Every year the Fringe acts as a global meeting place for creative talent where artists and arts industry can meet and connect. The Fringe Arts Industry Office exists year-round to offer guidance and assistance to visiting arts industry professionals from all over the world, and to help you find artists and other arts industry professionals to collaborate with. Whether this Fringe is your first or your fifteenth, we’re here to help you make the most of your Fringe experience.

Although the Fringe has finished for 2022, there are a few ways in which we can help support arts industry professionals in the lead up to the 2023 Fringe:  

  • One-to-one meetings and support for industry members be it post-festival, in the lead up to or during the Fringe.
  • Help navigating the festival, including
    • signposting to shows that might suit your venue and / or festival
    • information on which artists are keen to tour
    • additional information such as who’s looking for an agent.
  • Information about shows and contact details for artists and companies.
  • Access to industry-focused events, including events hosted by us and our partners 
  • Access to Fringe Connect, our networking and events platform for creative stakeholders at the Fringe. There you can reach out to peers, artists and creatives and start conversations, attend online events, and take part in discussion threads.
  • Opportunities to network with fellow arts industry professionals.
  • Local knowledge to help you find your way around town, including the nearest place for a good coffee.
  • Ticketing for accredited industry delegates with proven track record of picking up shows. The 2023 ticketing service will launch later in 2023.
  • Access to Fringe Marketplace, our bespoke showcasing platform of tour-ready Fringe shows. The 2023 Fringe Marketplace will launch later in 2023.

While accreditation for the 2022 festival has now closed, it will reopen for Fringe 2023 early in the year. In 2023 we recommend that you accredit with the Arts Industry Office if: 

  • you are engaging with the Fringe as an arts industry professional*
  • you have a proven capacity to book work 
  • you have a proven capacity to offer development pathways for work 
  • you’re an agent seeking new clients. 

*In the context of the Edinburgh Fringe, an "arts industry professional" is someone who engages with the festival in a professional capacity with a view to developing onward touring / presentation opportunities, commissions and other strands of activity.

Fringe Connect is our year-round social network and events space for artists and arts industry professionals. It's where we team up with exciting partners to host discussions and provocations around new creative practices, social and political issues and hot topics for our industry, and provide advice on all things Fringe.

Fringe Connect is open to all arts industry professionals looking to network with a global community of artists and fellow industry members. The platform allows you to set up a profile to help you connect with peers who share your interests and find collaborators for any projects you’re working on.

Our programme of events can be found in the Events section on Fringe Connect.

Join Fringe Connect without accrediting 

Fringe Marketplace is an online platform created to connect programmers, presenters and commissioners with professional artists and tour-ready work at the Fringe, as selected by Fringe venue programmers and independent associates. 

Fringe Marketplace is also home to the Fringe Show Directory featuring all artists and companies who have indicated during their registration that they are presenting tour-ready work at the festival. The purpose of the platform is to help you find work that fits your programming specifications and to make the Fringe a valuable platform for artists seeking onward touring opportunities.

The platform will remain live until spring 2022, when it will be turned over for the 2023 season. To access Fringe Marketplace, you must be accredited with the Arts Industry Office (see above) and have a proven capacity to book work and / or offer development pathways for work, or be an agent seeking new clients. On Marketplace you can watch videos provided by artists as well as access information about their shows and how to contact them. 

Building on the success of its initial pilot, launched by Screen Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society in 2019, the Screen Fringe programme returned in 2022. Screen Fringe is focused on supporting producers, commissioners and film and TV executives in their engagement with the festival, and encouraging the drive of stage-to-screen adaptation.

With notable past Fringe-to-screen achievements such as Fleabag, Baby Reindeer, Our Ladies, Beats, Big Boys and many more, the Edinburgh Fringe offers an exciting international marketplace for discovering original voices and IP rich with potential for screen development and adaptation.

In 2022 registered delegates had tailored support from a dedicated Screen Fringe Manager and assistant to help them identify work that meets their programming needs and criteria. The programme also assisted in the scouting of new talent and material, helping to connect industry professionals with venues and hidden gems, as well as leading various panel events, networking opportunities, drinks receptions and more.

If you are a member of the TV and film industry and would like further information on the programme please contact our team at [email protected]. If you are an artist and want advice on where to look for support on guidance for developing your work for screen, or further information on the industry, take a look at the Screen Fringe pages on Fringe Connect or contact our Artist Development team at [email protected]

The Arts Industry Office is open all year round for questions about arts industry accreditation and attendance at the Fringe. Get in touch by emailing [email protected] or call +44 (0)131 240 1902.

If you have any issues with logging into or navigating any of our platforms, get in touch on [email protected].

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