Fringe FAQ Sessions

At Fringe, we provide hard-core hands-on support to artists at every step along the road to the festival, including our free Fringe FAQs which are packed with tips and tricks to help you produce your work. These step-by-step info sessions are hosted by the Melbourne Fringe team sharing the stage with industry experts and guest artists. You’ll be provided with nuggets of knowledge to help make your event the best it can be! Did we mention these sessions are free? Sessions are open to everyone (you don’t even have to be presenting at Fringe), so come down and bring your friends too. All the FAQs are held in an accessible venue (Arts Centre Melbourne) and are Auslan interpreted.

FAQ 1: Money

Tuesday June 20 2017, 6.30pm

If you’d like to avoid living off 2 Minute Noodles just to fund your Melbourne Fringe event, then this Fringe FAQ is for you. We’ll cover topics such as creating a realistic budget, managing cash flow, and finding out ways to bring some money in through crowd funding, creative partnerships and grants.

Considering a crowdfunding campaign for your 2017 Melbourne Fringe show? Make sure you come along. We’ll go over the basics of how crowdfunding works and introduce you to the kind of campaigns other Melbourne Fringe artists run. We will also take you through some options for finding money beyond your Melbourne Fringe season including partnerships and council grants.

FREE | Auslan interpreted | Accessible venue

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FAQ 2: Access

Tuesday July 4 2017, 6.30pm

‘No amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp.’ - Stella Young

Expand the reach of your work and connect to audiences with disability in engaging and achievable ways. Presented in partnership with Arts Access Victoria, this Fringe FAQ will provide a vital insight for artists and producers into the accessibility of their work and highlight the barriers that people who experience disability encounter when engaging with art.

In Fringe FAQ #2 you’ll learn to:

  • Find resources that will help you make your work more accessible 
  • Consider how venues can help accommodate the accessibility needs of audience 
  • Speak about access in the arts and begin to incorporate accessibility into your day to day practice  

This is a valuable opportunity for all arts practitioners, not only those taking part in the Fringe.

FREE | Auslan interpreted | Accessible venue

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FAQ 3: Marketing Campaign

Tuesday July 18 2017, 6.30pm

Want to learn more about promoting your work and building an audience? Need to understand why it’s important for artists and producers to engage with media? It can be intimidating and difficult to find an approach, but never fear – we’re here to help!

In Fringe FAQ #3 you’ll learn to:

  • Identify which media outlets are the best medium to publicise your work
  • Define the key messages you want to communicate
  • Pitch a story to different types of media

FREE | Auslan interpreted | Accessible venue

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 FAQ 4: Social Media

Tuesday August 1 2017, 6.30pm

Welcome to 2017! It’s time to learn how to use social media effectively, and we’re not just talking about the best angles for a selfie.

On request from our Fringe artist community we’re running a session solely devoted to creating a brilliant social media campaign. It’s cheap; it’s effective, and an integral part of your campaign. We know it doesn’t come naturally to everyone, so here’s your chance to ask questions and get started.

This session will cover how to use social media to build a story, create content, and decide how and where to spend your money. Bring your laptop, BYO social media accounts, and we’ll help you with the rest!

FREE | Auslan interpreted | Accessible venue

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 FAQ 5: Tour Ready

Tuesday August 29 2017, 6.30pm

Get your work on the road! Touring is an excellent opportunity for artists interested in developing their work and presenting it to new audiences outside of Melbourne. This Fringe FAQ will prime emerging artists and producers with touring facts and help you to extend the life of your show beyond Festival presentation.

In Fringe FAQ 5, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify which regional venues and interstate festivals are looking for touring work
  • Adapt work so that it is scalable and easy to tour
  • Manage all the considerations of touring, including travel costs, accommodation costs, publicity and approaches to new audiences.

FREE | Auslan interpreted | Accessible venue

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