Advancing Creatives is CBCA’s artist professional development and business skills education programming.  Through Advancing Creatives, CBCA hosts, coordinates and partners with speakers and organizations to build the entrepreneurial skills, business know-how and professional capacity of Colorado’s creative workforce. Check out upcoming events and CBCA’s resource library for recordings of past workshops.

Advancing Creatives Intensive 2022

Creative workers and small businesses are the powerhouse behind Colorado’s economy and community development. Every artist, regardless of discipline, has their own definition of success for their creative work.  It takes a combination of business savvy, focus, investment and a community of support to achieve that vision.

The new Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI), launched April 2022, is a six-module curriculum designed to be a launch pad for creative professionals and entrepreneurs who want to articulate and take practical steps to achieve their business goals. Meet the inaugural ACI cohort!

ACI is focused on tangible business growth and planning for artistic careers, as well as building business skills like marketing and grant writing. The curriculum includes goal and career planning, portfolios, promotions, funding, legal issues and business plan essentials. The cohort-based approach incorporates peer learning, networking and accountability. The Intensive will enable artists of all kinds to see their work through an entrepreneurial lens and employ tools to organize, plan and sustain their creative career.

By completing the program, participants will be eligible and prepared to apply for a Career Advancement Grant, funded by Colorado Creative Industries, to support their ongoing work.


Sessions will be held every other Monday in April, May and June from 5:30 – 7:30 pm (subject to change). The six sessions are currently scheduled for April 11 and 25, May 9 and 23, June 6 and 27. Sessions will be hosted in person at relevant venues across the Denver metro area.

All sessions will feature knowledgeable speakers, practical activities and networking opportunities. Participants will complete various worksheets, exercises and occasional homework assignments to help maximize the impact of the program.

Participants are expected to make every effort to attend all program sessions in person.


Inaugural tuition is $195 per participant. CBCA is able to offer this discounted rate for this pilot year thanks to our generous sponsors. CBCA offers flexible payment plans. Tuition is non-refundable once remitted and enrollment in the Advancing Creative Intensive in non-transferable. Additional financial assistance is available. Please contact Meredith Badler at or 267-337-0196 to discuss.

Applications are closed for the current Advancing Creatives Intensive cohort. Please check back for more information about the next cohort or contact

Advancing Creatives Resources


How to Price Your Artwork

Speakers: Samantha Johnston, Colorado Photographic Arts Center; Doug Kacena, K Contemporary; Chris Roth, CR Projects

Who runs the world? A Conversation With Women in the Music Industry

Speakers: Rikki Aston, Live Nation Colorado; Dani Grant, Mishawaka Amphitheatre; Emily Sarpa, Bohemian Foundation; Demi Harvey, Indie 102.3

Thank You for Supporting Advancing Creatives