Courses and workshops

Are you trying to help new creatives get a foot on the ladder and stay there? Me too! I deliver online workshops about personal finances in the creative industries to students and creative workers.

Below you’ll find some information about my Run Your Money short course, which I deliver at creative colleges and universities; how to work with me for a one-off workshop or guest session; and a little information about me and my experience, should be trying to understand if I’m a good fit for your organisation.

If you prefer just talking things through, I’d love to chat. Just send me an email using the form below…

Run Your Money online short course

(5x 1-hour, delivered to small groups of students or new creative workers)

Run Your Money is a short course designed to encourage creative students to take an active hand in managing their money.

Here are some of the comments from previous participants.

“The course itself was extremely helpful as there is not enough education for students about these types of topics.”

“I mostly enjoyed the interaction between us students and the lecturer. Every lesson felt like a good conversation and the lecturer kept it very realistic and down to earth.”

“I enjoyed the simplicity. It was taught in a way that makes the principles liveable in everyday life.”

“It’s made me understanding of the long term. It’s taught me to have an active relationships with finances and accountability for where my money is going. It’s amazing how looking at where your money has gone on a monthly basis can have an effect on how much you can save.”

The online workshops are all about demonstrating simple, effective techniques that can help us to improve our finances amid the ups and downs of student income.

Each of the five workshops explains a key principle (e.g. net worth and cashflow) in a clear, relatable fashion. They incorporate tasks, discussions and activities that encourage participants to take action and apply the ideas to their own lives.

Who is this for?

First or second year UK students, or groups of early-career creative workers who want help getting to grips with the basics of money management.

I prefer to work with sponsors and organisations (universities, events, trade/membership bodies) that will enable these sessions to be free at the point of access to participants.

One-off workshops and guest sessions

I will drop in on your class, sit on your event panel or crash your webinar to share the resources, ideas and techniques they can use to better prepare themselves financially for life in the creative industries.

I can talk about the realities of the freelance lifestyle, the mistakes I have made and seen others make and the simple techniques we can use to smooth out the ride, financially.

I have previously designed and delivered various stand-alone sessions to young adults, including…

  • Real world money: getting ready to graduate
  • Finances for first-time freelancers
  • How to make money work for you

Who is this for?

Universities and creative colleges delivering courses that lead to freelance or creative career paths.

Professional bodies, unions and membership organisations who wish to work together in order to create a one-off session or panel for their members or guests.

Why work with me?

(I am approx. 60% less gothic in person)

I know the creative industries

I have been a professional freelance feature writer and music journalist since 2012.

Alongside my own experiences, I have spent the last decade writing for music-making publications and learning from musicians, industry workers and all manner of creative entrepreneurs.

From writers to label managers, guitar builders to YouTube stars, I have spent thousands of hours talking to creatives about how they make this life work for them.

I have an HE teaching qualification

Since 2015, I have taught regularly at BIMM Institute in Manchester, gaining my Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from the University Of Sussex in the process.

I teach several modules on the college’s BA (Hons) Music Marketing, Media and Communications course (see: here I am!)

More importantly, my students often say nice things about me (even in anonymised feedback) and one made me an artisanal loaf. Yes. I am bragging, but it seems like this is the place for it…

I want to help budding creative workers

I set up Creative Money in 2020 because I wanted to address the unhelpful stigma of talking about money in the creative industries and perhaps try to share some of the ideas I had found helpful.

In the first year I delivered over 35 sessions and online workshops on personal finances across the UK, from London to Brighton, Brum to Bristol…

Your group will be in safe hands and I am happy to work together to create a tailored session that will directly benefit them.

Want to talk about offering Creative Money courses or workshops to your organisation? Get in touch!