Each year, Brighton Fringe partner with local and national charities, companies and organisations to offer out various bursaries for participants. These bursaries have a range of offerings, such as free registrations or marketing support, along with bursary criteria relevant to their interests and missions, ranging from supporting participants on low income, to elevating groups from marginalised communities. We had a great variety of bursaries available in wave two of our bursary period, which supported a total of twenty six Brighton Fringe 2023 events (and six more to be confirmed).
For the twelfth year running, The Pebble Trust is supporting Brighton Fringe participants by offering four bursaries to young people wishing to put on an event. They supported participants living in Brighton & Hove that were under 25, with no restrictions on event categories. Winners were granted free registration, along with six hours of mentoring and £500 towards production costs.
The winners of the Pebble Trust Young People Bursary were:
The Pebble Trust further supported participants by offering the Brighton Fringe International Touring Bursary. This bursary sought applications from overseas applicants, assisting an international production in putting on a Brighton Fringe show. To be eligible, applicants had to be a 2020-2021 award-winning show from one of the World Fringe member festivals. The winner of this bursary was granted £3,000 towards putting on their production at Brighton Fringe 2023, along with free registration.
The winner of the Brighton Fringe International Touring Bursary in Association with Pebble Trust was:
The Luke Rollason Memorial Bursary supported people creating alternative comedy (ie not traditional stand-up) whose background or identity is underrepresented in this genre. The winners of this bursary were awarded £250 towards their show, with the runner ups given £150 towards their show, and all of them being part of Luke’s Komedia comedy showcase.
The winners/runner ups of the Luke Rollason Memorial Bursary were:
Brighton & Hove Pride offered five bursaries to performers/producers in the LGBTQ+ community or allies creating work with an LGBTQ+ narrative for Brighton Fringe 2023. They aimed to support high-quality, innovative, inspirational and engaging work to entertain, inform, educate and thereby enrich the cultural life of the LGBTQ+ community and the residents of Brighton & Hove. The winners received £250 towards their show as well as support in kind such as possible rehearsal space, and social media support etc.
The winners of the Brighton & Hove Pride Bursary were:
Former Fringe staff member Robert Batson generously offered a bursary for one event taking part in Brighton Fringe 2023. Applicants had to be from the Brighton & Hove area. The winner received free registration fees, 8-10 hours of artistic grant consultation and writing services, and £150 towards the cost of a BSL interpreter for their event.
The winner of Bob’s Bursary was:
Bird & Blend Tea Co., an independent tea company on a mission to spread happiness and reimagine tea, supported two Brighton Fringe 2023 events through their SustainabiliTEA Bursary. This bursary sought applications from events which included sustainability in their show, for instance through educational themes or sustainable event operations. The winners received free registration fees, marketing support on Bird & Blend social media accounts, and rehearsal space at a Bird & Blend store.
The winners of the Bird & Blend SustainabiliTEA Bursary were:
Brighton Lions Club is a registered charity that serves the worldwide community as part of an international association of Lions Clubs. For over 70 years their members have been giving their time with a focus on helping people in need across the city of Brighton and Hove - from Portslade to Whitehawk. Brighton Lions supported Brighton Fringe participants aged 60 and over by offering five bursaries to eligible applicants. The winners received free registration fees for their Brighton Fringe 2023 event.
The winners of the Brighton Lion’s Bursary were:
Every year, the staff at Brighton Fringe get to enjoy a free Brighton Fringe registration. Some members of the team have taken up the offer, but not everyone at Brighton Fringe is a born performer or producer. Some members of the team have chosen to give away their registration.
Social Impact Bursary, Relationship & Development Manager Holly Alexander
Holly sought applications from charities, individuals and organisations that have a social impact, both locally and further afield. Events across all categories were welcome to apply, but they had to have a focus on engaging with the community.
The winner of Holly Alexander’s Social Impact Bursary was:
Betty Maguire's Dance Bursary, Development & Operations Assistant Betty Maguire
Betty sought applications from events with dance at the core of its work. Independent dance artists and dance companies were all welcome to apply, and events could be across any genre as long as dance made up a significant element of the work.
The winner of Betty Maguire’s Dance Bursary was:
The Michael Graney Bursary from Ironclad Creative CIC exists to celebrate the memory of Brighton writer and creative Michael Graney who was passionate about writing, the arts and science-fiction. Applications were accepted from events with a science-fiction theme or references, with hope and/or kindness at its core, and the event had to be related to theatre or storytelling. The winner of the Michael Graney bursary received free registration fees, a production mentoring session with Ironclad Creative, and at least 6 social media posts on Ironclad Creative’s social media accounts.
The winner of the Ironclad Michael Graney Bursary was:
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 2023. 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 received free registration fees, a production mentoring session with Ironclad Creative, and at least 6 social media posts on Ironclad Creative’s social media accounts.
The Winner of the Ironclad Creative New Writing Bursary was:
Legal & General will be supporting six events to take part in Brighton Fringe 2023. They are particularly interested in events created by and/or for older people, as well as events that align with their values. Each event will receive free registration fees for their Brighton Fringe 2023 event.