Three Creative Career Advancement Grantees

The Creative Career Advancement Grant is a reimbursable matching grant that helps Colorado mid-career creative entrepreneurs and artists to grow their commercial creative business. Awards range from $500 to $2,500 and can help you increase revenue, build new audiences, or improve management practices. The grant program is administered by Colorado Creative Industries.

The following case studies help showcase the impact this grant has had on Colorado entrepreneurs and artists.

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New Mexican

Amount: $2,500
Award: Support for a three-month publicity campaign and 60-day Spotify playlist campaign for two emphasis tracks from New Mexican’s full-length album “Take it on Our Shoulders.” New Mexican is the solo project of American folk rock musician Matt Hoffman.

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You and Me, LLC

Amount: $2,100
Award: Support for travel to Stolzenhagen, Germany to participate in the performance residency ConVERGE. During the residency Tara collaborated with over 50 artists from all over the world to create YOU & ME GERMANY, a community-engaged performance that facilitates interchange between dancers, artists, musicians, chefs and community members through an evening of dance, one on one performances and a shared meal. “This collaborative process has created lifelong relationships and artistic connections that have already opened new opportunities for growth and exchange as an artist and a woman owning my own artistic business,” said Tara Rynders.

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bARTer collective

Amount: $2,500
Award: Support to upgrade equipment and the bARTer collective website, and to create a new visual look for the bARTer truck. The bARTer collective has been operating in Denver for 10 years through a mobile art exchange space.