We are thrilled to introduce a US strand of the Keep it Fringe fund for 2025, after the initial success of the UK Keep it Fringe fund in 2023.

The US Keep it Fringe fund will provide US-based artists with a financial bursary alongside a comprehensive support package of events and one-to-one advice to empower them to thrive at next year’s Fringe.

Donations of all size are welcome, however, for 2024 we are offering Founding Funder acknowledgement for the below values:

Principal Founding Funder    $75,000   
Major Founding Funder    $50,000
Founding Funder    $30,000
Founding Contributor    $15,000   

All donors over $15,000 will be acknowledged online each year with Founding Supporters recognised for their support from 2024 to 2026. We will also host special events for Keep it Fringe supporters in our new Fringe home in Edinburgh when it opens in 2025 as well as potentially in the US. 

A massive thank you to our Founding Supporters: JetBlue, Playbill, Heather and Paul Innella and Scott and Holly Plank. 

By supporting the US Keep it Fringe fund, you can nurture the next generation of American talent and help us break barriers to participation in the arts. Simply click on the donate button below and enter ‘US Keep it Fringe’ when asked ‘How do you want the money to be used?’. 

Donate now!

The Kinsey Sicks perform at a Fringe Friends event

Join our US community of Fringe-lovers, ensure a vibrant future for the Fringe and support our charitable work to give anyone a stage and everyone a seat. In 2023, we welcomed 366 shows from the US and provided vital support at our artist hub that offered one-on-one support, professional development events and wellbeing services.

Donate now!

Stewardship experience

Our US Donors enjoy a closer relationship with the Fringe Society team, receiving behind the scenes access to special supporter events and opportunities to engage with the wider team.

For Donors looking for benefits such as 2for1 ticket offers, considering adding a Friends membership to your donation from just £49. Please note Friends membership are not tax-exempt.

  Emerging Patron Front Row Patron Backstage Patron Spotlight Patron Showstopper Patron
  $500 or
$45 monthly
$1,600 or
$140 monthly
$2,500 or
$215 monthly
$5,000 or
$420 monthly
$10,000 or
$630 monthly
Exclusive year-round bulletins ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Priority booking line ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Acknowledgement on edfringe.com ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Acknowledgement in the printed programme ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Invitation to Fringe Friend receptions in August ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Invites (x2) to the VIP Industry Welcome Address       ✔️ ✔️
Invites (x2) to the programme launch*   ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Invitation to join us on the Tartan Parade in New York ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Invites to further celebration events throughout the year     ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Behind the scenes access to Fringe Central artist hub     ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Exclusive time with the Friends team   ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Exclusive time with Chief Exec       ✔️ ✔️
Recommendations of hotels, restaurants and activities for during your stay     ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Invoicing of tickets post-festival.       ✔️ ✔️

We partner with the Chapel & York US Foundation, Inc to ensure that our American supporters can claim tax benefits by giving to a registered 501(c)(3). The Chapel & York US Foundation, Inc will provide you with a tax receipt for your donation. The Chapel & York Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) with EIN 81-2161937. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


An enormous Fringe Society thank you to our US Advisors: Chris Crouch, Ian Houston, Paul Innella, Molly Morris, Scott Plank and Ellen Tupman.

In 2024 we returned to the US in January to participate in the International Society for Performing Arts Congress. As part of the programme we held a workshops for prospective Fringe artists on the festival environment and how to make the most of it, alongside a networking event for both artists and industry. 

This was followed by a trip to New York in April to participate in Tartan Week (with thanks to the Scottish Business Network Tartan Challenge program for making this possible) to raise awareness of our fundraising campaign to support US artists thrive at the Fringe and build on our connections. 

Alongside marching in the Tartan Day Parade down Sixth avenue, we also hosted a reception with Fringe Patron Eddie Izzard and US-based Fringe artists to raise the profile of the US Keep it Fringe initiative (with thanks to Playbill for supporting the event). 

Fringe Society and friends at the Tartan Day Parade

The trip was a fantastic success, with many new friendships struck up and promising plans made for the future of the Fringe. We'd like to thank everyone we met for the warm welcome we received.

We look forward to future activity in the US, promoting the relationship between the festival and the USA and to continually building relationships with our US supporters.

If you would like to discuss more about how you can support the Fringe Society, please contact us on [email protected].