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Funding Commercial Creative Businesses: Sell Out or Smart Strategy?

Tuesday, October 14, 9:50am – 10:50am


Organized and presented by Kerry Adams Hapner, Director of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose; and Joe Smoke, Grants Director, City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

Creative entrepreneurs drive cultural vibrancy and the economy by working across sectors through individual practice, nonprofit organizations, and commercial creative industries. The cities of San Jose and Los Angeles, in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation, have started providing "investment-grants" to creative entrepreneurs with goals at the nexus of cultural and economic development. Our "GIA Inside Edition" talk show will attempt to reveal biases in art grantmaking that may be stunting our collective ability to cross-fertilize cultural arts with creative industry. Three audience members will be interviewed about how to stimulate their locales through creative entrepreneurs. Join in on the fun and get the inside scoop. You may even win a grand prize!