FMN Membership Policy
The Festival Media Network is a membership-based organisation representing publications that cover arts festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Members of FMN are organisations, not individuals. To qualify for membership of FMN, an organisation must demonstrate established significant original-content coverage of an arts festival. It must also abide by FMN Codes of Conduct including, but not limited to, editorial policy transparency, professionalism and governance.
PERIOD OF MEMBERSHIP
Membership of FMN is granted initially for one year, and may subsequently be renewed for three-year periods. To renew, an organisation must satisfy the full membership of FMN that it continues to meet the criteria set out below.
Members of FMN must make a significant contribution to the coverage of arts festivals. The judgement of significance is ultimately a subjective one, and in the case of an initial rejection on the basis of significance, applicants will have the opportunity to present their case in person to existing FMN members. The following factors support a claim to be significant.
- Number of shows or events covered, relative to the size of the festival.
- Audience reach, expressed in terms of circulation or website unique visitors.
- Involvement of noted reviewers or other established individuals.
- Quality of content, particularly as perceived by performers or promoters.
Members must demonstrate a long-term commitment to arts festival coverage. The minimum is one year's history of coverage at a level commensurate with the proceeding criterion, and a business plan for coverage to continue in future years.
Members must commit to the FMN Code Of Conduct, as published on the FMN website and amended by the committee meetings of FMN.