2018 Fringe Festival

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Fringe Festival Registration

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We are seeking to amplify all the creative voices in our city and beyond, and this September, we’re inviting you to grab the mic (or paintbrush, pointe shoes, or other artistic tool of your choice)! Every year the Philly Fringe Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia (and online through our Digital Fringe platform) with more than 1,000 performances. Artists of all mediums are invited to register a show, digital work, exhibition, or event in the Festival.

Whether you have been creating for years or you are just starting to experiment, your work deserves a platform to connect with audiences and artists from all over.  Last year www.FringeArts.com had 392,841 page views during the Festival and sold over 26,476 individual tickets!

Participating artists get:

  • access to a potential audience reaching over 30,000 people
  • a photo and description of your show listed in the Festival guide, along with additional PR and marketing support
  • a personalized showpage on the FringeArts website
  • an expanded box office team providing full service during the Festival
  • a custom sandwich board to place outside your venue
  • complimentary Artist Rush Cards for a $5 ticket, 5 minutes before any show in the Festival
  • the opportunity to fundraise through our established FringeA-Thon platform as a 2018 Fringe Festival Artist partner
  • access to online and in-person resources such as contacts, venue list, sample budgets, workshops, happy hours and more!

Important Registration Dates:

  • Super Early Bird registration by March 16 – $275
  • Early Bird registration by April 16 –  $300
  • Final registration by June 1 –  $350

The 2018 Fringe Festival will be September 6th – 22nd and registration will be open from March 1st –  June 1st.  


Register Here

Any questions? Reach out to Fringe Festival Coordinator Jarrod Markman at Jarrod@fringearts.com or 215-710-8708


March 1st – June 1st – Registration is open 

June 1st – Step 1 is due – Sign Up & Basic Show Information | This includes: show name, discipline, venue information, show dates and times, running time, sort description, and guide image.

July 13th – Step 2 is due – Marketing and PR  | This includes: company bio, web address, keywords, multimedia links, press release, and any high resolution photos.

July 27th – Step 3 is due – Certificate of Insurance and W-9 | All participants in the Festival must obtain general liability insurance covering themselves and FringeArts. Click here for the Artist Insurance Form. Artists must also submit an updated W-9. Box Office reconciliation checks will be mailed by Mid October- to the name and address reported on W9

September 28th – Step 4 is due – Fringe Business  | Box Office Reconciliation and survey! All at the door ticket sales must be recorded and reported back to FringeArts.


Super Early Registration – $75 off (before March 16th)fringe festival registration

Early Registration – $50 off (before April 16h)

Visual Art Exhibition – $75 off (Gallery hours, free admission)  

Multiple Show Discount – $75 off (Designed for producers who are submitting more than one full production)

Student Discount – $50 off (Must be a registered student at a high school or university)

Fringe Virgin – $50 off (For first time Fringe Festival producers)

**Only one discount can be applied per show. Email jarrod@fringearts.com to get a discount code

Register Here

Free Workshops and Consulting

Self-Producing Happy Hours
Bring your questions and have a drink with Fringe Festival Coordinator, Jarrod Markman and a rotating guest for a series of intimate and open conversations about self-producing in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. This series will take place in La Peg from 5pm – 6:30pm and is open to anyone interested in producing in the Fringe Festival.
Marketing feat. Raina Searles – Friday, Mar 16
Digital Fringe feat. Jake O’Brien & Raina Searles – Friday, Apr 6
Self Producing feat. Jack Tamburri – Friday, Apr 27
Digital Fringe & Philly Game Mechanics Happy Hour Showcase (Presented as part of Philly Tech Week 2018) – Tuesday, May 1 (5-8pm)
Self Producing and Theatre of the Oppressed feat. Hariprasad Kowtha – Friday, May 4
Contracts and Production feat. Melanie Leeds – Friday, May 18


May 21st – 6:30pm – 8:30pm  – Writing Your Project Statement 

Learn to craft language around your artistic project to streamline your ideas and stay on target! Led by Andrew Simonet of Artists U. 

