RALPH MCLEAN MICROGRANTS
Melbourne Fringe is proud to offer as part of the Money For Art program the Ralph Mclean Microgrants, to support artists who are facing structural disadvantage. This includes artists from diverse backgrounds and identities like artists who are from the LGBTQI+ community, artists who are Deaf or have a disability, First Nations artists or artists who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
In the wake of COVID-19 and its impact this year, Melbourne Fringe have expanded the program to include grants that cover 25%, 50% or 90% of the Event Registration Fee to assist artists in this challenging time.
If you have a performance, event or exhibition that you’d like to present in the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival, but are finding the registration fee a barrier to participation, then you should apply!
ABOUT MELBOURNE FRINGE
Through arts participation, Melbourne Fringe sparks artistic, cultural and personal discovery for Melbourne and its citizens.
We celebrate cultural democracy: the idea of art for everyone and our work explores the intersection between art and citizenship – the right for anyone to contribute to the cultural life of their city as creators and producers of artworks. We promote alternative viewpoints and celebrate those at the margins: the young, the queer, the disabled, the culturally diverse, the bravest artists exploring the boldest ideas.
By finding ideas at the edge of our culture and drawing them into a central focus, our work explores the peripheral, the new and the not-yet-widely understood aspects of cultural expression.
WHO WAS RALPH?
Ralph Mclean was a Fringe board member, all-round legend and a champion of diversity in the arts. The Ralph Mclean Microgrants program was established with the generous support of his friends and family to help continue his legacy.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The Ralph Mclean Migrogrants program is for artists with a performance, event or exhibition that would like to present in the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival, but are finding the registration fee a barrier to participation, and identify as:
An LGBTIQ artist
An artist who is Deaf or with disability
An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
A Culturally or linguistically diverse artist
Facing financial hardship that is preventing you from being able to pay the registration fee
We recognise that some artists face disadvantages and obstacles that make for an unequal playing field – things like being a single parent, a carer, having no financial support from family and friends, work and contract terminations or a lack of access to education. These microgrants are also for you.
Closing date for submissions: 10am, Monday 13 July
Deadline to finalise your 2020 Fringe Festival submission (for successful applicants to receive their grant payment): 21 August
IMPORTANT We strongly encourage you to prepare your 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival registration as soon as possible, however please do not finalise payment until you have been notified of your application outcome.
You can save and come back to your registration form at any time.