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Fringe Fund

The Fringe Fund helps our very best emerging and independent artistic talent achieve incredible things, supporting artists to find the money they need to make ground-breaking, innovative and brilliant art. The Fringe Fund provides commissioning opportunities, concessions on fees, and even cold hard cash to ease financial pressure on artists so they can do what they do best.

The Fringe Fund has three streams. There’s Cash to Create which backs big, bold ideas, Cash for Equity which helps level out the playing field, and Cash for Core helps us strengthen our team and secure the future of Melbourne Fringe.

If you are an artist, under Opportunities for Artists you’ll find a list of all the Fringe Fund opportunities that are currently open, and you can apply via the forms linked at each opportunity. Check back regularly – new callouts for commissions and grants are announced throughout the year, so don’t be a stranger!

If you are interested in supporting our work by giving to the Fringe Fund, read more about Supporting Artists to find out how.

If you have any questions about anything Fringe Fund-related you can email Danny Delahunty (he/him), our Head of Programs and Projects at danny@melbournefringe.com.au or give him a call on 03 9660 9600.

Artist Opportunities

Round 2 of Fringe Fund has now closed.

How it Works

Cash to Create

Cash to Create opportunities all have one thing in common: they financially support artists so artists can get creating.

Throughout the year applications will be opened for commissioning opportunities including our Club Fringe Commissions, Fringe of the Hub Commissions, ShowSupport and Melbourne Civic Commission. Check back regularly to see how the Fringe Fund can support you to make great art.

Cash for Equity

Cash for Equity is our way of levelling the playing field and making sure that anyone with an amazing idea can have their voice heard at Melbourne Fringe.

Melbourne Fringe acknowledges that people facing financial hardship or structural disadvantage are met with barriers that prevent engagement with the arts and the amplification of their artistic voice. This includes First Nations peoples, Deaf and Disabled people and people who identify as people of colour or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse.

Cash for Equity aims to remove barriers to access. We provide concessions on registration fees, support for audience accessibility services, and bespoke support through Microgrants of $100-$500 that are allocated to alleviate pressures on artists from our communities of focus.

If you are experiencing a barrier to participating in the Festival, please email Danny Delahunty, Head of Programs and Projects at  danny@melbournefringe.com.au and we can start a conversation around how we can support you to be a part of Melbourne Fringe.


Supporting Artists

Joining us as a Fringe Fund donor will make an incredible impact on the lives and work of independent artists. You’ll be backing big bold ideas, supporting bright emerging talents and helping elevate vital voices as they make exciting and meaningful contributions to the cultural life of our city.

You can add your name to the family of supporters already generously donating directly to the Fringe Fund here – or if you’ve got your own big, bold idea about how to support the Fund, reach out! We’d love to chat.

Program Partners

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