Save the Fringe
Each year, roughly 40,000 attendees fill seats in a variety of theaters to take in hundreds of performances created by more than 1,000 artists supported by a team of seasonal theater professionals and hundreds of volunteers. For the first time in its 27-year history, the late-summer celebration of the performing arts will not take place.
Our decision was not made lightly or without acknowledging the impact it will have on the artistic community – financially, emotionally, and creatively. Fringe now faces refunding more than $40,000 in deposits to this year’s producers and a loss of the approximate $160,000 it typically nets from the festival after paying artists, staff, and venue costs. With Minnesota Fringe’s very survival at risk, we must now focus is now on preservation.
We are appealing to the public in an effort to raise $100,000 to ensure the organization exists into the future.