Clare Bowditch is one of Australia’s most respected songwriters and performers, not a bad actor (she was nominated for a Logie for her work on Offspring), and is one of the most genuine people in the entertainment industry today. That one, you’ll just have to trust me on.
But if you do need proof, one of Clare’s other creative projects should prove it: Big Hearted Business.
Big Hearted Business is Bowditch’s “rather demanding love-child”, which she founded after becoming frustrated that there weren’t more resources for creative types. She established the group as a way of showing people the ropes, sharing knowledge, and bringing people together.
Clare says she saw lots of “talented, creative people struggling to work out how to make a living doing what their good at, without losing their integrity or sort of burning out” – and decided that she wanted to do something about it.
“I just wanted to create community spaces where creatively inclined people could talk,” Clare says. “We teach creative people about business, and business people about creativity in ways that make sense.”
That is, essentially, what Big Hearted Business is all about. Teaching left and right brain skills, to people who usually only use one of those sides.
One of the big projects that Big Hearted Business has coming up at the moment is their conference. Or, as they like to call it, their (un)-conference. The upcoming (un)-conference will be held on May 3 and 4 in Melbourne, and will be a day of inspiring speakers, delicious organic food, and networking with like-minded people. The speakers line-up includes Canadian author and entrepreneur Danielle La Porte, singer Missy Higgins, ‘creative accountant’ Meredith Fannin, and Director of Music with the Australia Council for the Arts Paul Mason – among many others.