Since 2016, we've lost over £70,000 in headline sponsorship, almost 40% of our total sponsorship.
As a result, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise £20,000 to help secure the future of Brighton Fringe for 2019.
Brighton Fringe attracts over 500,000 audience members each May filling the seats at over 4,000 performances across 150 venues, featuring artists from across Brighton & Hove, the UK and across the world. It’s the most accessible arts festival in England, with over 200 free events, 16 events in our season of accessible events, and an average ticket price of just £8.70. From 4 May – 3 June this year, it will welcome international performers and audiences as over 4000 performances celebrate the weird, wild and wonderful at 155 venues across 4 weeks.
Despite being England’s largest arts festival, they receive very little public funding- less than 3% of their annual income comes from public funds. They receive no form of regular financial aid from the Arts Council England or Brighton & Hove City Council.
Income generated from participant registration makes up 26% of Brighton Fringe total income, and box office sales generate 19%. Corporate sponsorship and advertising made up 37% of income in 2017.
The recent loss of Brighton Fringe’s main corporate sponsor means this income has been almost halved for 2018, leaving a gap of over 14% in total income this year.
Brighton Fringe employs 15 year-round staff, 25 seasonal staff, create 100s of employment opportunities city-wide, and award over £25,000 in financial support to participants each year. The crowdfund target of £20,000 will help secure the future of Brighton Fringe for 2019 and beyond.
Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, commented ‘Brighton Fringe has always relied on support from our community. We get only 3% of our funding from public sources, so we’re hugely thankful for everyone who gets involved to make Brighton Fringe such an exciting, varied and accessible event. The loss of our headline sponsor this year has hit us hard, but we’re resilient, and look forward to rolling with the punches and finding new ways to work with our community.
In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever to make space for open access arts programs. Brighton Fringe offers an unparalleled platform for expression, and this is something we’re so passionate about the value of. So please, get involved in the crowdfunding campaign and be part of YOUR festival.’