Grant Applications Now Open for Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund

Published by: Adelaide Fringe | 17-Jul-2017
Independent artists planning to present work in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe can now apply for financial assistance through the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund.
This year, the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund will disperse $60,000 in funds. The majority will be awarded as grants to artists via application to support them in the presentation of their work in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe.

Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall said the organisation took its responsibility to foster new, exciting Australian talent across all art forms very seriously.

"Artists put their heart and soul into their work and take a risk by using their own funds to present a show. The Artist Fund grants can help reduce the pressure so they can focus on what they love doing," Ms Croall said.

"Not only does the Artist Fund help artists to get their show up and running, it ensures our festival program includes daring and diverse contemporary work that surprises and wows audiences."

Since the fund was launched in 2014, 19 artists have shared in $100,000 worth of grants from Adelaide Fringe.

Ms Croall said many of the previous recipients had gone on to achieve greater success, including award recognition, further funding and international bookings.

"We are hearing so many wonderful success stories! After presenting their shows at Adelaide Fringe, some of the past winners have then toured their work across Australia and to cities such as Edinburgh, London and New York."

Adelaide-based playwright Emily Steel received a grant to present 19 weeks, a play about her personal experience with abortion, in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe. The piece received multiple awards and a $3800 grant from the State Government"s Made in Adelaide initiative to attend this year"s Edinburgh Fringe.

"Our Artist Fund grant helped make 19 Weeks possible. As well as giving us financial support, it was a vote of confidence that helped us take risks with a controversial and unusual show," Ms Steel said.

"We are enormously grateful to the Adelaide Fringe for being there with us at the beginning of this project and we now intend to tour 19 weeks in Australia and internationally in 2018."

Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund grants are open to individuals, groups and organisations and support may be sought for any costs associated with:

- Travel, freight, living away allowance and accommodation
- Artist fees or salaries for creative and technical personnel
- Venue and equipment hire
- Marketing and publicity
- Costumes and materials
- Adelaide Fringe Artist Registration
- Administration

Artists can apply for up to $10,000 per project and applications will be assessed on their level of innovation, dare and risk, audience connection, marketing and promotion.

Applications are open from Wednesday, July 12, until Monday, September 4, at 5pm.

For more information, please visit or contact the Adelaide Fringe Artist & Venues team at or on 8100 2022.

The 2018 Adelaide Fringe will run from 16 February to 18 March.

Snapshot of Past Artist Fund Recipients" Success:

Emily Steele - 19 Weeks (Recipient for 2017 Adelaide Fringe)
- Received the BankSA Fringe Award for Best Theatre.
- Received a John Chataway Innovation Award as part of the Fringe Weekly Awards.
- Received a $3800 grant from the State Government"s Made in Adelaide initiative to attend this year"s Edinburgh Fringe.
- Future presentations to occur at: Assembly Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2018; strong interest from the Blue Room Theatre in Perth, Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Festival, Country Arts SA and Soho Playhouse in NYC.

Anya Anastasia - Rogue Romantic (Recipient for 2017 Adelaide Fringe)
- Recipient of the Arts SA Made in Adelaide Award.
- Future presentations to occur at: Underbelly Festival London, Assembly Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dan Daw - On One Condition (Recipient for 2017 Adelaide Fringe)
- Received a Fringe Weekly Award for Best Theatre.
- Received a $3000 grant from the State Government"s Made in Adelaide initiative to attend the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.
- Presented at Soho Playhouse New York City, in May 2017.

Leah Shelton - PULPSHOW (Recipient for 2016 Adelaide Fringe)
- Received the John Chataway Innovation Award as part of the Fringe Weekly Awards.
- Received a Matilda Award for Best Set Design (also nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Cabaret, Best AV design).
- Presentations subsequently occurred at: Brighton Fringe, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Centre of Contemporary Arts in Cairns, Melbourne Fringe, Provocare: Festival of the Arts, Chapel Street Melbourne.

isthisyours? - The Awkward Years (Recipient for 2015 Adelaide Fringe)
- Recipient of the Adelaide Festival Centre's inSPACE Development Award.

Black Honey Company and Briefs Factory - Hot Brown Honey (Recipient for 2015 Adelaide Fringe)
- Achieved a sell-out season at the 2015 Adelaide Fringe.
- The work received a Fresh Ground residency at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (QLD) to further the creative development, dramaturgy, choreography, costume and set design.
- Presentations subsequently occurred at Tiger Dublin Fringe, Assembly at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2016 and 2017), Red Hot Arts NT, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Opera House and Darebin Arts Victoria.
- Nominated for a 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret.

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