The Cypher was created to eliminate the need for permission. The same permission that is often necessary for emerging creatives, diverse artists, and those that have had the doors closed on them so many times. Many of the most brilliant minds simply need access. The Cypher focuses on providing access, community engagement, and educational programming to help cultivate more savvy creative entrepreneurs.
As the Cypher’s ecosystem blossomed and the entertainment industry demanded more parity, the Cypher has been a prime influencer in Chicago’s diverse performing, digital and visual arts communities. Now that ecosystem has matured, it is prepared to evolve beyond its grassroot genesis.
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We are a conclave of creators that have united to champion diversity in the entertainment industry. We have cultivated a community of tech-savvy multicultural Millennials and Gen Xers who produce high-quality content and experiences. We empower the next frontier of media innovators by cultivating strategic partnerships and providing avenues for independent artists to make their expressive dreams a reality. Founded in Chicago, by Troy Pryor, Creative Cypher has expanded its reach across the US to hundreds of artists, companies, experiences, a digital network, university programs, and multiple projects in production.
As a social ecosystem we have both not-for-profit sectors and for profit divisions, all working towards the master plan. Creative Cypher, Cypher Writers Lab, Cypher Media, and Cypher Network.
Creative Cypher focuses on cultivating the creative ecosystem by facilitating creators relationships, providing production grants, live events, workshops, internships and mentoring.
the cypher provides
Plan to grow to 3000 members and partners in the United States and UK
Growing list of perk partners
20+ a year
Special updates as announced
100+ events ranging from screenings, comedy shows, concerts, festival and educational programs, workshops, panels, and keynotes
Currently in beta testing
The Lab was established to focus on content development. Equal parts workshop, lecture, consulting and networking, the Lab aims to empower the strong writing community while creating an ecosystem where these creatives to thrive.
the lab provides
To vet projects
To refine content to ensure commercial viability
To prep for pitching and acquisitions
Support & Consultation
To connect with a multitude of writers and organizations
Our internal production teams create original content and provide consultation for existing productions
Production network & industry connections
Over 25 film productions supported each year
Cypher 1 on 1s, Roundtables, and Podcast Interviews
Production company for hire
With a focus on documenting creative journalism but evolving to producing larger projects
Slate of web series, episodic, shorts, docs, features, and journalistic content
Diverse and inclusive hiring / internships opportunities
The Home for Millennial Creators. Our digital networking showcasing content ranging from shows, films, live specials, documentaries, music videos, interviews, experimental, and podcasts. The Cypher Network has also aggregated several other networks to produce original content as a SAG-AFTRA signatory.
the network provides
TVOD x SVOD service includes channels of films, shows, documentaries, music, interviews, experimental content, and podcasts
Content is supplied to multiple indie and major platforms
All Original projects
Original projects provide jobs, internships, and ROI
The Cypher offers many avenues for strategic partnerships, collaborations, sponsorship and investment. Whether you would like to make a tax deductible donation for general operations, support a special program, event, workshop or invest in a production, we’re ready.