Minnesota Fringe connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences through festivals and dynamic, year-round
programs and events.
Our cornerstone program is the Minnesota Fringe Festival. From professional stage veterans to first-timers,
the Fringe Festival is one of the largest performing arts avenues in America that allows anyone and everyone an equal shot at sharing their art. All
shows are selected by random lottery. Yep -- that's right! Each application is assigned a number. Then, we publicly pull ping-pong balls out of a cage
with every number one-by-one until they have all been drawn. Shows not selected for the festival are placed on a waiting list in case someone else
drops out. Producers receive 65% of ticket sales. The Festival is an economic boost for some artists, and we’ve distributed more than $2 million in
sales to artists in the last decade. Some shows have earned upwards of $15,000 in just 5 performances!
All of Fringe’s year-round programs share the same goals: supporting artists to take artistic risks, develop entrepreneurial skills, and find new avenues
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