The BAFA Insurance Scheme

The BAFA Insurance Scheme

The BAFA Insurance Scheme offers a 20% discount on La Playa's Festival Portfolio, a specialist policy for festivals.

The British Arts Festivals Association has teamed up with specialist insurance broker La Playa to help protect festivals from spiralling insurance premiums, inadequate cover and expensive duplications from maintaining multiple non specialist policies.

BAFA Insurance Scheme benefits:

  • 20% discount for festival members and 5% discount for associate members on Festival Portfolio
  • Free initial pension consultation
  • Comprehensive cover, tailor-made for festivals
  • A broker who understands your organisation
  • Expert professional advice
  • First class service & claims handling

Are you shipshape with the pension regulations?

The Government's new Pension Laws have come into force, and will significantly impact every employer in the UK - even those with a single employee. 

If you're wondering: How much will I have to pay? Are my existing arrangements acceptable? How does this affect my freelance and contract workers? What is "auto-enrolment"? Then get in touch for a FREE initial pension consultation.

Festival Portfolio is exclusively available through La Playa, and is underwritten by arts-friendly QBE Insurance. The Portfolio has been designed by a broker who understands festivals and can negotiate realistic terms with insurers. It helps avoid expensive duplications by covering multiple risks under a single policy, including: 

  • Property: UK cover for office contents, computers, musical instruments, hired-in equipment, marquees, tents, audio & visual equipment and plant, merchandise stock, CDs, brochures and programmes
  • Business Interruption: protects income streams during physical and technological disruptions (fire, flood, power & telecommunications failure, prevention of access to venues)
  • Employers’, Public and Product Liabilities: for volunteers, freelancers, audiences, food/drink and merchandise
  • Money: box office receipts, fees, subsistence expenses and programme/merchandise cash anywhere in the world
  • Trustee Liability Insurance: protecting your Board against allegations of mismanagement or breach of duty
  • Legal Expenses: protects your company in employment disputes, health & safety issues, contract disputes and tax issues, and provides an advisory service
  • Professional Indemnity: protects against allegations of negligence,breach of duty or mismanagement

We can also arrange:

  • Cancellation Insurance: Cancellation cover replaces lost revenue and reimburses expenditure incurred from an event which is necessarily and unavoidably postponed, abandoned, cancelled, curtailed or relocated in circumstances beyond your control. Read our datasheet >>
  • Trustee Liability Insuranceprotecting your Board against allegations of mismanagement or breach of duty. More >>
  • Business Travel: worldwide cover for up to 6 months per trip.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance: protects you against allegations of negligence, breach of duty or mismanagement. More >>

Working with La Playa - who are the leading providers of insurance for Arts Festivals - engenders a feeling of complete confidence. The sheer of joy of their professional service, which clearly understands the many challenges and complexities of Festival work, made the decision to move our contract very simple. Not to mention that we saved over £3000 in the process! Rosie T., Canterbury Festival

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“Glad we've gone with you - service has been really prompt and professional.”

D. Oliver, Venue


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You can call us to talk more about your business on +44 (0)1223 200650 or +44 (0)20 3865 0149

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About La Playa Arts & Entertainment

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The arts present a very specific set of risk exposures – and now your digital and online risks can expose you globally. We understand the risks and pressures you face - and we speak your language. We’ll support you with great advice - helping you make good decisions for your organisation.

Our exclusive portfolio policies can help streamline costs, and we’ll always help you stay ahead of the game in managing risk. The show must always go on - insurance isn’t just about processing a claim, it’s about thinking laterally to solve challenges and problems fast.

At La Playa, we’re passionate about the arts and creative industries – many of us are practitioners and active consumers; in fact, La Playa founded the first ever corporate art collective!

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We also offer Business Protection (including Key Person Insurance) and Employee Benefits: a joined up approach with a team of advisers working for your best financial interests - all under one roof

Advice You Can Trust

…from an expert who understands you

  • Specialist insurance for entertainment and the arts
  • Independent professional advice
  • Relationship-based service: right beside you when you make a claim
  • “Can do” culture
  • Seamless insurance across UK and US

Premiums start from £560 inclusive of IPT

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Catherine Lineham Dip CII


Direct Dial: +44 (0) 1223 200657


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