Starting a performing arts company – some business and legal basics

A downloadable guide by ITC

A downloadable guide by Jackie Elliman of the Independent Theatre Council, covering the topic of starting your own performing company and some business and legal basics.



About ITC

The Independent Theatre Council (“ITC”) is a management association and industry lead body for performing arts organisations and individuals working in the field of drama, dance, opera and music theatre, mime and physical theatre, circus, puppetry, street arts and mixed media.   ITC members are based throughout the UK and work extensively both nationally and across the world, producing some of the best new work in the performing arts today.

ITC’s mission is to facilitate the creation of excellent professional performing arts by supporting, developing, and representing the people who manage and produce it.

About Jackie Elliman

This guide is based on a training session for Graeae given by Jackie Elliman, ITC’s Legal & Industrial Relations Manager. Jackie has worked for a range of performing arts organisations, from street arts to the West End. She has also worked for UKTheatre/SOLT and for Equity and for eight years ran her own business providing arts administration, marketing and events organisations services. Jackie has a Drama Degree from Manchester University and studied Law at the College of Law. She is also a qualified mediator and arbitrator.

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T: 0207 403 1727

ITC is based at The Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG

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