Creative Industries Continue to Grow
Americans for the Arts’ 2009 Creative Industries Report shows that Broward County is home to 5,660 arts-related businesses − reflecting an increase of 900 small entrepreneurial businesses over 2008. In total, these businesses employ almost 21,000 people and created an additional 400 jobs in the last year, as documented by Dun and Bradstreet.
From these statistics, it is clear that the creative businesses are a growing segment of the local economy and support a global trend that will continue as the knowledge-based economy expands. “Over the last five years, we have been encouraged to see the number of new arts-related businesses growing, with a 21-percent increase this year, in the height of an economic downturn. It is a positive outlook for our changing economic base,” said Mary A. Becht, Broward Cultural Division director.
The creative industries comprise businesses that create or distribute the arts, including museums and collections; performing arts; visual arts/photography; film, radio and TV; design and publishing; arts schools and services. These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy: they employ people, spend money locally, generate government revenue and are a cornerstone of tourism.
Nationally, there are more than 600,000 businesses in the United States involved in the creation o