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Arts Academy: Accounting /Tax for Arts and Culture

The ABCs of money matters for sustainable activities

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  • Lecture / Symposium

In-depth learnings for 2023 based on a Q&A handbook!
Four lectures for different activity bases, includes dialog with cultural practitioners


For sustainable activities, knowledge of the money side of things – the funding for activities, payment to people involved, the balance of income and expenditure, handling of taxes incurred, etc. – is indispensable.
Featuring lecturers who are experts in accounting and tax matters in the field of arts and culture, this course offers a four-pronged program of lectures designed for different types of activity base. Each lecture will provide basic knowledge of accounting and taxation, as well as pointers towards sustainable management of organizations and projects.

For 2023 we are also offering a new lecture on the theme of incorporation and withholding tax, a subject of great interest when engaging in creative activities. Throughout the four lectures, we provide easy-to-understand explanations of the contents of the handbook “The book to consult for problems with arts-related accounting and taxation: 63 Q&As for practitioners in the field of arts and culture” published in March 2023, and lecturers for each session will be joined by practitioners from creative fields.

We look forward to welcoming as many participants as possible, from those who feel unsure about accounting/taxation, to those aiming to strengthen their footing in managerial skills.

*This is an online course using Zoom Webinars (viewing on a PC recommended).
*All lectures are standalone. Please apply for the session that best suits your needs.
*Participants will be able to watch archived videos at a later date.
*If it is difficult to watch on the day, you can also apply to watch the archived video.
*Accessibility: Japanese sign language interpreting, UD Talk speech-to-text support.

Lecture program dates

2023:Each session 19:00 – 21:30 Lecture/Q&A session (including break)

Wednesday, August 2: Individuals
Thursday, September 7: Voluntary or unincorporated associations (executive committees, music groups, theater companies, art collectives etc.)
Thursday, October 5: Non-profit corporations (NPOs, general incorporated associations)
Thursday, November 2: Incorporation and withholding tax

*Lectures are conducted only in Japanese.

Lecture details

Each lecture will be conducted in the form of dialog/discussion between instructors and practitioners of creative activities. Practitioner details will be announced at a later date.

  1. Individuals
    Lecturer: Naruki Izawa
    Interlocutor: Kaede Yamamoto (Oboe player)
    A lecture in which participants acquire basic knowledge about approaches to income and expenses and final tax returns, as well as the basics necessary for business management.
    (Example: withholding tax deducted from income, blue return)
    *For those who have recently begun paid activities and have little experience of accounting and tax practices.
  2. Organizations: Voluntary or unincorporated associations (executive committees, music groups, theater companies, art collectives etc.)
    Lecturers: Natsuhiko Tani, Naruki Izawa
    Interlocutor: Satoko Suchi (Freelance stage producer), Rick Yamakawa (Artist/ Co-founder of Transfield Studio/Member of SNZ, “Soudan” office)
    A lecture to help understanding of activity-related taxation for those who are planning to organize a voluntary association and have experience with specific practices involved, such as filing final tax returns and other accounting/taxation matters, or for those who have already organized a voluntary association and have such experience.
    (Example: the significance of voluntary or unincorporated associations, taxation systems according to voluntary association activity type)
    *For individuals running voluntary or unincorporated associations, those who have experience of business management and accounting practices as sole proprietors and who want to consolidate accounting and taxation issues for voluntary or unincorporated associations.
  3. Organizations: Non-profit corporations (NPOs, general incorporated associations)
    Lecturer: Natsuhiko Tani
    Interlocutor: Akira Aoki (Independent Curator/ Gate (General Incorporated Association)), Shin Yamada (NPO Association for the Arts,Toy and Playing Activities/Tokyo Toy Museum)
    A lecture in which participants gain the knowledge and pointers necessary for managing organizations and projects, in addition to basic knowledge formulated on the distinctive nature of NPOs and general incorporated associations.
    (Example: general organizational structure, requirements for non-profit corporations, taxation of for-profit businesses/income-generating activities, special calculation for consumption tax)
    *For those who want to improve management competencies and reinforce management basics for NPOs and general incorporated associations.
  4. Organizations: Incorporation and withholding tax
    Lecturer: Yusuke Iizuka
    A lecture for learning about specific tax procedures and the differences between individuals and corporations when incorporating your own business as a for-profit corporation such as a stock company or limited liability company, after already having experienced filing final tax returns as a sole proprietor. We will also focus on withholding tax, which many corporations will face. (Example: what incorporation means in the first place, the difference between individuals and corporations, income at a level where considering incorporation is advisable, points to be aware of regarding incorporation, transfer of assets, etc. from a sole proprietorship to a corporation, corporate income tax returns, withholding tax obligations)
    *For those who already operate as a sole proprietor and are thinking of incorporating their business in future.

