The following list of local, regional and national resources includes professional associations, networking entities, nonprofits, and collectives that support specific creative industry sub-sectors, as well as agencies that provide funding or other tangible resources to individuals and enterprises within the creative industries.
For information on the truly impressive range of arts and culture organizations in our area, and details on their upcoming offerings, please visit our companion site: Birmingham365.org.
The Birmingham chapter of the oldest and largest professional membership organization for designers advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force, with a website that features area members, events and job postings.
American Advertising Federation-Birmingham
AAF Birmingham strives to maintain a strong network, through industry knowledge and education, creative recognition, and opportunities for idea exchange, for both the businesses and individuals who make up advertising in the Birmingham area.
Birmingham Bloggers strives to connect bloggers and writers in the Birmingham metro area; foster positive dialogue about the Birmingham metro area; and provide a “home base” for bloggers in Alabama without a support group.
Birmingham Creative Roundtable
Creative Roundtable is a monthly meeting for creatives, entrepreneurs, heads of non-profits, bloggers, and the like that want to learn from each other on how to apply business fundamentals to creative ideas and see them become successful and sustainable.
The Birmingham Originals believes an energized and independent restaurant community makes our city a better place to live —and not just because of the food. The dollars spent in local restaurants stay in Birmingham, providing economic growth.
Dance Across Birmingham/Alabama Dance Exchange
By incorporating social networking features, the Alabama Dance Exchange is a truly interactive experience for dance companies, dance artists, young artists/students, dance educators, and dance resource providers.
D.I.Y. Birmingham is a source for underground music and do-it-yourself activities in Birmingham that includes an event calendar and a venue directory.
MAKEbhm is an open, membership-based space that facilitates creativity and the development of creative enterprises though facilities, resources, and education. People of all skill levels are able to engage design and craft at their own comfort levels and learn from one another in a supportive community of makers.
PaperWorkers Local is a community printmaking facility that provides studio space and workshops, access to equipment and an opportunity to connect with like-minded people for Birmingham artists interested in printmaking.
Red Mountain Makers
Red Mountain Makers engages in scientific and artistic research, experimentation, and education. They provide a work space and a collaborative and supportive community of peer and project based education related to technology and artistic expression.
REV is an economic development organization that stimulates business growth and improves quality of life in Birmingham’s City Center and its Neighborhood Commercial Centers.
See Jane Write
See Jane Write is dedicated to empowering women writers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. They host networking events and offer workshops and panel discussions on topics such as blogging, social media, publishing, and freelancing.
Sidewalk Film Festival Salon
Sidewalk Film Festival’s Salon is a free monthly networking and educational event held at Rojo, generally on the first Tuesday of the month, aimed at film makers and film fans alike.
Alabama Alliance for Arts Education*
The Alliance supports and advocates for policies, practices, and partnerships that promote excellence in arts education throughout the state.
Alabama Association of Nonprofits
The Alabama Association of Nonprofits (AAN) is a membership-based organization formed to serve the needs of Alabama’s growing nonprofit sector through professional development, advocacy, member services and capacity building.
Alabama Dance Council*
The Alabama Dance Council (ADC) is a nonprofit service organization for the Alabama dance community. The ADC’s mission is to promote the study, creation, performance and enjoyment of dance in all forms.
ADC is an organization for inspiration, cooperation, and exchange of information among Alabama craftsmen and others interested in fine crafts. It encourages a wide appreciation and preservation of traditional and contemporary crafts.
Alabama Folklife Association*
The AFA documents, preserves, and promotes the folkways of Alabama by presenting and disseminating folk and traditional arts through CDs, publications, programs, exhibits, and web sites. It also provides resources to scholars, authors, artists, and educators.
Alabama Historical Commission
The Alabama Historical Commission protects, preserves, and interprets Alabama’s historic places and is the State Historic Preservation Office, providing information on preservation tools and programs, grants and tax credits, regulatory assistance, and educational opportunities.
Alabama Humanities Foundation
The Alabama Humanities Foundation supports and offers programs to foster learning, understanding and appreciation of our people, communities and cultures, including Major Grant, Mini Grant, and Media Grant initiatives.
Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA)
The Alabama State Council on the Arts enhances the quality of life and economic vitality for all Alabamians by providing support for the state’s diverse and rich artistic resources. The Council awards grants to organizations, schools, and a limited numbers of individual artists each year.
Alabama Writers’ Forum*
The Alabama Writers’ Forum is a statewide organization dedicated to celebrating the literary arts, literacy, educational outreach, and what’s often called the “culture of the book,” whether in bound or electronic form.
Alternate ROOTS is a regional artist-driven organization that serves artists, activists and community organizers based in the South. This membership organization actively addresses social and economic justice through strategic artistic development and cultural work.
DesignAlabama works to heighten awareness of the design arts across the state, developing initiatives to spotlight how the design professions help shape our environment. The organization’s purpose is not to serve designers but good design.
