Making money on the fringes

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05 Sep 2017

Some fringe festival productions win international touring contracts, but far too many lose out financially. Jessica Cheetham discusses a model that is offering affordable opportunities for artists. 

A change in status

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20 Apr 2017

Some freelancers and contractors working in the public sector may be taxed at source via PAYE following changes in legislation. Mahmood Reza explains what has changed and the implications.

Tax increases threaten future of London’s live music scene

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11 Apr 2017

A 26% increase in business rates has put 21 of London’s 94 grassroots music venues at risk of closure, according to new research.

A steady look at costs

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30 Mar 2017

Cost cutting is as essential as fundraising, but it’s not often given equal consideration. Michelle Wright shares tips for arts organisations looking to reduce costs without compromising quality or long-term growth.

Navigating change

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16 Mar 2017

Business support provides a lifeline that can help cultural organisations attract new partners, funders, lenders and investors. Sarah Thirtle previews a new programme designed to do just that.

Further consultation to inform Gift Aid donor benefit rules

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09 Dec 2016

The Treasury’s initial consultation failed to result in consensus about reform to the value test.

A simple formula to measure success

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24 Nov 2016

Calculating return on investment is a great way to measure the effectiveness of arts marketing activities. Carol Jones explains exactly how to do it.

Financial support for the creative sector

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17 Nov 2016

With the new tax relief for exhibitions on the horizon, Sean Egan surveys the history of these government schemes. 

Loan fund prompts entrepreneurial response

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03 Nov 2016

£3m has so far been loaned to arts organisations to develop commercial enterprises that will improve their resilience and achieve long-term financial sustainability.

Wake up to auto enrolment

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20 Oct 2016

Time is running out for small organisations yet to set up a pension scheme – they’ll soon face hefty fines for non-compliance. Alistair Bambridge offers some advice for those that still need to take the plunge.

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.

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