As An Artist

Money for Art

Applications for grants will open in April 2019

Need a leg up? Fringe understands that sometimes you need a little help to get your project off the ground. Our Money for Art 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.

In 2018, we put together four – count them, FOUR – Money for Art programs.

City of Moreland Microgrants

Supported by our mates at Moreland City Council, these microgrants help cover registration 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.


ShowSupport is our brand-new initiative that teams independent artists up with our Friends of Fringe. How does it work? We’ll do some match-making, pairing interested artists with private donors keen to invest in the commissioning of a brand-new Fringe work. If they love the sound of your idea, they’ll back it. That’s right. You bring the art, they bring the cash – everyone wins.

The fine print:

  • You get $2,500 towards making your show
  • It must be a new 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.

ShowSupport is generously funded by:

  • Monica and Sam Abrahams and the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation
  • Debbie Dadon
  • Rosemary Forbes and Ian Hocking
  • Dr Jenepher Martin
  • Craig Semple, Rosemary Walls and Pinky Watson
  • Michael Watt and Cecilie Hall




Ralph Mclean Microgrants

Our Ralph Mclean Microgrants are offered to five artists of any experience level and are designed to reduce barriers to participation in Fringe – in particular for artists from diverse backgrounds and identities. If you identify as at least one of an LGBTIQ+ artist, an artist who is Deaf or has a disability, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist, or a culturally or linguistically diverse artist (try saying all that five times fast), AND you have a new show you’d like to present at Fringe – then Ralph Mclean’s legacy can help, covering the cost of registering your event.

Who was Ralph?

Ralph Mclean was both an arts legend and on the Board of Melbourne Fringe for over ten years. His great passions aligned with those of Melbourne Fringe – he wanted to celebrate diversity and art in all its forms. We are super proud to 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 Artist Registration costs covered for their proposed project.
  • Plus, you’ll receive ongoing support from the friendly Melbourne Fringe staff
Coburg Carnivale

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.

If you want to discuss anything about our Money for Art program, please don’t hesitate to contact our Festival Producer, Danny Delhunty– buzz him on 03 9660 9600 or email

You can also contact us through the National Relay Service – just give Melbourne Fringe’s digits, 03 9660 9600.