Launchpad is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Support for Launchpad goes toward our mission of developing the arts & creative economy in Maine. Creatives are supported through our four strategy pillars – Community, Talent, Spaces & Capital. If you have specific questions about our mission or how your support helps us achieve our goals, please contact us.

Launchpad was founded in 2014. In five years we have grown several major projects from the ground up. Imagine what the next five years will bring.


At the Bangor Arts Exchange we…

• Present 50+ live performances per year, including the New Nashville North Concert Series & Celtic Roots Music Series

• Employee 7 part time staff members

• Donate rental, rehearsal and performance time to dozens of local arts organizations and artists, that has included: The Focus Group, DIVISI Choir, Maine Academy of Modern Music, Penobscot Theatre, Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival, Bangor Community Theatre, WERU, Ten Bucks Theatre, and Music Together

• Host a free, monthly all ages Open Mic that encourages performers to share their work with an audience

• Offer affordable studio rent to visual artists and musicians


At the All Roads Music Festival each year we…

• Present 30+ Maine Music Artists 

• Draw over 1,000 attendees to venues across Belfast, Maine

• Host the annual Maine Songwriter’s Circle, highlighting 5-6 singer/songwriters

• Offer panels and discussions that highlight the Maine music scene


At the Live From The Grand! Music Series we…

• Present live music performances restoring this iconic art deco theater in Ellsworth as a hub for live music performance

• Offer support and resources to The Grand Theatre to ensure live music remains a viable piece of their programming


Creatives shape our communities and define their identities. From the design on your coffee cup, to the music you listen to, or the clothes you wear. Creatives are nurtured, not manufactured, and they are essential for the growth of any community and they affect our lives every day.