Registration for Fringe 2021 is open until the end of August
Registration for the 2021 Fringe is open, and will remain so until the end of August. Before you get started, here are a few things we recommend you bear in mind:
- Registration is open, but that doesn't mean you have to register immediately. We’ve removed our early-bird and print registration deadlines this year, so please feel free to take your time – remember, the Fringe isn’t till August. We’re aware that governmental guidelines are changing on a regular basis, and we expect that registration this year – even more so than in previous years – will probably be an ongoing process, with some back-and-forth. We’re here to support you through it every step of the way, and we’ll help you respond to changing circumstances as they arise.
- Talk to venues. Fringe venues offer so much more than a place to perform – they have the wisdom of years of experience, reputations for high-quality programming and relationships in the arts industry and media that can help you promote your show and progress your career. If you’re planning an online-only show this year, it’s worth exploring what different venues have got planned, and how those plans could support your show. Check out our advice on finding a venue to get started.
- We’re here to support you, however you choose to do your show. For online performances, that might mean livestreaming, or broadcasting from a venue’s in-house platform, or from another third-party site altogether. If you have a pre-recorded show, you can show this on our Fringe Player, or on a venue platform if you prefer. Drop us a line (via [email protected] or +44 (0)131 226 0034) and we'll do our best to help you find the best option for your show.
- Use our guides. We’ve developed guidance to help you through every stage of bringing a show to the Fringe, be it in person or online. These resources are free and available for you to use right now. Our guide to putting on a Fringe show is a good place to start; we also have
And remember, as always, you can talk to us. Our Registration team is on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have – drop an email to [email protected], or call +44 (0)131 226 0034, and we’ll offer whatever support we can.
We will update this page when registration opens, to link to Edfringeware, our online platform for registering shows.
We do not plan to print the Fringe programme in its usual form this year, which means that you will not need to worry about any print deadlines.
We know you'll have a lot of questions about the process of registering this year, so we're also preparing some advice and guidance that we'll have ready for 05 May. In the meantime, for information on finding a venue or the practicalities of putting on a Fringe show you can check out our guidance or get in touch with our participant support team on [email protected].
2021 Registration Fees
In recognition of the past year’s difficulty and to help Fringe participants make as strong a return as possible, we've removed the top registration fee rate for full-length runs and reduced the rates across all remaining tiers by 25% for 2021 only, with identical fees for online and in-person registration.
Now more than ever, Fringe artists and companies need the advice, support and guidance of the Fringe Society and we will be with you every step of the way. We learned in 2020 that shows, venues and audiences all require flexible information, box office and listings services to help them find each other. Registration fees support our work across a wide range of services, so we are retaining a three-tiered structure.
|Show type||Run type||Registration price|
|In person||Limited run
(1 or 2 performances)
(£60.00 excluding VAT)
scheduled / live
|In person||Limited run
(3 – 5 performances)
(£127.50 excluding VAT)
scheduled / live
|In person||Full run
(6 or more performances)
(£184.50 excluding VAT)
scheduled / live
|Available to purchase and view throughout the entire duration of the festival, 24 hours a day|
Registration fee instalment option
We offer a staggered payment plan available option to those who would benefit from not having to pay the full fee due all at once, at the point of registration. If you are interested in this option, then please check your eligibility for the scheme via the link below:
You have completed the show registration form, are ready to submit with all required fields filled, and all the information you have provided is final and ready to print.
You agree to a set of fixed instalment dates on which payments must be received.
If you fail to make the payments as agreed, we will cancel your show registration and refund all monies received up to that date.
Value of registration
Your registration fee gives you access to all of the services offered by the Fringe Society during August, including:
- Professional development workshops, networking events and panel discussions about current affairs, led by worldwide industry leaders and always BSL interpreted.
- Marketing support to help you home in on the goals of your marketing campaign.
- Support around PPL / PRS music licensing on the Fringe including an anticipated bespoke and blanket arrangement negotiated for Fringe companies for 2021.
- Opportunities to connect with arts industry professionals, including promoters, tour bookers and film / TV producers from all over the UK and overseas.
- Our one-to-one artist advice service helps you understand how to navigate the opportunities for your show, identify your goals and how and who to contact to help you realise your ambitions.
- Professional, impartial support and advice for almost any issue which might arise, including mediation services if you have any issues with your venue or company.
- Tickets for your show – be it online or in person – sold through the Fringe Box Office, with access to one of the world’s most engaged and excited arts audiences: more than three million tickets booked in 2019!
- A show listing on edfringe.com (which had more than 2.3 million visitors in 2019), giving Fringe audiences a seamless journey from browsing shows to buying tickets.
- Access to the Fringe Player, our custom-designed video platform for online Fringe shows.
All year round
Whether you have a registered show with the Fringe Society or not, the below services are open to everyone, all year round:
- Step-by-step guidance on how to bring your show to the Fringe, from advice on making your show more accessible or environmentally friendly, to assistance navigating music licensing and insurance, to information on post-Fringe touring.
- The FringeCast online information series, offering episode-by-episode guidance on every step of bringing your show to the Fringe.
- Year-round practical advice and support from the Participant Services team, including one-to-one sessions if needed.
- Marketing advice to help you promote your Fringe show.
In fact, much of the above advice, guidance and services are already freely available on this website – your registration fee ensures we can keep them updated and useful for anyone who wants to come to the Fringe.
Standing up for artists
Income from registration fees and other sources also allow the Fringe Society to support artists and the wider cultural sector more broadly:
- We use our influence and agency to lobby for support, investment and recognition of the performing arts, artists, freelancers, companies and venues.
- We promote the value of participation in the Fringe all over the world, and lobby arts councils and funding agencies across the UK and internationally to support performing arts.
- We continually innovate and pioneer advanced support services for curators, programmers and commissioners coming to the Fringe to discover new work and talent, the better to open up more career opportunities for Fringe artists.
- We provide support for the world’s media to cover the Fringe, and for critics and arts journalists to see and review work, enhancing artists’ profiles.
- We work with government to make the case for ease of movement for artists, including securing permit-free status for our festival so that artists needn’t require work visas to perform here.
- While the Fringe Society has no role in curating the Fringe or in running venues, we do set guidance on best practise and standards for companies and venues, and use our influence to help make the Fringe the best experience for all who participate.
- We regularly consult and form strategic partnerships with members of the artistic community (such as Something to Aim For and Somewhere at the Fringe) to ensure we’re addressing current concerns and offering the best support that we can.
How your registration fee helps others
Your registration fee helps fund all of the above services that support artists to come to the Fringe, as well as the collaborative work we do with partner organisations to ensure that artists’ race, disabilities or socio-economic background don’t form a barrier to participation.
Your fees also contribute towards the Fringe Society’s other charitable work, including making the festival more accessible to D/deaf and disabled people and connecting Fringe artists with schools and communities, building and supporting new audiences among those typically least likely to engage with the Fringe, so that everyone can benefit from this amazing festival.
- Download the Fringe guide to registering a show
- Download the Fringe programme style guide (we may amend your show copy to bring it into line with our style guide and registration terms and conditions).
- Browse the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme for ideas on formatting your show copy.
Registration Terms and Conditions
Please carefully read the terms and conditions of registering a show with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. These can also be found on Edfringeware at the point of show creation.