All Things Money

Money doesn’t make the world go around but here is some useful info about how to get your Fringe idea off the ground.


  • Non-ticketed Event (e.g. free) OR One-off Ticketed Event - $275 (Early Bird - $225)
  • 2-3 Ticketed Sessions - $355 (Early Bird - $305)
  • 4+ Ticketed Sessions - $425 (Early Bird - $375)

To be eligible for our Early Bird discount you must complete the entire Artist Registration process by MON 15 MAY. By complete, we mean every single bit of info loaded into our registration system, venue, dates and times locked off, and your registration fee paid. Complete. Done. Tick. Finished. Yay!


But didn’t we just say money doesn’t make the world go around? You set your own ticket prices for your Fringe season, so grab a calculator and ask yourself:

  • Will your event be ticketed or free?
  • Does it make more sense as a one-off event, or will you run it over a period of days and 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?
  • What will Uncle Terry happily pay to attend your event?

Need some help setting your prices?

As a bit of a guide, the average ticket price across the 2016 Festival was $21.00. But remember that was the average ticket price, and there’s plenty around the $30 mark.

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 Dwellers members by setting a Fringe Dwellers price and giving them cheap tickets?  (They’re our most loyal ticket buyers so it’s a clever marketing ploy). Do you want to sign up for Fringe’s Early Bird ticket price and encourage Uncle Terry to buy his tickets early (this is very handy for reducing your stress levels come Festival time!)

Melbourne Fringe runs its own phone and online ticketing system and we will administer your online and advance phone ticket sales.  

Remember each ticket booked through Fringe will have an inside charge. That’s a fee we charge you per ticket. This charge helps us administer the ticketing system ensuring that a friendly Fringe person is always at the other end of the phone to help take your bookings or deal with any ticketing issues.

The inside charges (which you should include in your advertised ticket price, as it is against the law to advertise this charge separately) are:
Tickets under $15 – Inside Charge is $3.00
Tickets $15-$25 – Inside Charge is $3.50
Tickets over $25 – Inside Charge is $4.00

If calculators are not your thing (or you are not an accountant from the nineties), here is a handy budget template to help you plan. Download Budget Template

Do you need some help to cover your 2017 Registration fee?  Want to showcase a new live art work as part of the Coburg Carnivale? Check out our Grants page.

 Ready to go? Register now!

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You can start the registration process any time by creating an account and password and you can save the form and return to complete it before 29 MAY.