If you don’t already know what a Fringe is, read below for our original info! If you just came here to see what we’re doing in the age of Covid-19, please know that we made a very painful decision in early March to cancel our May 2020 launch. We thought at the time that we may be able to reschedule for September, but that just doesn’t seem like a good idea. We have all fingers and toes crossed to relaunch in May 2021! And in the meantime, we will be a source for helping people who wish to produce their show digitally do exactly that with technical assistance, publicity, and hosting. We’ll also be supporting and communicating with Fringes from around the world to further promote the soon-to-be Big Sky Fringe. Please keep an eye on our social media or request to join our mailing list at [email protected]

If you’d like to have us host your show, take a look below at what we’re thinking. Have another idea? Pitch it to us!

How it would work…

If you had paid your application fee for Big Sy Fringe already, you owe nothing. If you wish to join Big Sky Virtual, it will cost the same as a regular festival application ($25 general, $15 students).


Artists will keep all ticket sales! If you use our ticketing system (to make your life easier) you can select your ticket price or go Pay What You Can. There is a credit card fee which we can’t ignore, but you can either roll that into your price or have it be an add on.


Additional tech needs for any livestream to recording are solely the responsibility of the Artist. However, Big Sky is working with technicians and spaces in Missoula and other cities to provide package deals and bargain prices.


Quality Control…

No stream will go up without first being reviewed for video and sound quality. This is to make sure we’re offering a good product that will keep patrons coming back for more. Better for everyone! We will be providing a tech tip sheet.




The Artist retains all copyright to their original material. If the Artist is presenting a licensed work, proof of license must be provided before Big Sky will agree to air the show.





Big Sky Fringe Festival in Missoula, Montana will be the only festival of it’s kind in the greater Missoula area! This will be a continuation of a long proud tradition of openly sourced performing arts festivals that began in Edinburgh in 1947. The purpose of Fringe is to provide an open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Participation in the Fringe is completely open and uncensored. This uncurated approach underlines the festival’s mission to be a platform for artists without the barrier of a curative body. By opening the gates to anyone with a vision, the festival is able to exhibit the most diverse and cutting-edge points-of-view the world has to offer. Additionally, by creating an environment where artists must self-produce their work, the Fringe motivates its participants to cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurialism in the arts.

We have chosen to call ourselves Big Sky Fringe, even though we’re in Missoula, in order to make it clear that we want to encourage all Montana artists as well as artists from wherever to participate under our one “big sky.”

Who should participate…
Open to Theatre, Dance, Performance Art, Comedy, Cabaret, two actors in a horse costume…however you want to express yourself!

ATTENTION MUSICIANS! We want to clarify that Big Sky Fringe is primarily a theatrical performing arts event. You are more than welcome to join us, but please note that pricing, etc. is uniquely modeled on the needs of plays, dance, and comedy events. If you have a cabaret act, one-man musical, or variety show, this is the place! But we respect that solo musicians and bands may see this model as something that doesn’t work for them. We dig it. Feel free to tag our social media with shows you’re doing in the same time period and we can be friends in spirit! We are here to foster a true Fringe community, not alienate any practicing members of the arts of any kind in and around Missoula.

How it works…
Registration will open January 2nd, 2020. Slots will be first come first served. There will be a one time fee of $25 to apply ($15 for students). You will get to select your preference of venue, but final venue assignment will be the duty of the festival staff.

NON-LOCALS – Packages start at $600 for 4 shows. You will be billed in 1/3 increments by invoice. You keep your tickets!

LOCALS – You can choose! Pay up front the $600 and keep all your tickets, or opt for the 60/40 house split!

Many other options available such as one-off events, bring-your-own-venue, etc. Let us know how you want to perform and we will do our best to make it happen.

Speaking of ticket sales! All tickets will be set at $12. Additional fees will be added ending in an approximate $15 total expense to patrons. As a participant, you will receive every cent of that $12 within two weeks of festival closing.

How Fringe makes it easy…
The Festival provides marketing and publicity as well as production support in the form of Stage Managers, Tech folk, venue relations, front of house staff and, of course, ticketing.

Join the Fringe community!
All artists who participate in Fringe become part of a special community of daring performers that take bold steps to present their art to the world. We celebrate that by creating Fringe HotSpots (businesses that provide discounts to participants and patrons) and providing meeting places for artists and patrons. Many Fringeships can be made!

We offer registration and ticket deals to students from everywhere, but we have even more special considerations in place for U of M students! Seeing as how finals and commencement occur during the first week of the festival, we will provide first priority for tech rehearsals to graduating students. We also encourage you to bring your final project works to the festival! No need to create a whole new project if you’ve already been working on something all semester!

If you register a published work, we will require proof of licensing be included with your project contract. No published work will be allowed to move forward without proof of rights! Original work and public domain pieces are of course allowed without additional paperwork.