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While most economic impact studies of the arts have focused on the nonprofit sector (such as our own Arts and Economic Prosperity studies), Creative Industries is the first national study that encompasses both the nonprofit and for-profit arts industries.

Putting the Data to Work

By documenting Dun & Bradstreet business and employment data for both the nonprofit and for-profit arts sectors, you can paint a picture of a powerful engine in your community's information economy. What makes this data especially potent is that it can be localized to any city, county, state, region, or political jurisdiction in the country, and it can be updated regularly so that you can track trend data.  You can also take a look at our most current standard reports* by exploring the links below.

Downloadable Reports:

Due to data licensing agreements, all Creative Industries reports require a login and your consent to our Terms of Use. When you click on the "View the Creative Industries Reports" link below, you will be asked to accept the Terms and log in. If you have any questions or difficulty accessing the reports, please send us an email or give us a call at 202.371.2830. Thank you!

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*Note: Currently, all Creative Industries reports are based on data as of January, 2014.

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Defining the Creative Industries

We have taken a conservative approach to defining the Creative Industries by focusing solely on businesses involved in the production or distribution of the arts. For the purposes of this study, the Creative Industries are composed of arts-centric businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and advertising companies. We have guarded against overstatement of the sector by excluding industries such as computer programming and scientific research—both creative, but not focused on the arts.

View a summary of the Creative Industries Classifications.

Our Data

The source of our data is Dun & Bradstreet, which provides very specific and reliable data about employment and the number of arts-centric businesses in both the nonprofit and for-profit arts. The Creative Industries data are based solely on active U.S. businesses that have registered with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Because not all businesses register, our analyses indicate an under-representation of nonprofit arts organizations in the data. Additionally, many individual artists are not included, as not all are employed by a business or register with Dun & Bradstreet. The data in this report, therefore, should be considered conservative. 

Like many major data providers, including the federal government, D&B periodically reviews its database for accuracy by removing inactive businesses and adding new active ones. After a large-scale, post-recession database cleaning, D&B reduced the total number of active U.S. business records in its database to approximately 18.0 million in January 2014, down from 21.3 million in January 2012 (-15.8 percent). As such, year-to-year changes through 2014 may not represent a trend increase or decline, but rather stem from a more accurate tally of the active business population. These 2014 data are the most current and accurate data available and represent a new baseline for the Creative Industries data.

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