The Emerging Producers Development Programme is a creative and professional development programme designed for emerging UK based producers interested in using the Fringe as a platform for their ongoing career development.

The Programme is run by the Fringe Society, supported by the British Council, and aims to support emerging UK producers expand their professional networks and develop their learning and creative insight at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.​

The programme is open to UK based independent producers working across all disciplines and genres of the performing arts, who would not qualify for Arts Industry accreditation through the Fringe Society’s Arts Industry Office.

Both the Fringe Society and British Council are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and are keen to reflect the diversity of UK society. Participant selection for this year will change slightly to allow for greater access to emerging producers who identify as disabled and/or BAME. A portion of the participant places will be selected via nomination from partner organisations across the UK best suited to identify promising emerging producers from within these communities.

A portion of participants will continue to be selected by open application as outlined below. The Fringe Society is committed to maintaining the open-access policy of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and so we welcome applications from all sectors of the arts community.

The programme consists of:

  • A travel bursary of up to £250 to attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from within the UK.
  • A £100 ticket voucher to assist participants see a wider breadth of work at the Fringe than their own budgets would allow.
  • Accreditation and access to all resources provided by the Arts Industry office (excluding the complimentary ticketing service).
  • A meeting with the Participant and Industry Development Manager to discuss professional development opportunities at the Fringe and beyond.
  • Access to the Arts Industry Buddy Scheme, connecting you with a more experienced delegate to advise and guide you through the Fringe.
  • Invitation to the Emerging Producers Development Programme Welcome Reception to meet your fellow participants and programme alumni
  • Invitation to Fringe Central Networking Brunches on the second and third Sunday of the festival.
  • ‘Match-making’ with relevant Arts Industry professionals attending the Fringe.
  • Bespoke advice and help navigating the Fringe programme to find artists of interest
  • Access to Fringe Central and all the services and resources within.
  • Access to the Fringe Central Events Programme, which in 2018 will host over 120 professional development workshops, discussions and networking events.
  • An introduction to a relevant member of the British Council Theatre and Dance Team and 1-2-1 meeting.
  • To make the programme more accessible to those who have additional support needs, a fee of up to £150pd is available to cover the cost of a Personal Assistant over the 5 days of the programme plus a travel bursary equal to that of the participants, should it be needed.

During British Council Showcase years, the programme varies slightly in order to facilitate more engagement with Showcase events and networking opportunities. On years where the Showcase is not running a series of exclusive workshops on subjects such as touring and building international networks are provided in place. 

In order to be eligible applicants should be able to demonstrate existing partnerships, producing credits or affiliations within their chosen field and clearly identify how this programme will further the work they are already doing and/or further develop their creative practice.

Essential criteria

  • Applicants must be working in a professional producing capacity in the performing arts; this need not be full time.
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18.
  • Applicants must be UK based.
  • Applicants must be working independently/freelance. Applications will not be considered from organisations on behalf of candidates or those established in an organisational role which would make them eligible Arts Industry accreditation.
  • Applicants must be in Edinburgh during the EPDP focus dates, 20-24 August.​
  • Applications will not be considered if the applicant has participated in the programme previously.

Further guidance

  • Applicants need not be presenting work at the Fringe, or have done so in the past.
  • Applications will be accepted from those in higher education as long as they meet the other essential criteria.
  • The programme is not designed to help you bring a show to the Fringe.

Applications for 2018 have now closed. If you would like to be notified when applications open for the 2018 Fringe email us at to join our mailing list.

If you have any questions about an existing application or the programme in general, the Arts Industry Office is open year-round and can be contacted at or on +44 (0)131 240 1902.