Louise Oliver, head of Participant Development, lectured us on the importance of the Fringe’s focus on the artistic maturation of the participants, and told us all about her job advising shows and theatre companies as to how to make sure the Fringe results in some benefit for the artists who come here, considering the financial burden inherent in the pilgrimage.
Andrew, the Fringe Society’s Media Manager, gave us some brief insight into his role, and how he effectively plays matchmaker with shows and press outlets to ensure relevancy, clarity, and equal opportunity coverage.
Mark, the Music Licensing Coordinator walked us through the nuts and bolts of copyright and licensing issues at the Fringe. Bridget, the director of Marketing and Sponsorship explained her role in marketing the Fringe as a whole as well as in managing the advert requests for the website and Fringe programme before moving on to explain Friends of the Fringe.
We learned a bunch about the festival in a little over an hour! It was kind of like a crash course in Fringe-ery.