Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Fringe Fund?

The Fringe Fund helps artists shine through a range of support, development and presentation opportunities including the most generous cash prize pool of any Fringe Festival in the world for award-winning productions.

Fringe Fund is an initiative of the Not-For-Profit cultural organisation and registered charity Artrage Inc. which produces the annual Fringe World Festival.

Launched in 2016, the Fringe Fund is one of the many initiatives managed by Artrage and the Fringe World Festival that have the future aspirations and success of artists at their heart.


Where does Fringe Fund money go?

In its first years the Fringe Fund is primarily channelling contributions into the Fringe World Awards prize pool which is then distributed to award-winning artists and companies that present at the Festival.

There are longer term ambitions for the Fringe Fund that will ultimately be defined by the success of the scheme and the pool of donated funds.


How can I donate to the Fringe Fund?

Everyone who purchases tickets to the Fringe World Festival have the opportunity to contribute to the Fringe Fund each season.

You can also donate directly through this website. Click here to donate now.

If you’d like to receive more information about other ways that you or your organisation can contribute to the Fringe Fund, we’d love to hear from you. We’d love to share some of the longer term aspirations we have for the scheme and the potential it has for positive impact. Please send an email to and we’ll be in touch.


Are donations to the Fringe Fund tax deductible?

All donations to the Fringe Fund over $2 are tax deductible.



Fringe World is a summer celebration held in in Perth, Western Australia during the city's buzzing summer festival period. The 2017 Fringe World Festival was held from 20 January to 19 February. 

Fringe World is the largest annual event in Western Australia and the third largest Fringe in the world in terms of ticket sales.

The annual program of events is all about big variety and offering something for absolutely everyone. The line-up includes comedy, circus, free and family entertainment, theatre, visual arts, music and musicals, dance and cabaret presented by Western Australian artists along with performers from all over the world. 

The 2017 Festival played host to 700 shows at over 150 venues and performance spaces spread across Perth and further afield in local communities and neighbourhoods. The 2017 Festival sold more than 350,000 tickets and generated box office sales in excess of $10 million. Attendance at ticketed and non-ticketed events topped 750,000. 

Fringe World Festival is produced by Artrage Inc, a Not-For-Profit cultural organisation and charity that has been at the forefront of enriching and evolving the creative arts and culture of Western Australia since 1983. 

The Festival's positive cultural, social and economic benefits for the state is documented in the 2016 Fringe World Impact Report, click here to read the publication.

Fringe World has been running since 2011 and the 2018 Festival will be held from 27 January to 25 February. 


I’m an artist, how can I participate in the Fringe Festival?

Fringe World is an open access Festival, which means that artists from anywhere in the world can register to be part of the event.

Visit the Fringe World website for more information on how to participate.


I’m an artist, how can I get money from the Fringe Fund?

Applications for grant support are not currently available from the Fringe Fund.

The current primary use of donations to the Fringe Fund is to supplement the prize money for the Fringe World Awards.

Artists that participate in the annual Fringe World Festival and are eligible for a Fringe World Award will go in the running to win Award prize money.


What are the FRINGE WORLD Awards?

Fringe World Awards are given to the best show in each genre category along with some special awards that are unique to Fringe World. A judging panel made up of over 100 individuals from across the cultural industries of Perth and beyond participate in the judging process each Festival.

Award winners get cash, development support and direct touring opportunities as part of their prize.

A number of key memorial prizes honour the memory of individuals who had a significant positive impact on the culture of WA, the ongoing evolution of Artrage and the development of Fringe in Perth over the course of their lives.

Cash prizes are given to best Cabaret, Children’s, Circus, Comedy, Dance, Film & Multimedia, Free & Community, Music & Musicals, Theatre, and Visual Arts events, as well as The West Australian Arts Editor’s pick, the Performing Arts Award for the best West Australian performer, the WA Emerging Artist Award, and the best Independent Program and Independent Venue in the Festival. 

Special awards include the Spirit of the Fringe Award, the George Blazevic Award for new writing and the Martin Sims Award for the best new WA work to premiere at Fringe World. The Martin Sims Award involves the touring of work to partner Fringe Festivals across the world.