The Hollywood Fringe is an open access festival, meaning anyone who meets the basic qualifications can join; there is no jury deciding who can and can’t be a part of it all. It is a self-produced festival, meaning its participants produce, promote, and stage their own work.
It’s this simple: Create a project, book a venue within the Fringe Zone, then register your project. The Fringe staff doesn’t manage, rent, or own these venues – we partner with independent venue managers and producers to make the festival happen. There are many Hollywood venues already involved in the festival and you'll be able to contact them through our Website. None of the listed venues strike your fancy? Scope out a venue in Hollywood and register your own.
We've outlined the three steps you'll need to complete to be part of the festival down below. If you need our help at any point along the way, you can email our support staff at [email protected].
STEP ONE: CREATE YOUR PROJECT
It’s totally free to post an idea on our website…just create a project.
It can be anything you might like to bring to the Fringe, there is no obligation. Add some thoughts, pictures, video: Whatever you need to articulate your idea. This is a public project – anything you post can be seen by the Fringe world. Hopefully, it will attract some attention from members of the community who might be able to help by lending resources and assistance.
STEP TWO: APPLY TO YOUR PREFERRED VENUE(S)
Ready to take it to the next step? Get ready to hunt for a venue. We have made this process easier by securing a list of Hollywood venues interested in hosting Fringe programming. When you apply, they will receive an email with your application information and a link to your project. Feel free to contact them directly once you have applied online.
Already have leads on a venue in Hollywood? Register your own venue. Participants converting unlikely spaces into full-fledged Fringe venues is the lifeblood of the festival. You might also open your new venue to other fringe projects, offsetting your costs and expanding opportunities to other artists.
See our article on finding a venue to learn more about this process.
If you have trouble finding a suitable venue, booking a venue or getting in touch with your venue, contact us at [email protected].
STEP THREE: REGISTER WITH THE FRINGE
When you pay your registration you secure your spot as a festival participant. This avails you to all the benefits of participation (see below).
You can register your Fringe show before completing a deal with a venue, which means you won't need to wait on a third party to ensure your spot in the festival.
Fringe Registration Fees:
- $250 for paid/ticketed and/or multi-performance shows
- $175 for shows that are either free or one-time performances (or both)
- $50 for educational events (workshops, etc.)
- You may register an educational event for $0 if you have already registered another show
Important note: It is you responsibility to ensure you book a venue (this will most likely include additional fees). If you pay your registration fee and are unable to complete a booking or are unable to produce the show, we are happy to rollover your fee to a subsequent year. We will also refund your registration if the request is made on April 1 or earlier.
BENEFITS OF REGISTRATION
We have tried to keep our registration costs as low as possible so all can participate. Most of the money raised through registration will be spent on marketing the festival itself. Remember: We don’t guarantee you an audience, however we do everything we can to make sure people know about the Festival as a whole. Attracting festival-goers to see your show is a task you need to tackle yourself (we will help you along).
Once you have paid your registration fee, you are entitled to these benefits:
Inclusion in the Fringe Guide, Fringe Website and all the festival-wide promotion enacted every year including ads, pole signs, radio spots and more.
Ticket Sales through Fringe box offices located on the web, the phone, and at fringe central. Check out this article on all things ticketing.
Access to our participant support team to help you through your Fringe experience.
Special deals with our media partners to save you time and money marketing your show. Check out our Marketing & Press article for more information.
A dedicated, customizable home on our Website and access to its promotional tools.
Discounted fees on website and Fringe Guide advertising at www.hollywoodfringe.org/market. We also work with partners throughout the community to secure great benefits (and big discounts) for fringe participants.
Access to social events for fun and networking. Keep up-to-date by reading the Fringe Blog.
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