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

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 2,050 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 15,230 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 3,478 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 8,149 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 9,260 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 1,126 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for Montana?

  • Over $121 million in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $995 million was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on Montana?

  • The local video game industry contributed $143.1 million to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $1.8 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $3.4 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $203.5 million to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 6,153 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 875
  • Performing Arts: 1,736
  • Sound Recording: 833
  • Textual: 2,709

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 607 music establishments
  • 149 local radio stations
  • 18 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 1,848 songwriters
  • 100 photographers
  • 620 graphic designers
  • 110 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 66.4% of adults attended events, 51.5% read literature, 50% personally performed or created artworks, and 77.2% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of Montana include Michelle Williams (actress), David Lynch (director), and Dana Carvey (comedian).