Center for Cultural Innovation
knowledge + networks + financial independence for artists
CENTER FOR CULTURAL INNOVATION promotes KNOWLEDGE SHARING, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants and INCUBATING INNOVATIVE PROJECTS that create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field.


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New Funding Opportunity to Boost City of LA Arts & Culture Enterprises

With support from the Surdna Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) have partnered to create the Creative Economic Development Fund (CEDF). This year, the partnership will provide $100,000 in grants of up to $12,500 each to independent enterprises, self-employed artists or cultural producers, artist collectives, or nonprofit organizations with earned income activities that use commercial strategies in pursuit of an arts or cultural mission. Learn more about the program by following the link below. 


CCI Honored To Be One of Six LA Organizations to Receive RSF Grant

The Center for Cultural Innovation was pleased to be chosen to participate in the RSF Social Finance Shared Gifting Circle in January of 2015. The gifting circle distributed $50,000 in RSF funds to six Los Angeles organizations including 18th Street Arts Center, Arts for LA, California Lawyers for the Arts, Center for Cultural Innovation, LA Stage Alliance, and the Latino Arts Network. 


Investing in Artists 2014 Visual Art, Craft & Literary Arts Grantees Announced

The Center for Cultural Innovation is pleased to announce the twenty-three California artists who are recipients of the Investing in Artists 2014 Visual Art, Craft & Literary Arts Round. Twelve artists were awarded grants in the Artistic Equipment & Tools category and eleven artists were awarded grants in the Artistic Innovation category. 






Show Me the Money!

If only it were that easy. At CCI, we understand that whether you are well established or just starting out, all artists need access to financial resources.


NextGen Grants





Emerging arts leaders throughout California between the ages 18 to 35 may be eligible to apply for up $1,000 in funding for professional development activities. 


Quick Grant Program






The Creative Capacity Fund's Quick Grant Program provides reimbursement funds to nonprofit organizations and individual artists in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area for professional development activities.



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2015 Workshops

Get your career on track with our Professional Development workshops for artists of all disciplines!

Social Media Strategies for Artists - LA

Interested in making social media work for your career? Our Social Media Strategies for Artists workshop on April 7 will give you tactics and tools to build an engaged audience on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. 


Grantwriting Basics for Individual Artists - SF

Now, more than ever, artists are looking for grant opportunities to support their artistic endeavors. Writing your first grant proposal can be a daunting experience! Learn the basics in our Grantwriting Basics for Individual Artists workshop lead by Kevin Seaman and Beatrice Thomas on April 29.


It's Just Capitalism: Applying for Grants and Maintaining Sanity - LA

In this two-session workshop we will cover an introduction to grant-writing and fundraising for individual artists including dispelling myths, money fears, and belief systems that prevent artists from seeking support. Next, we will learn about the basic components of standard proposals for individual artists. Workshop will be led by Beth Pickens on May 13 & May 20.







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