Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries, who began her professional life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker. Her own experience highlighted how unprepared creative people can be for a life of entrepreneurship. After 20 years of informally helping others to develop their creative businesses, Monica founded the social enterprise Creative Plus Business Group in 2015. The organisation is dedicated to educating creative people and small to medium arts organisations about business skills. This includes providing educational programs, webinars, personalised advice, online support, resources, strategic and business modelling and planning, and consultancy services to the creative industries.
Monica is the Australian author of Freelancing for Dummies, and a renowned teacher and speaker. In 2014 she completed her Masters degree in Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS, was appointed as the first NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor, and was named as one of the Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in the
creative industries. In 2019 Monica was awarded the inaugural Creative Trailblazer Award at the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia awards, recognition for “an individual who creates enterprises and opportunities and who advocates, mentors, donates, educates and advises within Australia’s