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DIGITAL | Money is NOT a Dirty Word

This workshop will now be delivered via a digital webinar. Please register via Eventbrite to receive details. 

The starving artist is a pervasive idea, and in reality many creative people struggle in self-employment because money is a constant battle. This isn’t always just due to lack of funds. Creative practitioners sometimes need the basics of business money and financial literacy explained in a way that is easy to understand. This workshop helps to bridge that gap in financial literacy with an entertaining and real-world discussion of money that makes sense to the artistic brain.

The most common financial questions that creatives have are answered, including:

  • How do I weather the ups and downs of creative income?
  • Do I have to keep working for free?
  • What should I charge? How do I work that out?
  • What’s the deal with cash flow and budgets?
  • How do I invoice? How do I enforce an invoice?
  • What’s the deal with tax, and what is cloud accounting?
  • Where can I go for more help?

This workshop will be relaxed and informal. You can ask all the questions you have never been able to ask before and will have ample opportunity to network and get to know each other.


You will be emailed a link to the workshop and instruction about how to logon prior to this event. You’ll need access to a stable internet connection and a computer, laptop or tablet to participate in the workshop. We don’t recommend using a phone due to the small screen size.

Who is this Workshop 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. It is relevant for all creative professions including screen, performing arts, design, visual arts, music and writing. 

This workshop is open to anyone who lives, works, studies or plays in the City of Ryde. 

Workshop Facilitator

Monica Davidson, Director of Creative Plus Business Group

Monica Davidson

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.

Business Skills for Creatives

This workshop is part of a series of free professionally run workshops teaching business skills to creatives in the City of Ryde. These workshops are an opportunity to get expert advice, meet other local creatives, and ask difficult questions in a supportive environment. See the full program.

Date & Time

Saturday 18 April 2020 / 9.00AM - 1.00PM


City of Ryde
Phone: 9952 8222


Free; registrations essential.

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Last updated on 3 April 2020