Creating New Income – A Toolkit

Creating New Income: A Toolkit to Support Creative Practice

Looking for advice on how to build skills and capacity across philanthropy, sponsorship and crowdfunding?

You’ve come to the right place! The Create NSW  Creating New Income Toolkit has just landed, and is aimed at helping small to medium arts, screen and cultural organisations to flourish.

This Toolkit takes a “how to” approach, and details the steps needed to grow and develop income streams from sources such as philanthropy, sponsorship, crowdfunding and new products.

Individual guides and fact sheets contain links to related information throughout the Toolkit, including successful case studies from around NSW.

Download : Full Toolkit Here

Or for more information visit Create NSW

Starting a Business

Although not specifically arts related the most useful New South Wales online resource is which has sections relating to: starting a business, running your business, growing your business , business planning, marketing and sales and management. However Arts Tasmania does have a number or recommended links and material specifically for arts and creative businesses. Its Arts Business and Artform resources pages is a collection of links to websites that may assist artists and arts organisations across all artforms to develop their skills, connections, profile and business practices. They are organised by art form including music, writing, design, performing and visual art and more as well as arts business links. The Business page covers the areas of:

  • Organisational structures and starting an arts business
  • Business planning
  • Budgeting / finance
  • Project management
  • Legal
  • Insurance

Insurance for Individual Artists

Regional Arts Victoria offers Individual Memberships for practicing artists and artworkers across Australia. Members are able to access through this individual Public & Products Liability Insurance. A good starting point for more information is their Frequently Asked Questions page: Their website also as online applications forms for both membership and insurance. For all Membership Application enquiries you can contact 03 9644 1800 or email

A range of other peak and specialist bodies and organisations may also offer appropriate insurance cover including:

Duck for Cover is a not for profit association offering affordable insurance for performers (including workshops)

The National Association for the Visual Arts, (NAVA) offers an insurance package as part of its premium professional membership for visual artists.

Ausdance has worked with insurance company Aon to develop a comprehensive dance insurance package designed for the specific needs of the dance industry.

The Association of Community Theatre acts as an umbrella group for amateur and community theatre groups. Members are entitled to access a group insurance policy.

Insurance for Groups

Regional Arts NSW offers group insurance policies for its members and affiliated members in association with Finsura Insurance Broking (Australia) Pty Ltd (Finsura). To participate in this scheme, your organisation must be a current financial member of Regional Arts NSW Ltd.

Any body corporate which is a not for profit Local Arts Organisation may apply for affiliate membership of the Company. This means any not for profit organisation based in regional or rural NSW that is a legal entity, such as an incorporated association, and that has in its objectives an arts or cultural purpose, can apply for membership. This could be an arts council, a festival, an artists’ society, a writers group, a film society and so on.

As an affiliated member of Regional Arts NSW your organisation can obtain access to the group insurance policies. This provides a number of advantages as you have access to specific insurance products/policies which are brokered across a large network of clients working in the arts and cultural sector in regional NSW. The annual subscription for affiliated members is $55.00 including GST and is due and payable on 1st April each year. An application form for membership must be completed and forwarded to Regional Arts NSW.
Regional Arts NSW has two policies which are available for purchase for its members.

  • Broadform Liability or ‘Public Liability’ Insurance
  • Voluntary Workers Personal Accident Insurance

Unfortunately, they are not able to offer insurance to individual artists.
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For further information you can contact the Finance Manager, Palmarita D’Orazio or Jennifer Tang from Finsura:

Creative Industries Forum

In May 2016 nearly 200 creative people came to the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey to listen to and engage with a range of presenters brought together for the day by ETC. Arts Mid North Coast was delighted to be a partner to this event with all the feedback being very positive. A summary of key elements of the day can be found at: