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Made in Scotland 2020 applications open

Published: 26 Sep 2019

Scotland-based artists working across music, theatre and dance are invited to apply to be part of the Made in Scotland 2020 showcase – an annual curated showcase that promotes high-quality music, theatre and dance from Scotland-based artists to international audiences and promoters at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Over 230 shows have been supported through the programme, including 2019’s How Not to Drownand Islander – the New Musical. The Made in Scotland showcase is a partnership between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Creative Scotland, Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Music Centre. For more information about Made in Scotland, including details of previous showcases, visit the Made in Scotland website.

This year we’re once again looking for work that challenges, excites and brings artists together in new productions and partnerships- Laura Mackenzie-Stuart, Creative Scotland

Laura Mackenzie-StuartHead of Theatre at Creative Scotland, said: “Through Made in Scotland, a fantastic range of Scottish work will once again be presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to audiences from across Scotland and around the world. This funding provides a fantastic boost to individual projects, and also demonstrates that Scotland is one of the globe’s most artistically innovative and exciting countries.

“This year we’re once again looking for work that challenges, excites and brings artists together in new productions and partnerships. We look forward to discovering the exciting and dynamic work that shall form the 2020 programme.”

Shona McCarthy,Chief ExecutiveEdinburgh Festival Fringe Society said: “We are thrilled to be launching the fund for the 2020 Made in Scotland Showcase and look forward to seeing another programme of the very best music, theatre and dance from around Scotland enrich the stages of the Fringe.

“We are very grateful to the Scottish Government for their continued investment in ensuring that the work coming out of Scotland is well placed to take advantage of the world’s largest arts marketplace and the opportunities that it offers.”

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Creative Scotland will run information sessions for potential applicants on the following dates:

Thursday 10 October 2019, 11am-1pm: Scottish Music Centre, Glasgow, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ.

Friday 11 October 2019, 11am-1pm: Creative Scotland, Waverley Gate, 2 - 4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG.

To sign up to these events please visit our Made in Scotland Opportunities page. The session on 10 October will be live streamed on Twitter at @MadeinScotShows.

Media contact: Claire Thomson, Media Relations & PR Coordinator, Creative Scotland. T: 0141 302 1708 | E: claire.thomson@creativescotland.com

Notes to editors:

Made in Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. The total amount available for the Made in Scotland 2020 programme will be in the region of £290,000, split approximately between £220,000 to support theatre and dance and £70,000 to support music. An independent panel of expert advisors will select the final showcase in January 2020. The panel consists of both Scotland-based and internationally recognised industry professionals. Applicants will be informed of the panels’ decisions in the week commencing 17 February 2020. Full information on national and international touring opportunities for companies who have been part of the Made in Scotland showcase since 2009 can be found on madeinscotlandshowcase.com.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Further information at creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and facebook.com/CreativeScotland.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the charity that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, was established in 1958, eleven years after the birth of the Fringe when the first performers turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. The Fringe is an open access festival – any artist or company can take part regardless of their experience or success, and the festival is not programmed or run by an artistic director or any selection body. As a registered charity, the Fringe Society exists to support all participants, industry professionals, media and audience members who attend the Fringe from all around the world, and to produce accurate and up-to-date information and ticketing for audiences, and to raise the profile of the festival as a whole

(Image Credit - Mara Menzies, Blood and Gold, taken by Colin Hattersley)