The Creative Footprint is a non-profit initiative that measures and indexes live music space.
How it Works
Working alongside local experts and teams of researchers, we gather data about every venue in a city and calculate its Creative Footprint: a rich cultural impact study of the health of a city’s music scene.
Ella Overkleeft is the Creative Footprint’s Director of Outreach, with an emphasis on social and urban development.
Alongside Mirik, Ella is the co-founder of the Night Mayor Foundation in Amsterdam; an independent, non-profit dedicated to maintaining a dynamic nightlife while strengthening connections between the municipality, small business owners and city residents.
Away from her role with the Night Mayor office, Ella works on the progressive national harm reduction campaign Celebrate Safe, which has played a significant role the evolution of Holland’s famous pragmatism on matters of drug safety.
Most recently Ella launched a project called Enter the Void, which brings together young creative activists from Amsterdam, Berlin, Riga, Budapest and Palestine to discuss the role of free space and the principles of self-organizing and municipal engagement.
Ross Gardiner is the Creative Footprint’s director of communications, with a focus on content direction and public awareness.
Prior to his work with the Creative Footprint, Ross held senior editor roles for a variety of digital and print publications, most notably as the US Editor for longstanding club culture magazine Mixmag. Ross’ features often spotlighted some of the most pressing issues facing electronic music culture, such as harm reduction and the gentrification of nightlife.
Ross left Mixmag to found Black Circle Media—an LA-based creative agency specializing in festival culture and civic engagement. Since forming the agency, he has worked alongside Live Nation, ID&T, LiveStyle, EDC Las Vegas, Drug Policy Alliance, Red Bull, Oasis Festival, Electric Zoo, and more.