them work. When we transport them to Heritage Landing, we cross our fingers they don’t break apart on the way.”

This effort will provide essential assets like newer dressing room and administrative trailers for artists and volunteers, a professional rebranding, a new festival website, utility golf carts used during the construction of the festival, on-site internet and cellular infrastructure, fencing, digital screens, music production equipment, hospitality equipment, cultural exhibits, lighting equipment and much more.

Since 2000, the Michigan Irish Music Festival has grown from a one-stage festival with five domestic artists to a four-stage festival that hosts numerous artists from Ireland, Scotland and Canada. It generally sells every hotel room within 30 miles and is attended each day by tens of thousands of enthusiastic visitors.

Your investment in The Silver Anniversary Campaign will pay tribute to 25 years of volunteer efforts and assure that the Michigan Irish Music Festival will thrive for another quarter-century.

Honrary Chair

Michigan Irish Music Festival’s 25th Anniversary Campaign recognizes Honorary Chairpersons Patrick O’Leary & Karen Yamasaki.

We invite you to join Patrick & Karen to support the Michigan Irish Music Festival’s 25th Silver Anniversary Campaign. Patrick & Karen will be matching up to $50,000, making your gift have twice the impact. Please feel free to reach out to us to discuss your gift and how you can best support the 25th Anniversary of the Michigan Irish Music Festival!

Levels of Support

Diamond Supporter - $25,000

Recognition

  • Prominent listing as Diamond Supporter listed on 3 placards located in prominent areas of the festival during the 25th Anniversary festival.
  • Prominent listing as Diamond Supporter listed on  festival website 25th Anniversary page.
  • 2 Custom MIMF jacket/pullovers with 25th brand logo.
  • 6 invitations to annual Sponsor Reception at the festival.
  • Festival Experience Package including 4 festival passes and a Parking Pass for 5 years, 20 single-day tickets to share for 2024 festival, 20 premium beverage tickets for 2024 festival.

Platinum Supporter - $10,000 - $24,999

Recognition

  • Prominent listing as Platinum Supporter on 3 placards located in high traffic areas of the festival during the 25th Anniversary festival.
  • Prominent listing at Platinum Supporter on festival website 25th Anniversary page.
  • 2 Custom MIMF jacket/pullovers with 25th brand logo.
  • 4 invitations to annual Sponsor Reception at the festival.
  • Festival Experience Package including 2 festival passes and a Parking Pass for 5 years, 20 single-day tickets to share for 2024 festival, 20 premium beverage tickets for 2024 festival.

Emerald Supporter - $5,000 - $9,999

Recognition

  • Prominent listing as Emerald Supporter on 3 placards located in high traffic areas of the festival during the 25th Anniversary festival.
  • Prominent listing as Emerald Supporter on festival website 25th Anniversary page.
  • 2 Custom MIMF jacket/pullovers with 25th brand logo.
  • 2 invitations to annual Sponsor Reception at the festival.
  • Festival Experience Package including 2 festival passes and a Parking Pass for 5 years, 16 single-day tickets to share for 2024 festival, 16 premium beverage tickets  for 2024 festival.

Gold Supporter - $2,500 - $4,999

Recognition

  • Prominent listing as Gold Supporter on 3 placards  located in high traffic areas of the festival during the  25th Anniversary festival.
  • Prominent listing as Gold Supporter on festival website 25th Anniversary page.
  • 2 invitations to annual Sponsor Reception at the festival.
  • Festival Experience Package including 10 single-day tickets to share for 2024 festival, 10 premium beverage tickets for 2024 festival, Parking Pass for the 2024 festival.

Bronze Supporter - $1,000 - $2,499

Recognition

  • Prominent listing as Bronze Supporter on 3 placards located in high traffic areas of the festival during the 25th Anniversary festival.
  • Prominent listing as Bronze Supporter on festival website 25th Anniversary page.
  • 2 invitations to annual Sponsor Reception at the festival.
  • Festival Experience Package including 8 single-day tickets to share for 2024 festival, 8 premium beverage tickets for 2024 festival, Parking Pass for the 2024 festival.

Special Naming Opportunities

In conjunction with support levels above, the following naming opportunities are available (in limited supply):

  • Website Redesign – recognition for five years at the footer of every page “Website redesign underwritten by…” – $40,000 level and above
  • Artist Dressing Room Trailer – Plaque on trailer indicating the sponsor. – $25,000 level and above
  • Rebranding Sponsors – recognition on the “About” section of the website. – $20,000 level and above
  • Utility Golf Cart Sponsor – Plaque on four vehicles indicating the sponsor. – $20,000 level and above
  • Upstage Scrim Backdrop – Signage behind performers on stage with Festival logo on minimum of two stages. – $10,000 level and above
  • Other opportunities available!

How to Support

Yes!

I want to support the Michigan Irish Music Festival’s Silver Anniversary Campaign!

You may also download, scan and email the form to chris.zahrt@michiganirish.orgDownload the form.