Creative Industries Division

The 2023 Legislature passed House Bill 8 to establish a division to focus on growing Creative Industries in New Mexico. The measure was signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on April 5, 2023.

What is a Creative Industry?

Creative Industries is defined by New Mexico Legislature in HB 8 is a business or person engaged in creative enterprises, including*:

  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
  • Literary arts
  • Entertainment
  • Media
  • Information and broadcasting
  • Applied arts and design, including architecture
  • Landscape architecture
  • Museum and gallery professions
  • Promotion
  • Marketing
  • Graphics and industrial design
  • Technology and computer system design
  • Software design
  • Coding and digital media
  • Crafts and artisan professions including:
    metal, wood, glass, ceramics, paper,
    printing, textile, and culinary arts.

*This does not include a business, organization, or person engaged in creative enterprises involving filming activities supported by the New Mexico Film Division of the Economic Development Department.

What is the Role of the Creative Industry Division?

The Creative Industries Division is charged with supporting the state’s creative industries by:

  • Increasing and advancing creative industry based economic development in New Mexico.
  • Supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in creative industries.
  • Assisting organizations that support creative industry companies and workers.
  • Supporting educational and workforce training initiatives that facilitate creative industry growth and success.
  • Identifying and helping establish public infrastructure to support creative industries.
  • Serving as an information clearinghouse by providing resources and opportunities to creative industry stakeholders.
  • Acting as a liaison between creative industries-related businesses and organizations.

The Legislature appropriated $2 million in one-time money (a special appropriation) to EDD to support HB8. The EDD is requesting recurring funding to support creative businesses in New Mexico as part of its 2025 fiscal year budget.

Request for Proposals (RFP) – Creative Industries Division Study

The New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) is soliciting proposals from a qualified organization or person to develop a Creative Industries Division Study.

EDD seeks a contractor to work with its team to develop a statewide plan for Creative Industries Division that includes viable program models, implementation partners, projected budgets, and an analysis of creative industry opportunities within the state.

  • Submit questions to
  • Deadline to submit questions: August 11, 2023 MT
  • Proposal Due Date: August 21, 2023 by 5pm MT
RFP Timeline

The Procurement Manager will make every effort to adhere to the following schedule:

Action Responsible Party Due Date(s)
Issue RFP Agency July 21, 2023
Acknowledgement of Receipt Form Potential Offerors August 4, 2023
Deadline to Submit Questions Potential Offerors August 11, 2023
Response to Written Questions Procurement Manager August 14, 2023
Submission of Proposal Potential Offerors August 21, 2023
Proposal Evaluation* Evaluation Committee August 23, 2023
Selection of Finalists* Evaluation Committee August 29, 2023
Best and Final Offers* Finalist Offerers August 30, 2023
Oral Presentation(s)* Finalist Offerers August 31, 2023
Finalize Contractual Agreements* Agency/Finalist Offerers September 1-7, 2023
Contract Awards* Agency/Finalist Offerers September 11, 2023
Protest Deadline* Agency September 27, 2023 (15 days)

*Dates indicated in Events 6 through 12 are estimates only and may be subject to change without necessitating an amendment to the RFP.

Call for Projects (CFP) – Creative Industries Division Funding Opportunity

The New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) announces a Call for Projects to provide funding for local government projects and programs that demonstrate the potential to stimulate community or economic development through creative industries.

Funds may be awarded in the form of an IGA (Intergovernmental Agreement).

Submit questions to

Proposal Due Date: August 21, 2023

Please sign up to receive general updates regarding the Creative Industries Division and it’s offerings. If you would like to stay informed about the RFP, or would like to submit questions, you must contact the Procurement Manager at