The Fringe is an open access arts festival, which means that anyone who has a story to tell and a venue to perform in can put on a show here.
There is no centralised selection process and the festival as a whole is not programmed or curated (though individual venues choose which shows they want to programme). The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not produce or select any shows, does not invite anybody to perform and does not cover costs. We are here to provide you with the support, guidance and resources necessary to tell your story. Read more about the story of the Fringe and the Fringe Society.
There are hundreds of reasons why artists and performers come to the Fringe. Many are looking for exposure, to try out and develop new material in front of a live audience, or to get reviews and media coverage. Many aim to connect with people in the arts industry with the hope to find touring opportunities, to earn money and to network with fellow performers. Coming to the Fringe is often part of performers’ longer-term career plan, but it can just as easily be about working on stagecraft and having fun.
The Fringe is a proven training ground where some of today’s most popular entertainers got their start. It’s also home to one of the most adventurous audiences in the world – an audience that, along with the paying public, includes producers, promoters, journalists and fellow artists.
Before you set about bringing your show to the Fringe, it’s important to ask yourself: why? What would be the value of the Fringe to you? All of the outcomes we mentioned above are possible, though usually not at the same time.
Remember that the Fringe is a competitive environment – there are thousands of shows, all vying for the same audience. We recommend you make a list of clear, achievable goalsyou want to work towards. This will not only help you direct your energy during the festival – it will inform every decision you make, from choosing a venue to planning your marketing campaign. Define what Fringe success would look like to you.
For example, you might want to aim at filling a smaller, less conventional venue than you’re accustomed to, or making initial contacts in the industry rather than immediately attracting tour bookings. Misjudging your goals could prove financially costly and make for a negative experience during August.
We will process and pay out your Fringe Box Office receipts at the end of the month. Please note: if you requested your Box Office money to be paid to your venue, we will forward the amount to them. Your venue will then forward you the money under the terms of your agreement with them. Check your venue contract for details about box office payout.
Follow up with any arts industry professionals who came to your show. You can get their email addresses through your venue or the Arts Industry Office at the Fringe Society. This is a great time to keep building relationships and discuss future plans.
Archive your show, file your press releases and work out your actual expenditure.
Think about getting ready to do it all over again!
Please get in touch with [email protected] if you have any specific questions about the information on this page. A member of our team can set up a 10-minute slot to talk things over with you on the phone or on a video call.
Please note, slots are based on team availability.