The Money is an annual conference about how cultural funding and revenue is changing, and how attracting and developing creative relationships with money – from commercial brands and public institutions to new forms of crowd and audience funding – is a fundamental skill for making culture today.


After 5 fantastic years of running The Story, Storythings is very pleased to announce a new event – The Money. This is a new companion event to The Story, focusing on emerging hybrid funding and revenue models for culture, and featuring personal experiences and testimonies from some of the most innovative and inspirational cultural entrepreneurs in the UK and beyond.

The Money, like The Story, will not be about corporate pitches or funder presentations. It will instead be about honest and open accounts of what it feels like to earn a living making culture now, and how building an audience, raising money and making the work are all inextricably part of the same creative process.

The first three speakers at The Money will be:

Rebecca O’Brien began her film life working at the Edinburgh Film Festival, before starting her film production career on early Channel Four films and dramas, including “My Beautiful Laundrette” (as Location Manager) and the Michael Rosen inspired multi-cultural kids’ series “Everybody Here”. Her producing debut was “Friendship’s Death” written and directed by Peter Wollen and starring Tilda Swinton and Bill Paterson. Her first film with Ken Loach was “Hidden Agenda” and since then they have made fifteen feature films together, including the Palme d’Or winning “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” and many other documentary and short projects. In 2002 they formed Sixteen Films. Apart from the Loach/Laverty films, Rebecca also produced the “Bean” movie for Working Title, “Princesa” for Parallax Pictures and has executive produced for Camilla Bray, Ian Knox and Henrique Goldman.

Rob Orchard is the co-founder and editorial director of the Slow Journalism Company, the publisher of Delayed Gratification magazine, which revisits the events of the preceding quarter and makes a virtue of being “Last to Breaking News”. He spends his days writing and editing long form features for the publication, which he describes as offering an “antidote to PR-driven stories, knee-jerk reactions and churnalism”. Prior to starting the Slow Journalism Company, Rob launched and ran magazines for Virgin Atlantic, created the Middle East’s biggest travel magazine and worked as the editor of Time Out Dubai, Time Out Croatia and Time Out Paris.

Anjali Ramachandran is the Head of Innovation at PHD UK, a media agency built on a culture of thought leadership. She is on the executive team of Omnicom’s Innovation Group in the UK, a forum for new technologies to get visibility amongst the group’s many agencies and clients. She is a co-founder of Ada’s List – an online discussion space for women in tech, an RSA Fellow and community advisor to Angel Academe, a pro-women angel investment group. Her latest side project is the Other Valleys, a weekly newsletter that chronicles inspiring creative and tech projects from areas outside of the US, UK and Europe.

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