Rhode Island

The Copyright Alliance compiled facts for the state of Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island?

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 1,580 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 15,723 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 9,771 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 5,837 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 15,900 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 3,224 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for Rhode Island?

  • Over $99 million in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $1 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on Rhode Island?

  • The local video game industry contributed $643.6 million to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $1.9 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $2.52 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $413.5 billion to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 4,995 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 1,000
  • Performing Arts: 1,035
  • Sound Recording: 685
  • Textual: 2,275

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 537 music establishments
  • 22 local radio stations
  • 4 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 3,551 songwriters
  • 220 photographers
  • 970 graphic designers
  • 260 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 65.4% of adults attended events, 50.1% read literature, 35.7% personally performed or created artworks, and 68.7% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of Rhode Island include H.P. Lovecraft (writer), Mena Suvari (actress), and Damien Chazelle (director).