San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Creative PIE is our annual conference exploring Practice, Innovation and Enterprise; focusing on how creatives do business and how they develop and thrive.
Sadly, this will be the final PIE conference, as we mark the end of the funding programme that's made it possible, so this year we're looking at the future, and the funding and support out there for creatives now.
Bill Drummond has used various media in his practice including actions, music and words. His actions too numerous to list, some more infamous than others; his music from the multi million selling KLF to the choral music of The17; the words have accumulated into a pile of books.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur and speaker that focuses on the internet of things.
She was named 2nd in “Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders” (Onalytica, 2014), included in the “Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter” (Business Insider, 2014) & included in the “Top 10 IOT Influencers you need to know about” (Dataconomy, 2015)
On the day you'll also be able to take part in a choice of panel discussions including:
Building Online Communities: From crowdfunding to online community based businesses selling online information, services and webinars to performing and visual artists wishing to build audience and purchasers the art of building a loyal online community is more important than ever. From a Twitter following of 5 to worldwide trending phenomenon, this session will unlock some of the secrets of building that community online (through a variety of platforms) by being authentic, offering value and sharing from the heart.
Chaired by Emily Jayne Phillips, with speakers Steve Lawson, Allison Sadler and Lisa Meyer.
Working Smarter with Higher Education: There are many ways that Universities and Colleges can support your business. You may need to bring some resources to the table but we will hear from arts organisations and creative businesses where working with researchers, students and University based programmes have unlocked new products, innovated services and created new income streams. If you don’t know your KTP from your KFC, then this panel is for you.
Chaired by Lara Ratnaraja, with speakers Dan Licari, Paula Dower and Clayton Shaw.
How Much Should I Charge?: We speak to freelancers, artists and businesses that have cracked the challenge of asking for money. Do you have a day rate? Should you? Do you know your cost base for your products such that you are making a realistic amount of money? Have you learned the way to budget appropriately? Or is your life a constant search for cash? This panel will allow you to hear some top tips and advice, inspire you to get to grips with finance and look an Excel Spreadsheet in the face.
Chaired by Helga Henry, with speakers Tom Wildish, Dean Melbourne and Rachel Simpson.
There will also be an afternoon panel discussion on What does the future look like?
Chaired by Jonothan Neelands (The Warwick Commission), with panel members including representatives from the Creative Industries Federation, Creative United and the Creative Industries Council.
The day is open to small creative businesses, new start ups and graduates, based in the West Midlands, who want to network, develop new skills, insights and intelligence regarding markets, business tools and techniques as well as gain inspiration, new contacts and collaborators.
This is a free event but places are limited so please reserve your space. This event is managed by Creative Enterprise and part funded by Coventry University and ERDF.
When & Where
Creative Enterprise is a support initiative, part funded by the ERDF, aimed at creative graduates, new enterprises and established businesses based within the West Midlands with a corresponding West Midlands postcode (if you are unsure of your eligibility check our West Midlands region map). We offer a range of free services and opportunities, including networking events, workshops, mentoring, consultancy, business advice and guidance and workspace.