09 August 2019
Equity has today launched a petition to tackle the spiralling cost of accommodation for those performing at the Edinburgh Fringe.
A survey of members working at the fringe found rents have risen from a typical average monthly rent in 2015-2018 in shared properties of between £600 and £1200, to between £800 to £2000 this year.
The petition calls for stakeholders – including the Scottish Government and Edinburgh Council – to work with Equity and others to investigate how provision can be made for performers and others working at the Fringe to locate and secure affordable accommodation next year and in future years.
Simon Caine of the Equity Comedians’ Network said, "While the costs of participating in the event have been a long-term bugbear, we are concerned that soaring costs more recently is putting it beyond the reach of a growing number of us – particularly those from working class backgrounds that receive no private or professional funding to take part. There is a real danger that without action to address this in future years, it will harm the careers of many artists from Scotland and the UK and will risk the future diversity and quality of acts on offer."
Please sign and share the petition – which you can find here: http://chng.it/zWPK2jPz - to ensure the Fringe continues to be accessible and affordable to a wide and diverse range of performers, which is also vital to its future success.