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Donate – Give us your money (please)

Before she could change the world, Beyoncé needed Kelly. Batman needed Robin. Barack needed Michelle. And Melbourne Fringe? We need YOU.

We put artists first by celebrating and championing our future culture-makers, rule-breakers, perspective-shakers. But we can’t do it alone. We need someone to stand next to us, bust out some hairography and help fight the good fight. Someone with a wallet.

As the old saying goes, it’s not the size of the donation, it’s how you use it. Loosen those purse strings and donate to Melbourne Fringe – you will feel all the warm-and-fuzzies, plus you’ll be supporting independent artists with programs like Deadly Fringe unearthing new works, Compass Navigate our mentorship program for people who are Deaf or with disability, or our free public artworks (and free isn’t cheap, in fact, free is expensive). You can help us deliver our year-round support for independent artists including our creative workshops, info sessions, and one-on-one support for artists.

Participants’ registration fees only cover about 70% of the full costs of administrating and supporting each event in the festival and we rely on donors to help make the festival happen. In particular, your donation will support our Fringe diversity program, which commissions new works for children and families, supports emerging Indigenous producers, and reduces barriers for people who are Deaf or have disability to participate in Fringe.

This year we have already launched Deadly Fringe, employed an Access & Inclusion Coordinator to make sure that anyone can be a part of Fringe, and developed a new mentorship program to help independent artists get ahead in the business side of the biz.

We’ve got loads more massive plans (thinking big is what we do best) but we can’t do it without your help.

Ready to Donate
  • Online – select the amount you want to donate (or choose your own) and add it to your account. If you prefer, you can add a donation when purchasing a ticket!
  • Post – download and print a donations form and post it to G2/152 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC, 3006
  • Phone – give us a buzz on 03 9660 9600 and we can process your donation live (then we’ll sing you a thankyou song)
Donor Levels:

Hero $25,000 +
Creator $10,000 +
Discoverer $5,000 +
Explorer $2,500 +
Innovator $1,000 +
Rabblerouser $500 +
Accomplice $200 +


Here’s that street cred we’ve been talking about:
• Personal acknowledgement on the Melbourne Fringe website, in our Festival Guide and in in Festival reports.
• Exclusive opportunities to meet the team
• Get up close and personal with artists
Check out our current supporters here (they’ve helped us save the starving artists).

Legacy Program

We don’t want you to die, but when you do, we want you to leave your money to us.

Blunt? Us? Never. Think of the extraordinary impact a gift in your will can have on the arts sector. If you are still reading and still thinking about leaving us a bequest read on here my friends.

The damn fine print: Melbourne Fringe Melbourne Fringe is on the Register of Cultural Organisations under Subdivision 30-B of the income Assessment Act 1997 and is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). But, all you need to know is that every donation of $2 or more is tax-deductible.

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