Create Birmingham is the only agency in the region exclusively dedicated to the economic development of Birmingham’s creative industries, including performing arts, visual arts and crafts, culture and heritage, media and film, design, and culinary arts. We invest in imagination and invention by supporting workforce development, entrepreneurial ventures, and job growth in the nonprofit and commercial creative sectors. It is Create Birmingham’s privilege to collaborate with individuals, businesses, and organizations to identify opportunities, overcome barriers, and strengthen communities. We also work to raise greater public awareness of our constituents’ talents, products, services, and skills. Birmingham’s creative class is part of a 21st-century movement that is creating real economic change. We are proud to advocate for the creative industries as a critical regional asset that enhances our quality of life and fuels our collective growth.

We know entrepreneurs are tired of treading water. So, we are spending the first week of March helping you “Build A Boat“! Join us for five days of conversations, workshops, and tutorials that will help you get a handle on your next steps and build something sustainable for the next leg of the journey.
Build a Boat is a mini-con designed to meet the moment of 2021 by offering conversations and workshops that help creatives and entrepreneurs identify where they are in the ocean of surviving a pandemic. Throughout the mini-con, we have sprinkled in tutorials of programs and initiatives powered by Create Birmingham to help you better understand how we can support you!

Each week, we share opportunities, news of interest, grant deadlines, and upcoming online events, including critical COVID-19 related resources. We also interview talented dreamers and doers making a difference in Birmingham and inspiring us all in these difficult times.

Since we launched CO.STARTERS in 2014, more than 250 creative entrepreneurs have graduated from the program. Many have gone on to launch successful businesses, from brick-and-mortar shops to food tours. Get to know them. Get to know their businesses.

Birmingham’s creative economy is only as strong as the spirit of community that supports its development. Our donors partner with us to create stronger avenues for investment in our city’s creative enterprises, and we hope that you will join us.