The Copyright Alliance compiled facts for the state of Illinois 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 Illinois?

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 23,490 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 190,078 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 64,438 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 92,440 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 205,360 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 8,112 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for Illinois?

  • Over $1.92 million in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $15.3 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on Illinois?

  • The local video game industry contributed $1.3 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $26.5 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $42.5 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $4.3 billion to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 55,729 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 6,441
  • Performing Arts: 9,213
  • Sound Recording: 8,891
  • Textual: 31,184

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 7,520 music establishments
  • 332 local radio stations
  • 36 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 52,991 songwriters
  • 2,590 photographers
  • 9,980 graphic designers
  • 2,800 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 68.1% of adults attended events, 44.1% read literature, 38.6% personally performed or created artworks, and 78.8% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of Illinois include Walt Disney (animator/film producer), Ernest Hemingway (writer), and Robin Williams (actor).

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