Fringe connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences by creating open, supportive forums for free and diverse artistic expression.
In the wake of our 20th anniversary Minnesota Fringe, held August 1-11, 2013, we're more convinced than ever that what we do matters. We're the biggest performance festival in the Midwest, featuring theater, dance, comedy, physical theater, shows for kids, shows by teens, and much more. And what makes us unique in the region is that we're a non-juried event - applications for performances are selected by random lottery. The 2014 Fringe Festival will be July 31 - August 10 and will feature performing companies from Minnesota and across the country.
The 2013 Fringe was a rollicking success. You can check out our annual report for the details, but here are a few key numbers we're extra-proud of:
• 895 performances of 176 shows, highlighting the work of nearly 1,200 artists
• 50,007 tickets distributed over eleven days
• Over $245,000 in box office revenue paid to our producing companies. The average payout was $1,393.
We kept ticket prices low – they haven’t gone up since 2004! Our top ticket price remains at $12 (plus the one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button), with discounts available for students and multiple ticket buyers.
Volunteering is a great way for people to see a free show for every shift they work - 420 people took us up on that offer this year and worked over 3,600 shifts.
We made the Fringe accessible for the artists in other ways as well – our low production fee (ranging from $350 to $450 depending on venue size) makes us an incredibly affordable way to get their work onstage, and for companies unable to front that much money, we offer fee deferments, allowing them to postpone payment until they’ve received their box office payout.
Your donation today will help us continue our exemplary track record of providing support to artists and engaging artistic experiences for audiences. We're proud that 75% of our budget comes from earned income, but individual contributions are still important to our bottom line.