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

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 13,960 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 180,262 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 44,252 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 43,650 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 186,590 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 48,808 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for Washington?

  • Over $1.56 billion in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $28.9 billion was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on Washington?

  • The local video game industry contributed $11.6 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $62.4 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $21.68 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $2.5 billion to U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 56,028 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 13,889
  • Performing Arts: 10,727
  • Sound Recording: 4,285
  • Textual: 27,127

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 6,407 music establishments
  • 225 local radio stations
  • 27 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 23,550 songwriters
  • 1,040 photographers
  • 4,930 graphic designers
  • 1,090 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 65.6% of adults attended events, 62.5% read literature, 45.7% personally performed or created artworks, and 76.1% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of Washington include Jimi Hendrix (singer), Rainn Wilson (actor), and Bill Gates (programmer/founder).