Being a Creative Business Rather than an Arts Organisation

Arts organisations face many funding challenges and are seeking to develop different ways of working in order to develop additional income streams. This session will examine issues to be considered when adapting your organisation.

Dates & Times

November 27, 2012 @ 12:00 am - November 28, 2012 @ 12:00 am

  • Restructuring and reorganisation – are you set up right?
  • Charity objects – what can you do without tax penalties?
  • Exploiting IP and maximising sponsorship income.
  • The need to distinguish between contracts and grants.
  • Producing effective management accounts.
  • Fundraising, overhead recovery and gift aid: avoiding the pitfalls.


Tom Wilcox, partner Counterculture Partners LLP

Tom specialises in advising charities on strategic business issues including capital projects, operations and business modelling. Tom trained as an accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers' and has subsequently worked in the arts, including for Arts Council England, The Poetry Society and Whitechapel Gallery, where he was Managing Director. He is a Fellow Chartered Company Secretary.

Stephen Escritt, partner Counterculture Partners LLP

Stephen focuses on organisational development, strategic planning and fundraising and hs extensive experience in the cultural and creative sectors, having advised organisations such as the British Museum and the Whitechapel Gallery (in particular its £13.5m capital campaign)

Sean Egan, partner and Head of Arts and Media BWB

Sean has over 20 years’ experience in advising arts organisations and is acknowledged as a leading expert in advising on theatre issues by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. He combines advising on production and financing with governance, structuring and capital projects work. He is a trustee of a number of arts organisations and a regular contributor of articles including those on crowdfunding and alternative models for financing arts organisations.