THE ARTPRENEUR ACCELERATOR

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The creative economy consists of crafts, media production, video game design, music, fashion, live events, venue entertainment and more. This sector was the second-most adversely affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.  More than 63% of creative professionals noted being unemployed during some, if not most/all, of the pandemic. 

Unfortunately, entrepreneurs working in arts spaces were already experiencing hardship due to lack of resources and access supports for American arts workers, but this issue is further exacerbated by race — which only became more prevalent during COVID.

Our program aims to combat COVID-closures and help BIPOC creative entrepreneurs learn the skills to grow and sustain their business — even in the midst of crisis.  We’ll address issues, unique to BIPOC creative entrepreneurs and provide the tools to overcome them quickly, efficiently, and gracefully.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is the first time that Reel Families for Change will launch this program. 

Thanks to generous donations from the Delaware Community Foundation, the Delaware Division for the Arts, Digtal Lift (by Monday.com), and BTG Multimedia Group, we look forward to serving twenty (20) Mid-Atlantic creative entrepreneurs this fall during our inaugural session. 

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Want to know more about the data that built this program, our partnerships, or what’s next?
Email press@reelfamilies.org for more. 

Are you an individual or entity that wants to sponsor a BIPOC creative entrepreneur or would like to serve as a subject matter expert for our forum? Contact us at partnerships@reelfamilies.org today. 

You must meet the following criteria for consideration:
(1)  Mid-Atlantic resident of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC;
(2) Own and operate a for-profit business that has existed for a minimum of three (3) years and provides goods or services categorized within the creative industries;   
(3) Must self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color (BIPOC) — and be able to verify this per identifying documents*;
(4) Must be



 

* While we appreciate and recognize our racially transcendent collaborators, this program is specifically designed for demographics that can empirically prove their systemic, generational oppression as the result of race/ethnicity in America. 

Click the button on the side of your screen that says “Open Application” and begin completion. You may also visit the application screening portal directly by clicking here.

 

 

We will be tracking participants up to 24 months post-completion. During this time, we will be looking at quantitative metrics, such as the number of graduated you have:

(i) registered their businesses with the state; 

(ii) successfully acquired Diversity Supplier Certification;

(iii) submitted and been approved for government contract verification; 

(iv) procured government contracts; 

(v) demonstrated a 20% increase in sales and/or 5-8% increase in profits; and

(vi) joined community organizing initiatives related to business development, BIPOC wealth advancement, or other adjacent activities to help contribute to building systems and bridging networking and wealth gaps.

Though this is the first time that Reel Families for Change will be administering this program, our team has over eighty collective years of experience with acceleration and accessibility programming. 

Our instructors are all industry leaders, versed in the nuances of executive leadership, wealth management, business profitability and scale, BIPOC business ownership, and running a profitable creative business.

Naturally, there are always things to learn when conducting a project or program for the first time, but we’ve all committed to bringing our proven best practices to the table to see our communities and our peers thrive.

Yes.  We will be offering the program again next fall. Join our mailing list and stay tuned for opportunities to apply next summer for the Fall 2023 session.

If you have a specific question and don’t see an answer here, feel free to reach out to us on our Contact Page.  

You can also drop us a line at hello@reelfamilies.org and a member of our Programs Team will be happy to assist you.