The Money is an event about the many different ways that artists, makers and cultural organisations find the money to do what they do. We want to start a conversation that isn’t about funders or investors, but about creative people talking to their peers about the relationship between money and culture.



We’ve not had enough ticket sales (ironically!) to cover the costs of The Money, so sadly we’re postponing the event this year. We’ve had a lot of positive response to the idea of the conference, so we think we must have the format or timing of the event wrong, so we’re going to go back to the drawing board, do some more research, and re run the event in March next year. If you bought a ticket, your money and fees have been refunded – please let us know if you have any problems

What is The Money? The Money is a new event from Storythings, looking at the different ways that artists, makers, and creative groups balance the relationship between money and culture.

Why are we organising The Money? We’ve been running The Story for 5 years, an event that brings together people across different cultural sectors to talk about how they make their work. Many conferences have a market or other funding competition alongside their event, but these often feel dominated by funding organisations or institutions. We realised that we’ve never seen the people who actually make culture talking about their approach to money at a conference, so The Money is an experiment in doing exactly that.

Who will be speaking at The Money? We’re inviting speakers from a range of cultural sectors and organisations. We’ll have film producers, ceramic artists, magazine publishers and digital artists. Some of them will be talking about what it feels like to work as a solo artist, others will talk about running international production companies. All the speakers will be people who make stuff. None of the speakers will be investors or funders.

Why should I go to The Money? We want The Money to be an experiment, finding out what kinds of stories, insight and advice is missing from current conversations about culture and money. We think there is a lot of valuable things that aren’t said publicly about money and culture, and lots of valuable advice that isn’t shared between sectors. We want The Money to be useful, and for everyone to come away with new ideas, tips and tactics for their project funding or revenue.

Who will be talking at The Money?

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.

Zoe Collins is Food Director at Fresh One,  overseeing all of Fresh One’s food output. She executive produces most of Fresh’s food projects including Emmy award-winning Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (ABC USA); Jamie’s Money Saving Meals (Channel 4); Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals (Channel 4); Jamie’s American Roadtrip (Channel 4); Two Greedy Italians (BBC), Restaurant Inspector (Five); The Delicious Miss Dahl (BBC); Simply Italian (C4) and Rude Boy Food (UKTV). At The Money, Zoe will be talking about running Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube Network, Europe’s largest food based Youtube Multi Channel Network.

Emilie Taylor is an artist who’s practise combines studio ceramics and socially engaged art practice using clay. Emilie works from her studio at Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield. Her work forms part of both public and private collections and is regularly exhibited throughout the UK. Emilie will be speaking about her experience of building a career as an artist and maker, combining creative, social and business development practises .

James Bridle is an artist, writer, publisher and technologist amongst many other things. His work  - including projects like Drone Shadow and Dronestagram – explore the complex relationships between culture, society and technology, and have been exhibited around the world. James will be talking about his experience of moving between working as a creative technologist, a publisher, and an artist, including his recent experience of selling digital work at auction.

The Money 2014 is presented with the support of the Knowledge Transfer Network. Become a member of the Creative Industries community for free at Knowledge Transfer Network – Click on the red button called “Join this group” Follow KTN on Twitter at: @creativeKTN