Participate in the Festival

Do Some Sums

Budget’ might not be the sexiest word in the English language, but doing sums now means less yuck surprises later. Here are some number-things to get you started.

Artist Registration Fees

Pants On Events:

Free (including free ticketed) event $275
One-off paid event $315
2-3 paid sessions/performances $365
4+ paid sessions/performances $430

Pants Off Events

Free (including free ticketed) event $137.50
One-off paid event $157.50
2-3 paid sessions/performances $182.50
4+ paid sessions/performances $215
What’s new in 2020?

We are about big ideas, not big budgets. And in these uncertain times, we want you to focus on the dreaming, not the counting. That’s why we’re lending you a hand… we’ve changed some things about registrations this year to help give you a leg up onto the stage.

  • Pants Off (digital) events are half-price – we did this lot of sums for you to get you started
  • We’ve expanded our Ralph Mclean Microgrants which offers 25%, 50% or 90% off registration fees for artists facing financial or structural disadvantage. Check our our entire (bigger than ever) Money for Art program for details.
  • You can pay your registration fees in instalments
  • We’ll refund your rego fees if a change in restrictions means your event can’t go ahead (or you can transfer your rego to an online event)
  • If your event is digital (Pants Off), we’ll guarantee against loss by taking most of your fees out of your ticket sales rather than asking for upfront payments

Find out more about what’s new in 2020 in our Guide to Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2020.

Tom Skelton, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019. Photo by Jacinta Keefe.

What do I get for my Registration Fees?
  • Inclusion in the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2020, which given the circumstances promises to be one of our most unique, surprising and special Festivals ever.
  • Dedicated event listing on our website (and not to brag but our website receives over one million hits during the Festival)
  • For digital events, access to our bespoke digital platform, designed to give your audience the full Festival experience (Foyer chat! Digital flyering! Beer!) – without having to leave their homes
  • Access support and services
  • Artist Development opportunities
  • Free info sessions about everything from marketing to budgeting and self-care come Festival time
  • Discounts on advertising and printing
  • Touring and Awards opportunities
  • Plus the the all-coveted, literally priceless Artist Pass, granting you access to hundreds of Festival shows for free-or-cheap!
Ticket Prices

You made the art, and it’s up to you to decide what it’s worth – just don’t sell yourself short.

For Pants Off events – that is, art that happens digitally – we recommend one of these options:

  • Choose Your Price – your audience watch/attend and pay after in our flash new digital foyer. You can choose a suggested ticket price but ultimately it’s up to your audience. We recommend this as the best option for streamed/video content.
  • Pre-ticketed – audiences book as normal and get sent instructions on how to access your art. This is a great option for digital events with limited capacity.
  • Free – your art can be accessed by anyone – for nix, nothing, nada! Perfect if you don’t need to get paid and just want to share the love. Ask your audience to pre-book or they can just rock up – you choose!

And for Pants On events, here are some other things to consider:

  • Will your event be free, or will you charge for tickets? If your event is free, do you need audiences to pre-book a ticket or can they just turn up?
  • Does it make more sense as a one-off event, or will you have a season, running it over a period of days at different times?
  • How many shows do you need to sell to make sure you’re not out of pocket at the end of your Fringe season?

Not sure what to charge? Think about your audience. Friends, family, Tinder dates – what do you think they’d be happy to pay? As a bit of a guide, the average ticket price across the 2019 Festival was $24. But remember, that is just the average ticket price, and there’s plenty around the $30 mark. Check out similar events as a guide.

  • Don’t forget discounts! Usually Cheap Tuesday, Group and Preview ticket prices are similar to Concession price tickets.
  • Do you want to share the Fringe love with our Fringe members by offering Fringe Dwellers 25% on full price tickets? (Our trusty loyal ticket buyers).
  • Do you want to offer punters your show as part of our Fringe Binge 3+ show 15% discount pack? (Help your fellow Fringe artists and get punters buying more tix!)
  • Do you want to sign up for Fringe’s Early Bird ticket price and encourage friends and family (we’re looking at you, Aunty Pam) to buy their tickets early, getting bums on seats quicker?
  • Do you want to offer Mob Tickets (cheap tix for First Nations audience members?)

Melbourne Fringe runs its own phone and online ticketing system, so we’ll administer all your online and phone advance ticket sales. The only thing we don’t do is sell tickets at the door – that’s up to you (or your venue).

One final thing to remember when setting your prices is that there is an inside charge per ticket – this inside charge must be included in the ticket price you advertise for your event. For all tickets sold through the Melbourne Fringe ticketing system (online, over the phone or at our box offices), we will retain the following amounts per ticket:

  • Inside charge for tickets under $10: $1.50
  • Inside charge for tickets $10-$14.50: $3.00
  • Inside charge for tickets $15 – $24.50: $3.50
  • Inside charge for tickets $25 – $39.50: $4.00
  • Inside charge for tickets $40 and over: $4.50

So, if you require $15 from your ticket for your budgeted sales income, your advertised ticket price should be $18.50 ($15 to you plus the $3.50 service charge to Melbourne Fringe). The prices you nominate during registrations, and advertise to the general public, must include the inside charge.

What is this inside charge for? It allows us to sell your tickets online and over the phone, as well as in person at our box offices. It takes the admin off your plate and ensures that a friendly Fringe voice is always at the other end of the phone (or email) to take bookings or deal with any ticketing and customer service issues. It also gives you access to a fancy portal where you can book in your comps and check your sales reports.

We don’t take any of the money from tickets you sell on the door at your event for Pants On events (one hour prior to the performance), but your venue may, so keep this in mind. Inside fees do apply to Choose Your Price and Pre-ticketed digital events.

If your event is free (and ticketed), then we won’t charge you for the first 300 tickets you issue. After that tickets are just $0.30 each.

And because we get that sometimes art + maths = help!, here is a handy guide to budgets, money and grants, plus a Budget Template that does the maths for you.