Take a community of emerging artists who need opportunities to share and develop their work. Pair that with an adventurous local audience eager to experience cutting-edge work. Then watch Capital Fringe unfold. Since 2005, the summer Fringe Festival has infused energy into the local arts scene – presenting 11 major festivals featuring more than 39,000 artists to over 325,000 ticket buyers. The festival is unjuried and open to all; Capital Fringe provides the performance space, staffing, and promotion, enabling each group to focus on the art – and helping artists generate $2 million in revenue since the event’s debut. And year-round, artists and audiences come together to explore art, theatre, dance, music, and creative events at the Logan Fringe Arts Space in DC’s Trinidad NE neighborhood and throughout our city. What’s next? Renovating the Arts Space to expand opportunities for all. Help set the scene!

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; Trinidad; SouthWest DC

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; All; Disabled; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs

  • We will distribute ticket revenue back to participating artists.:  
    We will strive to distribute 60% of earned revenue back to participating artists in 2014.
  • We will strive to distribute 60% of ticket revenue back to artists in 2018:   60% of revenue back to artists

Awards & Recognition

2007 Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts
2007 Momentum Award from the Downtown DC BID
2011 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts
2013 Helen Hayes Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community
2013-2017 Best Theatre Festival Washington City Paper “Best of DC”
2015 Non-Profit of the Year by the Washington Business Journal
2015 Momentum Award from the Downtown DC BID. Outstanding Partnership/Program for Dance of Cranes - Gould Property, Miller and Long and National Park Service
2016 Mayor’s Award for Visionary Leadership (Julianne Brienza, Founder and CEO)


Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Capital Fringe is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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