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Producer Funding Opportunities

Minnesota Fringe has financial assistance opportunities for producers of all experience levels.

Fee Deferment Deferment of the initial producer fee, taken out of your box office payout at the end of the festival Producers on a budget who find the $400 - $500 producer fee to be a hurdle to producing Up to 5 Your box office proceeds
Festival Artist Grant Producer fee completely compensated Producers of all experience levels that are looking to challenge themselves with a new production or skill Up to 3 Donors
Solo Festival Artist Grant* Producer fee completely compensated Minnesota-based, solo artist who exemplifies the impassioned and enthusiastic storytelling of Charlie Bethel Up to 1 The Charlie Bethel Legacy Project Fund*

*This grant, made possible by a generous gift from the family of Charlie Bethel, will be given to a Minnesota-based solo artist to uplift his legacy.

To apply for any of these funding opportunities, please fill out the appropriate application information below. Please make sure you take the time to review your information before submission—there will not be an opportunity to edit your responses once they are submitted. Applications are now closed.

IMPORTANT: This is a separate application from your lottery application and does not cover application fee—you will still need to pay to apply to the general lottery. You must win a spot in the Fringe lottery in order to be granted a funding opportunity. Please make sure to apply to at least one tier in the Minnesota Fringe Festival for your funding application to be reviewed. Applications are now closed. We strongly suggest filling out the application on a desktop or laptop rather than mobile device.

The Festival Lottery was held February 24, 2020. If your show was drawn in the lottery or comes off the wait list in the following week, we will let you know if you've been selected for a funding opportunity. If your show was drawn in the lottery but your request for funding is denied, you must pay the full producing fee within the fee deadline to keep your place in the festival. Being drawn in the lottery does not guarantee fee deferment or grant receipt.

All funding opportunities are reviewed and awarded by the Minnesota Fringe Artist Committee based on rubrics illustrated below for each opportunity. The 2020 Artist Committee includes: John Gebretatose, Keith Hovis, Divya Maiya, Emily Michaels King, Brant Miller, Jeremy Motz, Patrick O’Brien, Tony Plocido, Ben San Del, Colleen Somerville-Leeman, Alexander Varghese, William Bengston, and Natalie Wass.

Producer Funding Opportunity Applications for 2020 are now closed.
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