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Information for Fringe Performers

One of the most exciting components of each Berkeley Festival is the Fringe — a series of self-produced concerts by individuals and ensembles from around the world. The Fringe offers a perfect opportunity for your ensemble to showcase its unique talents to a large and appreciative audience.

Fringe Registration

After reading the information below, you may register your show as part of the BFX Fringe 2016 by filling out the online
Fringe Registration Form.

Pay SFEMS securely online or send a check to SFEMS, P.O. Box 27495, San Francisco, CA 94127.

Questions? Email bfx.fringe@sfems.org.

Determining a date and time

Fringe concerts can take place at any time during the dates of BFX 2016. However, to maximize attendance at both Mainstage and Fringe events, those which take place during Mainstage events will not be publicized by SFEMS. Avoid scheduling your event during any part of the following “blackouts” to maximize publicity and attendance:

—Sunday, June 5: 4pm-6pm
—Monday, June 6: 8pm-10pm
—Tuesday, June 7: 5pm-10pm
—Wednesday, June 8: 5pm-10pm
—Thursday, June 9: 5pm-11pm
—Friday, June 10: 5pm-10pm
—Saturday, June 11: 5pm-10pm
—Sunday, June 12: 4pm-6pm

Concert Venues

SFEMS provides a suggested venue list for Fringe performers. Please contact the venue directly to reserve your time and make payment arrangements.

Loper Chapel at First Congregational Church of Berkeley

SFEMS manages scheduling performances at Loper Chapel only. To schedule a performance at Loper Chapel, please enter your preferred performance date  in the “Date” filed of the online registration form, as well as an alternate performance date. We will do what we can to accommodate your preferred performance date request.

Click here to see Loper Chapel availability.

Loper Chapel rental fee schedule

1 Hour: $90.00
1.5 Hours: $135.00

Publicity Services

SFEMS, as producer of the 2016 Berkeley Festival, offers a range of services for individuals and groups wishing to present Fringe events. The services are optional and are available to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free to all registrants:

—Listing on the online Fringe Concert Calendar

Standard Publicity Services:

$60 before April 15; $90 April 16 – May 6, 2016

—Listing in the print Festival Program Booklet
—Listing in a Fringe Publicity Flyer to be posted throughout the area and available at Festival events
—Listing in press releases and public service announcements regarding the Fringe
—Expanded listing with photos in the online Fringe Concert Calendar

Premium Publicity Services:

$90 before April 15; $150 April 16 – May 6, 2016

—Everything included with the Standard Publicity Services, plus:
—Listing (with program information and color pictures) in upcoming BFX 2016 Fringe e-mail blasts
—Expanded page for your event linked from the BFX 2016 Fringe Calendar, including performers’ bios, additional photos, etc.
—Online link to PDFs of full program, program notes, and any other information provided.

Please note that concert and program information received after May 6th, 2016 cannot be included in the Festival Program Booklet, Fringe publicity flyer, or press releases.


Go to the online Fringe Registration Form.

Pay SFEMS securely on line or send a check to SFEMS, P.O. Box 27495, San Francisco, CA 94127.

Questions? Email bfx.fringe@sfems.org.

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