California Arts Council

State of California

Economic Impact

The 2013 Otis Statewide Creative Economy Report

Released February 6, 2014, this report measures, benchmarks, and assesses trends of the creative economy across the state.

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  • 1 in 10 jobs in California are part of the creative industries.
  • Creative industries account for 7.8% of California’s GDP.
  • The creative industries of California generated $273.5 billion in total (direct, indirect, and induced) output.
  • They employed 1.4 million workers who earned $99.3 billion in labor income.
  • The direct, indirect and induced workers paid nearly $13.0 billion in property taxes, personal income and sales taxes into the state general fund and to local governments.
  • Artistic services and intellectual capital are inarguably essential to the 21st century economy, which is dynamic, knowledge-based, and increasingly global.
  • California is arguably home to one of the highest concentrations of creative individuals in the world.



California Cultural Data Project, ongoing A powerful online tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. This groundbreaking project gathers reliable, longitudinal data on the sector for the benefit of arts organizations, researchers, and funders.

California’s Arts Ecology, The James Irvine Foundation, 2011 Arts and culture play a significant role in the daily lives of Californians. The state is noteworthy for the avid participation of its people, the diversity and abundance of its arts organizations and the varied regional characteristics of its arts sector. New findings generated by Markusen Economic Research and commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation offer fresh illustrations of the California nonprofit arts sector and the people who take part in it.

California Creative Industry Report, Americans for the Arts, 2012 This Creative Industries report offers a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in California. The creative industries are composed of arts businesses that range from non-profit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and advertising companies.

Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region 2012, Otis School of Art and Design The 2012 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region is the sixth edition of an annual report commissioned by Otis College of Art and Design to do the impossible: quantify creativity by analyzing the financial impact of creative industries and practitioners in the Los Angeles region. It puts real numbers to creativity.

The Arts: A Competitive Advantage for California II, California Arts Council A 2004 report analyzing the economic impact and value of the arts and cultural sector in California.