Effective networking is all about building a network of contacts relevant to your industry that can help you achieve your goals or develop your career. Your network is built upon the direct or indirect relationships you have with real people therefore you need to manage your network properly, nurture it and keep it strong in order for it to benefit you.

Our Participant Development team are here to help you in your professional ambitions at the Fringe. If you’re looking to tour your show, find an agent or producer or just want some advice about giving your show life after the Fringe or developing your career then we are here to help, email us on artistadvice@edfringe.com.  

If you’re looking for a list of promoters who are at the Fringe this year then please read our Fringe Guide to the Arts Industry, fill in our artist prep sheet and send it to artistadvice@edfringe.com.

In addition to the events run in Fringe Central, there are many professional development opportunities presented by a range of external companies and organisations. Check the list below for upcoming opportunities for your time at the Fringe. This list will continue to be updated as we become aware of new opportunities throughout the Fringe.

 
A number of professional networks and development organisations exist who offer events and opportunities year round. Details of these networks and organisations can be found below. If you are aware of any not listed please get in touch on artistadvice@edfringe.com.

One of the main reasons for touring a production is to build an audience for your work outside of your home base, and as a result, to grow as a company/artist. It is important to work with your venue to get an audience; it is in both your interests to get the work seen by lots of people.

There are a number of ways to do this:

  • Invite marketing and box office staff to see your show so they can sell it and talk about it with confidence
  • Write a blog and use social media to create a following for the tour and to gather your audience. Update your audience on interesting things that happen throughout the tour, post pictures and announce local press response.
  • Compile a FAQ sheet for your venue’s box office that lists all the potential auidence questions – Who is in it? Is it suitable for children? How long does it last? Also make sure that you give details on any unique performance elements so that staff can answer questions knowledgeably.

Venues normally require your marketing materials fairly far in advance so ensure you have them ready. It is your responsibility to produce marketing materials for your tour as required, so make sure you print enough and that they are of good quality.

Standard requests might include the following:

  • Three or four high-resolution digital images for publicity (landscape and portrait, min. 300dpi)
  • High-resolution digital copies of your company logo and any sponsor logos if applicable as well as show copy and images for inclusion in the venue’s brochure
  • A sample mail out
  • A press release
  • Flyers and posters with space for over-printing. Venues may stipulate a quantity that they require but increasingly venues will print their own posters in line with their regular marketing campaigns and, if so, you may want to ensure that you have copy approval of the final design.

As part of our Service Directory we list rehearsal spaces both in Edinburgh and across the UK. The list will be updated and added to in the run up to the festival.

The Fringe Society do not manage any of the spaces listed – the individual rehearsal rooms contained are managed by an independent venue manager. Enquiries should go directly to that venue manager using the contact details listed on their website.

If you have a rehearsal room which you would like to be added to this list, or if you feel there is a room listed in the document that shouldn’t be, please get in touch with us on participants@edfringe.com.

 

Being a registered Fringe participant gives you access to exclusive discounts for a number of local businesses. Just present your Fringe participant pass to get great offers on food, fitness and wellbeing to help make the most of your time at the Fringe.

More offers will be added in the lead up to and during the Fringe so check back here to see what's new.

Your Fringe participant pass can be collected at the Fringe Central reception.

The venues and companies team acts as a conduit of information to anyone taking part in a Fringe show or managing a Fringe venue.

The office is available from 10:00 to 18:00 daily and is a resource to help you with any questions you have while you are here. Our knowledgeable team prides itself on being able to answer almost any query and can direct you to those who can help you if we are unable to.

Email an enquiry to participants@edfringe.com or drop into the office at Fringe Central.