New funding for Edinburgh Fringe to improve digital resources

The government grant will also be used to promote new talent

(Photograph: AndrewEdFringe)
(Photograph: AndrewEdFringe)

The government has announced that it is providing a £100,000 grant to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a registered charity, to improve digital resources for artists and identify and promote new talent.

The grant, which was announced by the culture secretary Jeremy Wight, will be used to fund a streamlined accreditation and ticket request system, develop the website and help to create an Arts Industry app to provide centralised scheduling and ticketing information for artists and visitors.

It will also be used to promote acts around the UK, specifically in areas that are under-represented at the festival, and to create networking opportunities.

The grant will also aid artists to extend the lifespan of fringe productions by recruiting arts industry brokers to help take shows across the UK and internationally, and support the opening of the Fringe Home, a year-round space for arts events and businesses in Edinburgh.

"The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an annual showcase of creativity and a global marketplace for emerging talent," Wright said.

"This funding will help the fringe increase its digital capability, making it even easier for visitors to this world-class event to enjoy everything it has to offer."

In 2017, the festival hosted about 3,400 shows from 62 countries, with approximately 75 per cent of artists and shows from the UK. This year it is expected to attract a similar figure.

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