Please note that the inclusion of these links and sources does not constitute an endorsement by the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District. (updated May 2024)

Helpful Resources and Updates!

  • Music District is offering music workshops – CRASH COURSE is a new, weekly workshop series dedicated to equipping Music District Members & musicians with vital knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the music world. These workshops are drop-in style and introductory in nature, no prior knowledge or pre-recs are necessary. Crash Course is facilitated by Music District staff with expertise in the area & featured industry pros.
  • The Multicultural Business & Entrepreneurship Center is now offering business services to the community and has $30K at its disposal to help businesses with technical assistance. Each qualifying business could be awarded $1500.  All businesses and entrepreneurs are welcome.
  • Bookkeeping Help Center – In collaboration with the Larimer Small Business Development Center and local professional bookkeepers and accountants, the Bookkeeping Help Center is operated as a project for the bookkeeping students at Front Range Community College. It provides free bookkeeping services to clients and real-world experience to students under the supervision of professional bookkeepers and accountants. All services provided to clients are free. Contact Erika Limbacher to participate.
  • The Business Foundations Technical Assistance program provides technical assistance and small grants to Colorado small businesses to help businesses legally establish themselves. The program includes 3 required training paths for businesses to complete and receive a certification. Once completed, businesses may be eligible to apply for small grants of up to $1,200.
  • Makers and Crafters Business 101 – need help with your sales tax and business organization – see our list of helpful tips for Makers and Crafters
  • On Demand Business Videos about about selling on Etsy, taxes for artists, arts org formation, sales tax for events and more at the Larimer SBDC.
  • Host a CSU Student with a Micro-Internship! These can be short-term projects that can typically be completed within 5-40 hours and is due within a few days to a few weeks. These projects require no on-boarding, are paid 1099 and can be completed by a college student with minimal instruction. This is a great way to finish projects you have been meaning to get to, it is also a great way introduce your company to students and see if there is a potential fit for future opportunities and ultimately, it is a great way to support CSU students.


    • Mental Health Support for Larimer County: 970-221-5551.  9 a.m.-4 p.m.   If you’re in crisis, call the Colorado Crisis Line 1-844-493-8255.
    • Dental and Hearing screenings for music industry professionals through The Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) and MusiCares.
    • COVID-19 vaccinations Get the latest info on vaccinations HERE
    • NoCo Music Event FundApply for a grant to support music for your event
    • Larimer SBDC – Help with identifying funding, preparing for loans, alternative lenders and business finances.



    • Americans for the Arts has a list of national resources
    • Art-Train brings together artists and creatives with municipalities, agencies, and organizations to create culture-based collaborations. With separate tracks for artists and agencies, Art-Train helps you use American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan funding to support locally-rooted, culture-based collaborations
    • NIVA – (National Independent Venues Association)guidance about venues reopening, advocacy and support for venue owners #SaveOurStages
    • Small Business Administration Debt Relief
    • Small Business Administration 24/7  Help Line: 1-800-659-2955
    • Freelancer’s Union
    • Kiva Loans – Yes, 0% interest – no catch. They’re a non-profit aimed at expanding access to capital. Worldwide loans
    • Alignable is a small businesses referral network.