REPORT: Creative Sector Contributes Billions Of Dollars To Michigan Economy

Jan 30, 2014, 10:30 ET from ArtServe Michigan

WIXOM, Mich., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ArtServe Michigan today released its third Creative State Michigan report focused on Fiscal Year 2011 for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Creative State Michigan 2014 and the creative industries as a whole in Creative State Michigan 2014: Creative Industries Report. Learn more at

"ArtServe expanded its data to comprehensively define and measure the influence of the creative industries to Michigan's economy by including sole proprietors, independent entrepreneurs and for-profit creative businesses, as well as nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The results prove the creative sector is poised for growth and increased importance to maximize Michigan's competitive advantage," said Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of ArtServe.

The Creative State Michigan 2014: Creative Industries Report reveals that creative industries paid nearly $3.6 billion in wages to 74,000 employees in more than 9,700 businesses in Michigan. This accounts for nearly 3 percent of Michigan's employment totals, more than 3 percent of total wages and 4.6 percent of total state businesses.

Creative State Michigan 2014 details economic and social data from 424 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, representing an estimated 21 percent of the cultural groups in Michigan. These organizations contributed nearly $565 million in expenditures to Michigan's economy, including nearly $196 million in salaries for 26,064 jobs. These organizations contributed more than $14 million in the employer portion of payroll taxes and nearly $1 million in state sales taxes. More than 3 million students benefited from educational programs provided by arts and cultural venues statewide. Michigan's cultural groups reported more than 22.1 million visits, 68 percent offered free.

Data for Creative State Michigan 2014: Creative Industries Report, done in partnership with the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, comes from the 2011 US Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the 2010 US Census Nonemployer Statistics and US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics. Data sources for Creative State Michigan 2014 include the Michigan Cultural Data Project, Americans for the Arts and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Data Driven Detroit provided research support as an independent examiner of the information.

ArtServe Michigan is a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to cultivating the creative potential of Michigan's arts and cultural sector and creative industries to enhance the public health and well-being of Michigan, its people and communities. Contact ArtServe Michigan at 248-912-0760 or visit

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