In 1949, the Society of Friends of Bayreuth was founded. Their goal: to raise funds to make a new start for the Festival. The fact that there has been an interruption-free annual implementation since 1950 is also due to these donors since they have gathered more than 60 million euros. Over the years, a broad network of private supporters and sponsors has developed, without which the execution of the Festival in its present form would not be possible.