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Producer Funding Opportunities

Minnesota Fringe has financial assistance opportunities for producers of all experience levels.

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION WHO CAN APPLY NUMBER AWARDED FUNDS PROVIDED BY
Fee Deferment Deferment of the initial producer fee, taken out of your box office payout at the end of the festival Producers on a budget who find the $400 - $500 producer fee to be a hurdle to producing Up to 5 Your box office proceeds
Festival Artist Grant Producer fee completely compensated Producers of all experience levels that are looking to challenge themselves with a new production or skill Up to 3 Donors

To apply for one or both of these funding opportunities, please fill out the appropriate application information below. Please make sure you take the time to review your information before submission—there will not be an opportunity to edit your responses once they are submitted. Deadline of application is 5:00PM CST, Thursday, February 13, 2020.

IMPORTANT: This is a separate application from your lottery application and does not cover application fee—you will still need to pay to apply to the general lottery. You must win a spot in the Fringe lottery in order to be granted a funding opportunity. Please make sure to apply to at least one tier in the Minnesota Fringe Festival for your funding application to be reviewed. Deadline for application is 5:00PM CST, Thursday, February 13, 2020. We strongly suggest filling out the application on a desktop or laptop rather than mobile device.

The Festival lottery will be held February 24, 2020. 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 a funding opportunity. If your show is drawn in the lottery but your request for funding 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 or grant receipt.

All funding opportunities are reviewed and awarded by the Minnesota Fringe Artist Committee based on rubrics illustrated below for each opportunity. The 2020 Artist Committee includes: John Gebretatose, Katherine Glover, Keith Hovis, Divya Maiya, Emily Michaels King, Brant Miller, Jeremy Motz, Karim Muasher, Patrick O’Brien, Tony Plocido, Ben San Del, Colleen Somerville-Leeman, Alexander Varghese, and Natalie Wass.


GENERAL INFORMATION*Required-This information is needed for all funding opportunities.











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Fee Deferment
Festival Artist Grant


FEE DEFERMENT APPLICATION
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.

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

EXPERIENCE
Does the applicant or their collaborators have prior experience in production or performing arts? Will this award create a doorway for individuals to come to the stage for the first time? (Note: prior producing or performing experience is not prerequisite for award)

INNOVATION
Is the production a new work or does it tell an established story in a new way? Does the production present new artistic opportunities for an established producer or allow a first-time producer to explore a unique vision? Does it present an element to Fringe audiences that is rarely seen?

INCLUSION
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?

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

NARRATIVE
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?



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 2019, 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.




FESTIVAL ARTIST GRANT APPLICATION
Through the generous support from Minnesota Fringe donors, we are able to offer Festival Artist Grants for up to three producers. This grant is awarded to individuals of all experience levels who are stepping outside their comfort zone by entering the Fringe arena with a big personal challenge. If you are drawn in the lottery and awarded a Festival Artist Grant, your producer fee will be completely waived.

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

EXPERIENCE
Does the applicant or their collaborators have prior experience in production or performing arts? Will this award create a doorway for individuals to come to the stage for the first time? (Note: prior producing or performing experience is not prerequisite for award)

INNOVATION
Is the production a new work or does it tell an established story in a new way? Does the production present new artistic opportunities for an established producer or allow a first-time producer to explore a unique vision? Does it present an element to Fringe audiences that is rarely seen?

INCLUSION
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?

ADVANCEMENT IN RISK-TAKING
Will this grant subsidize risk that would otherwise be challenging for the producer to achieve considering revenue constraints, such as exploration of a new style, method, or genre of work?








AGREEMENTS AND SUBMISSION
By checking the box below, you agree to the following terms of the applications and awards.
I agree that I have checked my responses and that all materials I hereby submit are final.
I agree to allow my application to be used as a reference example for applicants in future festivals.
I agree that I am the primary producer of the project.
All festival funding opportunity recipients will be required to participate in pre- and post-festival surveys, including a final report. Recipients may be asked to come to the office for a follow-up interview to promote future grants.
 

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