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 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival. We’re here to make Fringe work for you.
Traditionally, Fringe selects, staffs, and manages every venue in the Festival. This year, we’re inviting producers to select any venue in the metro to stage their show 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 2019 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 Fringe Festival IP Handbook.
The 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:
The 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival runs Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 11. 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 50% 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 single ticket cash sales at the door.
What you get
- Freedom to schedule your own performance days and times
- Guaranteed 50% of digital sales receipts and 100% of cash sales at your box office. Receipts include single-ticket sales to your show at full price ($14), the admission credit discount rates ($12 or $10), or the kid fare ($6).
- 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 introduction of Independently Produced (IP) festival shows in 2019 is intended to offer a wider range of options for location, length, and complexity -- among other choices.
If you've got questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for participating in the