Dear Friend of FringeNYC,
As many of you know, for more than fifteen years we've been proud serve thousands of artists and audience members through our production of The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) each August. We're very proud of the fact that we fulfill our mission of INCITING ART, CULTIVATING COMMUNITY, AND CREATING NEW AMERICAN THEATRE all while operating as a highly unusual not-for-profit organization - one that runs almost entirely on earned income. Thank you, so much, for being a part of FringeNYC and helping us accomplish this!
We don't have an annual gala, we don't send you constant fundraising appeals, and although many of you are kind enough to include a donation in support of FringeNYC as you purchase tickets online, we don't often email you and ask you to consider making a donation.
But we're coming to you now, as a patron and fan of FringeNYC, in the hopes that you'll consider supporting us with your tax deductible contribution at this time.
We had an incredible 15th Anniversary Festival. Extraordinary artists, invaluable and much beloved volunteers and volunteer staff, and, of course, appreciative and supportive audiences. We also had more than twenty inches of rain, tornado watches, an earthquake, and eventually a hurricane named IRENE that forced the cancellation of our closing weekend of performances.
I was so proud of our team. We'd built such an amazing community over the course of the prior months that I shouldn't have been surprised at how they all banded together when we enacted our disaster management plan. But still. . . there were many times over the course of that weekend and the days that followed when I marveled at how those involved in FringeNYC take care of each other. Artists pitching in to help strike venues, finding a neighbor's van or truck to borrow and making their way to downtown Manhattan on the only roads that were still open, and everyone sharing resources, smiles, and burdens the same way that they do every single other day of the festival.
We know we can keep producing FringeNYC if we change some of how we operate. We can raise our ticket prices substantially, do the same to our artist participation fees, and cut back on the resources we provide. But that's not FringeNYC, and that's not the festival that we're so proud to produce.
So we're writing to ask you for a contribution in support of keeping FringeNYC the same - hopefully for ANOTHER fifteen years, at least.
Won't you please click here and contribute today? Any amount can make a difference. And, of course, as a 501.c.3 not-for-profit organization, your contribution is fully tax deductible.
Thank you, so much, for your consideration.
Elena K. Holy
Producing Artistic Director