Who runs Bath Fringe? - Who pays for it? Who owns it?
Who runs the Fringe?
Where does the money come from?
From the early years of this organisation we were regularly supported by Bath Council (more recently B&NES) and we've had the occasional Arts Council or other Lottery-funded grant - including for some Interventions events in 2011. We're not a 'Portfolio' organisation, nor regularly or core funded, and in recent years have received nothing from the Council - and everyone knows what all council finances are like at the moment. As an organisation, the Fringe has never been swimming in money, and right now we’re barely paddling. We are still projecting festivals for 2012 and beyond, though we can see no sight of the uncertainty ending. If you fancy talking to politicians and businesspeople about how much you enjoy events like ours, do feel free! Good thing Fringes are resilient!
How can I help?
Meanwhile, in order to help address the challenges we face and the evolving arts scene, the Fringe has been going through a period of organisational development, and this is continuing. It's actually been quite good! We are still aiming to beef up our management team a little further, and if you have what you believe to be relevant skills, then we’d love to talk to you about becoming a new Board Member or Trustee. We’re particularly looking for volunteers who are skilled and experienced in fundraising, marketing and business management. And who like lively, quirky and diverse arts festivals, of course.
How can I get involved?
Working for the Fringe means a front-row seat at some of the best art events in the UK, as well as knowing that you’re doing something that impacts on thousands of people across the south west every year. For the last 20 years we’ve been bringing a great range of alternative, challenging and downright entertaining happenings to Bath and the surrounding area, and with your help we’ll still be here in another 20. Roll on Fringe 2022!
We know it sounds like an obvious line, but we're convinced it's true, that's why we're all still here: This is YOUR Festival. If you think it should continue, change, get wider (wilder!) or concentrate on anything in particular, you can get involved voluntarily, financially or organisational and make it so. Or just let us know, by EMail or letter. A Fringe is and should be organised by the people who want to enjoy and otherwise participate in it: this can lead to some weaknesses in corporate structure and image, but also leads to great strengths.
There will inevitably always be more to say on these topics before, during and after the Festival. If you're on our mailing list, or if you keep an eye on the Stop Press on the website here, you'll hear all about it.