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

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 16,810 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 109,962 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 29,167 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 56,765 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 230,160 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 2,803 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for Virginia?

  • Over $1.47 billion in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $8.6 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on Virginia?

  • The local video game industry contributed $348.4 million to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $16.2 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $25.4 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $1.6 million to the U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 47,438 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 5,018
  • Performing Arts: 7,873
  • Sound Recording: 6,051
  • Textual: 28,496

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 3,205 music establishments
  • 270 local radio stations
  • 27 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 34,056 songwriters
  • 1,200 photographers
  • 5,320 graphic designers
  • 1,590 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 58% of adults attended events, 54% read literature, 33.9% personally performed or created artworks, and 79.1% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of Virginia include Missy Elliot (rapper), Rob Lowe (actor), and Sandra Bullock (actress).