Finance for the Arts
About Heather Young
Heather Clara Young has worked in the field of arts management for
close to twenty years. Her experience includes leadership roles with a
variety of arts service organizations, theatre and dance producing
companies, facilities, festivals and community organizations, in both
professional and volunteer capacities.
Her company, Young Associates, founded in 1992, provides consulting,
financial management and bookkeeping services to both not-for-profit and
commercial arts and cultural organizations.
Heather teaches accounting and financial management to diploma and
continuing education students in Humber College's Arts Administration
programs. Heather was a 2004 recipient of Humber College's Continuing
Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution.
Comments from Humber College Arts Administration Programs:
"Heather Young has a gift in her ability to take what can appear
to be a complex subject and present it with clarity, confidence and
consistency to an audience for whom budgeting and accounting may be a
source of some trepidation."
- Jerry Smith, Program Coordinator
"I have learned so much from Heather. Her knowledge and ability to
explain her subject material is topped only by her kindness and humour.
She is one of my touchstone teachers!"
- Wendy Smith, Past Board Member, Neilson Park
"I took Heather Young's Accounting class in the Arts
Administration Program at Humber's Continuous Education Program. She
managed to make accounting accessible and has the ability to take "accountese"
and make it understandable to the layperson, not an easy feat. She is
approachable and very knowledgeable. Heather is one of the few teachers I
have encountered that was able to take a staid subject and inject it with
humour, interest and experience. She taught information that was
applicable to my job, information that I could take away and immediately
implement. I think Heather is a first-rate teacher and motivator."
- Susan Nagy, Executive Director, Lakeshore Arts
"Heather is a great teacher, not only for her extensive knowledge
of her subject but more importantly, for her infinite patience with those
of us who can't tell a credit from a debit. Her ability to frame the
financial management instruction within an arts context made the material
much easier to understand and apply within our chosen fields."
- Denise Dickin, Assembly Hall Coordinator
"I had the good fortune of having Heather teach me the Financial
Management course for the Arts Administration Certificate. While I had a
great fear of numbers and my ability to grasp the concepts of Financial
Management, Heather's teaching style is wonderfully non-threatening,
gentle and encouraging. I sincerely believe that I would not have gained
the understanding of financial management had it been anyone but Heather
teaching the course. Bottom line: Heather is a wonderful teacher."
- Rosie Thorne, Program Administrator, Culture
Division, City of Toronto