The New Zealand Fringe Festival's Friends Programme is an important part of the Festival and cuts right to the very heart of the Festival's reason for being - supporting new and emerging artists.
All donations through the Friends' programme are earmarked for Artist Development and specifically go towards paying for four different artists to tour to one of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide or San Diego. These artists are selected at each round of Fringe Awards, held at the end of the festival.
NZ Fringe supports the artist's journey from inception to the first presentation, to further development and touring. As part of this support, we provide marketing, budgeting, and funding advice for our artists. Almost as importantly, we provide cash support to help get our artists to get overseas and around NZ, or for additional tutelage. Last year we distributed $6000 this way, largely from last year’s Friends' donations.
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you at the Fringe!