North Carolina

The Copyright Alliance compiled facts for the state of North Carolina 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 North Carolina?

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 16,540 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 115,891 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 39,018 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 76,673 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 158,000 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 7,497 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for North Carolina?

  • Over $1.14 billion in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $8.8 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on North Carolina?

  • The local video game industry contributed $1.2 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $16.5 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $33.43 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $1.9 billion to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 40,814 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 4,462
  • Performing Arts: 7,101
  • Sound Recording: 6,923
  • Textual: 22,328

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 5,648 music establishments
  • 339 local radio stations
  • 38 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 44,627 songwriters
  • 1,530 photographers
  • 6,300 graphic designers
  • 1,990 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 54.4% of adults attended events, 48% read literature, 30.4% personally performed or created artworks, and 78.3% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable ceators who hail from the state of North Carolina include Zach Galifianakis (actor), Clay Aiken (singer), and Mr. Beast (YouTuber).