Fee Deferments

Minnesota Fringe is able to offer a limited number of fee deferments to minimize the up-front costs for selected producers. If you are drawn in the lottery and granted a deferment, we'll take your production fee out of your box office payment at the end of the festival. We do not defer the application fee. You'll have to pay when you apply. To apply for a fee deferment, submit a regular Fringe Festival application online, then complete the form below. Deadline for application is 5:00PM CST, Thursday, February 14, 2019. We strongly suggest filling out the application on a desktop or laptop rather than on a mobile device.

Award Rubric
Using a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), the Minnesota Fringe Artist Committee will score applications based on the following elements:

Does the applicant or their collaborators have prior experience in production or performing arts? (Note: prior producing or performing experience is not prerequisite for award)

Does this production champion underrepresented voices or themes when compared to our current local, national and international performing arts community? Could this production help cultivate new and first-time theater-going audiences?

Does the budget show understanding of the correlation between the realistic costs and limitations for production of the show within the Fringe structure?

Does the applicant create a case for fee deferment? Are there high financial barriers involved? Does the producer display a strong preliminary plan for production?

The 2019 Artist Committee includes: Divya Maiya (Bollywood Dance Scene), John Gebretatose (HUGE Theater and Blackout Improv), Karim Muasher (NYC's Animal Engine devising duo), Natalie Rae Wass (frequent Fringe performer and creator), & Marinda Rodriguez (former dancer and Fringe board member).

* Required

Note: Your budget need only be a projected estimate.Your expenses should equal your income unless you're prepared to lose money. Things you may choose to include: Your personal contribution to production costs; Donations from others; Estimated box office income (in 2018, the median artist payout was $1200); Other revenue; Artist fees and stipends; Production materials for sets, props, costumes, rehearsal space, etc.; Royalties if you're using a published play or copyrighted material; Marketing (postcards, ads, etc); Other expenses.

IMPORTANT: This is a separate application from your lottery application. You must win a spot in the Fringe lottery in order to be granted a Fee Deferment. Please make sure to apply to at least one tier in the Minnesota Fringe Festival for your deferment application to be reviewed.

The Festival lottery will be held February 25, 2019. If your show is drawn in the lottery or comes off the wait list in the following week, we will let you know if you've been selected for fee deferment. If your show is drawn in the lottery but your request for deferment is denied, you must pay the full producing fee within the fee deadline to keep your place in the festival. Being drawn in the lottery does not guarantee fee deferment.


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