FAQ for Artists


Why should I participate in the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival?

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an exciting festival that is all-inclusive, covers a range of art forms, and is one of the few festivals in Singapore with a strong curatorial identity. Through the Fringe, we aim to present the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged works to the Singapore audience.

Furthermore, the Fringe positions itself as a creative centre, with the twin purpose of innovation and discussion, whilst providing a platform for meaningful and provocative art to engage our increasingly connected and complex world.

Through the Fringe, you will be able to reach out to new audiences in Singapore and the region. Also, you can tap upon our organisational and production expertise in the presentation of your work. Additionally, you get to rub shoulders with fellow artists, promoters and directors from all over the world. This should present itself as a wonderful networking opportunity, as well as a space for discourse and explorations into future collaboration.

What kind of works does the Festival present?

The Festival focuses on contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged works. There is an emphasis on the performing arts but we welcome proposals across all genres.

How can I present a work at the Festival?

  1. Please read the theme and curatorial brief to see if your proposed work is relevant. While the interpretation of the subject may be very wide, it is imperative that your work addressees an aspect of the theme as much as possible.
  2. Look through the 2017’s Festival line up to get a feel of the Festival.
  3. If you consider your work suitable for the Festival, you should download and read through the application form.
  4. Please submit the application form and all supporting documents by Friday 3 March 2017, 5pm Singapore time. You need to submit both hard and soft copies of the application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be entertained. Instructions can be found in the application form.

What happens next?

The Necessary Stage collates and reviews all the applications that come in.

We will inform all applicants of the results of the shortlisting by 1 June 2017.


Selected applicants will then need to provide us with more information pertaining to their funding status, availability, technical requirements, and so on.

Though the majority of the Fringe is programmed for a specific year, we consider artists on a year-round basis. We may consider your proposal for a future year if we are interested in your work, but are not able to programme it for the current year.

How can I contact the Festival?

Please call The Necessary Stage at (65) 64408115 or email info@singaporefringe.com.

Alternatively, connect with us via Facebook and Twitter. and follow us on Instagram.

Financial Responsibilities

Is there an application fee required to submit my proposal?

No, there is no application fee. The only cost would be courier or postage costs for the submission of the application materials.

Do I get a fee for my participation at the Festival?

Generally the Festival offers an artist honorarium of SGD 1,000.00 (One thousand Singapore dollars) for productions with at least two stagings. For works in other formats, the honorarium will be revised accordingly.

How many performances am I expected to stage?

The Festival generally programmes two to three performances for works by international artists.

Who pays for the travel costs?

Artists will be responsible for sourcing for funding for all flights and freight necessary.

The Festival may also contact the relevant embassies and cultural institutions in Singapore to request for support for confirmed artists.

Does the Festival cover accommodation?

Yes, the Festival covers twin or triple-sharing accommodation for the period from bump in to strike.

Do I have to sell my own tickets?

The Festival will handle all the ticketing administration and expenses. You just have to focus on presenting a good work!

Do I get a cut of box office sales?

As the Fringe will be paying for all venue, ticketing and production costs in presenting your show, we will need to recoup our cost and will therefore not be able to provide you with a percentage of the ticket sales.

Do I have to market my own works?

The Festival runs a robust and aggressive marketing campaign for all events, but artists are required to submit publicity images and information such as synopses and biographies.

Who pays for the venue rental?

The Festival covers the venue rental and on-site manpower costs, as well as basic technical equipment as available in the venue, from the period of bump in to strike.

Artists will be responsible for the rehearsal-related expenses.

I have more questions. How can I contact the Festival?

Please call The Necessary Stage at (65) 64408115 or email info@singaporefringe.com.