Submissions
Are Open!

Submit your show to the 2019 Fringe.
The free application period is from March 1 - April 15.

Admissions are on a rolling basis.  Early applications are strongly encouraged.


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For The Uninitiated.

The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is an 12-day, all-out, no-holds-barred, multi-arts festival. The Fringe features international, national and local artists. It showcases theatre, comedy, dance, music, visual arts, children’s entertainment, physical theatre, musical theatre, opera, poetry, literature and experiences that have yet to even be imagined.

In 2018, over 78,000 people attended the Fringe. We debuted in 2012 with over 30,000 attendees. We are now one of the most attended fringe festivals in the United States. *blush

The 2019 Fringe will take place September 10-21. See you there!

The Application

Submissions for 2019 will be open from March 1 to April 15. The month has an uncanny habit of speeding up. Fair warning. Plan ahead next year with a few details in your back pocket.

Please note that admissions will be ROLLING. Therefore, the sooner you apply, the better. Please take a moment to read the Before You Apply and After You Apply guides. It will help you to plan and gather all the information that you will need to apply easily.

The Application Deadlines

March 1st, 2019

Applications open.

April 15th, 2019

Applications close.

How To Apply

All applications must be completed via this website. Please do not contact or send information to a venue directly. Everything must go through Backstage. One stop easy.

For the online application, you will need a description of your show and the desired dates of performance or exhibiting. You can also upload photos, links to videos, reviews, and technical information. In short, you want to sell your show.

Please note: It is totally free to apply to the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. We are one of the very few fringe festivals in the United States that does not have an application fee.

Schedule of Events

  • March 1, 2019 SHOWS: Submissions open at 9am EST
  • March 5, 2019 VENUES: First Day for venues to make offers
  • April 30, 2019 VENUES: Last Date for Venues to Make Offers to Shows at 11:59pm EST
  • May 10, 2019 SHOWS: Must Accept an Offer and Officially Register Online by 11:59pm EST
    VENUES: Issue all shows with contracts
  • May 24, 2019 VENUES: schedule all show times and ticket prices
  • May 29, 2019 SHOWS: Copy and Photo for Guide + Website Due by 11:59pm EST
  • June 18, 2019 VENUES & SHOWS: Big Reveal Press Conference. Tickets go on sale
  • July 1, 2019 VENUES & SHOWS: Deadline To Place an Ad in the Official Fringe Guide by 5 pm
  • September 10, 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival Begins
  • September 21, 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival Ends
  • October 21, 2019 VENUES & SHOWS: Venues postmark settlement checks to shows