VENUE RENT: Venue rents vary. Many venues charge no rent, but will keep a percentage of box office. Others may charge a small amount, but will allow participants to keep all or most of the box office. Some venues may be free, but ask you to encourage your audience to buy a drink at their establishment. Some fees may include technical, some may just be a bare room. Please make sure to be very clear with your venue about what is and is not included in your deal. We are hoping on average that for a 1 hour show with minimal load-in and load-out, and some very basic lighting and sound equipment that costs are around $20-$60 per performance for those venues that charge up front, or 10%-30% of box office for those venues that work off of the box office split.
Find a Venue:
STEP TWO: APPLY TO AND COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PREFERRED VENUE(S): Ready to take the next step? Get ready to hunt for a venue. We have made this process easier by securing a list of venues interested in hosting Fringe programming. Already have leads on a venue in the Fringe Zone? You can register your own venue for free. Participants converting unlikely spaces into full-fledged Fringe venues is the lifeblood of the festival. You might also open your new venue to other fringe projects, offsetting your costs and expanding opportunities to other artists. Remember, Fringe venues can be anywhere: theatres, clubs, bars, restaurants, found spaces, outdoor spaces… anything you have rights/permission to control for the duration of your event/performances/exhibitions. All we ask is that you keep it in the Fringe Zone, to make it easy for audiences to experience and walk to as many shows as possible. Fringe audiences like to pack in as many experiences as possible during the festival, and close venues help with this experience. If you have trouble finding a suitable venue, or want to find a fun found space for your specific show, or have trouble booking a venue or communicating with your venue, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org ONE SHOW / ONE VENUE We have a one show / one venue rule. Once you confirm your show with a venue, you cannot perform that same, exact show at any other venue. In the Fringe printed guide and website, your show will be listed as playing at one venue only. If you are an actor in a play or a musician in a band, you may perform at more than one venue IF you are also in a totally different play or band. (For example, John Doe can perform in Romeo & Juliet at one venue, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at another venue, but the same exact production of Romeo & Juliet cannot be performed at more than one venue.) That said, any individual or group may submit multiple productions to the Fringe: simply create a different project.
FESTIVAL FOOTPRINT To keep the festival a walkable and festive environment, we are requiring all venues to stick to our Fringe Zone area. The second big change for 2019 last year was moving the Fringe Zone to better accommodate our new venue structure.
The new zone is up or down Penn Ave about a 1.3 miles in either direction from about Mathilda Street to Center Street, and off of that area of Penn Ave a few blocks in either direction. If you aren't sure if you are in the "Zone." Please contact us to see if your venue would be approved.
We are still getting venues to confirm for 2020. We anticipate most of last year's venues returning, and hope to have a few more venues. Just prior to January 2nd we will send out a list of venues and their information that we have at that time. (New ones are always welcome to come on board later.) You will be able to pick your venues from that list. (Or you are always welcome to find your own venues.)
You have now completely finished Step Two! Now on to Step Three - Finalizing registration for your show!