With a population of more than half a million people, Upper Manhattan is a city within a city. Its many assets include transportation hubs, strong consumer demand, and great institutional market demand from schools and universities, hospitals and healthcare agencies, and museums, to name a few. Upper Manhattan has a diverse labor pool (and consumer market) and is a leader in local, national, and world cultural trends.
Upper Manhattan is also home to a remarkable array of artists and arts organizations, ranging from those who are world renowned to those whose vision is just coming into focus. Their creativity spans many styles, traditions, and aesthetics, expressed through multiple art forms. With an abundant schedule of programs and activities, this creative community is also an important economic force in our neighborhoods. From the beginning, UMEZ has recognized the competitive advantage provided by this eclectic community. Through the Cultural Industry Investment Fund (CIIF), the nonprofit division of UMEZ has designed its investments to focus on these resident cultural organizations as they work to build their capacity and develop organizational stability.
Our grants and investments and available tax incentives create jobs, stabilize the economy, and propel investment, creating safe and vibrant neighborhoods.