Media Release: Made in Scotland 2016 opens for applications

Made in Scotland launch 2013

Scottish dance, theatre and music artists invited to apply for funding to present work at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

Application deadline: Monday 23 November 2015

APPLICATIONS open today for the opportunity to be part of Made in Scotland 2016 – the annual curated showcase of music, theatre and dance taking place as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Made in Scotland celebrates the wealth and diversity of work being produced in Scotland, and through being presented at the world’s largest arts festival provides a range of artists and companies working in this country with invaluable international profile.

139 shows have been supported at the Fringe thanks to the programme since it first took place in 2009 from the likes of David Leddy’s Fire Exit, Scottish Dance Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Caroline Bowditch and Barrowland Ballet.

Dance, theatre, and music artists and companies based in Scotland can apply to the Music and Theatre & Dance programmes before 5pm on Monday 23 November 2015.

To find out more and apply visit:

Laura Mackenzie Stuart, head 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 the world.

“Brilliant Scottish dance, music and theatre will also be supported to travel to stages across the world thanks to this hugely successful programme.

“This funding provides a fantastic boost to the individual projects, and also shows to the world that Scotland is one of the most artistically innovative and exciting countries in the world.

“This year we’re looking once again for work that challenges, that excites; work that pushes boundaries, and that brings artists together in new partnerships.

“Work that will make audiences, promoters and everyone who is passionate about the arts and creativity sit up and take notice. We look forward to discovering the exciting and innovative work that shall form the 2016 programme.”

Made in Scotland also supports work created in Scotland which has been staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to tour internationally through the Onward International Touring Fund.

Since 2009, this funding has made possible tours across five continents, visiting over 15 countries, including Germany, USA, Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Canada, Japan, China, Denmark, The Netherlands and more.

This opportunity is open to companies and artists based in Scotland who have been part of Made in Scotland and those who have not, and applications can be made at any time.

Telephone Information sessions can be arranged. To arrange a telephone information session please email

The guidelines can be viewed here:

The Made in Scotland programme is made possible through a partnership between Creative Scotland, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Scottish Music Centre. It is supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Helen Sim
Media Relations & PR Assistant
Creative Scotland
T: 0131 523 0019
M: 07801 226605
S: 0330 333 2000

Notes to editors:

  1. The Made in Scotland Showcase:
  • supports Scottish dance, theatre and music companies/artists to present their best work on an international stage;
  • raises the profile of the work of Scottish dance, theatre and music companies/artists and offers them unique networking opportunities with promoters;
  • increases the number and diversity of international promoters coming to see Scottish work at the Fringe through a year-round promoter development programme;
  • nurtures and encourages international creative dialogue and the development of international collaborations by Scottish dance, theatre and music companies/artists;
  • supports international touring opportunities for all Scottish dance, theatre and music companies/ artists performing at the Fringe;
  • offers a year-round programme of training, support and advice to companies/artists so they can maximise the impact of their appearance in the showcase.
  1. The total amount available for the Made in Scotland 2015 Music programme will be in the region of £75,000. The total amount available for Made in Scotland Theatre and Dance 2015 will be in the region of £230,000. Other than the limitation of the available budget for the year, there is no minimum or maximum level of grant for which you can apply. The total amount available for the Onward International Touring Fund will be in the region of £110,000.
  2. MADE IN SCOTLAND is supported by the Scottish Governments Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund has provided £14 million from 2008/09 to 2014/15, supporting the costs of new productions, events or exhibitions which involve Scottish-based participants and are premiered at any of the 12 Edinburgh Festivals. 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:
  3. 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. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and

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