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 OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts