The Copyright Alliance compiled facts for the state of California as they relate to creators from various industries. The data gathered includes information regarding jobs created, copyright registrations filed, state economic impact, and more for the years 2018 to 2022. 

What Jobs Were Created in California?

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 211,750 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 681,211 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 430,814 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 262,212 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 720,010 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 218,090 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for California?

  • Over $28.4 billion in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $108 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on California?

  • The local video game industry contributed $51.7 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $225 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $127 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $39.5 billion to U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 412,828 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 91,242
  • Performing Arts: 149,611
  • Sound Recording: 70,208
  • Textual: 101,767

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 71,905 music establishments
  • 667 local radio stations
  • 91 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 233,975 songwriters
  • 5,200 photographers
  • 32,720 graphic designers
  • 12,000 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 55.1% of adults attended events, 41.7% read literature, 32.6% personally performed or created artworks, and 74.9% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of California include Leonardo DiCaprio (actor), Snoop Dogg (rapper), and Julia Child (chef/author).