With heavy hearts, we had to to notify our audience that the 2020 Pittsburgh Fringe, scheduled for April 2-5, has been canceled. All tickets, buttons, passes and artists had to be refunded. The timing was unfortunate in that it was only about 2 weeks out from our festival start date, and we had already put in months of work, and paid for print and many of our regular expenses. We were able to save some money by not doing the festival, but we lost ALL our income by not doing our festival.
Each year we help about 200 artists put on 50 different shows. As an accesssible festival that gives ALL artist a platform, we are a vital part of the artistic ecosystem. For some artists fringes are a part of their overall income strategy. For some part time artists, it is their only opportunity each year to show off their work. For all artists it is a place they know their art will always be accepted, even if no one else believes in them yet.
If you have the means to help, please help us continue to help artists. We know we can assist more artists with each dollar you give. In our organization, each dollar goes a long way. With one of the smallest festival budgets in Pittsburgh, and one of the smallest art budgets in Pittsburgh, our organization really packs a powerful punch in artistic impact per dollar. Our festival in 2019 had about 100 performances/events of 50 different titled shows in just 4 days. Even our Virtual Festival is one of the first virtual festivals of this size with 20 productions in 2 days.
We know not everyone can help, and that is OK. We don't want anyone to burden themselves helping us. But if you do have a few spare dollars to share with us, we will be able to continue to help the artists that we as a society need more than ever today.
How to Donate
We have a few ways you can donate to make it more convenient: