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

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 5,870 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 46,652 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 8,526 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 30,771 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 37,140 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 1,452 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for Kentucky?

  • Over $340 million in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $2.79 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on Kentucky?

  • The local video game industry contributed $145.1 million to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $5.6 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $12.9 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $447.7 million to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 9,248 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 1,005
  • Performing Arts: 1,744
  • Sound Recording: 1,667
  • Textual: 4,832

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 1,341 music establishments
  • 286 local radio stations
  • 19 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 14,226 songwriters
  • 290 photographers
  • 2,180 graphic designers
  • 260 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 46.6% of adults attended events, 40.6% read literature, 31.2% personally performed or created artworks, and 68.6% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of Kentucky include George Clooney (actor), Loretta Lynn (singer), and Diane Sawyer (journalist).