Closing date: 10:00 on Friday 23 November 2018
Interview date: Monday 03 December 2018
Start date: Monday 14 January 2019 or depending on successful candidate

The idea at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is simple: anyone with a desire to perform and a venue willing to host them is welcome. No individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe.

It all began in 1947 with eight companies – six of them from Scotland – taking a risk, turning up uninvited and performing on the ‘fringe’ of the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. Over 70 years later, the Fringe has grown to become the greatest platform for creative freedom in the world, second only to the Olympics in terms of global ticketed events. In 2018, 3,548 shows took place in 317 venues across Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the charity that was established by participants to act as the custodian of the Fringe. We exist to support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe, provide information and assistance to audiences, and promote the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.

The Artist Development Manager is a new position and we are seeking an experienced manager to bring fresh perspective, creative thinking and an ability to generate new ideas to this important area of the Fringe Society’s work. The Artist Development Service sits within the Participant Services team and exists to support artists and companies participating in the Fringe to make the most of the professional development and onward touring opportunities available. The Artist Development Manager will lead on the development and delivery of these services, during the Fringe and year-round as we seek to develop our year-round engagement with artists and explore the opportunities for wider provision that our search for a new home for the Fringe Society might offer. The role will also hold responsibility for programming and delivery of the Fringe Central Events Programme – in 2018 this saw the Society work with 65 partners to deliver 125 professional and creative development events that were all free for Fringe participants to attend.

Role and responsibilities

You will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

Participant development:

  • Developing and overseeing delivery of the creative and professional development advice, resources and facilities for Fringe participants.
  • Working with the Head of Participant Services and relevant members of the Marketing, PR and Sponsorship team to develop and implement an increased awareness and uptake of the creative and professional development services available for Fringe participants.
  • Assisting performers, artists and companies to identify their goals and construct strategies to achieve these goals.
  • Responsibility for the provision of professional development advice to Fringe participants by e-mail, phone and in person at events throughout the year.
  • Creating content for and other relevant platforms for communication with participants.
  • Contributing to the strategic planning and delivery of information sessions (in person and digital) aimed at increasing participant awareness and engagement with the artist development service.
  • Leading on the programming of the Fringe Central Events Programme including relationship management with partners.
  • Leading on the event management of the Fringe Central Events Programme, working closely with the Fringe Central Manager.
  • Coordination of the Made in Scotland partnership, liaison with participating companies and overseeing the set up and delivery of related events (launches, information sessions etc).
  • Contributing where required to the strategic development of the Made in Scotland programme.
  • Developing and overseeing delivery of Fringe Society creative development. programmes including, Emerging Producers Development Programme and Fringe Central Youth Panel.
  • Recruiting, training and managing a seasonal team of staff (approx. 2 people).


  • Building and managing year-round stakeholder relationships and partnerships on behalf of the Society, especially relating to the Fringe Central Programme and artist networks and relationships.
  • Working closely with the Arts Industry and Marketplace Manager and identifying areas of collaboration and partnership between the two areas of work.
  • Supporting the delivery of participant focussed sustainability, community and accessibility projects and partnerships where appropriate.
  • Attending and speaking at events on behalf of the Fringe Society.
  • UK wide and international travel to represent the Fringe Society where required.
  • Managing project budgets and providing reports as requested.

Person specification


  • Proven experience of assisting artists and companies in developing and promoting their work.
  • Stakeholder management experience.
  • Experience in programming.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with internal and external partners
  • Strong presentation skills and confidence in public speaking.
  • Experience in managing budgets.
  • A thorough knowledge of the UK and International cultural and touring scene.
  • Excellent administrative, time management and organisational skills.
  • Experience of recruiting and managing a team.


  • Experience of working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Box office experience.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this post is circa £30,000 per annum, plus 4.5% employer pension contribution. We offer 34 days annual leave including 6 public holidays over Christmas/New Year and Easter.

Normal working hours are 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Some additional evening and weekend work may be required. There is no overtime entitlement, but the Society does maintain a TOIL policy outwith the festival period.

During the festival you will be required to work six days a week (42 hours). Due to intense activity during certain periods of the year, the fact that no TOIL is accrued during the festival period and that only six public holidays are recognised, the Society feels that employees benefit from an extended holiday over the Christmas and New Year period. The Society will award six “Festival Fringe” days over and above your annual holiday entitlement to count towards this period.

Some UK and International travel and attendance at events outside normal working hours will be required.

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How to apply

You can apply for this position using our online recruitment portal where you can manage and complete your application for available vacancies.




The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is committed to reducing its environmental impacts in its everyday operations. We are also committed to maintaining the open-access policy of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and aim to successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. We expect employees to support these commitments and to assist in their realisation.

Application deadline: 23rd November, 2018