Structure

The owner of the Bayreuth Festival Hall and its subsidiary buildings (rehearsal stages, workshops, restaurant) has been the Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth since 1973. It rents these properties to the Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH, founded in 1985.

Wording of the foundation deed:
www.wagnermuseum.de/nationalarchiv/stiftung

Shareholders’ meeting of Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH

Dr. Georg Freiherr von Waldenfels, Vorsitzender Ministerialdirektor
Dr. Günter Winands, Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
Ministerialrat Dr. Rupert Dörfler, Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Finanzen für Landesentwicklung und Heimat
Oberbürgermeisterin Brigitte Merk-Erbe, Stadt Bayreuth

Shareholders and their shares:

  • Federal Republic of Germany (29%)
  • Free State of Bavaria (29%)
  • Society of Friends of Bayreuth e.V. (29%)
  • City of Bayreuth (13%)

Board of Directors of Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH

Ministerialdirigent Toni Schmid, Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst
Vorsitzender Ministerialdirigentin Dr. Stephanie Schulz-Hombach, Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
Martin Eifler, Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
Ministerialrat Dr. Rupert Dörfler, Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Finanzen für Landesentwicklung und Heimat
Dr. Georg Freiherr von Waldenfels, Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth e.V.
Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach, Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth e.V.
Oberbürgermeisterin Brigitte Merk-Erbe Stadt Bayreuth
Berufsmäßiger Stadtrat Benedikt M. Stegmayer, Stadt Bayreuth

BF Medien GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH. It was founded in 2008 to make Richard Wagner’s work here accessible to all interested parties. Thus, BF Medien GmbH annually produces an audio-visual production, which is broadcast live on television and in cinemas and is recorded on DVD. In cooperation with other partners, it is also implementing further projects within the framework of the festival.

The original idea of ​​Richard Wagner to operate the festival on a private scale proved to be impossible in the founding years. It was only with the successful commitment of the public sector to the Bayreuth Festival in 1953 that the annual performance was secured.

The budget of the Bayreuth Festival this year amounts to 26,8 million euros. The subsidy is regulated according to the company shares.

Budget composition

Total budget 2019: approx. 26,8 million euros (excluding restructuring costs)

Government grants:
Federal Republic of Germany approx. 2.9 million euros
Free State of Bavaria approx. 2.9 million euros
City of Bayreuth approx. 1.3 million euros
District Oberfranken 413,000 euros (as a voluntary service)

Contribution of the Society of Friends of Bayreuth e.V. approx. 2.9 million euros

Total grants: approx. 10.45 million euros

Of the total budget, the grants amount to approx. 39 %, the public sector approx. 28 %.

For further information see www.bundesanzeiger.de

  • The Federal Republic of Germany
  • The Free State of Bavaria
  • Society of Friends of Bayreuth e.V.
  • City of Bayreuth
  • District of Oberfranken
  • Own share Bayreuther Festspiele
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