12 months of rent-free storefront residency space in downtown Kansas City, MO

Artist Inc or Artist Inc II professional development training opportunity

Mentoring, networking, & cross-marketing opportunities with CSF



Charlotte Street’s pilot StartUp Residency program aims to foster the development of an up-and-coming, innovative startup such as an artist-run collaborative, business, or organization. This pilot program builds upon Charlotte Street’s 20-year history of providing support and catalytic opportunities for Kansas City-based arts initiatives, entrepreneurs, and collaborative groups in their earliest stages of development.

Criteria for applications include:

Organization or business less than three years old, with an established business plan or demonstrated proof of concept

Group or business defined as an artist-run or artist-centric organization with the ability to define and demonstrate artistic component(s) of the work, mission, or initiative of the organization

A startup can be a for-profit, not-for-profit, or hybrid business model

Appropriate applicants could be: publications or critical feedback platforms, art spaces or performance venues, For-Cause Arts entrepreneurships, collaboratives or collectives with associated programming, (can be visual, performative arts, social practice, or multidisciplinary approaches to “artist”-centric).




Deadline for applications


Finalist interviews / Jury decisions made


Residency begins / Space accessible

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