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This Is How We Do It

This Is How We Do It (TIHWDI) is a knowledge sharing website. It is a participatory, peer-reviewed, online repository of documentation to support arts business and arts practice. Hosting contributions from small, medium and major arts companies—ranging from Constitutions, Budget templates and Annual Reports to Marketing Plans, Production Schedules and Philanthropy Strategies—TIHWDI will provide much needed industry knowledge sharing by providing access to exemplar operational documents available for reuse.

In tandem with the document repository, TIHWDI supports comprehensive feedback mechanisms including user rankings, written feedback reviews, discussion threads and a reuse map. Users will also be strongly encouraged to share their derivative documents back into the repository. This feedback loop will allow the sector to identify and endorse standout documents in the repository while furthering intra-sector dialogue about best practice arts management.

Jump on in! http://thisishowwedoit.com.au/



Backbone is pleased to present a six month professional development and networking series for artists across all artforms from July to December 2017. In conjunction with the launch of the knowledge sharing website thisishowedoit.com.au, Backbone will be presenting these workshops with industry professionals from all artforms at the East Brisbane Bowls Club. This is an excellent opportunity to gain industry advice and also network with artistic and industry peers over the series.

Tax for Artists & Project Budgeting

It’s that time of the year again. Getting your head around tax offsets, deductions, business structures, BAS, GST registration and what is best for your arts business is the core of this workshop. We will explore all the ins and outs of your small business development and how getting your head around tax can assist you in building your business. We will also look at project budgeting, what is and what isn’t feasible for your project, factoring in all costs for a project and how to ensure you hit that magical break even point.


Friday 14 July
5.30pm for a 6pm start
$10 for members / $15 for non-members


In this workshop we will take a close look at what funding is available for your projects on a local, state and federal level. What are assessment panels looking for? How is your application assessed? How do you best address the criteria and select which grants are the best ones for your projects and how you can align with local/state and federal strategic plans.


Friday 28 July
5.30pm for a 6pm start
$10 for members / $15 for non-members


THE audition – your best foot forward

As tertiary intake season approaches, we look at the most dreaded hurtle faced by artists – the audition. What are institutions and companies looking for in auditions? What should you showcase? How do you prepare? In this workshops, you will have the chance to speak with young industry professionals who have made it through audition processes, as well as industry veteran, Chris Beckey, who has served on audition panels for tertiary institutions and theatre companies.


Friday 11 August
5.30pm for a 6pm start
$10 for members / $15 for non-members


Marketing & Branding

In this workshop we will look at Who You Are!! How do you position yourself in a saturated market? We will look at the use and abuse of social media and how to make it work in your favour and also dispel some myths around what does and doesn’t work.


Friday 25 August
5.30pm for a 6pm start
$10 for members / $15 for non-members