FUNDINGProducing and promoting a show can be an expensive venture. We appreciate that many of you receive little help toward your expenses, for this reason we endeavor to keep your registration costs to a minimum and seek to advise you on how to save money and find the funding you require.
There might be many cost implications when you take part in Brighton Fringe; accommodation, venue costs, registration fees, marketing costs and general living expenses to name but a few. You may need to use more than one method of fundraising outlined in this document - it is important that you don’t put all your eggs in to one basket!
At a fringe festival it is very important to bear in mind that you are not there to make money but to showcase your event, and should look at breaking even as a success.
EXPENSESBelow are a list of expenses that you can expect to incur when bringing a show to the Brighton Fringe:
- Venue Hire; dependent on the length of your run, the size, equipment and tech costs this can be anything from free up to over £1,000.
- Brighton Fringe registration fee, additional brochure/web advertising (if ordered) and Brighton Fringe ticket commission.
Money saving tip: to save on the registration fee, register before 7 December 2018 to qualify for the Early Bird Discount.
- Production costs PRS, public liability & copyright licenses (if required), equipment hire and transportation
Money saving tip: share transportation costs with other Brighton Fringe participants or if using the train, book your train tickets early and online for discounts.
- Press and Marketing cost of printing your flyers, posters and other publicity material.
Money saving tip: Online marketing is effective and in most cases free! Save on advertising costs and try your best to get an editorial mention in the press. Come to Brighton Fringe workshops for advice & look out for discounted printed packages for Participants of Brighton Fringe only.
- Accommodation living costs, food, other miscellaneous living expenses
Money saving tip: Save money by staying in private “digs” in Brighton & Hove, take a look at our Digs List
SPONSORSHIPBrighton Fringe is not able to offer or arrange sponsorship for individual shows and events. However it is worth thinking about contacting local businesses, if for example, the company product fits with the theme of your event. It is worth approaching local and national companies, as some may offer sponsorship as part of their corporate social responsibility.
In-kind deals are worth exploring with companies. Perhaps you can arrange to put your sponsor’s logo on your event posters and flyers or give them profile in a more creative way? Make sure that you know what their objective is and think about mutual benefits.
Arts and Business provide useful information on raising sponsorship on their website: http://artsandbusiness.bitc.org.uk/arts
Brighton Business provides links to many funding websites:
Creative & Cultural Economy
Department for Culture/Media/Sport
Arts and Business
Grants, Loans & Bursaries
Big Lottery Fund