Our categorizations are based on definitions provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and options put forth by our CreativeGround community and researched with experts in the New England region. If you feel like none of the below apply to you or your organization and that you are a part of the creative sector in most or all of your activities, contact CreativeGround to start the conversation around what a proper I/B type might be for you.

  • Advertising / Marketing Agencies: A business that exists to assist others with expanding their reach through marketing
  • Architecture Firms: A firm dedicated to providing architecture services
  • Art Studios: Physical studio spaces where more than one artist works together on a common project. Does NOT include individual artists with their own studio.
  • Artist Booking / Management Agencies: An organization that manages artists and assists them with bookings and general administration as needed. 
  • Artist Colonies: A mission-driven community that hosts artists for residencies and training
  • Artists (Individual): One who creates, performs, or interprets works of art
  • Arts Camp/Institute: An organization dedicated to camps, institutes or in-depth experiences for limited time duration (e.g., a children's summer music camp)
  • Arts Center: A multi-purpose facility for arts programming of various types (including performances, classes, workshops, etc.)
  • Arts Council/Agency: An organization whose primary purpose is to stimulate and promote the arts and increase access for the public through services, programs, and/or funding within a specific geographic area (e.g., county, state, local)
  • Arts Service Organization: An organization that has as its central function the provision of services that assist or promote the arts and/or arts organizations (e.g., statewide assemblies, NASAA, Opera America, arts education alliances, etc.). Does not include presenters or producers of the arts or regional arts organizations.
  • Business Service Organizations: An entity that provides business support functions and specialist professional services to the creative sector
  • Cinema: A motion picture theatre or organization which regularly shows films.
  • Coffeehouses / Restaurant / Nightclub: A food/entertainment entity that offers cultural programming in the form of rotating gallery exhibits or a concert/reading series.
  • Community Service Organization: A non-arts organization designed to improve the lives of its membership and larger community through volunteerism and other services. Examples include youth centers, chambers of commerce, YMCAs, etc.
  • Cultural Series Organization: An organization whose primary purpose is presentation of single arts events or cultural series (e.g., Community Music Series, Metro Modern Dance Series, Washington Performing Arts Society, film series).
  • Design Agencies: An organization that provides design services for a variety of industries (fashion, graphics, etc.)
  • Fair/Festival: A seasonal program of arts events (Note: this can also be an activity/service. If selecting as your I/B type, the fair/festival must be its own entity and is not a program of an existing organization. It is its own entity if it has its own EIN, staff, or sometimes website separating it from another parent organization)
  • Film / Video Business: Entities that provide film-making or video-recording services for others, or self-produce documentaries or films
  • Foundation/Endowed Organization: An endowed organization which dispenses funds for designated philanthropic purposes (include charitable trusts and corporate foundations)
  • Gallery/Exhibition Space: An organization or space which primarily exhibits works of art from collections other than its own, and may be involved in selling those works.
  • Government - Executive (Municipal): The administrative branch of the government, federal, state, county, local, tribal, or municipalities
  • Guild / Union /Professional Association: artist coalitions, professional associations (such as the American Association of University Professors), and all artists' clubs, guilds, and societies.
  • Health Care Facility: A hospital, nursing home, clinic, or other facility that is directly focused on improving health through arts services
  • Historical Society/Commission: a "society" is generally an organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the history of a town or region, usually owning a collection of documents and/or artifacts and frequently based in a historic building; a "commission" is an arm of local government, usually volunteer, charged with the survey of historic buildings in a town or region.
  • Humanities Councils/Agencies: An organization whose primary purpose is to stimulate and promote the humanities through services, programs, and/or funding, within a specific geographic area (e.g., county, state, local)
  • Independent press: A non-commercial OR commercial publisher or printing press which issues small editions of literary and other works.
  • Individual - Non-Artist: a person regularly engaged with the creative sector in their business dealings, such as a technical consultant, etc.
  • Library: a place where books, magazines, and other materials (such as videos and musical recordings) are available for people to use or borrow; often includes community programming
  • Literary Magazine: A non-commercial, numbered, serial publication devoted to contemporary poetry, fiction, drama, or literary criticism
  • Makerspace: generally studios that require artists to pay a membership to have access to equipment. They are not necessarily cooperative.
  • Media - Daily Newspaper: A literary publication that has new content on a daily basis
  • Media - Electronic Publication: Literary publications such as blogs, 100% online periodicals or magazines, or websites dedicated to arts/culture such as event coverage and reviews
  • Media - Periodical: A periodical publication (include magazines, journals, newsletters, etc.; NOT daily or weekly newspapers)
  • Media - Radio: entities including radio stations or other audio broadcast formats
  • Media - Television: entities including community access television stations
  • Media - Weekly Newspaper: A literary publication that has new content iterations on a weekly basis
  • Mobile / Video Game Businesses: A business that produces video games or applications for mobile devices
  • Museum - Art: An organization essentially educational or aesthetic in purpose with professional staff, which owns or utilizes works of art, cares for them, and exhibits them to the public in some regular schedule.
  • Museum - Other: An organization essentially educational or aesthetic in purpose with professional staff, which owns or utilizes tangible objects, cares for them, and exhibits them to the public in some regular schedule (e.g., non-arts organizations such as historical, agricultural, scientific, industrial, and anthropological museums; zoos; aquariums; and arboretums).
  • Parks and Recreation: Usually a municipal agency which provides a wide variety of experiences for the population. In addition to administration of park facilities, services may include planned activities such as concerts, plays, and participatory activities (e.g., ceramics, macramé, and other crafts).
  • Performance Facility: A building or space used for presenting concerts, drama presentations, etc. (primary purpose of your organization is to offer space for this purpose)
  • Performing Group: Group of artists who perform works of art (e.g., an orchestra, theatre, or dance group) Not including groups at a grade school or university level.
  • Record Labels: A publishing company that coordinates production, distribution, marketing, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos
  • Recording Studios: A business that offers recording services in a studio setting for music other than their own
  • Religious Organization: A churches/synagogue/etc. with cultural programming (cultural aspect of the organization should be included in the profile name)
  • Retail Store - Arts or Cultural Product: A storefront that sells cultural goods, such as a bookstore, arts supply store, theater costumes, etc.
  • School - College/University: state-supported colleges and universities, privately supported colleges and universities, junior colleges, and community colleges. Colleges/Universities that are not art-specific should not be listed in and of themselves, though cultural/arts departments of those universities can be listed
  • School - Elementary: a grammar school cultural/arts department 
  • School - Middle: a junior high school cultural/arts department
  • School - Parent-Teacher Association: An organization composed of school parents who work with local school teachers and administrators - specifically enrichment or arts committees that deal directly with cultural programming/planning
  • School - Secondary: a senior high school cultural/arts department
  • School District: A geographic unit within a state comprised of member schools within that area as defined by the state government.
  • School of the Arts: An Elementary, Middle, or Secondary school which has arts education as its primary educational mission. Include magnet schools for the arts, community arts schools, conservatories, schools for the artistically gifted, etc.
  • Seniors' Centers: A facility or organization offering programs, care or services for people age 65 and over with a specific cultural series or program
  • Social Services Organization: Governmental or private agencies designed to provide services addressing specific social issues (e.g., public housing, drug abuse, welfare, violence, the environment, health issues, etc.) with arts and cultural programs and services to serve their constituents
  • Tourism Offices: Offices that promote tourism and direct visitors to cultural programs/events