King County Creative

Keep Music Live

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Do you love live music like we do? Right now, due to COVID closures, our independent live music venues are facing an existential threat. We don’t know when they can reopen safely, but we do know that they are a critical part of our King County creative ecosystem, and we want them to survive. You can help.

Visit: www.keepmusiclivewa.com

Read more here: https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/music/10-million-fundraising-campaign-aims-to-save-washington-music-venues-from-closing/


COVID-19 Relief Fund

Recently, King County allocated $750,000 to 35 independent live music venues as part of its COVID Relief Efforts. This was a competitive process, and there was not nearly enough funding to meet the needs of these businesses that were amongst the first to close, and will be amongst the last to open. Additionally, King County awarded $1,000,000 to science organizations, and $250,000 to arts/culture/science education programs.

https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/music/35-music-venues-receive-king-county-coronavirus-relief-grants

https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2020/August/18-arts-funding.aspx


COVID-19 Handbook for the Sector

The global COVID-19 pandemic has hit our region particularly hard, and will have a lasting impact on local arts, culture and creative communities.  In response to the unfolding crisis, King County Creative helped to found an online information resource for creative workers, artists, production personnel, creative businesses and arts organizations. Check out the regularly updated COVID-19 Handbook for the Creative Sector to find helpful guidance for sustaining the health, safety and economic factors of coronavirus.


About King County Creative

Artists, musicians, filmmakers, production workers and creative businesses help make King County culturally vibrant and economically strong. However, between rising costs, inequity, and competing local priorities, there are many barriers to success for creatives in the region. King County Creative seeks to change that with support, resources, policy development and coalition-building by, of and for our essential local creatives and cultural workers.
Learn more.

I am shaking things up and encouraging the creative economy so that we not only bring more jobs, but add to our cultural life, and share our unique Northwest perspective with the world.

King County Executive Dow Constantine
King County Executive Dow Constantine announces the launch of the Creative Economy Initiative at Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, more familiar to TV watchers as the
Double R Diner from “Twin Peaks”

Get in Touch

CreativeEconomy@kingcounty.gov
206-263-3719

401 Fifth Ave., Suite 135
Seattle, WA 98104

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