Column Arts Agency | Our History

Every good company has got to have a history. Even though Column Arts Agency’s isn’t very long we thought you might find it interesting anyway.

Here’s William Astbury, Column Arts Agency, London, founder, to tell you how we began: “I dreamt up the idea for Column Arts Agency in Manchester in January 2011. A self-employed writer and journalist at the time, I had been helping artist-friends to do their tax returns as I’d been doing my own for years and I’d always been meticulous at doing my own bookkeeping and accounting.

“I realised that many creatives didn’t want to deal with the business side of their lives. Artists want to make work they don’t want to deal with filling-in forms, finding projects or calculating finances. So I thought my model of bookkeeping would work for other people.

“I tested the idea of bookkeeping for artists on my creative chums. They loved it and advised me on what else they needed.

“After meeting-up with everyone for loads of brews I had a pretty firm idea on what I wanted to do. I was going to offer a bookkeeping, PR and ‘work-finding’ services to artists with the main ethos being about ‘support’, which is why I decided to call the agency Column.

“And that’s how the agency was born…”


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