Each year Minnesota Fringe Festival works with more than 1000 artists to organize a performing arts extravaganza that features an array of genres. In the interest of fairness, Fringe artists are selected by random luck of the draw through an un-juried and un-curated process.
Anyone can apply to be a Fringe artist and, if the application is chosen in the lottery, they have a guaranteed spot on the festival that year. If the lottery number isn’t chosen, artists are placed on a waiting list for openings in case other selected performers need to drop out.
Artist applications are available on our website in mid-November with a mid-February deadline. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee to cover administrative costs of managing over 500 applications for a maximum of 175 performances each year. Our lottery is held in February and performances last for 11 days in the summer, usually encompassing the first week of August.
Selected artists pay a producing fee relative to theater size that covers:
- Producer workshops and training on a variety of topics
- Venue rent for five performances
- Professional technical staff for lights and sound
- Arrangements with professional associations like Actors’ Equity, BMI, and ASCAP
- Customizable show page on our website
- Streamlined box office sales and audience tracking
- Free day passes to share with supporters, friends, or complete strangers
- Box Office Staff as well as Volunteers to provide audience services
- Fringe Central: A community gathering space to mingle with artists, staff, and volunteers each night of the festival
After the festival is over, Artists are paid 70% of box office receipts based on seats filled during their performances which they can use to offset the artistic costs of show production such as actor stipends, director fees, costume and set materials, and royalties.
Minnesota Fringe offers support structures to working artists through training and professional development of producing skills that fuel the exceptional and diverse artistic practices found in the theater arts. Our goals include creating an economic engine for artists and contributing to the cultural competitiveness of our state.