While the Maui Steel Guitar Festival is free and open to the public, it is completely dependent upon grants and contributions to defray the cost of producing the festival. Festival production and support staff volunteer their time and resources for this event. Festival production expenses including stipends for the professional festival entertainers and instructors, transportation costs for festival personnel, and miscellaneous production and administrative costs are completely supported through grants and donations.
Planning and support for the festival comes from the festival producers AECG and HIMELE.
Major funding is provided by Hawai'i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program. This program is also supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Outlets of Maui and Worldwide Media Ventures.
Major support is also provided to the festival by our venue partner, the Queen Ka'ahamanu Center.
Additional support comes from other corporate partners, including Cord International.