The Creative Chamber Pilot Program works directly with the local business community and charges them with the task of engaging their local creatives to address the industry segregation that is apparent across the state and within state government.
Presented by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office
A talent attraction initiative that bolsters economic development and the creative industries by engaging the local business and creative community.
Michigan is blessed with a strong and vibrant creative and cultural economy. The Michigan Film & Digital Media Office (MFDMO) is making it a priority to empower communities to grow their creative industry.
The Creative Chamber Pilot Program works directly with the local business community and charges them with the task of engaging their local creatives to address the industry segregation that is apparent across the state and within state government. With both industries working together they will:
The first round of pilots focuses on five communities that have demonstrated a desire to grow their creative and cultural identity and where empirical data supports this goal. Those identified communities include Detroit, Washtenaw County, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Marquette.
Promotion and marketing of the Creative Chamber structure would be modeled after the proven Pure Michigan campaign. Pure Michigan promotes the state as a whole and then partners with specific communities to showcase their unique region and opportunities available in that area. The Creative Chamber promotion would market Michigan as the state that creates things through design and innovation. Partnerships with the identified communities would yield the opportunity to highlight their specific and unique support, opportunities and successes related to the creative industries. Additionally, whereas Pure Michigan promotes tourism of the state, the Creative Chamber promotional campaign would promote Michigan as the place where individuals want to live, work and play.
Supporting Evidence and National Trends: The Creative Chamber pilot program is Michigan’s response to the national and international growth of the creative economy. In 2014, the Creative Industries yielded $698 billion to the U.S. Economy and 4.7 million Jobs. Specifically to Michigan, the creative economy contributes nearly 89,000 jobs in over 10,000 businesses generating over $4.09 billion in wages. This represents a growth of 1.5% in Employment and 8.5% growth in wages since 2011.
Calling all Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Marquette and Traverse City creatives in:
3) Arts Schools, Artists & Agents
4) Creative Technology
5) Culture & Heritage
7) Fashion, Garment & Textile
8) Film, AV & Broadcasting
9) Literary, Publishing & Print
11) Performing Arts
12) Visual Arts & Crafts
The Michigan Film & Digital Media Office and its designated 5 local business organizations are here to serve you! Our partners are working at the local level to help you unleash your potential as a creative, grow your creative or traditional business and elevate your community as a great place to live, work and play. First thing’s first - we need to know who and where the members of Michigan’s creative industries are. Please help us serve you by completing the form below. This information is critical to informing future outreach and engagement, which will be led by our designated local business partner.
Katie Jones, Director of Marketing and Events
Phone: (734) 214-0105
Diane Keller, President and CEO
Phone: (734) 214-0102
Kailey Poort, Communications and Marketing Director
Phone: (313) 949-9770
Karen Thelen, Director of Marketing
Phone: (616) 901-7334
Dante Villarreal, Vice President of Business Services