Melbourne Fringe at the Bluestone Church Arts Space

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Do you need a venue for your Melbourne Fringe show? Each year, Maribyrnong Arts and Culture offers in-kind venue hire and technical support at the Bluestone Church Arts Space to independently produced shows by artists based in, or with strong connections to, Melbourne’s West.

Selected artists will receive in-kind (free) venue hire and marketing support through Council’s channels, while retaining all box office takings. They will remain responsible for producing and marketing their own shows, including paying Melbourne Fringe Festival’s registration fees.

What Maribyrnong Arts and Culture will provide:

Venue and Setup:

  • In-kind (free) use of the Bluestone Church Arts Space for up to 6 performance days with a maximum of 2 performances per day.
  • Basic lighting and sound setup, portable theatre drape system and HD web camera for livestreaming which may be shared by all the artists/shows throughout the Melbourne Fringe season.

Venue Manager and Technician:

  • A dedicated Venue Manager, who will be a point of contact for selected artists and manage the Front of House services, including the bar.  Artists will be required to provide a volunteer from their team to assist with front-of-house, especially for busy performances.
  • A dedicated Venue Technician to assist in providing sound and lighting during the performance.  Please note: bump-in and out is the responsibility of the Selected Artist along with hiring any additional tech requirements outside of the venue’s provision, and providing your own Stage Manager.

Marketing Support:

  • Marketing support through Council channels, including:
  • Art Bytes eNews (~900 subscribers)
  • Arts and Culture Instagram (~2,200 followers)
  • Arts and Culture Facebook (~3,000 followers)
  • Arts and Culture website
  • Inclusion in Melbourne Fringe and Westside promotions.

Income and Exclusions:

  • Artists will keep 100% of box office income, less any booking fees Melbourne Fringe Festival may charge.
  • Maribyrnong City Council reserves the exclusive right to operate a bar during Melbourne Fringe. Artists/shows will not receive a cut or percentage of bar sales.

Program Guidelines

For key dates, venue information, selection criteria, access information and artist responsibilities, please read the full Program Guidelines below.

How to Apply

Applications for 2024 closed at 5pm on Wednesday 29 May 2024

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