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Can you find it in your wallet heart to help us?

We launched a big, brilliant festival with our trademark optimism and hope, knowing that the world could deliver anything – and let’s just say, things didn’t go our way. The amazing artists of Fringe are dusting themselves (and their sequins) off and rolling ahead with more digital and socially events this year then you can poke a swab at. Whilst sweaty dancefloors aren’t on the cards this year, Fringe will go ahead.

So, what’s the problem?

Now that lockdown’s playing for an extended season that nobody asked for, we have cancelled almost all of our in-theatre and in-gallery events. The knock-on effects are huge:

  • Over 350 events have been cancelled
  • Over 2,000 artists have been directly impacted
  • $1 million has been lost in ticket sales revenue
  • $500,000 has been lost in revenue from venue hire, bar sales and sponsorship

Consider giving to Fringe and help us support artists and artworkers during this challenging time (how’s that for an understatement?).

Our number one priority is supporting our 2,500 artists, whether it’s helping them pirouette their work to a digital format, rehousing their cancelled events at Fringe Common Rooms, fundraising to help artists cover the lost sunk costs of their event or providing artists with resources they need right now to support their mental health.

How can I help?

Okay we’ll put the violin away (even though our musicians need the gigs).

Join our amazing community of supporters and give to Melbourne Fringe to support the independent arts through this time of crisis.

Please consider giving to one of the following three funds:

  • Give to our Phoenix Fund: help artists and arts workers, who through no fault of their own, have had to cancel their seasons in line with the extended lockdown. Help them recoup some of their losses (lost income, sunken costs, living expenses), no strings attached.
  • Give to our Sustainability Fund: secure the future of Melbourne Fringe. You’ll help us (literally) keep the lights on now, and for future generations, covering core costs and keeping arts workers employed.

Just select the fund of your choice at checkout (or you can leave us to decide!)

I’m sold. So how do I donate?

  • Online – select the amount you want to donate (or choose your own) and add it to your account.
  • Phone – give us a buzz on 03 9660 9600 and we can process your donation live (we’ll sing you a thank you song)
  • Cheque or EFT – just fill out the online form here and then donate by posting us a cheque or sending your donation by bank transfer (take a look at the form for our bank/post details).

Legacy Program:

Why not give your money to Fringe ­- the child you always wanted (and never knew you had)?!?

Etch yourself into the arts Hall of Fame with a posthumous gift to the Melbourne Fringe.

To find out about how you can leave a gift in your will, go here.

Melbourne Fringe is on the Register of Cultural Organisations under Subdivision 30-B of the income Assessment Act 1997 and is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). But all you need to know is that every donation of $2 or more is tax-deductible.

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