Film / Arts & Entertainment

The area is rich in cultural and artistic enterprises including filming, digital media, artisan manufacturing, fine arts, culinary arts, fashion, music, toys and games, dance and theater arts. This sector also includes the creative industries which are companies in any of the fields above.


  • Continue film incentives that give filming in New Mexico a competitive edge over other states
  • Increase awareness of lending capital by facilitating access to micro lenders, Accion, WESST, New Mexico Loan Fund, La Montanita Coop’s LAM fund, etc.
  • Increase funding for economic development marketing to bring awareness of the Albuquerque Metro region
Dancers from Keshet Dance Company
  • Support convenings between artisans, engineers and business students and professionals to encourage creative start-ups
  • Support digital media and other spin-off endeavors that support the film industry
  • Support performing Arts and arts-based incubators
  • Support pipeline programs connecting employers with skilled workforce-i.e., health leadership high, ACE High School, Central New Mexico Community College, etc.

Key Partners

  • ABQ Film Office
  • Creative Startups
  • InnovateABQ
  • Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center
  • Popejoy Performing arts
  • UNM School of Fine Arts


  • An increase in the baseline economic return from the arts (film, digital media, performing arts, etc.)
  • An increase in the number of businesses graduating from performing arts or creative industry incubators
  • An increase in the number of film projects in the region