Closing date: Monday 25 February 2019 at 10:00
Interview date: Wednesday 06 March 2019
Start date: Monday 01 April 2019
End date: Friday 13 September 2019


The idea at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is simple: anyone with a desire to perform and a venue willing to host them is welcome. No individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe.

It all began in 1947 with eight companies – six of them from Scotland – taking a risk, turning up uninvited and performing on the ‘fringe’ of the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. Over 70 years later, the Fringe has grown to become the greatest platform for creative freedom in the world, second only to the Olympics in terms of global ticketed events. In 2018, 3,548 shows took place in 317 venues across Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the charity that was established by artists to act as the custodian of the Fringe. We exist to support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe, provide information and assistance to audiences, and promote the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.

We are seeking to appoint a committed individual with relevant experience to the position of Artist Development Officer (reporting to the Artist Development Manager) as part of the Participant Services team.

The Participant Services team provides a comprehensive support service for Fringe participants.  Leading up to and during the Fringe this includes support and advice in relation to the professional and creative development of all those who take part in the Fringe. 

The Artist Development Service works closely with the Arts Industry Office, it is open to all registered Fringe participants and is designed to help them maximise their Fringe experience by providing;

  • One to one help and advice to Fringe participants regarding their professional development at the festival before August and in person at Fringe Central, the participants’ centre run by the Fringe Society during the Fringe
  • Resources, in the form of guides, templates and information on subjects such as touring, budgeting and fundraising and networking 
  • Events and networking opportunities, through the development and delivery of the Fringe Central Events Programme, to aid their professional and/or creative development 
  • A development programme specifically designed for Emerging Producers who want to use the Fringe as a career enhancing opportunity
  • Targeted lists and information on accredited Industry professionals who are attending the Fringe
  • Support toward the Made in Scotland showcase programme.

Role and responsibilities 

The successful candidate will assist the Artist Development Manager to deliver the creative and professional development programmes offered to Fringe participants. They will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to: 

  • Supporting provision of creative and professional development advice and support to Fringe participants who wish to make the most of their Fringe experience.
  • Supporting the writing and distribution of communications to Fringe participants including bulletins, web content and guidance documents in pdf and web format.
  • Supporting the development and delivery of the Fringe Central Events Programme, including working with members of the marketing team to target specific audience groups and helping artists identify events relevant to their development.
  • Working closely with the Arts Industry team to facilitate connections between artists and members of the arts industry, including knowledge of professionals accredited with the service, understanding artists’ objectives and providing them with lists of relevant arts industry professionals.
  • Supporting the promotion of professional development opportunities including the Fringe Central Events Programme, Made in Scotland and Emerging Producers Development Programme.
  • Providing administrative support towards the Made in Scotland showcase, Emerging Producers Development Programme and any other relevant projects.
  • Supporting the planning and delivery of events for Fringe Central, Made in Scotland, Emerging Producers and Fringe info sessions.
  • Assisting the Artist Development Manager with seasonal staff recruitment and training, and line managing the Artist Development Assistant from July.
  • Collecting statistical data and supporting the evaluation of the Artist Development service. 

Person specification


  • Proven strong communication skills and a friendly and professional manner.
  • Experience of working within the cultural industries; theatre, festivals, venues, cultural agencies.
  • Experience and knowledge of touring, fundraising and programming within the performing arts.
  • A good understanding of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • An understanding of the UK Arts Industry sector.
  • Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with external partners and stakeholders.
  • Creative and flexible in response to problem solving.
  • Demonstrable ability to work under pressure and as part of a team.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills and ability to prioritise conflicting demands across a varied workload. 
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in spreadsheets and database systems.


  • Experience in assisting artists and companies in developing and promoting their work.
  • Experience of putting on a show at the Fringe.
  • Event planning and management experience.
  • Ability to speak a foreign language.

Rate of pay and hours of work

The rate of pay for this post is £437.50 per week (35 hours). 

Normal working hours are 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday with a one-hour unpaid lunch break.

In the run up to and during the festival you will be required to work additional days and hours.  From the beginning of the festival, shifts are eight hours long from 10:00 to 20:00 (including a one-hour unpaid lunch break) worked over six days between Monday and Sunday. Your working hours will be organised according to a rota system which the Society will notify you of in advance of the Fringe. During this period, your rate of pay will increase to £525.00 to reflect the extra hours worked.

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is committed to reducing its environmental impacts in its everyday operations. We are also committed to maintaining the open-access policy of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and aim to successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. We expect employees to support these commitments and to assist in their realisation.

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