Impact of the Arts in WNC & Resources

Impact of the Arts in WNC

Summary of Findings | Infographic

Creative Industry Earnings in Western North Carolina grew 21% from 2015-2020. The largest areas of growth were in the Professional & Business Service, Arts & Entertainment, and Manufacturing industries. Top earning Industries include independent Artists, Writers, & Performers; Graphic Design Services; Jewelry Stores; Photography Studios; and Arts Dealers.

Creative Industry Sales reached $858,655,225 in 2020 ($462,794,045 in-region and $395,861,180 exported). Total sales industries include Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers; Jewelry Stores; Motion Picture and Video Production; Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures; and Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with Facilities. 

Creative Jobs also grew 17% from 2015-2020 to a total of 18,645. Top creative jobs include Photographers, Musicians and Singers, Writers and Authors, Fine Artists, and Graphic Designer. Fine Artists showed the largest increase, up 61% since 2015.

Creative jobs in WNC were held by 85% white workers, and 15% BIPOC workers in 2020. Male workers held 55% of these jobs, while females workers made up the other 45%. The majority of creative jobs were held by workers ages 35-44 and 55-64. 

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