Free and open to the public. Limited to 15 artists. Email jarrod@fringearts.com to reserve a spot.

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June 18th  – 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Targeted Marketing 

Learn to market your show efficiently and effectively led by Andrew Simonet of ArtistsU

Free and open to the public. Limited to 15 artists. Email jarrod@fringearts.com to reserve a spot.


Whether you have been creating in Philadelphia for years or you are just starting to experiment, this is your opportunity to talk through your creative project with artists, administrators and producers who have been in your shoes! Fringe Festival Consulting is a new program created to provide guidance and support to Philadelphia based art-makers.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Apply now!

Artist Resources

2018 Artist’s Manual (MUST READ)

2018 Independent Artist Policies and Agreement(2.27.18) (MUST READ)

Artist Insurance Form

Box Office – At The Door Sales – 2017

Sample Budget



Festival logos for web, print, and other materials (click for high-resolution):


To download, right click any of the documents above and “save target as” or “save link as.”

Small But Mighty Arts MicroGrants

SBMA micro-grants are designed to give artists a “spark” to jumpstart, advance or complete a creative project or professional development opportunity. Our overall goal is to limit the likelihood that artists will quit or further delay projects or professional development that can aid in their continued career growth. Past award recipients have not only utilized funds to create work, but their feedback confirmed that there was an intrinsic value to receiving a micro-grant (no matter the amount) that motivated them to persist overall. Through our exploratory partnership with Frinfringe festival registrationge Arts, we seek to support artists from various neighborhoods throughout the city, with micro-grants to utilize for costs related to producing a Fringe Festival performance.

MICRO-GRANT USE(S): insurance | equipment | artistic staff | licensing | marketing / promotion materials | production (performance) | production (print, music) | | space | supplies / materials

ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES: The SBMA micro-grant application is open to most all recognized and exploratory art forms: Acting | Animation | Creative Writing | Dance | Digital Art | Fabric and Textile | Fashion Design | Film Furniture Making | Graphic Design/Illustration | Installation | Interactive Design | Jazz | Mixed Media Multimedia | Music Performance (Vocal, Instrumental, MC) | Music Production (includes songwriting, Deejaying, engineering) | Musical Theater | Painting | Performance Art | Photography | Playwriting | Podcast | Poetry/Prose | Printmaking | Puppetry | Scenic Design | Screen Printing | Spoken Word | Storytelling | Theater | Visual Art | Writing

APPLICATION PROCESS: Online application made available in the Spring 2017. Grants are selected by a committee chosen by SBMA.

QUESTIONS? info@smallbutmightyarts.org

FringeArts is thrilled to partner with Small But Mighty Arts to support artists in the Fringe Festival. All award winners and grantees are identified and chosen by Small But Mighty Arts. All awards are directly distributed to selected independent artists by SBMA. FringeArts does not have a role in the selection of awardees. 



Fairmount Park Conservancy Call for Artists in LOVE Park

Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation propose to use the arts to welcome a diverse representation of Philadelphians into the newly redesigned LOVE Park. The proposed programming is intended to emphasize that the improved park is to be enjoyed by all and to convey a sense of belonging and welcome. We’d like to employ the arts as a means of connecting park users with one another. The renovation project removed physical barriers (walls) between the street and the park, opening the park up further to the life on the street. The Arts can help to break down social and emotional barriers. We want people who may never step foot into a theater to feel excited to come to LOVE Park for the free performances. We believe this sort of exposure will also help to promote FringeArts to audiences that aren’t already familiar with them, furthering arts and culture in the city. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 7.

Read the full request for proposals here.

Apply Here

Questions about the Fringe Festival? 
Jarrod Markman, Fringe Festival Coordinator, Jarrod@FringeArts.com, 215.413.9006 x16