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 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.

Accrediting with us will give you full access to our services – here are a few ways in which we can help:  

  • One-to-one meetings and support for industry members at 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.
  • Ticketing for accredited industry delegates with proven track record of picking up shows.
  • Access to Fringe Marketplace, our bespoke showcasing platform of tour-ready Fringe shows.
  • 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. 

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. 

There are two routes to signing up with our Arts Industry Office: Accreditation and Accreditation Plus.

Accreditation is open to all arts industry, and includes:

  • access to our in-person services at Fringe Central, including networking events, panel discussions and advice on navigating the festival and the city
  • an arts industry login to Fringe Connect, our online events space and social network for Fringe artists and arts industry.

Accreditation Plus is for arts industry who have a proven capacity to book work, offer development opportunities or take on new clients at this year's Fringe. It includes everything listed above, as well as access to:

  • Fringe Marketplace, our platform for finding professional, tour-ready work
  • our complimentary ticketing service.

Accreditation for this year’s Fringe is now open. You can find out more about our services below and for more information on accreditation and its process, please see the How to accredit page.

We're delighted to be planning for an in-person programme of events this summer! The Arts Industry Office can be found, as before, in Fringe Central – our dedicated space where artists, media and industry professionals can come together in discussions, workshops and mixers. 

We will announce our programme of in-person Fringe Central events on Monday 13 June 2022, with a mix of provocations, networking events and more to take place throughout the festival. Listings for these events can be found on Fringe Connect.

We’ll also be bringing back the Arts Industry Diary where you can see all industry events happening across the Fringe in August. From launches and brunches to evening events, there are a lot of opportunities to catch up with your industry peers.

ACCREDIT with the arts industry office

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, as well as events showcasing work at the festival during August.

Fringe Connect is open to all arts industry professionals looking to network with a global community of artists fellow industry members at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022 and beyond. 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.

Join Fringe Connect without accrediting 

Using Fringe Connect as accredited arts industry

You do not need to accredit with the Arts Industry Office to use Fringe Connect, though doing so will give you access to industry-only features. This year we’ve set up a private group for accredited arts industry, where you’ll have access to exclusive content, resources and events relevant to the sector. You’ll also be able to share learnings, experience, tips and tricks and have direct access to your peers and colleagues. 

This group is visible only to accredited industry members; if you have a colleague who wishes to join the group, please ask them to contact [email protected] for more information.

To access the industry-only pages on Fringe Connect, please accredit with the Arts Industry Office

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.

To access Fringe Marketplace, you must be accredited with the Arts Industry Office via Accreditation Plus (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. 

Arts industry members who have accredited with the Arts Industry Office via Accreditation Plus (see above) will have access to our complimentary ticketing request service, enabling them to see a greater range of relevant work and connect with work and artists for whom they are able to create tangible onward touring opportunities or development pathways. 

Complimentary tickets have a cost implication for artists so we ask that all requests are made with careful consideration. 

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.

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