Greater Manchester Fringe July 2020- Open to submissions

The Greater Manchester Fringe is an arts festival that takes place across The Greater Manchester area 1st – 31st July each year.


  • Applications for the 2020 Greater Manchester Fringe open 1st November 2019. You can apply right up until the end of June but if you want to get your show listed in our printed brochure you need to have fully registered your show info with us by the 30th April.
  • All the venues charge differently and they all offer different levels of support and have different types of equipment. Ask them all the questions you need to. Make sure you understand the agreement you’re getting into with them. You don’t want to turn up for a tech run to find there is no technician and no lights.
  • Make sure you understand the rental deal, make sure you know if they provide Box office, front of house, or technical support. Many venues do not so you will have to do these jobs yourself.
  • When you apply you’ll be asked about your availability to perform. Some venues will have many shows taking place throughout the day, morning, afternoon, evening and late night. Day time shows can work really well so don’t dismiss the idea out of hand if you get offered an afternoon slot
  • The length of run is up to you and what you feel will work best for you and your audience. You can decide this with your venue. Most people go for between 1 and 6 performances. If you’ve never put on a show before, just do a short run, see how you get on, you can always add dates if you’re selling well or take the show on to another venue if it does really well.
  • We try hard to help groups find a suitable slot for their fringe show. If the places listed on our website don’t work out for you, you are very welcome to find your own space. So long as it’s in Greater Manchester, that’s fine. If you are struggling to find a suitable venue, email us and let us know, don’t wait until the last minute to tell us you are having a problem. We can always find somewhere. Think creatively, we’ve had shows in tents, camper vans, parks, beer gardens and air B&B’s.

Fringe Registration Fees for 2020:

There is a participation fee to be included in The Greater Manchester Fringe.
This payment is to be made when you submit your show entry after you have confirmed your venue and once you have filled out all the required info on Eventotron. As soon as you have paid your fee your show will appear on our website and people will be able to buy tickets.

The registration fees for 2020 are as follows:

  • Single performance – £79
  • Short run (up to 3 dates) – £89
  • Long run (4 dates and over) – £99
  • Late entry (web only) – £65
  • Additional venue – (£30 per additional venue)
  • Double Brochure Listing (+£60 to your registration fee)
  • They also charge 6% commission on all ticket sales that come via the GM Fringe website.

By the end of August (usually sooner) they will let you know how much we owe you from the box office and you will need to invoice GMF for your ticket money.

Media Days @ The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN: DATES TBC
Deadline to get your show into the printed brochure: 30th April 2020
Web Only Registrations open: 1st May
Launch Party: Date TBC
Festival takes place: 1st – 31st July
Closing Party & Awards: Sunday 2nd August, The Frog and Bucket, Oldham Street from 7pm til late

Contact Details

Zena & Lisa

Published on:
9 Jan 2020


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