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Edinburgh Fringe announces partnership with Kickstarter

The Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Photo: Shutterstock The Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Photo: Shutterstock
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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is teaming up with crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to support theatremakers bringing shows to the fringe.

Kickstarter is also pledging $7,000 (£5,380) to help create a safe and supportive space for artists at the fringe through health and well-being events at the Fringe Society’s hub, Fringe Central.

The Fringe Society and Kickstarter said they shared a commitment to support artists and their well-being, and that the partnership would honour a long history of artists and companies using Kickstarter to fundraise for their fringe shows.

As part of the collaboration, Kickstarter will offer a series of incentives to companies using the platform to crowdfund their show, including support for artists before and during the festival through online videos about fundraising and one-to-one coaching.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Fringe Society, said: “Supporting and empowering the risk-takers and change-makers who make the fringe happen every year is at the very heart of the Fringe Society’s work, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Kickstarter in 2019, to provide an invaluable platform for so many artists to present their work during the fringe.”

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