- Business coaching for City of Sydney creatives
Are you a creative professional living, working or presenting or running a creative organisation in the City of Sydney? Sharpe Advisory, in partnership with Brand X, is offering free business coaching sessions (thanks to funding from the City of Sydney) which are tailored to each attendee and can cover topics such as adapting to new business conditions, improving income generation, considering different business models and new technologies to increase productivity and overcoming challenges. You can book here for our August and September sessions – and look out for our 4 roundtable discussions coming up later in FY24. There’s a small booking fee to pay, refundable after attendance at each session.
- Apply for fundraising programs
Applications are now open for MATCH Lab and Plus1 funding from Creative Australia to build fundraising skills by providing dollar-for-dollar matched funding for fundraising campaigns. MATCH Lab is designed for independent artists and collectives with matched funding of up to $10,000 and includes a place at a two-day Raising Money for Your Art Professional Development clinic. Recipients of Plus1 will receive matched funding of up to $25,000 or up to $50,000 depending on the size of the organisation. I’ve got a long history with MATCH Lab having facilitated the clinic that goes along with it for the last 7 years (with my colleague Caroline Sharpen) and am looking forward to it again in October. Applications close August 1.
- Free online course on how to win new business
The NSW Small Business Commissioner has produced a free online course that can help you to win new business through explaining the contract pitching process, sharing tips and insights. It’s available any time and only takes 20-40 minutes. Nothing ground breaking but a good reminder of the basics.