An initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation


We invest in two types of changemakers:

1. Important trailblazers of the Alternative Economy so as to build this movement’s infrastructure nationally and to invest in their inclusion of artists, cultural anchors, and creatives; and

2. Artists anchoring Alternative Economy models within their place- or identity-based communities through ownership of assets.

See our Theory of Change.

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We Are National

Our work takes us where alternative economic efforts and the financial well-being of artists intersect. This means we are where culturally connected communities are investing in their own economic independence, particularly with people who never got ahead through conventional private and nonprofit systems of support.

We also invest in the digital, web, and XR (extended reality) spheres in order to influence the trajectories of emerging online economies so that people of color (POC) creative content producers can be kingmakers. And, we work to influence the development of a new gig worker social contract (acknowledging that the term “gig” was originally popularized by the hustle of mid-20th century jazz musicians). This focus includes efforts for freelancers’ collective bargaining, independent worker protections and portability of benefits, and new sources of capital.

We go where the action is and not based on evenly distributing investments across the country. We encourage you to explore the work of AmbitioUS investees.


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