Handbook “The book to consult for problems with arts-related accounting and taxation: 63 Q&As for practitioners in the field of arts and culture” (published March 2023)

Lectures will be conducted with reference to the handbook “The book to consult for problems with arts-related accounting and taxation: 63 Q&As for practitioners in the field of arts and culture” (published March 2023).

The handbook is a Q&A compilation comprising questions received during the 2021 lecture program. It includes common issues for many people engaging in creative activities, handy things to know, beginners’ questions, points that more experienced people tend to get confused about, and more. Its table of contents sets out topics at a glance so you can select and read about the issues that are causing you concern. Please take a look.

*The handbook PDF can be downloaded from the website below (a booklet version is not be distributed).
https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/ja/library/media/document/arts-academy/accounting-tax-for-arts-and-culture/

Instructors/Planning and supervision

【Lecturers】

Yusuke Iizuka (licensed tax accountant)

Naruki Izawa (licensed tax accountant)

Natsuhiko Tani (licensed tax accountant)

【Planning and supervision】

Yamauchi Accounting Office/ THNK Advisory Inc
https://yamauchicpa.jp/

【Interlocutor】
1. Individuals
 photo by Sho Yamada
Kaede Yamamoto (Oboe player)

2. Organizations: Voluntary or unincorporated associations (executive committees, music groups, theater companies, art collectives etc.)

Satoko Suchi (Freelance stage producer)

 ©Natsuki Kuroda
Rick Yamakawa (Artist/ Co-founder of Transfield Studio/Member of SNZ, “Soudan” office)
https://yamakawariku.wraptas.site/

3. Organizations: Non-profit corporations (NPOs, general incorporated associations)
 Photo by comuramai
Akira Aoki (Independent Curator/ Gate (General Incorporated Association))
https://akiraaoki.jp/


Shin Yamada (NPO Association for the Arts,Toy and Playing Activities/Tokyo Toy Museum)
https://art-play.or.jp/

How to apply/points to note

Applications open from June 27, 2023
Please make a reservation via Peatix (Account registration required in advance)
*Information is guided only in Japanese.

Application form

Participation fee
Free

*Please note that personal information supplied at the time of application will be used by Arts Council Tokyo and the Arts Academy management office only for the purpose of running this lecture course, and the sending out of information about the course, in accordance with the privacy policy of Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.
*Any questions, etc. entered in the advance question field on the application form will be used vis a vis lecture content. Please note we may not be able to reply to all questions during the lectures. Please also make use of the Q&A session in the second half of the lectures.
In addition, please note that questions, etc. may be used as reference for future programs/projects (for example in the creation of teaching material, etc.).

*Program details are subject to change.

Contact

【Program details】
Consultation and Support Division, Initiatives and Grants Department
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-9237 (Weekday 10:00-18:00)
E-mail:learning@artscouncil-tokyo.jp

【Application details】

Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM)
TEL: 080-8395-6124 (Weekday 10:00-18:00)
E-mail: act-artsacademy@onpam.net
URL: www.onpam.net

Venues

Online (Zoom Webinars)

Flyer

Credit

Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Project supervisor
THNK Advisory Inc.
Operated by
Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM)