Fringe artists owed $200,000 after events company goes under

Despite apparently receiving all ticketing income owed from Fringe World in March, events management company JumpClimb has not paid artists the money owed and is now entering voluntary administration.

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West Australian events management company JumpClimb’s decision to enter voluntary administration has left Fringe World artists shocked, angry and significantly out of pocket.

Some artists are owed tens of thousands of dollars by the company, which presented a large independent program across an array of venues at the 2018 Fringe World Festival, including the popular Noodle Palace.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts