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Dear All

Welcome to 2017!  

I’m so pleased to be seeing 2016 disappearing in the rear view mirror. And I know many of you are as well. To start the year, we thought we’d take it straight to the top. The Board.  

Following are three articles on the most common issues we see between boards and staff. Usually they boil down to relationships, the pressure to raise funds and misaligned expectations around reporting.

Sound familiar? Read on for some ideas, solutions and solid work-arounds.

Last year we announced a small group mentoring program for arts managers commencing this March. Based on feedback, today we’re launching two.  
  • General Management in the Arts for leaders of small-to-medium arts organisations.  
  • Arts Philanthropy for anyone in a development role.  
Full details below. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Wishing you a spectacular year ahead.


7 characteristics of a successful arts chair

What is it that makes a truly great arts chair? If you’re recruiting or succession planning for this critical position, it’s important to know and do the due diligence the task deserves. It will make or break the culture of your organisation. Read more >

Arts fundraising: taking centre-stage in the boardroom

Boards and fundraising. This is a universal theme in the arts and not for our amazing success stories! What can we do to put funds development at the centre of the board conversation about organisational health? Read more >

Board papers: what directors really want

The scenario… frustrated staff who spend hours writing reports that don’t get read, let alone discussed... frustrated boards who receive something akin to War and Peace with no sense of where the critical information is buried.  Spend time reading this - it will transform your governance processes and relationships. Read more >

Arts Philanthropy

Small Group Mentoring Program

Arts Philanthropy is a seven-month program that supports development professionals in their role. Groups of six meet monthly and follow up with 1:1 individual sessions. We will cover major frameworks for philanthropic fundraising and develop the building blocks for your organisation. 

Download the program pdf.

General Management in the Arts

Small Group Mentoring Program

General Management in the Arts is a ten-month program that supports leaders of small-to-medium arts organisations. Groups of six will meet monthly and follow up with 1:1 individual sessions. Using case studies from the workplace we will work through all the aspects of running a thriving cultural enterprise.

Download the program pdf.


Sharpen Creative Industries Consulting is an alliance of independent consultants and specialist practitioners providing strategy and business development services for the creative industries. 

From performing and visual arts, music, design, architecture, fashion, publishing, digital gaming and software development – we understand your landscape and exist to help you build robust business models and strong client portfolios.


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