New professional development program to transform business models of arts organisations

Soft Centre Festival 2018 - photo by Chari AnfieldThe Australia Council for the Arts has launched a new professional development program designed for small to medium arts organisations to transform and reimagine their business models.

Future Form will be presented nationally by the Australia Council’s delivery partner the Australian, Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and is designed to transform organisations through innovative thinking.

Australia Council Executive Director Strategic Development and Advocacy Dr Wendy Were said the program will support the creative and cultural industries to address immediate and future challenges. “Our creative organisations are increasingly critical to emerging high-growth areas of the world economy,” she said.

“This new program is an important part of developing and ensuring the sustainability of our creative sector. It’s one of the many ways we are working to connect cultural organisations with ways of thinking to ensure that arts and creativity are thriving to the benefit of all Australians,” said Dr Were.

In a supported environment led by industry experts, participants will be guided through a four-phase process to discover, ideate, experiment and evolve.

“Creative organisations have an incredible opportunity to innovate and grow their organisational and business models through harnessing their imaginative thinking,” said AFTRS Chair Russel Howcroft. “This program will inspire the sector to apply their creativity, innovation and risk-taking skills to future proofing their businesses.”

The Australia Council strongly encourages organisations affected by the recent bushfires to apply for this program, and these applications will be prioritised. For more information and to apply, visit: for details.

Image: Soft Centre Festival 2018 – photo by Chari Anfield