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Calculating the Creative Economy

The Americans for the Arts recently released their new state by state analysis, showing that in the District of Columbia 2,466 Arts-Related businesses employ 22,952 people.

This Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report provides a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in District of Columbia. The creative industries are composed of arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy.

Download the DC report PDF by clicking here.

Research Notes:

These Creative Industries data are based solely on active U.S. businesses that are registered with Dun & Bradstreet. Because not all businesses register, our analyses indicate an under-representation of arts businesses (particularly those that are nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists). The data in this report, therefore, should be considered conservative. To define the Creative Industries, Americans for the Arts selected 644 8-digit Standard Industrial Classification codes that
represent for-profit and nonprofit arts-centric businesses (out of more than 18,500 codes representing all industries).

Reports for all 435 U.S. Congressional Districts, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the 7,500 state legislative districts, and all 3,143 U.S. counties—as well as a full suite of user tools and a comprehensive list of the industries included in this analysis—are available for download at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/CreativeIndustries.