The Adelaide Fringe Fund is now accepting grant applications from artists and venues looking to participate in the 2024 Adelaide Fringe. Last year, more than 200 grants totalling $1 million were given out to artists, producers and venues to participate in the 2023 Adelaide Fringe.
A grant from the Adelaide Fringe Fund is a great way to take some of the financial risk out of performing at Adelaide Fringe, an undertaking that can be particularly daunting for new and emerging artists still learning about the business side of being an artist, most of which are still in the early stages of establishing a sustainable career.
Grants for 2024 will take two forms:
Up+Running grants that are capped at $5,000 and are available to help get projects off the ground. These grants can provide support to allow participants to take creative risks and launch their artistic ambitions.
Level-Up grants, which are capped at $10,000, are intended to support the staging of bold and ambitious Adelaide Fringe premiere events. These grants are intended for projects that have developed past the initial stages of development.
Applications are encouraged in all art forms and proposals which are ambitious in delivering daring and diverse contemporary art for new audiences will be looked upon favourably.
Grants are available under the following categories, Regional Touring, Artists, SA Producers, Audience Access, and Venues.
For 2024, the Fringe Fund has dedicated grants for Australian First Nations projects as part of a broader effort to increase the levels of participation, and prominence of First Nations creatives and producers across the Fringe landscape.
“Each year we aim to give out as many grants as we can to eligible artists, with the amount of grants we are able to give out heavily dependent on our ability to fundraise throughout the year. 2023 saw us allocate the most grants we’ve ever been able to hand out and the result was outstanding,” said Director and CEO of Adelaide Fringe Heather Croall.
“We encourage new or emerging and diverse participants to apply for grants. Cultivating fresh talent and ideas in the incubator of Adelaide Fringe is part of what keeps this festival world-class,” said Heather.
This year’s Fringe Fund is possible due to donations to Arts Unlimited, the philanthropic arm of the Adelaide Fringe, along with increased support from the State Government following an election commitment by the Malinauskas Government.
“The Malinauskas Government continues to significantly invest in the Adelaide Fringe including through supporting grants for artists, producers and venues. Grants are particularly important for emerging artists and takes some of the financial risk out of putting on a Fringe show,” said Minister for Arts, Andrea Michaels MP.
“Our talented artists and the incredible venues that host their performances are the heart of our Fringe Festival. They bring our state to life and their creativity reverberates around the world and I’m delighted that we can support them in this way.”
The Adelaide Fringe will run from 16 February to 17 March 2024. Applications to the Fringe Fund are now open and close on 23 August 2023. First Nations, emerging and diverse artists are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, visit: www.adelaidefringe.com.au for details.
Image: Be A Doll, Won’t You? – photo by Anastasia Comelli