EPAD Edinburgh Performing Arts Development

Capacity building project for independent performing arts companies and artists based in Edinburgh. 

Mason Bone Projects founded and manages Edinburgh Performing Arts Development (EPAD), a light-touch project that supports Edinburgh-based independent artists and companies working in the performing arts sector. The project is currently funded by Capital Theatres and City of Edinburgh Council (CEC).

The project implements recommendations made by Lucy Mason in a report commissioned in 2014 by Capital Theatres and funded by CEC. You can read the report here: Pilot Project – Final Report.

We bring our combined expertise in producing, mentoring and creative development to the project, focusing on three main areas:

  • Space
  • Support
  • Networking

We aim to identify and promote opportunities in all these areas, developing strategies to connect people’s needs with existing provision, and plugging gaps where necessary and appropriate. There are opportunities for independent artists and companies working in the performing arts sector to access short-term advisory sessions, longer-term mentoring, targeted interventions and bespoke training. We initiate relationships that enable the city’s more experienced performing arts producers and practitioners to support those with less experience or working independently and with access to fewer resources. The aim is to help the performing arts sector in Edinburgh be better connected, more self-sufficient and stronger.

Visit the EPAD website to find out more and to access its services here.