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LITHGOW: Financial Literacy for Creatives

July 12 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

A person with short brown hair and glasses is sitting at a desk, working on a laptop while writing in a notebook. The desk is filled with various papers and office supplies. The workspace is modern and well-lit with large windows in the background. In the bottom right corner, there is a logo with the text "Service NSW Business Connect Approved Provider" along with the NSW Government logo.


You can be a professional creative without being a starving artist. Financial literacy may not come naturally, but the secrets of managing money can be learned.

Making a living and building a business means understanding how money works, but the financial situation for creatives can be tricky. Navigating the numbers is not always a happy place, emotions can be overpowering, and who ever learned the basics of business money and financial literacy during their arts training? Financial Literacy for Creatives is a surprisingly fun and practical workshop designed specifically by creatives, for creatives, with a range of tips and insights into navigating the realities of financial management in a professional arts practice.


Participants will learn all the following, with a focus on professional arts practice:
+ Introduction to the ‘Famine and the Feast’, and understanding how to weather the natural ups and downs of creative income.
+ Ways to make better financial decisions by using the cost-benefits analysis tool.
+ Learning the basics of budgets and cash flow projection to help navigate financial irregularity.
+ The essential paperwork, including managing invoices and receipts.
+ Practical steps to getting financially organised, including the best cloud accounting tools.
+ More resources and places to go for help.

What do I get?
All participants of this workshop also receive:
+ Lifetime access to a Dropbox folder jam-packed with additional resources and helpful links.
+ A practical Workbook to assist with the interactive elements of the workshops.
+ Access to additional free webinars to supplement the material covered in the workshop.
+ The possibility of further one-to-one business advice, mentoring and support from one of our creative industries business specialist advisors. We have a whole team ready to help!

Ideal for: This workshop is tailored specifically to creative people who are (or want to be) self-employed in some capacity. It is ideal for recent graduates, freelancers and small arts organisations.

Who is presenting?
Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries, who began her professional life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker. In 2014 Monica completed her Masters degree in Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS, and was appointed as the first NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor by the Department of Industry. Shortly after she founded the social enterprise Creative Plus Business, which is dedicated to educating creative people about small business and marketing skills. In 2019, Monica was awarded the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia award for being a Creative Trailblazer that “advocates, mentors, donates, educates and advises within Australia’s creative economy”. Monica continues to work as a writer, filmmaker and occasional performer.

What’s Creative Plus Business?
We’re a social enterprise dedicated to educating creative people and arts organisations about business skills. We help through sharing practical knowledge in a fun and irreverent way, and everything we do is designed to help creatives to feel more confident and comfortable about the entrepreneurial aspects of their creative practice. We believe that a bit of naughtiness, tempered with a kind heart and a big dose of professionalism, is the key to helping creative people understand the boring basics of business.

What is Service NSW Business Connect? 
Service NSW Business Connect provides free, independent, tailored business advice from experienced advisors in one‑on‑one sessions. We offer practical insights and business skills development. Services also include events and resources on a range of topics for small business.

Accessibility: if you have any access requirements, please email hello@creativeplusbusiness.com

Venue: Gang Gang Gallery, 206 Main Street, Lithgow NSW 2790


Creative Plus Business is an approved independent provider for Service NSW Business Connect until June 2025