As An Artist

Money for Art

Microgrants and Bursaries

Life as an independent artist is challenging, we totally get it. Putting on your own event is brave and it can be a tricky life, so at Fringe, we are trying to make it a little easier by finding some money for art, so that you don't have to.

Below is a list of Microgrants and bursaries that can help turn your ideas into reality. There's everything from cold hard cash, to an extra bit of help covering your rego fees.

With all of our grants and bursaries, please let us know if the process is not accessible for you.

Applications for all Microgrants have now closed.


Ralph Mclean Microgrants

Applications for Ralph Mclean Microgrants have now closed.

Do you need some help covering your rego fee?

Our newly expanded Ralph Mclean Microgrants program offers free registrations for artists who are facing structural disadvantage. This includes artists from diverse backgrounds and identities like artists who are from the LGBTQI+ community, artists who are Deaf or have a disability, First Nations artists or artists who are culturally and linguistically diverse.

We also recognise that some artists face other disadvantages, the things that make it an unequal playing field, like being a single parent, or a carer, having no financial support from family and friends, or a lack of access to education. Then these microgrants are also for you. These are just some of the things that create obstacles for artists who want to participate in the Festival. This is by no means an exhaustive list and if you are unsure, just ask us.

Ralph Mclean Microgrants is our way of helping level the playing field.

Who was Ralph? 

Ralph Mclean was a Fringe board member, all-round legend and a champion of diversity in the arts. The Ralph Mclean Microgrants program was established with the generous support of his friends and family to help continue his legacy.

The fine print:

  • Your project can be of any length, in any discipline, any genre, at any Melbourne venue… the only condition is that it has to be part of Melbourne Fringe
  • Successful applicants will have their Event Registration fee covered for their proposed project.
  • Plus, you'll receive ongoing support from the friendly Melbourne Fringe staff

Fringe would like to thank the family and friends of Ralph Mclean, Michael Agar and Caroline Farmer, Tamara and Mark Boldiston, Jason Craig, Dan Koop and Maggie Maguire OAM for their amazing support of this program

Jewel Box Performances Grant

Applications for Jewel Box Performance Grants have now closed.

These nifty grants support people of colour to help promote and raise the profile of their work at the Festival. What exactly does that mean? If you are an artist that identifies as a person of colour than apply for a Jewel Box Performances Grant (even if your work isn't a performance!). What do you get? What don't you get.

You get:

  • Your rego fees – covered
  • Adverts in the printed Guide and on our website – covered
  • Money to spend on social media advertising – you've got it
  • A one-on-one mentoring session with a social media guru to help you spend said social media money – covered
  • Additional support that you might need with mentoring, event marketing photography, we will work with you to identify what you need and we can help you out.

Pretty amazing, right.

Fringe would like to thank Jewel Box Performances for their support.

The City of Port Phillip Microgrants

Applications for City of Port Phillip Microgrants have now closed.

The City of Port Phillip have committed to providing 20 free registrations for events happening within their municipality. Many of these Microgrants are being administered directly by three venues in the area who are programming large amounts of work: Gasworks Arts Park, The Alex Theatre and The Espy. Please fill out an EOI for one of these venues and apply for a microgrant as part of the application process.


Applications for ShowSupport have now closed.

ShowSupport teams up independent artists (like you!) with our amazing donors, our Fringe match-making service.

We pair up interested artists with private donors who are interested in commissioning original work with its premiere in the 2019 Festival. If they love the sound of your idea, they'll back it (don't' worry, this isn't a Dragon's Den reality TV schtick, you just have to submit an application).

You bring the art, they bring the cash – everyone wins.

The fine print:

  • You get $2,500 towards making your show
  • It must be an original work
  • You must present your work at Fringe
  • We'll match potential projects with amazing patrons and they get to choose who they support.
  • You get to work with a patron, learning how to negotiate a relationship with a private commissioner
  • You'll get to chat to one of Melbourne Fringe's Associate Producers to help you along the way

Fringe would like to thank our brilliant ShowSupport donors who have generously shown their support (see what we did there?). Big thank you to John and Lorraine Bates, Debbie Dadon, Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, Rosemary Forbes and Ian Hocking, Dr Jenepher Martin, Craig Semple, Rosemary Walls and Pinky Watson consortium, Michael Watt and Cecilie Hall.

City of Moreland Microgrants

Applications for Moreland Microgrants have now closed.

Our wonderful mates at Moreland City Council are once again offering microgrants to cover rego fees for Fringe artists living or presenting their Fringe work in the City of Moreland. So, if you're in Brunswick, Tullamarine, or anywhere in between (and by ‘anywhere' we mean ‘anywhere in the city of Moreland'), then apply today.

Coburg Carnivale

Applications for Coburg Carnivale have now closed.

If Live Art or Participatory works are your bag, then this one's for you. The City of Moreland are supporting Fringe artists to create and present FOUR new works as part of Coburg Carnivale, providing cold hard cash, rehearsal space, producing support and more.

The fine print:

  • You get $5,000 towards making your work for the Coburg Carnivale
  • You get rehearsal space, marketing and technical support AND producing support
  • You must live or practice your art somewhere within the fine City of Moreland.
SIGNAL Incusion

Applications for SIGNAL Incusion have now closed.

We've teamed up with SIGNAL to offer a creative development and mentorship opportunity for young people (we reckon you're a young person if you're aged 16-25 years old!) looking to take the next step in their creative practice.

What do you get?

  • Access to a creative mentor / outside eye who can help guide you in your development of a new work for this year's Festival.
  • Access to the SIGNAL venue (link to the SIGNAL webpage here to show the venue) to develop and present your work at the Festival.
  • That pesky registration fee? Forget about it, we've got it covered – you won't have to pay anything to register your event at Fringe.
  • Plus three Masterclass Workshops on producing and project management and additional support and guidance from the Melbourne Fringe producing team.
Navigate Mentorship Program

Applications for Navigate Mentorships have now closed.

We are offering 14 mentorship positions to  participants who are presenting work at this year's Festival. Navigate is our inclusive mentorship program for artists who are looking for someone to help show them the way forward.

What do you get?

  • Access to masterclasses to develop essential producing skills
  • One-on-one production support from Fringe staff
  • Registration assistance and fees covered, and guidance with presenting your event at the 2019 Festival

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people who identify as Deaf or with disability will be strongly regarded. We have some reserved places for these communities to ensure strong representation and diversity.

Find out more here