Making the most of the money

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22 Sep 2016

Artists and other self-employed arts professionals are missing out by failing to take advantage of the tax rules designed to leave more money in their pockets. Alistair Bambridge explores the possibilities.

A fresh vision

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15 Sep 2016

Harrow Arts Centre faced almost certain closure following council cuts, but a fresh vision and new governance under a charitable trust are securing its long-term future. Andrew Welch tells the story.

Making an impact

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08 Sep 2016

The Arts Impact Fund offers loans based on artistic as well as social impacts. Seva Phillips explains the aims and benefits of its pilot investment scheme.

Tax relief to benefit temporary and touring exhibitions

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07 Sep 2016

A Government consultation on how tax relief can best be used to encourage more exhibitions and touring activity is now underway.

Making the switch

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22 Jun 2016

Is converting a charity to a charitable incorporated organisation worth the hassle? Mahmood Reza looks at the pros and cons, and explains the process.

Exploiting hidden assets

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11 Feb 2016

Are you sitting on a gold mine? Patrick Towell believes the arts sector is missing out by not exploiting its intangible assets. 

Career guide: Finance

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15 Jan 2016

How much does an accountant earn in the arts sector, and how good do your maths skills really need to be? Mahmood Reza answers all in this comprehensive guide.

Managing the money

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03 Dec 2015

Do you regularly find your head pickled by the financial rules and regulations pertaining to fundraising? Accountant Pete O’Hara is on hand to steer you safely around the pitfalls.

Creative industries to get £40m investment boost

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20 Nov 2015

With support from the Government’s British Business Bank, the Edge Creative Enterprise Fund has been launched to address the “funding drought” in the creative industries.

How to be resilient

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22 Oct 2015

There are all sorts of financial interventions claiming to help organisations build resilience. But which can actually work for arts organisations? Sean Egan shares his tips.

HMRC sets out rules for theatre tax breaks

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09 Oct 2015

Live performances to paying audiences are the main focus of the tax relief, but live streaming and educational productions will also qualify. 

Letter: The wheels turn slowly

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18 Aug 2015

Adrian Moule welcomes a report that encourages the UK's arts councils to offer loans.

Loans could ease pressure at touring companies

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13 Aug 2015

The UK’s arts councils are being urged to seek permission to use government funds to provide short-term loans.

Government prepares for Gift Aid reform

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07 Aug 2015

Describing the current Gift Aid scheme as “no longer fit for purpose,” the Treasury is calling for evidence of the problems presented by rules that limit benefits to donors. 

Tax relief and the funding equation

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04 Jun 2015

Sean Egan believes the new Theatre Tax Relief signals a shift away from government support for the subsidised sector in favour of the commercial sector, and will cement a London-centric focus.

Crowdfunding for the great and small

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19 Mar 2015

With little known about how small arts organisations can most effectively use crowdfunding, Oonagh Murphy decided to find out through leading a mentoring and development programme.

Attracting a diverse workforce

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26 Feb 2015

At a time when fundraising for the arts seems mostly to be done by white females, Michelle Wright speaks to development professionals about how we can face this diversity crisis.

Rising, moving and crashing

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19 Feb 2015

At The Firestation, Dan Eastmond has been experimenting with dynamic pricing. It’s still early days, but with rising income and no grumbling customers, the signs are positive.

Crowdfunding with a twist

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03 Feb 2015

Selling a new building’s fixtures, furnishings and finishing’s through the box office is a fundraising winner. Libby Penn explains how Lyric Hammersmith’s online capital campaign has been raising money and engaging audiences – one click at a time.

More tax relief!

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02 Jun 2014

Sean Egan shares some good news – another form of tax relief that will benefit charities and social enterprises.

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