are you on the fringe

Interested in presenting artistic work in the 4th Annual Milwaukee Fringe Festival?

Awesome! Submissions are NOW OPEN!

WWW.MKEFRINGE.COM/SUBMISSIONS

 

What are we Looking For?

The Milwaukee Fringe Festival is a unique multi-faceted performing and visual art festival and we

hope to include art from various disciplines from Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin and beyond! We

are looking for live theatre, one person shows, dance, live music, visual artists, and performance

art! Submissions are judged and selected for the Fringe Fest based primarily on: originality,

creativity, and professionalism.

Have an idea for a show but it’s not created yet? Tell us what we can expect! Provide us with as

much information as possible. If you only have a concept for a show, elaborate on what you would

want the show to be including themes and subject matter. You can include a video of your performance

or style, talk about your vision and tell us if your video is what we will see on stage, or just an example

of the art you can do.

Applying to the Fringe

It’s easy. Read all of our information provided here and then go ahead and fill out our online application. (Note that we are unable to accept late applications.) Submissions are accepted starting

February 2, 2019 and the final deadline is March 31, 2019 at 11:59pm. Application fee is $25. Your completed application and payment of submission fee are due no later than the final deadline of

March 31st, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Accepted performances will require a production fee to be paid to help cover costs of the venue, but artists will be paid back a percentage of ticket sales (many artists from last year made a profit on their shows.)

Outdoor performances will not be charged a production fee, but outdoor shows aren’t ticketed, so they will not receive a percentage of ticket sales.

  • A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to cover the production fee. You can indicateyour need for this on the application form.

Please complete one application per project/company wishing to join in the Milwaukee Fringe Festival!

(Submission fees from applicants not admitted to the festival are non-refundable.)

Returning performers already familiar with the process can submit here.

Basic Information

  • The Milwaukee Fringe Festival performance dates are Friday, August 23rd Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th, 2019.
  • The application fee is $25.
  • All applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by April 15th, 2019.
  • Production fee for indoor performances (Vogel Hall and Todd Wehr Theatre) is $215.

There is no production fee for outdoor performers, roving performers or visual art. Fee paid upon acceptance into the festival no later than May 1st. Please read our Letter to Participants.

  • The MKE Fringe will include artists and artwork from as many domains as possible (ie. theater,dance, music, performance art, painting, sculpting, & mixed media).

What You’ll Get

  • One or two performances in the Milwaukee Fringe Festival.
  • A professional-grade venue with a standard light plot and sound capabilities.
  • Indoor performances will include professional technicians to run tech during your show, a Stage

Manager, Ushers and support staff.

  • A short tech time to set lighting, sound levels and cues.
  • Promotional information on the Fringe and venue for your show.
  • Listings on all official Fringe schedules, website and social media.
  • Distribution of your show’s information to press (when applicable).
  • Artist passes for you and your cast to see other Milwaukee Fringe shows for free.

What You Are Responsible For?

  • Submitting a complete application and paying the submission fee on or before the deadline.
  • Finding/creating your show. This includes actors, performers, musicians, directors.
  • Any payment arrangements for your cast.
  • Acquiring any necessary rights or permissions for your show.
  • Providing costumes, props, set pieces, and cues for your show.
  • Marketing your show! (We work to get people out to the Fringe, but it is your job to grab attention and build your audience.)

Please keep in mind that the Milwaukee Fringe Festival is different than producing your own show.

Your show is part of a greater picture – more than 40 different events in 2 days. We take care of the

venue rental, production staff, scheduling and ticketing. The Fringe schedule and event runs at a fast

pace, and our timeline is compressed. Reasonable requests in other circumstances could be anunrealistic request in the Fringe. There are so many shows and venues within the Fringe. We need youto trust in, and comply with, our guidelines and rules to keep everything running smoothly. We ask you

be professional, on time and prepared for a great weekend!

Companies, directors, and/or shows that do not follow the rules will need to be removed from the

festival. Keep in mind, this may result in the forfeiture of the submission fee, production fee,

performance slots, and other work put towards your Fringe Fest show.