Scotland’s Creative Sector Generates £3.2bn for Economy
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Posted by: ISPA
ISPA Member Organization, Creative Scotland
along with Scottish Enterprise have commissioned an economic impact
study which indicates that Scotland’s arts and creative industries are
valued at more than £3.2 billion to the nation’s economy.
more about the findings of this study, as well as who it includes,
please read the below article by Thom Dibdin, published on Friday June
29th, 2012 in The Stage News. You may find the original article page here.Scotland’s
arts and creative industries are valued at more than £3.2 billion to
the nation’s economy, according to a benchmark study published on
The Economic Contribution Study, commissioned by
Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, indicates that the sector
directly employed some 84,000 people in 2010. The study defines the
sector with a total of 16 different industries, from software and
electronic publishing to the performing arts.
A further 21,000
freelancers and workers outside the creative industries are thought to
work in a creative capacity. When indirect contributions and induced
effects are included, the Gross Value Added rises to £6.3 billion and
employment to nearly 130,000.
Creative Scotland chief executive
Andrew Dixon welcomed the study. He said: "Scotland’s talent is
recognised world-wide and valued at home for high quality work and the
joy that a vibrant cultural life brings to our communities.
the first time, the impact that Scotland’s arts and creative industries
has on the nation’s economic well-being can now be set alongside these
other achievements and is further proof that Scotland thrives on
Examination of individual sectors shows that
performing arts provided £90 million Gross Value Added to the Scottish
economy in 2010 and directly employed 4,700 people. This is 2.8% of the
total for the creative industries. With a turnover of £180 million and
purchases of £90 million, performing arts is worth £117 million to the
Scottish supply chain.
According to the report, there are 1,050
actors and entertainers in Scotland of whom 680, 65% of the total, work
in the arts and creative industries. Actors and performers make up 18%
of the total of those employed in the performing arts, with musicians
accounting for 23% and bar staff 15%.
Deeper analysis shows that
while the overall trend of employment in the performing arts is an
annual increase of 0.6% since 1971, there are some unexplained
anomalies. These include a spike in employment in 2008 when it rose to
over a third higher than in 2010.
The ECS uses publicly available,
existing data and puts into a set of 16 different industries to mark
its scope. While this varies from the 13 industries currently used by
the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the report also includes
statistics created on the DCMS model.
Comparisons show that there
are broad similarities between UK and Scottish employment in the
creative sector. Under the DCMS statistics, performing arts come under
the heading of Music and Visual and Performing Arts. This makes up 18.1%
of the sector in Scotland while it accounts for 16.4% in the whole of