As An Artist

Frequently Asked Questions about Registration

Can my show / event / exhibition be in the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2020?

This one is easy. The answer is yes! Anyone can be part of Fringe. We're a proudly inclusive, open access Festival made by the great people of Melbourne – and their interstate and international friends as well. We're all about variety, whichever form that comes in. Arts focused or not, we welcome events of all kinds. Our Festival embodies freedom of expression – at its loudest. So if you have something to say, here's the place to say it.

How can I take part in Fringe?

There are three ways you can get involved:

  1. Be part of the Fringe Hub– Apply to be part of the curated program at one of our Fringe-run venues. Expressions of Interest for the Fringe Hub open in April.
  2. Be part of an established venue – Apply to be part of one of the many curated programs hosted at established venues right across Melbourne. Different venues have different flavours – they'll all have separate EOI forms and due dates, so you'll need to apply directly to them. Check back once registrations have opened for a full list.
  3. DIY Show, BYO venue– Go your own way, do your own thing, present wherever you like. Your lounge room, the kebab shop, a tram. (Maybe check with us before you pick ‘tram'). Details need to be confirmed by the registration closing date at the end of May.
Can you help me find a venue?

Absolutely. You can call or email our participant services team on (03) 9660 9600 or artists@melbournefringe.com.au and we will do everything we can to find the perfect home for your idea.

Do I have to audition or submit any material to be selected?

Nope! Art is for everyone and everyone is welcome, all you need to do is register your event.

When do registrations take place?

Fringe registrations open in April and close at the end of May (exact dates for 2020 TBC). Early bird registrations (for the super organised among you) close mid-May (date TBC).

How do I register?

When regos oppen in April 2020, you will be able to hop online and register your event using our registration system Eventotron (very space age, we know). You will be required to provide us with a range of information, including:

  • Event Title
  • A short blurb describing your event
  • A great image– we'll use this in our printed festival guide and on our website
  • Your venue
  • Dates and times of performances, or exhibition opening hours
  • Ticket prices (if applicable)
How much does it cost to register?

In 2019 the registration fees were:

  • Free (including free ticketed) event: $275.00
  • One off paid event: $315.00
  • 2-3 paid sessions/performances: $365.00
  • 4+ paid sessions/performances: $430.00

Note: Early bird prices are $50 cheaper for each category.

All registration fees are GST free.

Please note that these prices are subject to change for 2020.

What do I get for my registration?

Your Registration Fee covers everything from:

  • Inclusion in the printed festival program (50,000+ copies distributed throughout Melbourne)
  • A dedicated listing on our website
  • Access to Melbourne Fringe’s ticketing system
  • Ongoing support and advice from Fringe staff
  • Access to a wide range of artist resources
  • Free information sessions
  • Discounts on advertising
  • Access to Artist Development programs
  • Touring and awards opportunities
  • Invitation to special Fringe events, including the Festival Launch and Artist Parties
  • And a fancy artist pass, granting you access to hundreds of Festival shows for free (plus drink discounts!)
What do I need to do?

Aside from having an amazing idea, and making brilliant art, you will need to produce your event (or hire a producer). Melbourne Fringe does not produce events for artists (though we do put on some of our own events in the Festival Club and around town).

Producing a show involves everything from securing a venue, managing the budget, scheduling rehearsals, marketing and publicity, ticketing, sourcing technical equipment if required, obtaining insurance and licences and much more. We provide you with a variety of great resources and free information sessions to guide you through all of this, and are always on the end of the phone to offer advice, but it is up to you to make the event happen.

Does Fringe take a percentage of my ticket sales?

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 $15: $3.00
  • Inside charge for tickets $15 – $24.99: $3.50
  • Inside charge for tickets $25 – $39.99: $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 you ask? The inside charge allows us to sell your tickets online and over the phone, as well as in person at our box offices in Fed Square and the Fringe Hub – it ensures that a friendly Fringe voice is always at the other end of the phone to help take bookings or deal with any ticketing issues.

We don't take any of the money from tickets you sell on the door at your event (one hour prior to the performance), but your venue may, so keep this in mind.

Are there any grants available to help me with my Fringe event?

There sure are – our Money for Art (Grants and Bursaries) program assists artists in turning their ideas into reality. There is everything from cold hard cash, to an extra bit of dosh to cover your rego fees. Check back in April once registrations have opened for all the details.

I'm from overseas – can I put on a show or event at Melbourne Fringe?

Yes! Anyone and everyone can take part in Melbourne Fringe! However, please note that all events are self-produced, and you will need to make your own visa arrangements (we can offer you plenty of advice on this though).

What is the Fringe Hub?

Each year Melbourne Fringe programs and manages a variety of performance spaces.  These spaces are collectively known as the Fringe Hub. As well as the programmed venues, the Fringe Hub also houses Club Fringe and the Loading Dock Bar.

How do I apply to be part of the Fringe Hub?

To apply to have your event in the Fringe Hub you will need to complete a separate Expression of Interest form. EOIs for the Fringe Hub will open in April 2020.

If you are considering submitting a Fringe Hub EOI you should first get in touch with us to discuss your ideas. Call the Fringe Office on 03 9660 9600 or email Senior Producer Danny Delahunty (danny@melbournefringe.com.au) or Producer (Artists, Venues & Events) Tom Browne (tom@melbournefringe.com.au) to chat – we're not scary, don't worry.

Where can I go for more information?

Chat to us! We are eager to hear from you and are available to answer any questions you throw our way.


Call (03) 9660 9600 or email artists@melbournefringe.com.au to get in touch.

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