As an open membership organisation, we’re always looking for new and diverse voices to join the conversation and help shape the future of the Society. 

Members are responsible for electing the Board of Directors, adopting the accounts and appointing the auditors each year. Membership costs £5 a year to cover administration costs.

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Voting is open 

We have closed nominations for the 2022 elections to the Board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, which means voting is now open. To be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections, you must be a member of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society by 12:00 BST on Thursday 11 August 2022

There is one available seat in each of the Show Participant and Open categories.  

For more information on voting in the upcoming elections, please log into the Fringe Society Members’ area.

Have your say 

Members who have joined the Fringe Society by 12:00 BST on Thursday 11 August 2022 will be eligible to vote in the coming elections. We encourage you to join us in promoting membership of the Fringe Society. 

Annual General Meeting 

The AGM will be held on Thursday 25 August 2022 on Zoom at 12:00 BST. All are welcome.  

Please note that you must register in advance of the meeting so we can monitor numbers. All registrants will be automatically approved as you do not need to be a member of the Fringe Society to attend the AGM. 

Register for the Fringe Society’s 2022 AGM on Zoom

The founding principle at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – to be an open-access arts event that welcomes anyone with a story to tell and a venue to host them – still guides the work of the Society today.

It’s our policy that no single individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform on the Fringe.

The Society was formed in 1958, in recognition of the fact that more and more performers were coming to Edinburgh despite not being included in the Edinburgh International Festival programme. Its earliest tasks included providing information to artists, publishing the Fringe Programme and creating a central box office. In 1969 the Society was incorporated as a limited company and its constitution published.

Unlike many other festivals, our constitution celebrates the fact that the Society does not vet the Fringe Programme. That means we have no artistic director and that the programme is shaped by the initiative and vision of performers willing to showcase their work here.

The Fringe Society exists to

  • Support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe.
  • Provide information and assistance to help audiences curate their own Fringe experience.
  • Celebrate the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.
  • Ensure the Fringe Society is sustainable, utilising its resource to the greatest benefit of the Fringe and its constituents.

The Society has a Board of Directors which oversees our core Fringe Society staff in their year-round work and makes sure everything is in place to support those who produce and present the world’s biggest explosion of culture every August.


To help us meet our Blueprint ambitions and make the Fringe as accessible, affordable, connected and relevant as possible we work with a group of Fringe Advisors, representing a wide variety of different backgrounds and perspectives.