Fringe Festival Hubs
Philadelphia Fringe Festival Hubs
Philadelphia Fringe Festival Hubs are vibrant centers of activity that host multiple performances and artists during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival at one site. Hubs are spread throughout the city of Philadelphia in order to maximize the impact of festival activities and serve as accessible spaces for audiences outside of the Center City area. These hubs attract independent artists who are looking for additional support beyond the BYO-Venue program and those who may not have the capacity or resources to self produce performances entirely on their own.
Hubs foster artist connections with each other, new audiences, and with the surrounding community. Audiences seeking Fringe Festival experiences can look to hubs to present a variety of performances all in one place, simplifying the festival experience and creating mini festival ecosystems all supportive and dependent on each other and the wider festival context.
Venues and producers interested in becoming a Fringe estival Hub should take a look at the Festival Hub Development & Management Outline and contact April@FringeArts.com to discuss the possibilities!
How Hubs Work
Hubs have a close relationship with FringeArts and benefit from hands-on support, special marketing opportunities, and a direct line to the FringeArts artist network. Hubs all operate and curate their presentations in different ways. FringeArts does not “present” Hubs, they are independent partner institutions responsible for the Hub activity, identity, and production. FringeArts will work closely with the Festival Hubs to determine how they can be best supported to offer artists a positive festival experience and contribute to the Fringe Festival culture.
Some Hubs operate under a cost sharing model. This means that artists pay a fee to be included in the hub and this fee goes toward the use of the space, staffing, and other production costs. In this model, the artist may keep their ticket income to cover the costs of the artist fee.
Other Hubs pay artists to perform at their site or offer free space. In this scenario the Hub operate as a curator and presenter, keeping some or all of the ticketing income to recoup operation and production costs.
There is no ONE type of Festival Hub! Hubs can host as many artists, performances, events, etc. as they are able to and the artist agreement and relationship with the Hub can take many forms. Hubs will all naturally develop their own identity. The important factor of a Hub is that they are a source for multiple festival events, they advertise as a hub through the Fringe Festival, and they have some type of call for artist process.
How a Hub comes about
- A potential Hub with a space and capacity to organize and host multiple Fringe presentations contacts FringeArts
- The Hub develops it’s model (Cost sharing, space sharing, etc)
- The Hub is officially recognized by FringeArts and the Fringe Festival
- Hubs advertise their Call for Artists or engage in a more direct curation process before Fringe Festival artist registration
- Hubs offer artists a Hub package and schedule their performances in the Hub during the festival
- Hubs confirm and contract their festival artists
- Artist presentations and events are all independently registered in the Fringe Festival. Those housed by a Hub will list the Hub as their venue.
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Hub Documents and References
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