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Springboard’s Incubator is a fiscal sponsorship program that provides sponsorship for arts groups and individual artist projects that do not want (or are not ready) to become tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. In other words, we make it possible for groups to receive tax-deductible grants and donations as they grow. In addition, Incubator artists receive support for their fundraising and marketing efforts, legal referrals, and networking support.

Incubator is designed for arts groups and individual artist projects that have a nonprofit purpose and/or are looking at becoming their own tax exempt nonprofit organization. Sponsored projects must be artist-led, fit with the mission of Springboard for the Arts, and be based in or producing work in Minnesota. Learn more about the Incubator program here.

Check out our current Incubator projects below, or use the filters to your left to find more projects!


MADROSA aims to create thoughtful performance art and intimate gatherings that blend together fiction and non-fiction, aiming to initiate pondering and dialogue. 

Lake Pepin Chamber Music

Lake Pepin Chamber Music aims to build relationships between artists and audiences by bringing high quality classical and contemporary chamber music experiences to the city of Red Wing and surrounding communities.

North Star Composers Orchestra

North Star Composers Orchestra aims to champion the voices of living composers, particularly women who have been historically underrepresented in mainstream orchestra programming. Through advocacy and commissioning initiatives, they aim to showcase daring, innovative, and boundary-pushing music.

Broken Wing Productions

Broken Wing Productions aims to assist artists of varied backgrounds and proficiency levels by removing barriers so they can build the knowledge and experience needed to successfully navigate all aspects of making theater in the Mpls St. Paul community. Learn more at the project’s website.

Late Night Copies

Late Night Copies aims to cultivate queer and trans independent print culture locally & regionally by providing affordable equipment access, serving as a steward of the Midwest Zine Archive Project, and organizing the Midwest Queer & Trans Zine Fest. They distribute artist publications about Midwestern LGBTQ history to a national audience.

Celtic-Balkan Fusion Project

Celtic-Balkan Fusion Project aims to present Celtic (Highland) and Balkan (Bulgarian) folk music and folk dance, both separately and in a unique fusion, as performed by Balkan vocal and instrumental ensembles, a Highland piper, and Balkan, Highland, and modern dancers to build cross-cultural appreciation and goodwill.

Margaret Ogas Performance Project

Margaret Ogas Performance Project aims to develop live performances rooted in dance, with an emphasis on artistic experimentation and a commitment to highlighting artists of color and queer artists.


Rattlebox aims to present chamber music events that are intimate, adventurous, and thought-provoking, in order to spark joy, curiosity, and empathy in their community. Learn more at the project’s website.

Deaf Cultural Arts & Wellness Center

Deaf Cultural Arts & Wellness Center aims to provide access to creative arts and wellness resources for Deaf individuals and the Twin Cities Deaf community.


MinnAnimate aims to supporting local animators. Its flagship program is an annual festival that celebrates the craft of animation, and the unique perspectives and techniques of Minnesota-based artists. They have noticed that independent animation often skews toward solitary practice which we seek to correct by providing social and collaborative opportunities.


RETINA360 aims to bring to the forefront fact- based storytelling that deeply resonates with the humanity and lived experiences of marginalized and underrepresented girls, women, nonbinary people, and gender nonconforming people.

Memory, Movement, Montage

Memory, Movement, Montage aims to build an inclusive platform for diverse perspectives on migration and creating an innovative curriculum for global engagement.

Able Media

Able Media aims to serve as a Disability Justice Collective that centers the margins to bring disability news, media, and events to the forefront.

The Arts Creative

The Arts Creative aims to promote expressive creating knowing it can bring self-awareness, accepting and understanding of others, all while building community and sharing beautiful art for anyone to enjoy. They want to give people the power to know what they can do with their own two hands.

Spirited Impact Campaign

Spirited Impact Campaign aims to use the feature documentary Spirited as an artistic tool to gather, connect, and build community while educating about Hmong issues, culture and indigenous spiritual practices. Learn more at the project’s website.

Once Removed

Once Removed aims to listen as LGBTQ people from the Upper Midwest talk about family, both The families that made us and families we make.

Under the Lex

Under the Lex aims to support and serve artists that are beginning and mid-level musicians that are underserved and pay them a generous rate that will help them in their careers and wages. The performance series also benefits the immediate community and neighborhood in the area, along with anyone that wishes to attend these events.


CASTLES aims to produce a festival that can connect artists and audience to the grassroots community groups that hold up our neighborhoods, meanwhile celebrating and encouraging awareness of our collective power.

Comedy Suitcase

Comedy Suitcase aims to serve as a Twin Cities-based theatrical production company dedicated to creating live comedy for all-ages.

The Red Light House

The Red Light House aims to serve as a queer collective providing a versatile and intimate arts space out of a home in North Minneapolis. Their unique space serves as a platform for dreamers and doers looking to bring their ideas to life.

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