The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, with support from the British Council, have opened applications for this year’s Emerging Producers Development Programme.

This is a unique creative and professional development programme, specifically designed for early career UK-based producers. The programme offers emerging producers the chance to widen their professional networks and develop their contacts and knowledge by engaging with the world’s largest arts market at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe; offering an exceptional opportunity to enrich their ongoing career development.

The programme runs over the final week of the Fringe (21st – 27th August) and helps emerging producers explore a wider range of work being presented at the Fringe, attend professional development events aligned with their interests and seek advice from experienced performing arts professionals.

The programme is open to UK-based independent producers working across all disciplines and genres of the performing arts.  The programme consists of: Exclusive discussions, workshops and networking events:

  • A £100 ticket voucher to assist participants see a wider breadth of work at the Fringe than their own budgets would allow.
  • A travel bursary of up to £150 to attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from within the UK.
  • An optional meeting with the Participant and Industry Development Manager to discuss further professional development opportunities at the Fringe.
  • Access to Fringe Central and all the services and resources within.
  • Access to the wider Fringe Central Events Programme, which in 2016 hosted over 100 professional development opportunities, free of charge.
  • Access to the services and resources provided by the Arts Industry Office (excluding the complimentary ticketing service).
  • Assistance in engaging with members of the British Council’s Theatre and Dance team.
  • Assistance in engaging with the British Council’s 2017 Edinburgh Showcase with opportunities to attend certain sessions and events.

Eligibility 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 week in the final week of the Fringe.
  • Applications will not be considered if the applicant has participated in the programme previously.
  • Applications will not be considered from those who have been accredited with the Arts Industry Office in previous years.

The deadline for Edinburgh Fringe Emerging Producers Development Programme applications is 17:00 on 15 May 2017. To find out more and apply go to www.edfringe.com/take-part