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

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 15,960 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 81,490 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 61,617 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 42,658 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 65,640 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 1,807 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for Tennessee?

  • Over $1.13 billion in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $5.8 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on Tennessee?

  • The local video game industry contributed $181.4 million to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $11.8 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $18.18 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $5.8 billion to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 58,173 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 2,550
  • Performing Arts: 25,383
  • Sound Recording: 16,284
  • Textual: 13,956

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 4,502 music establishments
  • 325 local radio stations
  • 34 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 68,113 songwriters
  • 1,040 photographers
  • 3,670 graphic designers

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 51.5% of adults attended events, 38.7% read literature, 39.1% personally performed or created artworks, and 72.9% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of Tennessee include Morgan Freeman (actor). Aretha Franklin (singer/songwriter), and Tina Turner (singer/songwriter).