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Professional Skills for Creatives

City of Ryde is providing a series of free professional development workshops to help local creatives grow and sustain their practice. With topics ranging from marketing and communications to understanding your finances, these workshops are an opportunity to get valuable expert advice and meet other local creatives.

E-Course

Artboard 5.png NOT THE NIGHT BEFORE - GRANT WRITING E-COURSE FOR CREATIVES

Working on a grant application for your creative project?  Want some top tips and regular reminders to help you get your application in on time and looking good? The City of Ryde is running a six-week email-based grant writing e-course designed to be your virtual accountability buddy and help you take your applications to the next level! Sign up by 18 January 2021 to be included.

You will receive 10 emails sent out between 19 January and 24 February 2021.

This program has been timed to support applications for project funding rounds with Australia Council and Create NSW in closing in early March 2021.

Find out more and sign up here.

Workshops

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BUSINESS PLANNING 101 FOR CREATIVES
30 January 2021 / 10.00am - 12.30pm

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.  A useful plan can make all the difference between creative business success and heading back to the drawing board. Get some top tips here! 
Where: Online, via Zoom.
Cost: Free, but RSVP is essential. Find out more
 

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BEGINNERS GUIDE TO MARKETING FOR CREATIVES
Saturday 27 February 2021 / 10.00am - 12.30pm

Most creatives hate to sell and would rather be making than hustling. The seven steps outlined in this workshop have been designed specifically for creative professionals and will take the pain out of promotion. 
Where: Online, via Zoom.
Cost: Free, but RSVP is essential. Find out more
 

PITCHFACE – PITCHING FOR CREATIVES
Tuesday 23 March 2021 / 6.00pm - 8.00pm

This workshop provides practical advice on how to tell your best story, how to protect your ideas, and simple tips and tricks to avoid the ‘elevator pitch’ and build lasting relationships with the people who can help bring your ideas to life.
Where: Online, via Zoom.
Cost: Free, but RSVP is essential. Find out more
 

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UNDERSTANDING ARTS CONTRACTS
Wednesday 28 April 2021 / 6.00pm - 7.30pm

This session takes you through how to make and negotiate a contract and some of the key terms to look out for in those agreements. We’ll guide you to useful templates and explain how to get legal advice on those.
Where: Online, via Zoom.
Cost: Free, but RSVP is essential. Find out more
 

SUPER INSURANCE – A GUIDE FOR CREATIVES
Saturday 29 May 2021 / 10.00am - 12.30pm 

This workshop explains insurance and superannuation for creatives So boring, and so necessary. We promise the workshop will make this essential content engaging. 
Where: Online, via Zoom.
Cost: Free, but RSVP is essential. Find out more
 

I HATE NETWORKING – CREATIVE MEET UP
Wednesday 23 June 2021 / 6.00pm - 8.00pm 

This workshop is a surprisingly fun event designed to encourage creative people to get to know each other, while acknowledging the horror, and sharing a few tips at the same time. 
Where: Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club
Cost: Free, but RSVP is essential. Find out more

More Resources

Looking for more resources to help you upskill? Visit our Resources for Artists webpage for more information.

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The Professional Skills for Creatives design identity was developed by local creatives, Good Practice. You can read their Creative Spotlight interview here

Last updated on 14 December 2020