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.

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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.