Arts Industry Office

The Arts Industry Office is the arts professional’s one-stop shop for discovering and booking new work and talent and making new connections.

If you’re looking into programming your own festival or venue or want to network with your peers, then this service is for you. Our team of experts is at hand to help you and the hundreds of other professionals who travel to Edinburgh every year to discover the most interesting work being created today.

Services offered by the Arts Industry Office:

  • Accreditation - This is the first step to using our service. Applications open prior to the Festival each year and are managed through an online form which collects information about what you will be looking for during your Fringe visit. Please visit the Accreditation FAQs for more information.
  • Dedicated Box Office – Once you’re accredited with us you can access the Arts Industry dedicated box office to purchase (card only payments) and collect tickets, avoiding the busy public box offices. In some instances you may also be able to request complimentary tickets for shows you’re interested in. Please be aware that accreditation doesn’t automatically guarantee you complimentary tickets – these are limited and often subject to the approval of the venue or producer of the show in question.
  • Advice on Talent – Our team has its ear on the ground, in terms of who is doing what. Let the Arts Industry Office know where your interests lie and they’ll recommend people to connect with.
  • Advice on Networking Opportunities - As well as offering a number of specific networking opportunities within Fringe Central, the Arts Industry Team also have the know on other opportunities that various organisations (from cultural agencies to other festivals) will be organising throughout the festival. Make sure you don’t miss out on an unmissable opportunity to make connections!
  • Emerging Producers Bursary Programme - In addition to our Accreditation service the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society also run a development programme to support emerging producers coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The programme exists to assist emerging producers make new connections and explore work being presented at the Fringe in order to further their own professional development within their chosen field.  The Programme provides support through contacts, advice, mentorship and a dedicated fund to assist applicants to see shows being presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

    This is done through an open application process, more details of which can be found on here.

Who uses our services?

Promoters Venues Agents
Presenters Festivals Scouts
Programmers Awards Organisations Cultural Agencies

Accreditation FAQs

How do I accredit with the Arts Industry Office? - Accreditation with the Arts Industry Office is obtained by filling out an online application form. This form will be made available in May 2014. To access it you will need to log-in (or create an account) on the website. To be kept up to date and informed when accreditation opens please contact us on or +44 (0)131 240 1902.

What kind of supporting material should I include? We will be looking for examples of work you or your organisation develops, programmes or manages and the potential opportunities you are offering for Fringe artists. Therefore, a copy of your festival or venue’s programme, or a link to a relevant website with clear details about the organisation or company is suitable. Alternatively you can also send us a signed letter from your head of department on headed paper confirming your position within your company.

Where possible, please provide your support material as electronic attachments or web links, instead of posting hard copies. The Fringe Society has an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability across the organisation and we encourage all Fringe participants and partners to engage in sustainable practise wherever possible.

How many people from my organisation can accredit? To ensure we are providing an efficient service for all our acreditees, we will accredit 2 representatives per organisation. If doing so, we require each individual to complete their own online form. This is because you need your own unique login details to access all the services.

If you feel you need to accredit more than two individuals please contact us at

What does it mean to be accredited with the Arts Industry Office? As an accredited Arts Industry professional you will have access to the range of services and events that the Fringe Society runs on behalf of its participants. This includes our arts industry breakfasts and various professional development sessions which discuss the current hot topics in the industry across all art forms. You will also have access to our dedicated box office, and staff who can help you navigate the Fringe to meet your programming needs.

What does my pass get me? Your pass represents your Arts Industry status and permission to use the dedicated box office services. Your pass also gets you various discounts in shops, bars and restaurants and on services in Edinburgh – more details will be available when you pick up your pass on arrival. Your pass also gains you entry to Fringe Central, our participants’ centre, so that you can use the resources there and have access to all the networking events which take place.

Your pass does not get you:

  • Access to festival venues or VIP areas, unless the venue states otherwise.
  • Into shows for free. If you would like to request complimentary tickets, please fill out the appropriate ticket request form (found on the website) at least 72 hours in advance.
  • Discounts on show tickets.

What is the deadline for submitting an application? The deadline for accreditation will be announced once applications have been opened.

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