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2021 Oregon Fringe Festival

The 2021 Oregon Fringe Festival is excited to announce that submissions are now being accepted! 

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Oregon Fringe Festival will be working extensively to ensure a safe experience for our contributing artists and audience. Therefore, this year’s festival will take place mostly online with the exception of a few outdoor, local, in-person performances as long as it is safe and permitting.

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The 2021 Oregon Fringe Festival (OFF) will take place from
Thursday, April 29 – Saturday, May 1, 2021 in Ashland, Oregon.

**The application deadline is Midnight, Monday, December 28, 2020.**
**SOU students and faculty may continue to apply through Wednesday, January 13, 2021.**
**Late submissions will not be considered.**

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What is the Oregon Fringe Festival?
Each spring, the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University produces the Oregon Fringe Festival (OFF), a multi-day event celebrating outrageous creativity in the arts. The OFF is a boundary-breaking platform for free expression. We celebrate unconventional art in conventional spaces or conventional art in unconventional spaces, and work to secure a tolerant place for the sharing of ideas through story. The OFF is, first and foremost a crossroads for SOU students and visiting artists to showcase and engage with each other’s creative work. We bring together music, visual art, digital art, performance art, film/video, theatre, movement and dance, as well as creative writing and spoken word. And, we’re always looking to expand! Please apply with your film, sound installation, etc… anything goes at the OFF and we welcome everyone to present!

Who can apply to the OFF?
Anyone and everyone! The OFF is a fantastic opportunity to present your creative work to a diverse audience. We’ve hosted artists from all different stages and walks of life, from first-time playwrights and poets, to seasoned, Grammy-award winners, and professional actors. Every year, we host artists from all over the United States! (The 2019 artist roster represented 12 US states and even a group from the UK!)

What happens if my project is accepted to the OFF?
Artists will receive an email from the OFF with a request to set-up a general Virtual Meet and Greet/Production Meeting. At this meeting, a discussion will be had about the specific needs of each respective show, e.g. the appropriate digital platform for the event, the technical capabilities of the selected venue if it’s presented live, how many performances the artist would like to present, and whether or not the OFF can accommodate that number against the rest of the events on the festival schedule, etc. The OFF will also be looking to get a PR package from you (we’ll go over those specifications), as well as a due date for those materials. By the first week of April, details of the project will be worked out on our end with the venue/digital platform, and PR, so that you can simply enjoy the festival.

Where do OFF artists present their work?
Usually, the work of our contributing artists is typically unconventional as are the spaces we provide to showcase it for an audience. Each space has a lot of different capacities. Venues in the past have included anything from large meeting rooms or the shores of a nearby lake, to industrial sculpting/painting studios, parks, and even street corners… and everything in between!

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the OFF will be working extensively to ensure a safe experience for our contributing artists and audience. Therefore, this year’s festival will take place mostly online via Zoom, Youtube, etc., with the exception of a few outdoor, local, in-person performances as long as it is safe and permitting.

Have a venue-related or digital platform question? Contact [email protected].

How large is the OFF?
The Oregon Fringe is a young festival. And, just like a young person, the festival’s constantly growing, experiencing changes, and establishing its identity. What has remained consistent over the last few years, however, is the makeup of our artist roster. It’s a tight-knit community of local acts and students joined by seasoned performers venturing from all over the United States, predominantly the West Coast. **2019 Stats: The OFF saw 45 distinct, separate acts present 70 performances to a total viewership of 1300 people over the five-day event. Although some performances were rather intimate, and many others were well-attended by upwards of 50, 60, 70, even 80 spectators, the average audience size was 19 people. For the 2021 OFF, all in-person performances will be moderated and socially distanced to ensure a safe experience for our contributing artists and audience.

How do OFF Artists make money?
We’ve always striven to make the OFF accessible to everyone. The festival began in 2014 as a free event. As the OFF has grown, more and more professional artists have come to present and need a way to recoup their expenses. In 2019, the OFF launched the posting of a suggested donation for admission to be paid at the door. Specific amounts were set by the artists, not the OFF. In our post-festival research, most audience members donated the full amount requested, which helped artists immensely and enabled the OFF to stay true to its pledge of accessibility while also honoring university policy.

**The 2021 OFF will carry this same model: a suggested donation at the door.**
**The suggested amount is set by the presenting artist, not the Oregon Fringe Festival.**
**100% of the donations are handled/received by the artist — we’re not touching the money.**
**Performative content by current Southern Oregon University students must carry a free admission.**
**Artists who are presenting online may share their suggested donation information (Zoom, Youtube, etc.)**
**Virtual presentations will seek to create an artist donation method, if possible.**

The OFF is also awarding honorariums to select project proposals.

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Honorariums

The Oregon Fringe is offering up to six $500.00 honorariums to non-student artists presenting at the 2021 festival. The creative work of these recipients is boundary-breaking, it’s unconventional, it excites discussion, and explores different perspectives of a held position, principle, or belief.

Honorarium recipients will…
…enter into a contracted agreement with Southern Oregon University to present their creative work(s) at the 2021 Oregon Fringe Festival, occurring April 29 – May 1, 2021.
…present an educational component at the 2021 OFF, e.g. a virtual pre-show discussion or panel, an artist talkback with Q&A, a lecture-demonstration, or masterclass, etc., to be agreed upon between the recipient and the OFF Director.
…help the OFF market and promote their creative work.

**Honorariums will be for $500.00. However, no travel or housing costs will be provided. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, non-local artists will only be considered for virtual performances.**
**Current SOU students cannot receive an honorarium.**
**The OFF reserves the right to not award all six honorariums.**

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The Application Process

Applications to present at the Oregon Fringe Festival (OFF) are reviewed and selected by the Festival Director and a group of Southern Oregon University Student Producers from the Theatre, Music, and Creative Arts (Visual Arts, Emerging Media & Digital Arts, and Creative Writing) Programs to ensure a diversity of work across disciplines fitting the mission of the OFF.

Once approved, applicants meet with the OFF staff via Zoom or over the phone to discuss the next steps and responsibilities of the artist in producing the content.

Please be encouraged to know that we at the OFF truly want to approve your application! If needed, we will reach out to ask for more information and provide an opportunity for you to better clarify sections of your application before we decide whether or not the project will be at the festival.

If you intend to submit multiple applications, you will need to submit them separately. A single application is required for group submissions.

**The application deadline is Midnight, Monday, December 28, 2020.**
**SOU students and faculty may continue to apply through Wednesday, January 13, 2021.**
**Late submissions will not be considered.**

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Responsibilities of the Applicant

The Oregon Fringe Festival is offering space and a context within which to present your work. The OFF will also offer technicians to assist during installs and virtual/live performances.

The OFF will not handle any miscellaneous duties related to presenting the work of the applicants, e.g. hang content-specific posters, build sets, handle transportation to/from the event space, travel, nor housing, setting up virtual platforms, creating video content, etc.
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Questions? Feel free to email your query to [email protected] or visit http://oregonfringefestival.org/

Please check to be sure your application is complete and detailed before submission. Here’s the link to the application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxATWMTyGxr38z_mnC8vDQBi6oiGsJV70oiZfTHZGC68HNmg/viewform

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