Creative Industries Division


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

The Legislature appropriated $2 million in one-time money (a special appropriation) to EDD to support HB8. The EDD is requesting $500k in recurring funding to fund the division fund, and two full time staff to support creative businesses in New Mexico as part of its 2025 fiscal year budget.

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.

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.


In shaping the new division, EDD sought proposals to craft a statewide plan for the Creative Industries Division, exploring program models, budgets, and industry analyses. Santa Fe’s Creative Startups, was chosen as the contractor, with collaboration from Vital Spaces and the Poeh Cultural Center, all bringing expertise in regional economy plans and guiding the division’s future with their deep understanding of New Mexico’s creative landscape.