District of Columbia

The Copyright Alliance compiled facts for the District of Columbia (DC) 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 DC?

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 4,820 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 53,141 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 4,336 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 6,481 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 47,690 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 198 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for DC?

  • Over $750 billion in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $8.2 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on DC?

  • The local video game industry contributed $51.9 million to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $11.8 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $3.67 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $835.6 million to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 39,509 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 9,293
  • Performing Arts: 4,457
  • Sound Recording: 775
  • Textual: 24,984

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 250 music establishments
  • 15 local radio stations
  • 6 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 5,302 songwriters
  • 430 photographers
  • 1,660 graphic designers
  • 1,440 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 69.2% of adults attended events, 58.1% read literature, 49.8% personally performed or created artworks, and 83.9% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable Creators who hail from the state of DC include Marvin Gaye (singer), Chris Meloni (actor), and Elizabeth Bishop (author).

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