We are proud to announce the return and expansion of the Fringe Scholarships program!
Created in 2016, the Fringe Scholarships Program exists to expand and diversify the pool of artists producing work at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The inaugural program offered free registrations to five Hollywood Fringe productions, and has since expanded to include free registration and a $550 stipend towards production costs.
Fringe Scholarships will be awarded to first-time Hollywood Fringe producers who contribute to the ethnic, cultural, racial, intellectually or physically disabled, or LGBTQ+ diversity of the Fringe community.
This year we will award FIFTEEN awards— more than ever before! Our 2020 winners will also roll over their award to this year, making space for a very full and supportive HFF scholarship cohort.
To accommodate the changes our Festival is facing due to COVID-19, a few additional requirements have been added to our program this year.
Applicants (and their production crew/actors) must reside in Los Angeles county.
- All scholarship recipients must produce a minimum of one livestream event filmed at a Hollywood Fringe venue (see our registration announcement for more details on what this year’s Fest will look like, and which venues are available for participation).
Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Zoom
Interested in applying for a Fringe scholarship? During this panel, past scholarship winners, our committee members and Fringe staff will dive into the scholarship application process, what the winners are required to do, and answer all your questions, live! If you cannot attend, a recording of this session will be available on Facebook through the application process!
Want to learn more, sooner? Look at the 2019 informational panel, here.
Our scholarship winners have gone on to win awards such as: Best Solo Performance 2019: Mr. Yunioshi, Short & Sweet Award 2017: Chatter, O-Face Award for Orgasmic Achievement (Most Orgasmic Performance): Yozmit Walker – Do You: Migration of the Monarchs. They’ve gone on to extended runs at various Fringe venues, a run Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse, Second City, and the steps of the California State Capitol Building.
“The program helped my artistic vision blossom. I have grown as an artist and a leader.” – Jennifer Linares, from El Hood de MacPuerco, 2019 Scholarship Winner
“This scholarship allowed us to produce the show for a Los Angeles audience, where we were scouted for the Fringe Encore series at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC. Without this scholarship, we would not be going Off-Broadway!" – Callie Prendiville, from Blamed: An Established Fiction, 2017 Scholarship Winner
An external committee (no Fringe staff opinions) will review applications and make selections considering the following criteria:
- Does the applicant meet the scholarship guidelines?
- How will the scholarship award benefit this producer/production?
- Does this producer/production bring unique artistic experience and/or underrepresented thematic or visual content to the Hollywood Fringe Festival?
This year’s committee is made up of former scholarship winners, BIPOC and artists with disabilities who have participated in past Fringes, and representatives from outside arts organizations whose missions align with the program’s goal of expanding and diversifying the body of work being presented at Fringe.
Visit the Fringe Scholarships page to apply. The deadline is May 3, 2021 at 11:59pm PST. Please share with anyone who you feel may benefit from the program!
Questions? Send them to us at [email protected]
The Hollywood Fringe Festival Team