South Arts supports individual artists and art service organizations throughout the southern United States, focusing primarily on professional development and increasing artist visibility. South Arts’ grant initiatives include Regional Touring, Literary Arts, and Presenter Assistance.
Southern Foodways Alliance
An institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, the SFA has documented, studied, and celebrated the diverse food cultures of the changing American South since 1999. Over the last five years, the SFA has emerged as a leading content creator, the publisher of a quarterly journal, a book series, a mobile app, a podcast, and dozens of films.
*an Alabama State Council on the Arts Partnership Program
Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts has a multitude of resources on its website that can be searched by program or topic. Research reports are available for download, as are a variety of newsletters and a database of research reports. They also have a searchable directory of arts organizations, including state and local commissions, which includes contact information.
Americans for the Arts – Arts U
All of Americans for the Arts’ learning resources and professional development opportunities can be found here, available free to members and either free or for a small cost to non-members. Topics include branding, cultural districts, social justice, employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, creative placemaking, public art, engaging audiences, and much more.
Artists U – Making Your Life as an Artist
A free download of Andrew Simonet’s book Making Your Life as an Artist, which includes chapters focusing on planning, mission, money and time.
Andrew Simonet’s blog series covers topics including grant applications and innovation in the business side of creative practice, along with though-provoking posts on the field as a whole.
ARTSEDGE, the educational media arm of The Kennedy Center, reaches out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and free digital resources for teaching and learning in, through and about the arts.
Center for Performance and Civic Practice
The CPCP is a national resource for artists and communities working together to build civic health, equity and capacity. The CPCP defines Civic Practice as arts-based partnership work that is developed in service to the needs of a partner organization or agency that does not have an arts-centered mission.
Community Tool Box
This free, online resource for those working to bring about social change promotes community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources. Over 300 educational modules and other tools help users learn about community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community practice.
Creative Capital’s blog features posts on upcoming workshops, a series called “Five Questions” which asks professional artists about the business side of their creative practice, and information and tools for a range of creative business topics.
Founded by artists for artists, The Field is dedicated to providing strategic services to thousands of performing and media artists and companies in New York City and beyond. The Field fosters creative exploration, stewards innovative management strategies, and helps artists reach their fullest potential.
The Freelancers Union promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services to ensure that independent contractors receive adequate rights, protections, and professional benefits. Members of Freelancers Union play an active role in leading community initiatives and advocacy campaigns.
Foundation Center is the most authoritative source of information on private philanthropy in the United States. The organization helps grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy through extensive online resources and its libraries/learning centers. The closest location to Birmingham is Atlanta.
Fractured Atlas, a New York-based organization that empowers artists across the country to succeed as entrepreneurs, provides articles, essays, and annotated links to outside articles, videos and other resources written and collected by Fractured Atlas staff. Organized into major topics, they cover big ideas, entrepreneurship, fundraising, legal issues, and more.
A service of Foundation Center, Grant Space staff will answer questions about philanthropy, nonprofit management and fundraising; direct you to more resources; and help you search the Foundation Center’s databases or other resources. GrantSpace also offers videos, podcasts, webinars, and more about a variety of topics related to nonprofit management.
Founded in 1985 as the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, CERF+ safeguards and sustains the careers of artists working in craft disciplines through its Artists Safety Net programs. CERF+ is at the ready to aid artists working in craft disciplines facing unexpected personal crises and entire communities of artists dealing with the effects of major natural disasters, in addition to offering ongoing education, training, networking, and advocacy.
National Arts Strategies
NAS develops and shares stand-alone and add-on leadership tools as complements to their in-person and community programs. Through publications, teaching case studies, videos and other management tools, they work to fill in critical gaps in the support available for cultural institutions.
NYFA Source, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, is the nation’s most extensive database of awards, services and publications for artists of all disciplines, including dance, folk, traditional, media, performance, interdisciplinary, visual, music, literature, theater, and arts management.
Professional Artist Magazine
The website of this low-cost magazine includes freely available blog postings and articles on business topics that are arts specific, ranging from retirement planning, to museum submission, to insurance.
Self Employment in the Arts
SEA is about helping you, the artist, succeed by connecting and exposing you to resources, artist practitioners, experts in the field, and more through their website, workshops, conferences, and other programs.
Sunshine Artist is a leading magazine for art and craft show exhibitors, promoters, and patrons. Each issues features reviews of art and craft shows of all sizes and descriptions, hundreds of listings with booth fees and application deadlines, and tips to boost your business on the art and craft show circuit.
ZAPP, a service of WESTAF, enables artists to apply online to multiple art shows through one central website. The application process also allows artists to directly upload digital images of their artwork for jury review in a consistent, high-quality format.
Create Birmingham constructs avenues for creative pursuit in community spaces, education, and workforce development with support from community investors including the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Vulcan Materials Company Foundation, Protective Life Foundation, Jemison Investment Co., Regions Bank, and the C. Eugene Ireland Foundation. A complete list of our partners can be found here.