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Each year, Brighton Fringe partners with local and national charities, companies and organisations to offer out various bursaries for artists. These bursaries have a range of offerings, such as free registrations, financial support or in-kind support, along with bursary criteria relevant to their interests and missions. In the first wave of Brighton Fringe 2024 bursaries, we had criteria ranging from supporting artists who are under 25, to elevating groups from marginalised communities, such as the LGBTQ+.  

We had a great variety of bursaries available in wave one of our bursaries, which supported a total of eleven Brighton Fringe 2024 events. We also introduced Brighton Fringe venue bursaries for the first time this year, which will support ten Brighton Fringe venues through marketing and social media support. 

The Pebble Trust Young People Bursary 
For the thirteenth year running, The Pebble Trust is supporting Brighton Fringe artists by offering three bursaries to young people wishing to put on an event. They are supporting artists living in Brighton & Hove that are under 25, with no restrictions on event categories. Winners will be granted free registration, along with six hours of mentoring and £500 towards production costs. 


Bird & Blend CommuniTEA Bursary 
Bird & Blend Tea Co., an independent tea company on a mission to spread happiness and reimagine tea, supported a Brighton Fringe 2024 event through their CommuniTEA Bursary. This bursary sought projects which engage with the local community and connects with a community theme or topic, whilst also benefitting or being organised by a community group/organisation. The winner of this bursary will receive free registration fees for their event, marketing support on the Bird & Blend social media accounts, and rehearsal space at the Bird & Blend store. 

Ironclad New Writing Bursary 
Ironclad Creative CIC, who run The Ironclad Hub - a free to join online network for writers and theatre-makers - offered one New Writing Bursary for Brighton Fringe 2024. The bursary was open to any Brighton Fringe artist or company whose work was new writing (written within the last two years) and whose writer has a low income. The winner of the Ironclad Creative New Writing Bursary will receive free registration fees, a production mentoring session with Ironclad Creative, and at least 6 social media posts on Ironclad Creative’s social media accounts. 

Trapeze Media Bursary 
Trapeze Media are an award-winning creative digital marketing agency leading with social media. They drive sales through authentic engagement. This year, they supported one Brighton Fringe 2024 event with their bursary. The winner of this bursary will be given free registration for Brighton Fringe 2024, along with four hours of mentoring from Trapeze Media, focussing on their digital marketing strategy. 

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Brighton Fringe Staff Bursaries 
Continuing on the legacy of last year's staff bursaries, Brighton Fringe staff once again offered up their free registrations in the form of a bursary. This year, staff also opted to offer further support through mentoring their bursary recipients in areas of their expertise, ranging from marketing support to filmmaking.  

Amy’s Children & Young People Bursary 
This bursary was open to Brighton Fringe events that fall into the Children & Young People category, whether that’s theatre, music, or bubble-making.  

Hannah’s LGBTQ+ Bursary 
Outside of Brighton Fringe, Hannah also works as a producer, so as part of this bursary she offered up some mentoring support around the production of the recipients Brighton Fringe events. Artists could apply for this bursary if someone involved in their Brighton Fringe event identifies as LGBTQ+. 

Maddie’s Trans Talent Bursary 
With the hopes of uplifting marginalised voices in the creative industry, Maddie offered their bursary to artists who identify as trans, non-binary and/or gender non-conforming. The recipients will also receive mentoring support in the form of videography/photography, utilising Maddie’s expertise in filmmaking. 


Rhiannon’s Low-Income Bursary 
With a background in marketing, Rhiannon will be supporting the recipients of her bursary through marketing mentoring. Artists could apply for Rhiannon’s bursary if they are on a low-income, with the aim being to support artists who may otherwise be unable to put on a Brighton Fringe event. 

Sarah’s Cabaret & Variety Bursary 
Having performed in the cabaret world and loving this genre of Brighton Fringe events, Sarah wanted to support an artist putting on a cabaret & variety show which was a little out of the ordinary. Alongside the free registration, Sarah will be mentoring the recipients of her bursary with admin support or sharing her cabaret wisdom. 

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