Michigan’s Creative Strength By the Numbers

By Amanda Lewan on February 5th, 2014 / Comments

Creative industries are the on the rise, according the latest installment of ArtServe Michigan’s report.

The Creative State Michigan 2014 Report takes a closer look at the year 2011 and the creative engine of our great state. The report shows some of the following:

  • $3.6 billion in paid wages to creative employees at more than 9,700 Michigan businesses.
  • Most industry activity is seen in core industries such as advertising, publishing, design, film, media, broadcasting and architecture.
  • Michigan’s art and cultural destinations attracting over $2 billion in revenue.
  • Top counties for creative industries included Oakland, Wayne, Kent, Washtenaw, and Macomb.

“Every day, Michigan’s arts and cultural organizations and creative industries are making major contributions to our state’s economy,” said Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of ArtServe.

This year the report expanded its data set to include independent creative entrepreneurs and cultural organizations, showing what Goulet says is a creative sector poised for growth.

Ceative entrepreneurship may just be able to thrive with the resources, talent, and engine already at work.

The report is available live at www.CreativeStateMI.org and also as a downloadable PDF created by ArtServe Michigan, a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization for  Michigan’s arts and culture industries.

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