Artist FAQs

The Sydney Fringe are sad to advise that, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting our annual arts festival in September has become an impossible dream for 2020.

 

We are working hard to provide opportunities for artists and audiences through a range of programs including Global Fringe, the Sydney Fringe Podcast and our Masterclass series.

 

In 2020 the Masterclass series will be open to any artist who wishes to participate, and an updated timeline will be published shortly. Please ignore all previously published dates, including those in the downloadable artist handbook.

 

 

FAQs

WHAT IS THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL?

The Sydney Fringe is an open access arts festival, the largest independent arts festival in NSW. Open Access means that anyone can put on a show as part of the festival in September. There is no selection process and the main festival program is not programmed or curated.

The Sydney Fringe does not produce any shows that register through our system. We are here to provide you with the resources, support and exposure necessary to make your show a success.

The Fringe does produce large scale public events, as well as increasingly commissioning work, providing paid performance opportunities and working with our partners to create vibrant festival hubs, that bring the city to life throughout September. (Keep your eyes peeled for EOI’s for performance opportunities and commissions!)

We also use our status as NSW’s largest independent arts festival to advocate for the needs of artists in Sydney.

Over the past six years, under the directorship of Kerri Glasscock, the Sydney Fringe team have enabled new open access spaces for artists year round, modelled pilot programmes including partnerships with retail, business and government (which keep your costs down), and tirelessly represented the challenges faced by artists to your elected officials.

The Sydney Fringe is Your Festival – the community of artists decides on, makes ,and produces the shows and events. We are an open access arts festival, which means that anyone can put on a show as part of the festival in September.

There is no selection process, you simply need to register your event at sydneyfringe.com/artist-registrations.
More details in the Artist handbook: What is Sydney Fringe – PP 7-9 ; Registration– PP 10-16

WHO MAKES AND PRODUCES SYDNEY FRINGE EVENTS?

Open Access also means that The Sydney Fringe does not produce your show – We are here to assist you in finding a venue, we will market the festival generally and manage all ticketing, and we are here to provide you with the advice, support and exposure necessary to make your show a success – however, you need to create, produce, manage, and market your work!

More details in the Artist handbook: Producing Your Event– PP 30-33

WHERE CAN I PUT ON MY EVENT

Sydney Fringe works with two kinds of venues:

1) Fringe Hub Venues (or ‘Managed Venues’) – existing and temporary spaces managed by Fringe and our partners.
At a Fringe Hub your venue contract is with Fringe, and all venue related conversations are with Fringe or a close partner – such as Legs On the Wall, ACA or PACT.

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2) Satellite Venues – existing performances spaces run by other managers, such as the New Theatre, Chippen Street Theatre, or Tortuga Studios.
At a Satellite Venue, once we’ve match you up with the right one, your venue hire contract and all venue related conversations are with the external venue manager.

If you already have a venue confirmed you can of course ‘BYO Venue’. Your venue’s manager will need to register as an official Fringe venue and sign up to our Venue Terms and Conditions (A similar process to Event registration, but much simpler!) More details in the Artist handbook: Venues – PP 17-19

WHEN ARE REGISTRATIONS DUE, AND WHEN IS THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL?

Registrations for the 2021 Festival will open in April 2021. Registrations for other Sydney Fringe managed programs through 2020 will be announced on a rolling basis as program details are confirmed.

WHY TAKE PART IN SYDNEY FRINGE?

To name just a few reasons:

Sydney Fringe has the highest profile of any independent arts event in New South Wales.

In 2019 we garnered over $39 million worth of media reach, and almost 70,000 people attended Sydney Fringe – that’s the largest single audience base of any independent arts festival, venue or event of any kind in NSW.

Guaranteed Access to appropriate and affordable performance space.

In 2019 we activated 34 unique spaces not available to artists at any other time of the year, and brokered free or discounted rent with a range of existing performance spaces. Our venue matching process continues to evolve, and in 2021 will provides more diverse performance spaces than ever before, with more themed hubs and precincts.

Our Audience are committed to taking a risk and experiencing new work.
45% of our audience say the main reason they come to Sydney Fringe is to see new work, and 43% say their main reason is to have unique experiences. So you know your audience want to go on whatever journey you have to offer!

More details in the Artist handbook : Why Be Part Of Sydney Fringe? – P8 ; Artist Opportunities – PP 20-24

HOW DO I PRODUCE A SYDNEY FRINGE SHOW?

