Opportunity: Emerging Producers Development Programme

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Are you an up-and-coming producer based in the UK? Would you like to experience the Edinburgh Fringe and expand your creative insight?

JLJ 3929The Royal Mile during Edinburgh Fringe. Photo: Jonathan Littlejohn

The Emerging Producers Development Programme (EPDP) supports UK producers to develop their learning, creative insight, and expand their professional networks.

Run by the Fringe Society and supported by the British Council, the EPDP uses the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a platform for career development. The programme has supported emerging producers since 2012 and is open to producers working across all art forms at the start of their career.

Producers on the programme will travel to Edinburgh for five days, receiving a ticket budget and a bursary to cover accommodation and travel. They will meet with a member of our Theatre and Dance team, attend Edinburgh Showcase networking events, and gain access to Fringe Central resources. There's also a chance to discuss professional development opportunities at the Fringe and beyond.

Both the British Council and the Fringe Society are keen that the participants on the programme reflect the UK in all its diversity. Since 2018, we've made changes to the participant selection process to enable better access for emerging producers who identify as disabled or minority ethnic. We particularly welcome applications from groups who are underrepresented in the sector.

If you are an organisation that works with producers who identify as disabled and/or minority ethnic, you can also nominate individuals for the programme.


At a glance:


What is the eligibility criteria?

  • Applicants must be based in the UK
  • Applicants must be 18 or over
  • Applicants must be working as independent or freelance producers
  • Applicants should not be eligible for Arts Industry accreditation through the Fringe Society's Arts Industry Office
  • Applicants will not be considered if they have participated in the programme previously
  • Applicants need not be presenting work at the Fringe, or have done so in the past
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate existing partnerships, producing credits or affiliations within their chosen field
  • Applicants should be able to clearly identify how this programme will further develop their creative practice
  • Applications from those in higher education will be considered if they meet the rest of the criteria


What does the programme include?

  • £100 ticket budget
  • A travel/accommodation bursary of up to £250
  • A £50 per day stipend for the five days of the programme
  • Accreditation and access to all resources provided by the Arts Industry Office (excluding the complimentary ticketing service)
  • Invitation to the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase opening reception
  • An introduction to a member of the British Council's Theatre and Dance team
  • Invitation to the Emerging Producers Development Programme welcome reception – where you can meet the other participants and programme alumni
  • Access to Fringe Central and their resources and events programme
  • Access to the Arts Industry Buddy Scheme, which connects you with a more experienced delegate to help you navigate the Fringe
  • A meeting with the Artist Development Manager or the Arts Industry and Marketplace Manager to discuss professional development opportunities
  • 'Match-making' with relevant arts industry professionals attending the Fringe
  • Bespoke advice and support to help you find artists that match your interests in the Fringe programme
  • Those with additional support needs will receive a fee of up to £150 per day to cover the cost of a personal assistant over the five days of the programme, plus a travel bursary equal to that of the participants where needed


When and where does the programme take place?

19–23 August 2019 in Edinburgh


How do I apply?

Please send your CV with a short personal statement that details relevant experience and eligibility to emergingproducers@edfringe.com with the e-mail subject 'Emerging Producers Application'.

A portion of places will be selected via nominations from partner organisations across the UK, best placed to identify promising emerging producers. If you are an organisation who would like to put forward an independent producer please enquire by contacting emergingproducers@edfringe.com.


When is the deadline?

Wednesday 24 April 2019, 10:00am (BST)


Who assess the applications? 

The selection panel will be made up of Fringe Society staff, with input from the British Council.


What if I have questions?

Contact the Artist Development Service at the Fringe Society on +44 (0)131 226 0020.


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