Stimulating new Creative Businesses - Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs

Supporting aspiring entrepreneurs in the performing arts and creative industries, the Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs Programme consists of an intensive 12-month programme for Guildhall alumni and performing artists with a pre-formed business idea, from across the UK and internationally. It provides access to mentoring, coaching, business planning, marketing and funding, as well as use of office and creative space for a 12-month period.

The programme was devised in partnership with Cause4 and its CEO Michelle Wright, an alumna and fellow of the Guildhall School (Violin 1995-1999) who had a five-year career as a professional violinist in London Orchestras, and charities before founding Cause4.

The scheme is the only incubator in the UK dedicated specifically to the performing arts, and possesses the expertise to assess the feasibility of new creative ideas as a world-leading conservatoire and business school. Whilst sensitive to the needs of performing artists, it also prepares musicians and actors for the commercial reality of today’s careers.

Since 2013, the scheme has incubated over 30 business and social ventures, equipping individuals with the skills, networks and expertise needed to be successful. Over 90% of its entrepreneurs are successfully managing sustainable careers in the performing arts.

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Case Study: Docklands Sinfonia

Docklands Sinfonia is the only high-quality symphony orchestra based in the heart of East London’s Docklands. Since joining Creative Entrepreneurs, the organisation has increased its fundraising by three times and inspired over 2000 children in Tower Hamlets through its charity concerts.

'Thank you for a wonderful course that has really helped the orchestra and I move forward with our dreams’'

Spencer Down, Founder & Director, Docklands Sinfonia