We’re pleased to be a philanthropic partner of the Melbourne Fringe Festival which kicks off on Thursday 12 September 2019.
For 2.5 weeks, Melbourne Fringe transforms the city into a platform for every kind of artform imaginable, supporting over 3,000 artists to present 450+ works in 170+ venues to more than 360,000 people. The Melbourne Fringe is not just one Festival – it supports artists year-round through their ever-increasing range of programs and initiatives.
Supporting Melbourne Fringe build a sustainable future
Australian Executor Trustees (AET) has committed to supporting Melbourne Fringe’s project ‘Space to Create’ via its SME Stabilisation Fund. The project involves developing a new cultural enterprise at the iconic Trades Hall in Melbourne. Created as a new model for the arts and creative industries, the project is designed to support the careers of independent artists through the creation of a ‘for purpose’ business unit that will increase the sustainability of Melbourne Fringe and the independent arts sector.
“This is a game changer for Melbourne Fringe” says CEO and Artistic Director, Simon Abrahams. “AET’s support via their SME Fund will help our organisation expand our programs, increase our audiences and deliver new revenue streams for our organisation”.
The project will build the capacity of the organisation and the sector by providing space for events, workshops, masterclasses, forums, meetings, rehearsals and other activities supporting the independent arts community. It’s forecast to be fully self-sufficient by 2021.