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Arts & culture charities

Whether you're running a theatre, museum, gallery, concert hall or venue, by providing artistic or cultural services, we know you are an integral part of UK society. We appreciate your value and by taking the time to understand the heart of your charity, we help you thrive.
Accounts and audit services

We’ve been working with arts and culture charities for many years and understand the nuanced needs of different organisations within this sector.

You can count on clear communication, regular industry updates and we also offer a bespoke events calendar with some sessions curated specifically for arts and culture charities.

Audit, accounting and advisory for arts and culture charities

We go beyond the statutory requirements to ensure compliance by taking into account the practical needs of your organisation. Our auditors aren’t just reactive, but actively look for opportunities to provide you with helpful advice and assistance. 

We keep in touch with you throughout the year and attend meetings as and when you require. We’ll also seek input from your Board members to ensure our work addresses their key concerns. All of our recommendations are prioritised, realistic and practical, meaning you’ll see tangible benefits to your organisation. 

If you’d like to find out more about our audit and assurance services, visit our audit and assurance for charities page. You may also be interested in our insight into the Retention of Accounting Records where we outline the answers to one of our most frequently asked questions “how long should I retain my accounting records for?”.

Additional services

Additional support for arts and culture charities

In order for your charity to thrive, we know that you require support beyond accounting and audit and with all of our team under one roof, we are easily able to advise you on areas such as HR consultancy, statutory accounting requirements, financial processes and controls, governance considerations, VAT and direct tax. Recent examples include, crisis planning and bespoke support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, compliance with data protection legislation, bespoke trustee training, support with contentious HR issues, finance training for non-finance staff, risk management and governance reviews.

VAT services

We provide VAT consultancy services to a number of organisations in the cultural sector including, but not limited to; English National Opera, the National Gallery, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Museum Trust, the Royal College of Arts, the Serpentine Trust and the Southbank Centre. 

The services we offer include consideration of whether an organisation is better in or out of the cultural exemption, consideration of VAT recovery methods, VAT group structures and advice on capital projects. We also provide bespoke VAT training specific to your organisation’s activities. You can find out more about this on our VAT for charities page.

Tax services

The arts and culture sector can benefit from a range of tax reliefs and exemptions, but navigating these can be tricky. Our Charity Tax team provide tax consultancy and compliance services to a wide range of organisations in the arts and culture sector, including the Imperial War Museum, the Foundling Museum, the Freelands Foundation and the Almeida Theatre Company.

We’ve advised on a number of claims for the various creative industry tax reliefs such as Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief and Theatre Tax Relief. The team also provide broader tax services including corporation tax compliance, employment tax advice, Gift Aid advice and reviews of charitable trading and tax risks. You can read more about our tax services on our charity and not for profit tax page.

HR and technology advice

In today’s climate, your people and your tech are crucial to your operation. We will draw on the support of our HR and technology experts to help you overcome any people or technology challenges you might be facing. Our HR services include payroll, pension schemes and employee benefits, and our HR Consultancy team offer HR strategy and compliance advice alongside executive coaching, leadership and management skills training. If you’d like to find out more about our HR advice for charities, you can read more on our HR advice for charities page.

Our technology advice and support ranges from digital strategy and business intelligence to IT security, safety and privacy including cyber security.

Useful resources

Useful resources for arts and culture charities

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