The Edinburgh Fringe festivals major venue companies have come out with pleas for a bailout from the Scottish Govt.
In documents revealed by the Scotsman, an alliance of venue producers has told MSPs that most of them have been unable to access any financial support during the Covid-19 crisis.
Representation has been made in letters to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee ‘Inquiry on the Impact of Covid-19 on Scotland’s Culture and Tourism Sectors.
The Holyrood inquiry has been told that these companies are “micro-entities operating without fixed premises”, which in many cases beggars belief.
One letter states: “With the Fringe not taking place, shows don’t perform, venues don’t operate, smaller local businesses don’t get that work and accommodation providers don’t benefit – the overall impact and picture is immense, and extends beyond 2020, especially if these organisations and businesses are unable to survive.”
“Therefore, a catastrophic year, brought on by Covid-19, could lead to the loss of Edinburgh’s infrastructure as the world’s leading festival city, and the pivotal role the Fringe plays for Scotland’s creative industries.”
Read the alliance of venue producers here.
The signatories include C Venues who in January 2019 the Fair Fringe campaign accused of imposing poor conditions on workers and paying them as little as £200 for the entire Fringe run, and demanding the Fringe Society ban C Venues over “an unacceptable model built on exploitation, underpayment and overworked staff”.