South Carolina

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

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 7,050 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 49,984 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 18,594 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 35,628 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 47,030 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 1,139 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for South Carolina?

  • Over $416 million in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $3.2 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on South Carolina?

  • The local video game industry contributed $100.4 million to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $5.9 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $15.14 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $811.3 million to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 15,569 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 2,506
  • Performing Arts: 2,744
  • Sound Recording: 2,852
  • Textual: 7,467

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 1,443 music establishments
  • 196 local radio stations
  • 23 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 21,537 songwriters
  • 650 photographers
  • 2,230 graphic designers
  • 420 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 49.7% of adults attended events, 44.9% read literature, 24.4% personally performed or created artworks, and 73.7% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of South Carolina include Viola Davis (actress), Chadwick Boseman (actor), and Stephen Colbert (comedian).