The Major Festivals Initiative (MFI) is a unique funding model, administered by CAIAF with the Australia Council for the Arts, to support the commissioning of new Australian works of scale. CAIAF is an Incorporated Association consisting of the seven major State and Territory international, multi-arts festivals.

It provides a unique opportunity for curatorial collaboration between the artistic directors of the rich and varied flagship festivals of their respective cities and regions.

The Fund is designed to facilitate the development of new, high-quality, large-scale Australian performing arts productions, to promote international awareness of the quality of Australian performing artists and strengthen Australia’s reputation as a sophisticated and artistic nation with a confident, outward focused arts sector.

The Australian Government through The Australia Council for the Arts allocates $1.5 million annually for the Major Festivals Initiative. CAIAF is tasked with administering the Fund and through its members and co-commissioning partners, MFI investment is matched at 80-90% each year.

MFI Investment subsidises the seeding, creative development and pre-production of projects commissioned by Festivals, presenters and other partners. Applications for investment are made by CAIAF Member Festivals for projects they wish to seed, develop or commission with their production partners. Opportunities exist for non-CAIAF Members to invest as co-commissioners and present productions in the world premiere season.