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Money Talks: events to help creatives access finance

  • Date: 17 January 2013
  • Area: North

Whether you're an artist, writer, performer, designer, producer, promoter, publisher or innovator, the current economic climate can make the business of creativity even more challenging. 

Creative Industry Finance, an Arts Council England programme to support creative businesses, is working with Leeds blog Culture Vulture to put together a series of free, hands-on events across Yorkshire, designed to open up the conversation about new forms of finance for the arts. Money Talks will bring a group of expert speakers together, delving into everything from loan finance advice for artists and creatives to community regeneration and the rollercoaster world of crowdsourcing.

All four Money Talks events will take place across the region over the next month:

York - 30 January, 4pm, at Ebor Suite, Royal York Hotel
Hull - 4 February, 6pm, The Fruit Space
Leeds - 6 February, 6pm, Duke Studios in Munro House
Sheffield - 11 February, 6pm, Made North Yorkshire Art Space

Speakers include lawyer Keith Arrowsmith who appears on Channel 4's Bank of Dave, and has also advised businesses on Dragon's Den and BBC3's Be Your Own Boss, Andrew Lindsay from Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley talking about the merits of crowd funding and explaining how it can be applied to your business ventures, as well as Mary Alice Stack from Creative Industry Finance who will focus on the loan and business support offered by the programme. 

There will also be an opportunity to meet your peers in fields as diverse as craft, games design, drama, web design, dance and the full range of visual arts and discuss the challenges and opportunities for creative businesses in Yorkshire, for 2013 and beyond.

You can book for all four free events on Eventbrite and more information about Creative Industry Finance can be found on its website.