Creative Ballarat

Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits:

music, food & art

FRINGE BENEFITS: a festival of music, food & art


Fringe Benefits is a twelve-hour art, music, craft and food marathon between 12pm and 12am, Friday 29th November 2019, organised in the shadow of the sold-out Spilt Milk Festival.

With 24,000 expected visitors to our town for the music festival on 30th November, we are working on celebrating our eclectic buildings, amazing locations and merging them with myriad of musical performers. This is your chance to be a part of our twelve-hour music, performance, art and food festival of central locations in Ballarat.

We've spoken with cafes, laundromats, bookshops clubs and pubs and we’re in the process of linking our network of local performers with venues across our city. Creatives, street artists, musicians and performers are all lining up to bring the streets, laneways and buildings of our beautiful city to life.

In addition we’ll be hosting a professional development program for those who want to succeed in the festival or music fields.

If you are interested in knowing more about what you can expect, then drop us a note, or stay up to date by joining our newsletter and be informed with updates.



A twelve hour celebration of live, local music in weird and wonderful spaces, held in the shadow of the Spilt Milk music festival.


For one weekend only we’ll have thousands of people in our city, and this is our chance to show them the breadth of live music and amazing locations we have. It’s a chance for businesses and venues to host a musician, and encourage patronage.

how do businesses and venues benefit?

We’re encouraging locations who traditionally host performances, as well as those who don’t, to consider hosting a gig for a minimum of two hours during Fringe Benefits. Tell us about your planned performance or event and we’ll ensure you’re included in all marketing and promotional materials for the Fringe. Your event will be listed online and published in hard-copy maps - telling visitors when your event is on, whether there is an entry fee or ticket. Let us know the type of music you’re hosting, and we’ll highlight your business and space.

are there any costs to participate in Fringe benefits?

No. There are no costs to participate.

do i have to pay my musicians and performers?

Yes. We encourage you to pay your musicians and performers and recommend you use the rates calculator supported by the Musicians Union as a guide.

I don’t know any musicians or performers

If you need assistance in securing a musician or a performer, we can provide a list of local artists and musicians. Simply drop us a note with your query.

Will the council contribute to my performance and musician costs?

No. We are investing heavily in the promotion and support of venues and businesses, and in lifting the profile of performers and musicians in the city. We will be supporting you by running marketing programs, publicity and providing you with promotional assets that will work to support your business or venue.

As a musician am i guaranteed to be booked for FRINGE BENEFITS?

No. We can’t guarantee that we can secure you a booking for a location who is taking part in the Fringe. We can circulate your details to interested businesses and venues, but we can’t request that they book you. That is the decision of the venue.

As a musician, how can i ensure i am paid correctly?

We recommend you use the rates calculator supported by the Musicians Union as a guide to help you negotiate fees with a venue.

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Are you a participating venue?

Are you a venue and you’ve registered for Fringe Benefits and you want to know what’s next? Are you a hospitality venue who wants to promote a special offer? Check in here to add information about your venue, your food and your events.