Starterscafé | Know your value and set your rates

Tuesday 08 February 2022, 18:30 - 22:00 hrs.
AHK Culture Club
Kattenburgerstraat 5
1018 JA Amsterdam

Are you planning to start working for yourself? Learn all the tricks of the trade and get off to a flying start.

Come to the Starterscafé, grab a drink and get to know current and former students who, like you, want to make a better living from their creativity. And every Monday you’ll learn all the ins and outs of doing business from an inspiring teacher. Check out the website and register now!

What you’ll get from this session
Want to find out exactly what you’re worth? Want to know how to develop a sustainable and fair work practice? Learn how to calculate your hourly rate – and how to exert influence to increase your value. By the end of this evening, you’ll know exactly how to negotiate and get a fair rate for your creative work.

About Jimmy-Pierre de Graaf
The teacher this evening is Jimmy-Pierre de Graaf. He’s working in the performing arts sector as a creative producer, business director, musician, and adviser on internationalisation. After completing his Production and Stage Management studies at the AHK, he gained experience at production, management and business level at several organisations in the cultural sector. Now based in Rotterdam, he’s mostly focused on implementing international work processes and ambitions, and making them more innovative and sustainable. Jimmy-Pierre is also the artistic coordinator at Silbersee, the Amsterdam-based music-theatre and opera company.

Evening session schedule

18:30-19:00      A warm welcome

Meet fellow students and grow your network.

19:00-21:30      Tips & tricks
The teacher will tell you everything you need to know when starting up, opening the doors to a new world. We provide the pen and paper, so you can note down all the tips and tricks.

Get to work
Roll up your sleeves, because we’re going put what you’ve learned into practice right away. Sometimes the teacher will ask you to work with a specific case study, but usually you’ll be applying it to your own situation.

21:30-22:00      Chill and chat
The bar is open! You’re welcome to stay and connect with fellow students or put questions to your teacher.

Who it’s for     
The Starterscafé is aimed at current and former AHK students.


  • Free for current students and recent graduates (from 2019 onwards).
  • € 12.50 for AHK alumni who graduated before 2019.
  • € 15.00 for non-AHK participants.

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