Growing Pains In The Arts

Getting good at fundraising, marketing and governance

Presented by

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra & Arts Tasmania

About the program

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with support from Tasmanian Community Fund Board and Arts Tasmania,  is offering a series of skill development seminars for Tasmania’s small-to-medium creative sector. The program is geared to organisations and practices that are presenting great work but faced with constant issues of sustainability and wondering how to get the next thing off the ground.

Over eight separate modules, participants will be able to bring real-life working situations to the table and walk away with a suite of tools and concrete plans to help their practice or organisation.  The program is designed to build skills in important areas of revenue generation and governance.

Importantly, participants will have the opportunity to spend time with and learn from each other, and become part of a rich and diverse alumni group with the potential to change the outlook of the Tasmanian arts and cultural sector.

Who should attend?

The program is open to all organisations and individual artists working in performing and visual arts and the wider creative industries. It will suit those responsible for managing arts and cultural organisations, and early-to-mid career arts and creative industries managers. It is also open to post-graduate and final-year students studying creative industries disciplines.

Each module will address key principles of fundraising, marketing, communications and governance and provide time to discuss and workshop current issues.


Caroline Sharpen and Samuel Cairnduff, TSO




Monday 12/10

5.30 – 7.30 pm

Building Philanthropic Support for your Creative Practice

Jane Haley, Ten Days on the Island

Monday 19/10

5.30 – 7.30 pm

A User’s Guide to Festivalisation – or how to make your work festival-ready

Tony Bonney, Festival Consultant

Monday 26/10

5.30 – 7.30 pm

Beyond ‘build it and they will come’ - Building audiences for your work

Sam Cairnduff, Director Marketing TSO

Monday 2/11

5.30 – 7.30 pm

Public Support for the Arts

Presented by the team from Arts Tasmania

Monday 9/11

12.00 - 2.00 pm

Financial strategy for small-to-medium arts organisations

John De Paoli, CFO TSO

Monday 16/11

12.00 - 2.00 pm

How to engage with your Members of Parliament and advocate for your work

Hon Andrew Wilkie MP, Member for Clark

Monday 23/11

12.00 - 2.00 pm

Creating and leveraging value - knowing what you have and how to make the most of it

Adam Blake, Co-COO Blundstone

Monday 30/11

12.00 - 2.00 pm

Role of the Arts in Place Branding and Promotion

Todd Babiak, CEO Brand Tasmania

COURSE FEES: FREE, thanks to support from Arts Tasmania and the Tasmanian Community Fund Board.


For more information please contact Shaunagh O'Neill - ph: (03) 6232 4411; email: - or BOOK NOW

Special acknowledgment to Dr David Rich, TSO Director 2008-2020, TSO Chair 2015-2020.

Growing Pains In The Arts was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.