Descriptors and Criteria - Music
These are the Descriptors and revised Criteria to be used at BIFF festivals by BIFF Music Adjudicators when giving marks or categories.
Descriptors and Criteria - Speech
These are the Descriptors and revised Criteria to be used at BIFF festivals by BIFF Speech Adjudicators when giving marks or categories.
Engaging an Adjudicator
A useful guide on how to formally engage the services of an adjudicator at your festival.
Equal Opportunities Policy
This is the Federation's policy on Equal Opportunities.
Festival Child Protection Leaflet
Child protection information for staff and volunteers working at Federation Festival events. This leaflet provides an overview of child protection and your broad responsibilities. It is not intended to replace the need for staff and volunteers to know the relevant policies and procedures.
Festival Code of Current Good Practice
The Federation's Code of Current Good Practice which all Federation Festivals should adhere to when operating their festivals.
GDPR - A Guide for Festivals
An overview of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in a festival context with steps to take to ensure your festival is GDPR compliant
Guidance for Checking DBS Forms
This is a guide for DBS officers who are checking completed DBS forms and associated ID documentation.
Guidelines for Online/Virtual Festivals and Adjudication
Issue 3 updated 21st April 2021.
Guidelines for Recording Adjudications at Virtual Festivals
Guidelines for sharing recorded adjudications at virtual festivals.
How To Manage Festival Entries
A helpful guide to planning and managing entries to your festival
How to Programme A Festival
A handy guide of areas to consider when planning your festival programme.
How To Steward A Festival
A useful guide to stewarding a festival including the different stewards and their role in running a successful event.
Insurance Product Information Document 2022
This document provides an overview of the key elements of the insurance policy and obligations contained within it. This should be considered carefully by festivals before purchasing the insurance cover.
Investments for Festivals
A introductory guide to investments for your festival
Key Insurance Information for 2020 Policy
This document provides an overview of the key elements of the insurance policy and obligations contained with it. This should be considered by festivals before purchasing the insurance cover.
Long Service Awards Nomination Form
Long Service Awards Nomination Form for Festivals to acknowledge volunteer service to the festival movement.
Managing Accompanists at Festivals
A useful guide to working with accompanists at your festival.
Online Meetings & Governing Documents
Guidance and advice in relation to updating governing bodies, specifically in relation to allowing online meetings.
Online Safety Policy
This is the Federation's policy on Online Safety.
Photography & Filming at Festivals
A guide to good practice when managing photography and filming at your festival.
Policy on the Handling and Storage of Information
Personalise this for your organisation and pass it on to anyone who is being DBS checked. This is to inform them of what happens to their private information and they must receive a copy of this document from you.
Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders
The Federation's policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders
Policy on the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders
Personalise this for your festival. You need to have a policy and a copy must be passed to anyone you are DBS checking. They have a right to know what you will do if information comes back on their form and you have to make a decision whether to employ them or not. This also applies to volunteers.
Recruiting Festival Volunteers
This provides a guide to recruiting volunteers to your festival and what you need to think about when doing this.
Recruitment Form 1: Volunteer Application Form
This must be completed by ALL who work for with you, whether or not they need a DBS check.
Recruitment Form 2: Self Certification Form
To be completed by people who require a DBS check as part of their role.
A guide to the completing risk assessments and the importance of these when planning and managing your festival.
Safe Working Practice
This is an introductory leaflet to help establish the safest possible working environments for our staff and volunteers in their work with children and young people at our Festivals. We aim to protect children and young people, and to guard against misinterpretation of behaviours and/or unfounded allegations.
Sri Lanka - Recommended Fees, Terms and Conditions
This document provides our recommended Fees, Terms and Conditions for use when working at our member festivals in Sri Lanka.