World Fringe Congress

Tomorrow is World Fringe Day! To get ready, here’s a video from World Fringe Congress last November, with Holly from World Fringe Network, Shona from Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Kerri from Sydney Fringe, Davide from Roma Fringe, Christina from San Francisco Fringe and Me (from FringeNYC) talking about Fringe models!







Hypothesis – What FringeNYC spends on each show is increasing. . .

Hypothesis – What FringeNYC spends on each show is increasing. . .

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).




CONVENING – June 28th

Topic: The Open Access / Edinburgh / BYOV Model. Would it work in NYC? If so, how? How does participating in an open access festival differ from an adjudicated festival where the venue / staff are provided? Have you participated in an Open Access festival? Please join us, we need to hear from you! CLICK HERE FOR CONVENING INFO






CONVENING – Wednesday June 21st at 6:30pm

Topic: How can work that is devised over a longer period of time, or site-specific work (creatd for a particular location) work in a festival? In NYC? Do you make devised work? Or create site-specific performances? Please join us, we need to hear from you! CLICK HERE FOR CONVENING INFO






CONVENING – Wednesday June 14th at 6:30pm

Topic: What do dance / movement artists (and performance artists) need from a fringe festival in NYC? How does participating in a festival differ from performing elsewhere? What are dance artists’ particular needs? Please join us, we need to hear from you! Please note, this convening is being hosted by Eva Dean Dance at Union Street Studio CLICK HERE FOR CONVENING INFO






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.