South Dakota

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

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 1,820 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 12,768 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 7,312 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 7,141 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 8,630 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 195 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for South Dakota?

  • Over $97 million in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $738 million was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on South Dakota?

  • The local video game industry contributed $17.5 million to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $1.1 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $3.06 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $250.8 million to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 1,538 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 206
  • Performing Arts: 243
  • Sound Recording: 781
  • Textual: 306

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 705 music establishments
  • 98 local radio stations
  • 16 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 955 songwriters
  • 120 photographers
  • 500 graphic designers
  • 50 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 64.2% of adults attended events, 40% read literature, 43.6% personally performed or created artworks, and 83.2% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of South Dakota include January Jones (actress), Gary Owens (voice actor), and Mary Hart (host/journalist).