There’s more on how to budget, market and create your show in our handbook, and Sydney Fringe hosts a series of four masterclasses from May through July, which will see you on your way to producing and presenting a cracker show or event in 2021.
A few tips and tricks and system changes from previous years:

  • Remember to include the customer ticketing fee in your advertised price.
  • Remember that in 2021 all managed venue Hubs will have mandatory opt-in for the 15% Multi-Show Discount deal, so factor this in when setting ticket prices.
  • Make sure you budget specifically, bank on no more than 30% capacity, and record the time and resources you’re giving to the project ‘In-Kind’ (i.e. without payment).
  • In 2021 the Sydney Fringe will withhold your Box Office settlement until you have completed your post-festival artist survey and Door Sales reporting.
  • Remember to embrace all that the Fringe has to offer – from masterclasses to networking events, the chance to see shows for free, awards, and future touring possibilities – your Fringe experience can be so much more expansive than your own show!

More details in the Artist handbook: Registration Fees – P16 ; Budgeting – Pp 34 – 39 ; Marketing PP 40-49

HOW DO I REGISTER AN EVENT?

The Sydney Fringe is an open access event. The process to register and communicate with the festival and the venues happens mostly in a custom built online environment designed specifically by the Sydney Fringe for our artists. We did this to make things as automated and easy as possible for you. Our EVENTOTRON portal makes it much easier to connect with other national and international festivals when you’re thinking about taking your show on the road. Most importantly, it’s easy to use.

The steps to follow for this process will be documented in the 2021 Artist Handbook.

International Performers

The Sydney Fringe welcomes International Performers. The Registration process is the same as for a local performer, but will required to answer a few more questions relating to financials and taxation.

If you are an international performer, you are responsible for ensuring that you have the correct Visa’s to perform in Australia. The Sydney Fringe can only offer limited support in the area of Visa’s. If you do need Visa support or have concerns around Visa arrangements, please contact our Artists and Venues Services Manager Charley Sanders as early as possible at artists@sydneyfringe.com.

DOES SYDNEY FRINGE CO-PRODUCE MY EVENT?

The Sydney Fringe does not produce any shows that register through our system. We’re here to provide you with the resources, support and exposure necessary to make your show a success. Artists are responsible for all of the presentation, production and marketing costs relating to their events.

WHY BE PART OF SYDNEY FRINGE

 

OUR AUDIENCES AND ARTISTS LOVE NEW WORK AND EXPERIENCES
The Sydney Fringe is a great platform to try out new or experimental work or work in development. Our audiences are open and willing for something a little different so use the fringe as an opportunity to develop, test and explore your work.

 

NEW ARTISTS
The Sydney Fringe is constantly attracting new artists from a variety of backgrounds, mediums and skills. Use the Sydney Fringe as a great way to increase your network making new connections with artists and industry professionals.

 

MULTI ART FORMS
The Fringe is genre fluid and a platform for all artforms. We don’t believe in boxing you in, allowing you to tag your work with a variety of genres as well as giving you access to artists and audiences from the full spectrum of artforms and mediums. We also support specific genres and their needs by creating hubs around specific genres and types of experiences.

 

OPEN ACCESS
The Sydney Fringe works to remove as many barriers to getting your art out there as possible. We are open access, which means we don’t curate the festival, so if you can put on a show, we’ll put you in the program.

 

EVER-EXPANDING POSTCODES AND GROWING
The Sydney Fringe, once a small humble festival in the Inner West of Sydney now spans 23 postcodes across Sydney’s North, East, South and West, giving you greater access to a variety of venues as well as an ever increasing audience.

 

NEW AUDIENCES
We have an audience of tens of thousands of Sydney siders that visit the Fringe every year looking for new work and new experiences. Put your art in front of a whole new audience from all over Sydney.

 

ACTIVATING SPACE
We are working all year round to find and activate new, under-used and unused space throughout our enormous city. Making sure you have access to anything from small cabaret rooms to giant empty warehouses, matched to your needs – from the traditional to the site specific.

 

BRAND VALUE AND REACH
The Sydney Fringe Festival is growing and audiences know we’re here in September. In 2019 we garnered over $39 million worth of media reach, and almost 70,000 people attended Sydney Fringe. Be part of the noise.

 

CAREER PATHWAYS/DEVELOPMENT
Use the Fringe as an opportunity to set goals, push yourself with new deadlines, and get in front of local, interstate and international industry. Every year Fringe directors from around the world visit Sydney in September specifically to see shows in the Sydney fringe programme. Our growing range of awards bring prestige as well as offering courses, supported touring opportunities, industry mentorships and cold hard cash.

 

WE ARE MORE THAN JUST A FESTIVAL
We are committed to year-round advocacy work to grow and strengthen the culture and night life of our city. The more of you we work with and hear from the better we can advocate for your needs – join us as we invest in the cultural life of our vibrant home.