Saturday, 28 July 2007

Pensions For Artists

Pensions For Artists Update

We want to let you know about everything that is happening at Pensions For Artists and to ask for you input as well. As you will see we are re-running our successful pensions seminars and will be trialling a number of advanced pensions seminars alongside a highly experienced and certified Independent Financial Planner. We are also looking for examples where artists have taken up pensions OR have decided to plan for their retirement in some other alternative way!

Pensions Seminars

Firstly for those who were unable to attend the original pensions seminars we will be running 18 sessions in September, October and November. One change is that we are aiming to run half of these events in partnership with artist led organisations, creative skills networks and sector development agencies. If your organisation or network are interested in running one of these sessions please contact Joe McGrath at or Rachel Kirkwood at Alternatively if you or your colleague and friends want to attend one of the basic pension seminars there will be another ten taking place across England, available on a first come first booked basis. So check on the web-sites for dates. The one change this time is that we will be charging a £20 refundable deposit for these events which will be repaid on attendance to the seminar.

Advanced Pensions Seminar

Following the highly successful Pensions Seminars we are pleased to announce the availability of advanced pensions seminars. These seminars provide self employed / portfolio artists with a more in-depth look at pensions with particular reference to

Choosing the right tax wrapper

SIPPS and SSAS pensions arrangements for property / studios / income earning assets

Alternative exit strategies to annuities

These seminars will run on the following dates:

Tuesday 11th September (morning and afternoon session) at University College London

Wednesday morning 12th September, Arts Council Office, Manchester

Wednesday afternoon 12th September, Blackburne House, Liverpool

Each session will be attended by Ray Bucknell an Independent Financial Planner and there will be the additional option to arrange to speak to Ray on a one to one basis a week later. Ray Bucknell is a Certified Financial Planner and Managing Director of Priory Financial Management Ltd. PFM is now in its 10th year of business and part of Priory Partnership an Accountancy and Financial Services group based in the North West.

As these seminars are of an advanced nature we recommend that those attending the sessions have either attended one of the previous Pensions Seminars or have a good knowledge of pension.

The cost per attendee will be £80 (inc VAT).

For booking please contact Rachel at Euclid on 07000 382543 or for more details visit /

Real Life Examples

We are looking to include on the Pensions For Artists website examples where artists have taken up pensions as a result of attending one of our sessions or have chosen an alternative method of retirement planning. Each artist will be featured on our website and we will include links to other artists sites. If you have an example that you would like to share with your peers now is the chance!

Please keep letting me know your thoughts on the website and on Pensions For Artists we have some interesting suggestions at the moment that we are developing behind the scenes and will let you know about these as they progress.

Finally I shall be away on holidays at the end of this week and will return on Monday 6th August, if you require any further information on any of the above please contact Keith Hackett on email

Best Wishes


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