Brighton Fringe Ltd, the registered charity behind England’s largest arts festival, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help secure the future of Brighton Fringe in 2019. The campaign to raise £20,000 follows the loss of over £70,000 in headline sponsorship since 2016, almost 40% of their total sponsorship.
Brighton Fringe attracts over 500,000 audience members each May, filling the seats of over 4,000 performances across 150 venues, featuring artists from across the world. With an average ticket price of just £8.70 and over 200 free events, it is the most accessible arts festival in England.
The recent loss of Brighton Fringe’s main corporate sponsor means their income has been almost halved for 2018, leaving a gap of over 14% in total income. Income generated from participant registration makes up 26% of Brighton Fringe total income, and box office sales generates 19%. Corporate sponsorship and advertising made up 37% of income in 2017.
Despite being England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe receive very little public funding – less than 3% of their annual income comes from public funds – and they receive no form of regular financial aid from Arts Council England or Brighton & Hove City Council.
Brighton Fringe employs 15 year-round staff, 25 seasonal staff, create hundreds of employment opportunities city-wide, and awards over £25,000 in financial support to participants each year.
Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, commented “Brighton Fringe has always relied on support from our community. We get only 3% of our funding from public sources, so we’re hugely thankful for everyone who gets involved to make Brighton Fringe such an exciting, varied and accessible event.
“The loss of our headline sponsor this year has hit us hard, but we’re resilient, and look forward to rolling with the punches and finding new ways to work with our community.
“In these tough economic times it is more important than ever to make space for open access arts programs. Brighton Fringe offers an unparalleled platform for expression, and this is something we’re so passionate about the value of. So please, get involved in the crowdfunding campaign and be part of your festival.”
Visit the Brighton Fringe Crowdfund page https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fund-fringe to donate to the campaign and take part. Some of the exciting rewards available for supporters include tote bags, tickets to shows at Brighton Fringe 2018 and VIP treatment at The Warren’s opening night.