New £10,000 fund to support live theatre at 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Fringe Society is delighted to announce the launch of the Carol Tambor Incentive Award, designed to encourage live theatre performance at the Fringe in 2022, its 75th anniversary year.

The £10,000 ($13,000 US) fund, generously created by the New York-based Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation, will be used to award at least 25 grants, covering the cost of Fringe registration fee payments for successful applicants.

To be eligible to apply, shows must be registered in the theatre category for a live, in-person performance at the Fringe in 2022. The work must be new, not have been performed at the Fringe or in New York before, and must feature a cast of at least two performers. Children’s work and monologues are not eligible.

The fund will be administered by the Fringe Society, with successful applicants chosen by the Foundation and notified by 17:00 BST on Wednesday 27 April 2022.


Commenting on the award, Carol Tambor said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating for the theatre world and for the arts in general. In creating this award, I hope to offer support to companies looking to present new and exciting theatre at the Fringe. I have attended the festival for many years and have seen how important the Fringe is for artists and for the theatre world. It is my hope that this new award will encourage excellent new work in 2022.”

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, added: “This is a big year for the Fringe. Not only is it our 75th anniversary, it’s an opportunity for renaissance after the turbulence and difficulty of the last two years. It’s more important than ever that artists are invested in, both financially and creatively. Thanks to the generosity of The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation, theatre creators will now be supported to perform new work live at this world-renowned festival.