Under Governor Patrick, the Commonwealth has launched a Creative Industries Initiative. The Commonwealth has existing resources to help your creative business thrive can help you grow your business, including financing, site selection, export promotion, help for entrepreneurs, and tax incentives and more. Find support for your business.

Download the Creative Industries Resource Guide. pdf format of MA Creative Industries Resource Sheet


Business Support

The Commonwealth has existing resources to help your creative business grow and thrive, including financing, site selection, export promotion, help for entrepreneurs, tax incentives and more.

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  • Mass Innovation Nights: Mass Innovation Nights: include product developers, managers, and marketers showcasing new products online and at free monthly launch parties to social media enthusiasts, media, influential bloggers, potential customers, and prospective partners.
  • Mass Challenge: Mass Challenge is an annual $1M global startup competition and accelerator program catalyzing the launch and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses.
  • Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD): MOBD assists companies in navigating and obtaining the technical, human, and financial and citing resources necessary to expand and/or re-locate in MA.
  • Massachusetts Small Business Developement Centers:Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers (MSBC) is part of Massachusetts's strong network of organizations ready to help you create or refine a business plan, receive technical assistance or access financing. These resources are spread throughout the Commonwealth  and offer small business solutions for the  wide spectrum of their business needs.
  • Massachusetts Export Center: Massachusetts Export Center helps companies throughout the Commonwealth achieve success in global markets. The goal is to meet the complex needs of exporters by developing and providing targeted. high-impact services delivered through a statewide network of international trade professionals.
  • Mass Econ: Mass Econ is a Site Finder Service in an economic development resource for companies seeking a Massachusetts within which to expand or relocate. Mass Econ works cooperatively with real estate brokers, site location consultants, and state, regional, and local economic development officials to enable companies and their exclusive agents to access property information that matches their real estate needs. the service covers all regions of the state and serves a broad range of industry sectors.
  • Mass Growth Capital Corp (MGCC): MGCC provides a centralized resource at the state level that offers working capital, loan guarantees, and targeted technical assistance to solve specific financial and operational problems. MGCC will provide 50% of the cost of such assistance while the company being assisted will invest the other 50%.

 Watch a video that walks you through how to set concrete goals for your creative business.

 


Film, TV and Digital Media

Massachusetts has a rapidly growing film, TV and digital media sector, with over dozens of major film productions filming in the last few years and many more planned.


Design and Architecture                                                     

MA has an unusually high concentration of design talent that spans the fields of architecture, landscape and interior design, industrial and fashion design, graphic and interactive design, urban planning and more. Design employs 44,500 Massachusetts residents who work as independent designers, as employees of the Commonwealth's 3,100 design firms and as in-house designers in numerous industries. Click to see research.

  • Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA): Design Industry Group of Massachusetts connects the multidisciplinary design community with state policymakers and leading industries.  GIGMA's industry research, web portal (www.digma.us) and design events raise the visibility of design and foster the growth of the state's design economy.  Check out their page on other  key Massachusetts design associations.
  • Design Museum Boston: Design Museum Boston unites the Massachusetts design community and educates the public on the role of design in their lives and the contributions of design within the creative economy. Check out their Unite and Creative Mornings events.
  • The Boston Society of Architects: Boston Society of Architects is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects and professional-service organization, committed to professional development for members, advocacy on behalf of great design, and sharing an appreciation for the built environment with the public at large. Established in 1867, the BSA today consists of more than 3,500 members and produces a diverse array of programs and publications.

 

Advertising, Digital Advertising, and Writing

Massachusetts has a strong advertising sector and has one of the world's leading clusters of digital advertising. We are working closely with the following local industry associations:

  • AdClub: The Ad Club  is the trade organization for marketing, advertising and communications in New England. Founded in 1904, the club serves as a community connector. Events steeped in tradition such as the Hatch Awards, the Rosoff Awards and the Gala Auction are the backbone of the club for the recognition and networking opportunities they provide to the community around New England.
  • Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange: MITX brings together digital technology, marketing and media professionals, to engage in what is next for the web and how it impacts the marketing and business worlds. With 250 plus member companies representing over 7,000 digital professionals, it is a dynamic and growing community of thought leaders, collaborators, and individuals in search of insight, education and opportunity.
  •  Grub Street: Grub Street: makes writers better writers, builds literary careers, and creates a audience for good work.

 


Digital Games

Massachusetts, home to the birth of the video game, has one of the largest digital game development communities in the world with 76 companies. Massachusetts also has some of the most active digital business networking clusters, which we are working closely with on the development of the sector, including:

  •  Mass Digital Games Institute: MassDigI:serves as a statewide institute representing a strong partnership between the digital games industry, academia and the public sector to strategically foster job growth and economic development through this cutting edge industry.
  • Boston Post Mortem: Boston Post Mortem is the second largest Chapter of the IGDA meets every month.
  • Boston Indies: Boston Indies is a community of dedicated independent game developers in Massachusetts and the surrounding area.
  • New England Game Circle: New England Game Circle :is a series of quarterly business development meetings for gamers and a great blog.
      

Cultural Non Profits, Artists, and Artisans

The Creative Economy also includes significant employment in nonprofit cultural organizations and self employment by talented individuals (including artists and designers), the State has resources for the growth and sustainability of these jobs from a number of other agencies and sources, including:

  • Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC): The MCC:is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. They provide:
    • Organizational support grants for non-profit cultural organizations and grants for individual artists,
    • The Adams Arts Program for the Creative Economy funds projects that create jobs and income, revitalize downtowns, and draw visitors, and
    • The Massachusetts Cultural Council's Cultural Facilities Fund provides Capital Grants and Feasibility and Technical Assistance Grants to promote the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation renovation, expansion, or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities in Massachusetts.
  • Matchbook.org: Matchbook.org is New England's online marketplace which sparks connections between artists, presenters and communities.
  • Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism's and Regional Tourism Councils: MOTT Council’s extensive work to grow and market the tourism industry in Massachusetts assists the growth in non-profits and artists audience.
  • The Cultural Data Project (CDP): The CDP a powerful online financial management and reporting tool for arts and cultural organizations in Massachusetts. The Cultural Data Project will provide nonprofit cultural organizations across Massachusetts with an array of powerful tools to understand, analyze and report on their own financial situation. It will make it easy for organizations to benchmark and compare their own data to aggregate information from other cultural organizations in the state. And it will help the nonprofit cultural community to make its case - to board members, potential donors, advocates, and policy-makers - for investment in the sector.
  • Assets for Artists: Assets for Artists innovative matched savings grant program and financial and business training opportunities for low- to moderate-income artists. By meeting savings goals and by completing the required training, participating artists can receive grant funds as a savings match for “working capital” to invest in their work as an artistic microenterprises, or receive down payment assistance for the purchase of a home.
  •  Creative Capital: Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artist in all disciplines by combining funding, counsel, and career development services. Check out their online professional development training programs.
  • Designing an MBA: Designing an MBA's goal is to help makers polish basic skills (business and bookkeeping), develop a marketing plan (online and off), while also helping develop skills specific to a craft based business (selling online and trade shows).
  • Artmorpheus: Artmorpheus has a resource page full of books, workshops, and resources for business development opportunities for artists.
  • Arts and Business Council: Arts & Business Council provides legal and business services as well as ongoing educational programs to the artists and cultural organizations within Massachusetts, through numerous programs including Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Business on Board, and Essential Training for the Arts.

Do you provide a resource to the creative economy, but are not listed? Let me know, email: helena.fruscio@state.ma.us.

Looking for something more? Schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Creative Economy Industry Director!