We are working to remove the barriers that often keep Black women creatives in oppressive and toxic work environments and support our creative businesses to thrive! Established in 2021 for us and by us.
The National Black Women Creative Cooperative is born of an Unlock Creative Coaching and Management LLC initiative, Creative Flowers, that focuses specifically on growing, nurturing and keeping Black women in leadership within the creative sector including the nonprofit arts and the commercial entertainment industry. We define the creative sector broadly as the arts, commercial film, music and live entertainment industry, and nonprofit sector and is inclusive but not limited to visual arts, theater, dance, film, music, and culture bearing. Creatives interested may define their artistry as graphic design, animation, music composition, production, songwriting, sound engineering, storytelling, museum management, costume design, lighting design, opera, fashion design, or technical direction.
We want to remove the barriers that often keep Black women creatives in oppressive and toxic work environments and support our small creative businesses to thrive! The National Black Women Creative Cooperative will establish a worker-owned cooperative by 2022 for us and by us. A group of Black women and I are dreaming that the cooperative would be an ecosystem, network, and marketplace where Black Women Creatives can grow, gain professional development and services like medical, vision, dental, long-term and short-term disability, payroll and staffing services all from Black-owned businesses.
Toward a goal of financial freedom, we have formed a cooperative enterprise, a business entity that is collectively owned by us and shares in the profits of the company. There are many other coalitions and organizations that support segments and issues of Black Women through programs and services. We seek to work in partnership with those organizations. And, am explicitly pulling together dynamic and Black Women Creatives to take our collective skills, training talents, equity, and justice-minded frameworks into these conversations to build OUR COOPERATIVE BUSINESS where Black Women’s lives are centered.
More About Membership
You will be a member-owner of the cooperative. We value equity and transparency. The benefit to the cooperative is that of mutual aid and each of has something to offer for the greater good of the group. Individual members function in the ecosystem as well as employers and business owners. You will see that the benefits of the cooperative are the same across membership levels. We are offering varying access points to ensure that a range of Black Women Creatives are able to have ownership. Below you can learn a bit more about each membership level and the benefits that you gain when you become an owner-member. We encourage you to pay it forward as we are owners financing our collective wealth. Select a membership that feels right for your budget as well as the investment and impact you would like to have on Black Women’s lives.
Fee: $25 per month/$300 per year
Identifies as the following:
- Individual Black Women creator
Fee: $50 per month / $600 per year
Identify with one or more of the following:
- Sole proprietorship
- One member LLC
- Up to $500,000 operating budget
- less than 10 years of operations
Fee: $100 per month/ $1200 per year
Identify with one of the following:
- 10 plus years incorporation
- $500,000 – $1 million annual operating budget
- Does not fall into tiny business or individual membership classes
Fee: $10,000 +
Identify with one of the following:
- Black Woman
- Invests $10,000 in donations and above in a calendar year