Money for Art at Melbourne Fringe 2018

Artist Registrations to participate in the 2018 Melbourne Fringe open on the 9th April and Fringe is excited to announce its brand-new Money for Art program, with more Microgrants available for artists than ever before. For Simon Abrahams, Creative Director and CEO, Melbourne Fringe, these microgrants provide crucial support for independent artists:

“We’re excited to announce this bigger program of microgrants supporting registrations and artists fees to put a show in Fringe. We know that a small amount of money goes a long way in the independent arts.” Simon Abrahams, Creative Director and CEO, Melbourne Fringe.


ShowSupport is a brand-new initiative that teams independent artists up with Fringe donors. Fringe will pair individual artists with private donors who are interested in commissioning a new Fringe work. Artists can receive $2,500 towards a new work and can apply through an expression of interest process. Artists get to make new work and the opportunity to work with a patron, donors get to commission a new work – it’s win win.

Ralph Mclean Microgrants

The Ralph Mclean Microgrants program offers small grants to five artists and are designed to reduce barriers to participation in Fringe, in particular for artists from diverse backgrounds and identities. This includes artists who identify as LGBTIQ, artists who are deaf or have a disability, culturally or linguistically diverse individuals, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Introduced in 2016, previous recipients of Ralph Mclean microgrants include artists Tanya Hodza, Jose Inosroza, Rebecca Djentuh, Romy Vager, and Abbie Madden, who won the 2017 award for Best Emerging Producer for her work on the performance piece, Blindful.

 Moreland Microgrants

An initiative supported by Moreland City Council, these microgrants help cover registration fees for selected Fringe artists living or presenting their work in in the City of Moreland. 2017 recipient Annie Louey shares her experience being involved in the program in 2017:

The Moreland micro grant gave me a great deal of confidence financially to create my first solo show. It allowed me to focus on making my show the best it could be rather than stressing about money. By covering my registration fee, the micro grant meant I had a good balance of funds to continue giving my show life after the Melbourne Fringe.” – Annie Louey, writer and performer of Butt Donut.

 Coburg Carnivale

The Festival’s Moreland Development Program will support the creation of new live art or participatory works to be showcased as part of the Coburg Carnviale during the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Coburg Carnivale is an annual event that takes place in Victoria Mall, Coburg, during the Melbourne Fringe.

The Moreland City Council Arts and Culture program will support up to four projects through a financial contribution of $5000, provide rehearsal space, as well as marketing and technical support, not to mention help producing artistic works. This opportunity is for artists who reside or practice in the municipality of Moreland.


Important dates

  • Expressions of Interest for all Money for Art Programs open Mon 9 April
  • Expressions of Interest for all Money for Art Programs close Mon 23 April

How to apply?
Apply via the Melbourne Fringe website:


Image credit: Melbourne Fringe Opening Gala 2016, Photo Theresa Harrison