The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is undoubtedly one of the greatest arts festivals in the world, but it would be nothing without the people that put in the work to make it run. The festival is known to have horrendous working conditions. Low or no pay and ungodly hours is what most festival workers quoted when asked. The experience looks good on paper, but is mentally harrowing. Most people working are students, or fresh graduates looking to “work their way up” to a more senior role and get their foot in the door of the ever so intimidating arts industry. A lot of companies at the Fringe are “in the business of making money” which is where slip ups are made and working conditions are not upheld.
However, progress is made, even if it is slow. Mark Williamson, one of the founders of the Fair Fringe campaign, launched an initiative to improve the conditions and the pay.
Whilst it is less commonly known, there is also a code of conduct for venues that was a joint effort between The Fringe Society and the BECTU media and entertainment union.
For additional information on labour issues read this Telegraph article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2604463/Edinburgh-Fringe-Look-no-audience.html