Case study: Helping a musician make music

Adrian Snell is a composer and singer-songwriter. He is also a music therapist and arts therapy consultant at Three Ways School, Bath.

His musical career spans nearly four decades and 23 original albums. He also makes a yearly visit to Albania, where he works as music therapist amongst a variety of vulnerable children and adults.

Both there, and in many places worldwide, he lectures and offers training in multi-sensory learning techniques and arts therapy principles of practice. In recent years he has returned to the concert stage and now seeks to integrate his skills and experience as a composer, performer, recording artist, communicator and Music Therapist.

How we helped Adrian focus on his passion: music

As a musician, Adrian was maintaining records of his personal income and expenses. He also had a music publishing company requiring specialist bookkeeping, VAT and royalty accounts in addition to annual accounts and tax returns.

Burton Sweet has been taking care of Adrian’s accounting and tax requirements for over 20 years. We look after all the day-to-day and annual compliance work, giving him the time and space to focus on his creative activities, safe in the knowledge that the financial aspects of his business are in safe hands.

In Adrian’s words:

Most musicians I know have 2 areas of anxiety above all others. Firstly, ‘will the audience like me’, and secondly…MONEY!! Burton Sweet can’t really help with the first one….but FOR SURE they can, and in my case DO, with the second!

Like all musicians and artists I’ve had good, bad (and even ugly!) times. Over the last 25 eventful years I’ve had Nigel and Burton Sweet to turn to. Sometimes with their careful and immensely knowledgeable accounting saving me quite literally thousands of pounds. And at other times of financial concern, offering the very best advice, enabling me to continue working knowing that all will be OK in the end.

I can’t recommend Burton Sweet to you enough. It’s really amazing to commit to an accountancy firm at the most vulnerable time in your career, and then know that they will be with you, working alongside you, for quite literally the rest of your life.

Adrian’s website:

Nigel Harris


01749 342255

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