Here’s a chart showing total expenses divided by number of shows in order to determine what FringeNYC spends on each show in any given year (as an adjudicated festival in our first twenty years).
We are working with data from 2004 to 2016
The relationship between the number of shows and our expenses doesn’t always directly correlate, but a definite pattern can be seen from 2009 to 2013, as the number of shows drop our expenses are also lower
It appears our most “cost effective” years are those with the highest numbers of shows (as our model is a bulk model), the best examples of this are 2006, 2008 and 2014.
It is interesting to note that expenses doubled from 2004 to 2009, which is a significant increase in a 5 year span, however the number of shows presented only increased by around 5%
The major rises in expenses from 2004 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2009 do NOT correlate to the number of shows presented, as in those years the number of shows presented lowered, meaning outside factors led to these increases.
Average venue expenses doubled between 2005 and 2007. The first rise appears to be related to the mass increase in shows presented, 31 more from 2005 to 2006, however venue expenses didn’t lower again when presented shows dropped back to 186 from 211 in 2007, in fact venue expenses continued to rise.
In 2012 along with the drop in overall expenses, average venue costs also dropped by 20% and essentially stayed in this lower portion over the next 5 years.
It is clear that what while we do spend more on shows now than we did in the last decade we are currently not spending the most in our history. The overall rise is about $1800 from 2004 to 2016 per show. The data illustrates that our peak spending on shows, and understandably also on venues and tech expenses, is the period of 2009-2011. It is evident that a clear effort was made administratively to lower expenses from 2012 on, where expenses dropped by over 200k while trying to present the same number of productions. There is particularly a noticeable decrease in tech expenses year by year since 2011 with the last four being the lowest on record. Average venue costs as well have dropped to their lowest numbers since prior to 2007. This shows a deliberate effort to return the cost per show to those of earlier years, before the spike of 2009-2011. For further analysis an assessment of why expenses nearly doubled in the 5 year span of 2004 to 2009 should help clarify these results. But in conclusion we can assert that what we spend on each show has risen over the years but after administrative influence and costs cutting in 2012 onward, as illustrated by reductions in venue expenses and tech expenses among others, what we spend on each show is now lower than it was 6 years ago. . . but at what cost? Next we need to look into staff size / expenses, etc. in these same years and consider the expenses associated with applying for government grants vs. the best possible outcome (funding which covers our presenting three or four shows at FringeNYC).