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Fringe Festival IP Registration Information

So, you're ready to Independently Produce a Fringe show... 

Yay! That's awesome -- let's make that happen. We believe Fringe is for everyone, which is why we continue to take steps to remove barriers to participation. Even if that means bypassing the Lottery to produce during the 2020 Minnesota Fringe Festival. We’re here to make Fringe work for you.

Traditionally, Fringe selects, staffs, and manages every venue in the Festival. Independently Produced shows invite producers to select any venue in the metro to stage their work and join the festivities. Have a favorite space where you already perform? Got an idea for a non-traditional performance? Didn’t get chosen in the lottery? No worries. You can still be part of the Fringe Festival. 

Please take a moment to read through ALL the information in the IP Handbook BEFORE you register, including the requirements and payout structure. Additional details can be found in the 2020 Minnesota Fringe Festival IP Handbook:

2020 IP Producer Handbook 2020 IP Producer Handbook

Register as an Independent Producer

2020 Basics: Time and Money

Registration for an IP Show is NOT an application. It is a registration. Producing fees and all supporting documentation (venue rental / insurance / permits, etc) must be submitted in order to complete registration. Fees are discounted on the following schedule:

Registration  Discount  Amount  Due Date 
 March 50%  $250 03/15
 April 40%  $300 04/15
 May 20%  $400 05/15
 June  Full Fee  $500 06/15

The 2020 Minnesota Fringe Festival runs Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 9. Independently Produced shows can select their own dates of performance, but must start their shows on the 'Fringe Grid'. Shows can be of any length, but duration should be clearly posted if it is more or less than the typical 60 minutes.

IP Producers will receive 65% of all digital sales, including single and discount tickets sold through the Fringe website and credit cards swiped at your venue / location. IP Producers keep 100% of all cash sales at the door.

What you get

  • Freedom to schedule your own performance days and times
  • Guaranteed 65% of digital sales receipts and 100% of cash sales at your box office.
    Receipts include single-ticket sales to your show at full price ($15), the admission credit discount rates ($13, $11, or $7), or the kid fare ($7).
  • Freedom to select your own venue and number of performances
  • Ticket sales (advanced) and box office training for door sales
  • Fringe IP Handbook—your comprehensive guide to the festival
  • Access to workshops and one-on-one help sessions
  • Customizable page for your show on our website
  • Publicity distribution to major press outlets and regional producers/presenters
  • Artist passes for you and your cast to see festival shows for free

What you're responsible for

  • Finding or creating a script; acquiring any necessary rights or permissions for existing scripts/music
  • Finding and contracting a venue and associated technicians (if needed)
  • Providing box office support for your show
  • Acquiring General Liability Insurance
  • Arranging/contracting actors and director
  • Costumes, props, sound cues and set pieces
  • Marketing your show
  • Arranging necessary visas and work permits if coming from outside the United States
  • Abiding by the Fringe rules and deadlines

Please remember the Fringe Festival is a different producing environment than "normal" production. The Festival pace is faster, the timeline more compressed, and there is less control over ticketing and schedule. Guidelines and rules are in place to keep the big picture running smoothly - which is also what makes it fun!

Is the Fringe Festival right for your production?

We believe there's a place for everyone in the Fringe Festival and welcome participation from anyone along the entire artistic spectrum. But the Festival may not be right place for every kind of production. The  inclusion of Independently Produced (IP) festival shows in 2020 is intended to offer a wider range of options for location, length, and complexity. 

If you are seeking a space to for your IP show, try SpaceFinder Minnesota or contact one of the Venues listed below. They have specifically told Fringe they would be interested in hosting Independent Producers in 2020:

Venue  Website  Name  Phone  Email 
Strike Theater Allison Broeren 612-590-0454
Shakespearean Youth Theatre Maria Signorelli 651-330-5037
Elision Playhouse Cindy Polich 714-342-0539
Center for Performing Arts Jennie Ward 612-821-9202
Historic Mounds Theatre Jessica Johnson 612-772-2253
The Crane Theater Liz Neerland 612-548-1380
Off-Leash Art Box
Paul Herwig 612-724-7372
Phoenix Theater Eric Cohen 612-377-2285
The Hook & Ladder (and the new Mission Room) Chris Mozena 612-306-3059

Need some tech gear for your IP show?

Try our friends at Monkey Wrench Productions;

your one stop shop for all your production needs. 

2525 Nevada Ave N #208
Golden Valley, MN 55427



If you've got questions, contact us at Thank you for participating in the Fringe Festival! 

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