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Producer Funding Opportunities

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

Touring Artist Grant*Producer fee completely compensatedTouring artist who demonstrates curiousity, compassion, and courage to share their story with new audiences.Up to 1The Jill Miersch Touring Artist Fund*
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 $425 - $575 producer fee to be a hurdle to producing Up to 3 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 and Artists

*This grant, made possible by a generous gift from the family of Jill Miersch, will be given to one touring artist per year for six years (2023-2028) to extend Jill's light and sparkle to adventurous artists.


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 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 or pay what you can if you are applying to the Equity 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. We strongly suggest filling out the application on a desktop or laptop rather than mobile device.

The Festival Lottery will be held March 1, 2023. 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 anonymously and awarded by the Minnesota Fringe Artist Committee based on rubrics illustrated below for each opportunity. The 2023 Artist Committee includes: John Gebretatose, Emily Michaels King, Jeremy Motz, Patrick O’Brien,  Alexander Varghese, Victoria Pyan, Natalie Wass, Kirsten Stephens, Lily Conforti, Allison Broeren, Anthony Stanton, and Les Kurkendaal.
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