NYC Festival Application Periods

One thing about being an adjudicated festival is that 90% of our applications arrive on the last day. Would this change if our application period was longer? What do other NYC festivals (for which you can apply) do? We’ll find out, and post the results on this chart.

Wages at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

As we look into various federal, state, and city employment regulations and how they might impact which model of fringe festival we all decide is best for FringeNYC’s future, it is worth noting that a BYOV / Open Access festival can’t possibly be held responsible for what a venue and/or independent producer pays their team members.

So this article is a bit misleading. . .

Edinburgh Fringe Society can only model best practices as an employer (and they do. . . and have done). The same is true for accessibility and safety issues (though the city and government are often involved in those issues). The producers of a BYOV/Open Access festival don’t rent (hire) the venues and therefore cannot be responsible for their condition. Again – they can only suggest best practices and lend assistance.

What are your thoughts about all of this? Please comment below! Or are you a FringeNYC alumnus who has also participated in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe? If so, we’d love to see you at the June 28th Convening!

FringeNYC Venues – 1997 through 2006

Let’s talk about WHERE FringeNYC should be! Here is a map of the venues used in the first decade of the festival – 1997 through 2006. Which of these venues did you visit for the first time as a part of the festival? Note those that are no longer around. . . NOTE: BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE ACTUAL MAP TO VIEW IT IN THE INTERACTIVE / FULL SCREEN VERSION.

 

FringeNYC Venues – 2007 through 2016

Let’s talk about WHERE FringeNYC should be! Here is a map of the venues used in the second decade of the festival – 2007 through 2016. Which of these venues did you visit for the first time as a part of the festival? Note those that are no longer around. . . NOTE: BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE ACTUAL MAP TO VIEW IT IN THE INTERACTIVE / FULL SCREEN VERSION.

 

 

Adjudication in the P.U. Era

There are several ways that festivals (both fringe festivals and other NYC festivals) determine the line-up of artists / shows for their festival. Over the next weeks we’ll be exploring some of these methods as a part of the blank canvas project.

 

In 2013, Laura Collins-Hughes wrote a piece for the New York Times about why we were an adjudicated festival (and a bit about our adjudication process). The story also gets into how controversial this decision was at the time.

You can read the story here. 

More about the process we’ve used to determine our participants in an upcoming post!

 

Festival Models – Adjudicated

There are several ways that festivals (both fringe festivals and other NYC festivals) determine the line-up of artists / shows for their festival. Over the next weeks we’ll be exploring some of these methods as a part of the blank canvas project.

The model that FringeNYC has used over our first twenty years is what is called “adjudicated” – where applications are accepted, and then over a period of time, through a process involving many layers and adjudicators, a group of shows is selected to participate.

Over the next weeks we’ll explore the process we’ve used and how it has changed, what it is we have been looking for (and why) and what could change about that process. Keep reading – and join us at a convening to discuss this topic – or CLICK HERE for all posts tagged Adjudicated.

 

 

Festival Models – Curated

There are several ways that festivals (both fringe festivals and other NYC festivals) determine the line-up of artists / shows for their festival. Over the next weeks we’ll be exploring some of these methods as a part of the blank canvas project.

Although not employed by any fringe festivals that we know of, here in NYC it’s important that we at least mention the Curated model, so that we can compare and contract our NYC festival with other NYC festivals. To us, for purposes of this blank canvas project, “curated” festivals are those that do not accept unsolicited applications at all. In other words, these are festivals that are curated in much the same way as an Artistic Director curates a regular season of shows at a subscription theatre.

This is how the majority of the larger more prestigious non-fringe festivals across the city are programmed> In New York, though, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t programming innovative work and emerging artists. Quite the opposite, they sometimes have the resources to bring some of the most experimental and large-scale work to the U.S. for all of us to enjoy. How do these curated festivals affect what NYC needs from a fringe festival in 2018 and beyond? Should FringeNYC be the “fringe” / alternative option to these festivals? Keep reading – and join us at a convening to discuss this topic!