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 connections at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.

In order to access these services, arts industry professionals must accredit with the Arts Industry Office. When accreditation opens for the 2015 Fringe, this page will be updated with a link to the online application form. In the meantime, you can refer to the Accreditation FAQs for more information.

Once you have successfully accredited with the Arts Industry office you will have access to the following services:

  • Dedicated Online Services – As a registered member of our Arts Industry Office you will benefit from additional information about performers and companies when searching the listings and will have access to the bespoke Arts Industry area of the website. Here you will find news and reviews from the Fringe, a full calendar of professional development and networking events and details of other professionals accredited with the service.
  • 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.
  • Itinerary Suggestions –We know that it’s important for you to spend your time wisely and that the scale of the Fringe can make choosing what to see a challenge. Let the Arts Industry team know where your programming interests lie and we will do our best to point you in the right direction and help you to navigate this huge and thrilling festival.
  • Information on Artists – Our team holds contact details for all companies performing at the Fringe and can put you in touch with them or make introductions.
  • Events and Networking Opportunities - As well as offering a number of specific networking opportunities within Fringe Central, the Arts Industry Team also have the low down 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 unparalleled opportunity to make connections!

Emerging Producers Development Programme

In addition to our accreditation service, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society also runs a development programme to support emerging producers coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The programme exists to help emerging producers in making new connections and to explore work being presented at the Fringe in order to further their own professional development. 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.

Applications are now open for the 2015 season. You can find detailed information about the programme on the Emerging Producers Development Programme page.

Who uses our services?

Promoters Venues Agents
Presenters Festivals Scouts
Programmers Awards Organisations Cultural Agencies

Accreditation FAQs

When can I apply for accreditation?

The opening date for applications for the 2015 season has not yet been announced. This page will be updated with application details as they come available. If you have any questions about accreditation, please email

How many people from my organisation can accredit?

To ensure we are providing an efficient service for all our accreditees, we will accredit a maximum of 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 log-in to access all our 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. This includes our arts industry breakfasts and show discussions, alongside various other professional development sessions which discuss the current hot topics 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 needs.

What does my pass get me?

Your pass represents your Arts Industry status and permission to use the Box Office and ticketing 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 they state otherwise.
  • Into shows for free.
  • Discounts on show tickets.

I was accredited last year, do I need to accredit again for 2015?

Yes. Accreditation is not rolling. We require each individual attending the Festival to apply for accreditation on an annual basis so we keep up-to-date with your programming interests and you can tell us what dates you will be in Edinburgh.

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