Click on the player below for a short audio recorded summary of our Money for Art information:
We know being an artist is a blood, sweat and tears business, so at Melbourne Fringe we do what we can to find money for your art. Cold hard cash, help with registration fees… anything to help take one thing off our artists’ always full, always spinning plate. And we know artists need support now more than ever.
Below is a list of Microgrants and bursaries that can help turn your ideas into reality. They vary in size, structure and requirements, so have a read and work out what suits you best. With all our grants and bursaries, please let us know if the process is not accessible for you.
Do you need some help covering your rego fee?
Our Ralph Mclean Microgrants program offers discounted (read: 25%, 50% or 90% off) assistance for artists who are facing structural disadvantage. This includes artists from diverse backgrounds and identities like artists who are from the LGBTQI+ community, artists who are Deaf or have a disability, First Nations artists or artists who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
We also recognise that some artists face other disadvantages and obstacles that make for an unequal playing field – things like being a single parent, a carer, having no financial support from family and friends, work and contract terminations or a lack of access to education. These microgrants are also for you.
The arts community is facing a particularly steep uphill battle this year in the wake of COVID-19, so this year we have expanded the program to provide as much relief to as many artists as possible.
Unsure about whether you qualify for a Ralph Mclean Microgrant? Just ask us – you can email our Participant Services team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who was Ralph?
Ralph Mclean was a Fringe board member, all-round legend and a champion of diversity in the arts. The Ralph Mclean Microgrants program was established with the generous support of his friends and family to help continue his legacy.
The fine print:
Applications close 10am Monday 13 July.
We’re delighted to be working with the lovely folk at Moreland City Council once again, offering microgrants that cover rego fees for Fringe artists living or presenting their Fringe Festival work in the City of Moreland. Thinking of putting on a cabaret in Coburg? An opera in Oak Park? A…um… blindfolded boogie in Brunswick? OK, so we ran out of suburb alliteration, but you get the drift.
Applications close 10am Friday 7 August.
The brilliant team that looks after our registration system, Eventotron, is committed to opening doors in the Arts Industry, making it easier to navigate and more affordable. That’s why they’re offering the Eventotron Bursary, designed to help emerging and professional artists take their work to the next level. So, what does the Eventotron Bursary get you? A lot, actually!
To be eligible for the Eventotron Bursary your Melbourne Fringe registration must be finalised and paid for on or before Friday 14 August, and bursary funds will be released to the successful company/artist in early October 2020.
Apply via your registration form in Eventotron
Application close Friday 7 August.
Expressions of Interest for Your Space are now closed.
We’re joining forces with Darebin Arts once again to present Your Space – an inclusive mentorship for emerging producers and self-presenting artists that provides space to develop, space to play and support to present. The program looks to support artists who are Deaf or disabled, breaking down barriers that prevent artists from participating in Melbourne Fringe through personalised mentorships, professional capacity building and creative development. Your Space recipients receive:
Expressions of Interest for SIGNAL Digital are now closed.
Are you a young person (that’s 16-25 years old, in our books) looking to take the next step in your creative practice? Read on… this is the commission for you!
In partnership City of Melbourne’s SIGNAL, we are offering a digital creative development and mentorship opportunity that covers everything from creative development space and workshops to registration fees and some cold hard cash. Sounds like the stuff dreams are made of, right? Here is what is included:
Applications for Take Over! 2020, ShowSupport, Jewel Box Grants, XS OPEN and Deadly Fringe Visual Arts are now closed for 2020
A huge thank you to our Money for Art major donors – Jewel Box Performances, Rosemary Forbes and Ian Hocking, Dr Jenepher Martin, Michael Agar and Caroline Farmer – and all that contribute to our grants program.