Creativity, Culture & Capital: Impact investing in the global creative economy

Creativity, Culture & Capital: Impact investing in the global creative economy shares essays written by 96 experts from 24 countries. Timed to celebrate the United Nations International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, this report illustrates how the creative sector delivers social and environmental impact, and how impact investors are financing a more just and sustainable global creative economy. New written contributions will be added through January 2022. Edited by Upstart Co-Lab in collaboration with Nesta’s Arts & Culture Finance (London) and Fundación Compromiso (Buenos Aires), Creativity, Culture & Capital is available in English & Spanish. To learn more and download the report, click here.

The Guide: what cultural institutions need to know about investing for values and mission

A primer on impact investing specifically for leaders of museums and other cultural institutions, The Guide: what cultural institutions need to know about investing for values and mission offers lessons from first-mover cultural organizations, plus examples of relevant impact investing opportunities in the creative economy. Developed in collaboration with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. To learn more and download the report, click here.

Creative Impact/Impact Investing

Upstart Co-Lab is the subject of a beautifully illustrated book by Carter Hales Design Lab and Mitchell Press. Creative Impact/Impact Investing describes the first five years of Upstart Co-Lab’s journey connecting impact investing to the creative economy and features two investors and five entrepreneurs who are part of Upstart Co-Lab’s growing network. A call to entrepreneurs and investors committed to making money with meaning in the creative economy, the book aims to enlighten, inform, and inspire. To learn more and download the book, click here.

Upstart Co-Lab appreciates the support of the Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation in honor of Marian B. Javits and the Woodcock Foundation for the dissemination of Creative Impact/Impact Investing.

Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has published a primer on impact investing outlining its history, financial ecosystems, and best practices in the field. The handbook is intended to equip readers with the knowledge and insight to determine their priorities as an impact investor by showcasing foundations that have demonstrated success, exploring common questions and misconceptions in the field, and deliberating on the practices necessary to start an impact investing journey. Upstart Co-Lab contributed a chapter outlining the Creativity Lens which appears in pgs 73-74.

To learn more, download the primer here.

Impact Investing in the Creative Economy: diving deep into Ethical Fashion, Sustainable Food and Social Impact Media

In an effort to demystify the creative economy for impact investors, impact fund managers and other stakeholders, Upstart Co-Lab dives deep into three large and growing consumer industries within the creative economy: fashion, food and media. Each deep dive includes a historical overview of seminal moments catalyzing change in the market segment, a catalogue of the relevant impact areas and metrics, an illustrative list of innovative companies driving impact and investors actively focused in the market segment, a summary of market dynamics, and an investment thesis for both social and financial return.

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NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund 2021 Impact Report

The first impact investment fund focused on arts, design, culture and creativity in the context of community development launched in October 2018. The NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund finances the affordable workspaces that make it possible for creatives to start and grow businesses, hire workers into 21st century creative economy quality jobs, and maintain the spirit of New York City as a place where creativity is produced, not just consumed.

Read more about the Fund in the annual impact report from the Local Initiative Support Corporation. The Fund was developed and launched in partnership with Upstart Co-Lab.

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The Community Reinvestment Act and the Creative Economy: Investing in Creative Places and Businesses as Part of Comprehensive Community Development

This white paper published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco proposes greater alignment between CRA-motivated capital and the creative economy by highlighting the range of creative places and business activities which have benefited from CRA funding over time. Hopefully this will: 1) bring more attention to these types of projects among community stakeholders; 2) increase awareness of their potential CRA eligibility; and 3) lead to more CRA-motivated investment in the creative economy in the future.

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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: Impact Investing in the Creative Economy

A new report looks at more than 100 funds with $60 billion of aggregate assets that have been investing in the creative economy over the past 5 years. These include conventional, socially responsible, and impact funds focused on ethical fashion, sustainable food, social impact media, other creative businesses and creative places. Key learnings include how the creative economy offers impact value, commercial viability and innovative edge; how a creativity lens correlates with diversity, equity, inclusion; and how a creativity lens is relevant in both developed and developing markets.

To learn more and download the report, click here.

Creativity & The Arts: an emerging impact investing theme

Read what Upstart Co-Lab, LISC NYC, Meow Wolf, E-Line Media, Artspace, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Continuum Partners LLC, the UK’s Investing for Good, actor Mary Stuart Masterson, and others have to say about the opportunities art, design, culture, heritage and creativity offer impact investors today in this new report published by Cornerstone Capital LLC.

To download the report, click here.

Creative Places and Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities

A new report looks at investable opportunities in the Creative Economy with the potential to stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs. This report suggests that impact investment can be used to shape a Creative Economy that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable.

To learn more and download the report, click here.

Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Artists as Innovators in Business, Government and Society

A new report defines Artist Innovators and makes the case to leaders in business, government and the social sector for how these Olympic athletes of creativity can help drive effectiveness and innovation, delivering financial and social value.

To learn more and download the report, click here.

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