For Immediate Release - July 23, 2013

State Launches Creative Economy Network

Applications now open for industry organizations

(BOSTON) – Monday, July 22, 2013 – The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development today announced that it is now accepting applications for organizations to be a part of the newly established Creative Economy Network. The network is a regional effort to that will accelerate the economic growth of the Commonwealth’s creative industries across the state. 

Through the Patrick Administration’s Creative Economy Industry Director and the Creative Economy Council, the Network will coordinate resources, track progress, and promote efforts to support these industries on the local, regional, and state-wide level.

“With over 100,000 workers and a $1 billion statewide impact, the creative industries in Massachusetts are an important part of the Massachusetts economy, said Helena Fruscio, Massachusetts Creative Economy Industry Director.  “This new coordinated system will help us support the enhancement, encouragement, and growth to these vital industries in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

The creative industries include the many companies pushing the limits of creativity in the marketplace, including innovative video game companies, cultural non-profits, design, marketing and architecture firms, and the Commonwealth’s  authors, architects, movie directors, artists and musicians.

The Network will help implement the Commonwealth’s Action Agenda to support and grow the state’s creative economy industries. Based on the findings of the 2012 CreativeNEXT Listening Tour, the Action Agenda identifies Five Areas of Action as key to the success and expansion of these industries:     

  • Business Development: Increasing coherence and integration of the available state, regional, and local resources to help generate new opportunities for businesses, organizations, and individuals and improve access to technical assistance, expertise, mentorship, and training for creative industry companies.
  • Access to Capital: Increasing access and removing barriers to direct financial support for creative industry organizations and businesses.
  • Visibility: Developing opportunities to connect, feature, and highlight the creative industries through events, campaigns, and content generation in traditional and social media to help bring awareness to the value and quality of these industries.
  • Talent: Generating initiatives for the creative industries to access and attract and retain entry level, middle, and upper level talent.
  • Space: Surveying the existing and developing convening, incubator, and working space resources available for the creative industries and working to increase available space for the creative industry businesses and entrepreneurs. 

Each region across the Commonwealth will have a Network dedicated to the success and growth of the industries in its respective region. A region will cover at least 10 contiguous municipalities with one or more Lead Organization(s) responsible for coordinating and reporting of the Network activities in a given region.

Addition information on the criteria and guidelines as well as the application can be found here. Organizations interested in applying to become part of the Network need to fill out the “Intent to Apply” survey here.