Exploring Crowdfunding at the Edinburgh Fringe – Interview Study

As part of the Creative Informatics project, we’re interested in exploring how new financial technologies will help performers and creative teams to fund their work and engage with audiences and supporters in new ways.

Crowdfunding is an early example of how digital technologies can transform the way work is funded, and has become an increasingly popular approach for those bringing work to the Edinburgh Fringe, this year including a standalone partnership between Kickstarter and the Fringe.

We’re interested in speaking to any performers or creative teams who have used crowdfunding – successfully or unsuccessfully – to bring a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019. We’re interested in why creatives choose to crowdfund their work, and how they use a range of digital technologies to do this. As well as talking about specific crowdfunding experiences, we’re also interested in views of crowdfunding generally, and other alternative and digital means of funding creative work.

Interviews will be semi-structured conversations, and last around an hour, at a convenient time and place for participants. We also recognise that time is very pressed during the Fringe, and so we can offer a £15 Amazon voucher as a small token of thanks for taking part.

If you’re interested in participating and would like more information about the study, please contact Dr. Chris Elsden directly: celsden(at) or via Twitter (@ElsdenChris)