Running Your Own Creative Business

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'Artists are often excellent businessmen. They have to be. Otherwise they do not remain artists.’ - A. Y. Jackson

The Perth edition of this course is co-presented with the Film & Television Institute (FTI), Western Australia. FTI is a not-for-profit membership based organisation dedicated to enhancing the vibrancy of the WA Screen Sector.

AFTRS Open's One-Day Running Your Own Creative Business course is absolutely essential for those seeking a successful career in the creative industries.

As creatives we often prefer to concentrate on our creative and artistic output, but secured financial viability and success relies on our ability to navigate the world of small business too.

Led by Monica Davidson, this intensive course focuses on the key areas that most arts-based small businesses need. What are the bare necessities of running a business? Will a business plan help me? How do I manage the irregularity of my income? What financial and taxation requirements are there? Do I need a contract, and how do I know it's a good one? How does copyright help make me money? And how can I market my arts business in a way that will bring in more clients and profits?

These questions and more will be answered and participants will walk away with new understanding and a defined path forward. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of applying business principles to your creative work
  • Manage your finances more effectively
  • Understand tax as it applies to a creative business
  • Gain familiarity with basic contracts and copyright laws
  • Learn how to market your services effectively and efficiently
  • Understand the importance of applying business principles to your creative work


Feedback from May 2014:

'This course should be essential for any freelancer in the creative industries!'

'Monica was brilliant this weekend and I've certainly been enlightened in looking to run my creative business in the future. I will definitely be recommending it to other creative friends.'

'The course was absolutely fantastic and Monica is a fabulous teacher. I gained a huge amount from the course...highly recommended and extremely happy.'

'Monica is awesome! So knowledgeable & fun! Facilities were great. The material received had extreme value!'


Check out Monica Davidson: Top Tips for Running Your Creative Business on our Meet the Tutors page.


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The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.