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.
There are three ways you can get involved:
Absolutely. You can call or email our participant services team on (03) 9660 9600 or [email protected] and we will do everything we can to find the perfect home for your idea.
Nope! Art is for everyone and everyone is welcome, all you need to do is register your event.
Fringe registrations open Mon 15 Apr and close on Fri 31 May. Early bird registrations (for the super organised among you) close Mon 13 May.
On Mon 15 Apr, 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:
Note: Early bird prices are $50 cheaper for each category (closes 13 May).
All registration fees are GST free.
Your Registration Fee covers everything from:
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.
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:
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.
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. Click here for more info.
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).
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 the Festival Club and Underground bar.
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 on Mon 15 Apr and close on Mon 29 Apr. Click here for more details.
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 ([email protected]) or Producer (Artists, Venues & Events) Tom Browne ([email protected]) to chat – we're not scary, don't worry.
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 [email protected] to get in touch.