Upstart Co-Lab Creates Member Coalition to Spur Creative Economy

June 25, 2020

Upstart Co-Lab, a research and laboratory project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is aiming to boost investments made in arts and culture-related industries that are designed to stimulate local economies and generate jobs.The plan is to do this with investment capital from a new 10-member coalition of investors ranging from art institutions and artists to individual funders. Collectively, this member group—which includes the U.S.-based arts institutions and foundations Souls Grown Deep, an organization promoting the African-American artwork from the Southern U.S.; BRIC, a Brooklyn-based arts and media institution; and Denver’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation—has $1 billion in funding capacity.