Accountants who have had some experience working with freelancers and/or creatives are extremely groovy in our eyes. Here are some of the best, all recommended by people from our mailing list. We don’t necessarily endorse them, but we do recommend you give them a call and find out more for yourself. If you have one you’d like to add, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us all about them!
Electra Frost Accounting
Electra and her team have extensive accounting and taxation experience with small businesses and individuals, and have worked predominantly with the arts and entertainment industries for over ten years. They have a high standard of professionalism, skill and knowledge and a friendly, personalised service is delivered to a select clientele in specialised businesses and occupations. Electra says “I played in bands before I studied accounting and tax law. I began working as an accountant for creative freelancers in 2001, which was my original reason for studying accounting, and have never looked back. I just love what I do and the great people I get to work with every day.”
Matthew Carter is a highly experienced Media Accountant with a deep understanding for the creative journey, having been a producer, production accountant and financial advisor on many film and television projects. His media-focused Chartered Accounting firm Above The Line Accounting delivers services in a timely, innovative and professional manner, to ensure his client’s ideas, inspirations, and goals lead to profitable results.
Generate have been supporting the accounting, tax and advisory needs of the creative industries since 2001. They work with business owners to ensure they are not only tax compliant, but to help them to achieve their business and personal potential, achieve their goals, and enjoy their success.
Brian Tucker Accounting
Brian Tucker established his practice in Brisbane specifically to provide quality accounting, auditing and taxation services to the arts. His clients include visual and performing arts practitioners, writers and editors, theatre and dance companies, and more. They provide accounting services for sole traders as well as larger companies and not-for-profits. They also have a fabulous amount of free information on their website.
The Real Thiel is a like personal trainer for your business. Lauren Thiel, owner and chief Groovy, says “I understand that business admin and accounting can be confusing, time consuming and overwhelming when it’s not your ‘thing’. Lucky for you it’s my thing and I am here to help you get smart, get organised and free up your valuable time so you can focus on your creative strengths. I’ll meet you where you are today; we’ll set some goals and put plans into action. I’ll stand with you, coaching, educating, supporting and helping you get on top of your business.”
From free educational blogs, to products and practical templates, to bookkeeping and other accounting services – The Real Thiel has got your back.
Creative By Numbers
Caroline at Creative By Numbers has over 10 years experience as a Chartered Accountant and has worked at the Sydney Festival for five festivals, gaining significant experience accounting for events and the Arts. She has a load of experience with Foreign Resident Entertainer withholding tax and applying to the ATO for nil tax variations. Creative by Numbers is a registered tax agent and chartered accounting firm, dealing specifically with the creative sector. Caroline works with a number of freelance artists and designers and she’s passionate about helping people in this industry when it comes to the numbers.
The Pen Accounting
With over two decades of combined experience in accounting for the creative media, film and marketing space, The Pen Accounting understands intimately the financial needs of small business entrepreneurs in the creative industries. They are focused on making their client’s dreams a reality – breathing life into their ideas and inspirations. Our CPAs are highly qualified accounting professionals who are truly passionate about finance and seeing businesses thrive. Let our passion and experience in accounting help your business focus on your passions, dreams, and creativity.
White Sky are a friendly bunch of finance pros committed to helping the music and entertainment industry do business better. Since their foundation in 2001, White Sky has always been at the forefront of defining accounting services in the Australian music industry. Their drive to continually adapt, innovate and improve the services is why White Sky quickly became, and remains Australia’s largest music and entertainment accounting services business, working with many of Australia’s biggest entertainment names. They don’t just work with your numbers, they work with you. By getting to know you and your goals, they’ll fix the real headaches in your business, letting you get on with doing the things you love.
Recommended by one of our own, Detax Services was established in 2008 by David Elliott to provide affordable specialist tax, accounting and business services to the entertainment and arts industries. David has over 10 years taxation and accounting experience in Australia and over 20 years experience in various fields within the entertainment and music Industries.
In The Picture
ITP is a boutique accounting firm in Surry Hills, Sydney. They have 20 years experience and specialise in the entertainment industry, including actors, dancer, producers and directors, writer, crew and behind the scenes folk. ITP understand that these professions have a different and highly specialised tax treatment, including an insider’s knowledge of averaging for special professionals. They also offer a free 30 minute chat to help you work out if they’re the right people for you!
EntArt are an established boutique accounting firm exclusively servicing the Arts and Entertainment Industry. We specialise in ‘Accounting for Creative People’. EntArt can assist you with Preparation and Filing of your Income Tax returns and BAS statements, regular accounting reports, royalty (or industry) audits of your record company/publisher/agent/gallery and advice on a range of business and financial topics for people in the arts.
The Gild Group is an accounting and business advisory firm servicing the entertainment, creative and sports industries. Founded in 2015, managing director Paul Luczak had spent the previous decade working with Australia’s largest international touring artists, entertainment & creative based businesses.
Looking after clients like Tame Impala and Angus & Julia Stone, The Gild Group has developed a speciality around domestic and international touring & royalty business and accounting issues.
The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance also offers up-to-date fact sheets on taxation and superannuation for creative people, with lists of tax and financial professionals who have had experience working with freelancers in the arts. You can download contact sheets for every state, and it’s free.