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Perform At Bring Your Own Venues (BYOV)

Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV)

Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) is a great option for performers who want to make their own venue arrangements or have a site specific production. Registration forms and now available and are due September 15.

Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) is a great option for performers who want to make their own venue arrangements or have a site specific production. BYOV performers keep 100% of their box office receipts (instead of 50% at Fringe venues) and pay all venue-related costs directly to the venue.

The BYOV registration form is due by September 15th. We encourage you to apply early. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM.

The Fringe takes no responsibility for BYOV venues. All arrangements -- technical, financial, logistical, insurance, legal etc. -- must be made between you and the venue owner.

BYOVs are a wonderful and core part of the Fringe.  For more information about possible BYOV locations, email Joseph Furnari, BYOV Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What can be a venue and how do I find one?

BYOVs can be performed anywhere within the city of New Orleans. Be creative when you think of BYOV options: swimming pools, empty lots, bridges, corner bars, living rooms and front porches are all great places for theater. You do need to get permission from the owner.

We highly recommend lining up a BYOV location near the other Fringe-managed venues, unless your venue is well-known or you already have a strong local following. The Festival map only includes the Bywater-Marigny-French Quarter area, so if your venue is beyond that area, we can list the address only.

IMPORTANT: Limit of three productions (with as many shows per production as you choose) per venue. Fringe-managed venues and the Free-For-All Tent cannot be BYOVs.

If you would like venue suggestions, let us know. Joe has compiled a list of possibilities to help you find a venue, or if you are looking for a site-specific location, he can help you out. For more information about possible BYOV locations, email Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

How do I register for a BYOV?

The 2014 BYOV registration form IS NOW AVAILABLE.

IMPORTANT: Limit of three productions per venue. Fringe-managed venues and the Free-For-All Tent cannot be BYOVs.

BYOV productions must have at least one performance during the days of the Festival.

BYOV performers are required to pay a $250 fee to be included in all Fringe related press and program.This fee is per production (that means that if more than one production wants to share a venue, each production need to pay the fee). Note that the fee is not per performance: you can perform your production as many times as you choose. If you are not selected for a Fringe venue slot during the regular submission process, we will credit your $25 application fee towards the BYOV fee (which means you only pay $225).

The registration form and supporting materials will be accepted by US mail, courier (FedEx, UPS, etc.) or hand delivery to the Fringe office. The application, supporting materials and $250 non-refundable fee must hand-delivered or postmarked by September 15, 2014 for the 2014 Fringe Festival.

Are all BYOV registrations accepted?

We will be accepting BYOV registrations on a first-come, first-serve basis until filled or the deadline September 15. There will be approximately 50 BYOV slots available. 

There are still plenty of slots, but we encourage you to apply as soon as your venue is lined up. 

BYOV performances are not adjudicated and are generally accepted if the registration form is complete. We do reserve the right to refuse BYOV shows for any reason; in that case your BYOV fee will be refunded.

Please keep in mind that because BYOV shows will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis, it is possible that they will fill up before September 15.

What if I applied to perform in a Fringe-managed venue? Can I register to do a BYOV?

If you are not selected for a Fringe venue slot during the regular submission process, consider the BYOV option. We will credit your $25 application fee towards the BYOV fee.

Please keep in mind that because BYOV shows will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis, it is possible that they will fill up before September 15. There are still plenty of slots, but we encourage you to apply as soon as your venue is lined up. 

If you are selected to perform at a Fringe-managed venue, you cannot also perform that same show as a BYOV.

When should I schedule my BYOV shows?

All BYOV performers are required to perform at least one time during the festival dates. We strongly encourage BYOVs to pick either the same “odd hour” times as the Fringe-managed venues e.g. 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm, 11 pm. Additionally, we suggest times before or after Fringe-managed shows, such as 1 pm, 3 pm or 1 am (this is encouraged because fewer shows are scheduled then). This allows audiences to get to your show more easily before or after seeing other shows. You may schedule as many performance times as you want.

This is the 2014 Fringe-managed venue schedule:

  • Wednesday November 19: 7 pm, 9 pm
  • Thursday November 20: 7 pm, 9 pm
  • Friday November 21: 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm, 11 pm
  • Saturday November 22: 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm, 11 pm
  • Sunday November 23: 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm, 11 pm

How do I run my BYOV box office?

CLICK HERE to see BYOV ticket guidelines. 

CLICK HERE to see BYOV box office instructions and forms. (These are for 2013. 2014 will be similar.)

I am a venue owner and would like to host BYOV shows. How do I get involved?

Contact Fringe BYOV Coordinator Joseph Furnari at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and he'll tell you more!

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Fringe is supported by a SEED grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. This program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.  This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.

 

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