The Barwick-in-Elmet and Scholes Community Fund Committee are a small but dedicated group of
volunteers who work in partnership with Festival Republic on two activities: 

Every year Festival Republic donate 250 VIP tickets to the Barwick-in-Elmet and Scholes Community Fund, to be sold at a set price of £65 per weekend ticket.

The tickets are donated solely to raise money for community causes that will improve life for all residents, regardless of age or interest, through the parish.

As a committee we manage the ticket application process from application forms, ballot (if required), collection of monies and distribution of tickets.


Each year Festival Republic donates £7,500 to add to the £16,250 that we collect through the sale of Leeds Festival tickets, totalling £23,750 for the community.

 We invite applications from village groups, organisations or associations who are seeking to provide a service or project that  that will benefit the community.

 We meet as a committee to allocate funds to as many of the groups as we can, and with final agreement from Melvin Benn, MD of Festival Republic.


Application forms typically become available early in March with a deadline around the end of April or early May, though dates will depend on Festival Republic's schedule and will be confirmed each year.
We realise that you will be eager to get your tickets, though, so don't be afraid to tell us how much you're looking forward to the festival!

We typically invite applications for grants from September through to
31 October each year, and announce the causes that have been successful in January, although dates will be confirmed each year.
We would love to hear from you at any time, though, so please get in touch if there is a project that you would like to discuss funding for. 
            Festival Republic is the UK’s leading Festival and Event promoter. They are the team behind the greatest
            rock shows on the planet, including the Leeds Festival which takes place in Bramham Park every year.
 A brief history, written by Festival Republic:
"Formed in 1982, we largely created the modern music festival market in the UK. Under the name of Mean Fiddler, we took shared ownership of the Reading Festival in 1989 and took sole ownership in 1993. Since then we have built Reading into the most famous rock show on the planet and in 1999 created a parallel event in Leeds. From 2002 to 2012 we took over operational management of Glastonbury Festival and in 2007 increased the capacity of the festival to 177,500. In 2006 we launched Latitude, our fledgling music and arts festival, held on the beautiful Sunrise Coast in Suffolk. Latitude is doing phenomenally well; in its second year it almost doubled capacity to 20,000 visitors and has since increased to 35,000. Until 2008, we also produced the annual London festivals for the GLA; Rise and St Patrick’s Day. In 2009, we added Electric Picnic in Ireland and Hove Festival in Norway to our festival portfolio. In September 2009, we took majority ownership of The Big Chill Festival, which took place in the grounds of Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, and in 2010 we promoted Orlando Calling in Florida."
The Barwick-in-Elmet and Scholes Community Fund Committee is made up as below:
Melvyn Benn (Managing Director of Festival Republic) - Chair
Raymond Budd - Vice Chair         Judith Birdsall - Treasurer         Sally Daly - Secretary
Jillian Baker         Matt Baker         Liz Hayton         Cllr Jacqueline Ward         Cllr Stella Walsh