West Virginia

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

  • The motion picture and television industry supported 2,010 direct jobs.
  • The arts and culture production industry supported 13,865 jobs.
  • The music industry supported 3,470 jobs.
  • Local radio and television supported 11,271 jobs.
  • The app economy supported 12,300 jobs in the computing workforce.
  • The video game industry supported 508 jobs.

How Much Was Generated in Wages for West Virginia?

  • Over $118 million in wages were generated from the motion picture and television industry.
  • Over $818 million was earned by the arts and cultural production industry.

What Was the Economic Impact on West Virginia?

  • The local video game industry contributed $39.1 million to the state’s GDP.
  • The local arts and cultural production industry contributed $1.2 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • The local television and radio industry contributed $4.84 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • The local music industry contributed $148.1 million to U.S. GDP.

There were a total of 2,749 copyright registrations from 2018 to 2022, but let’s break that down even further by industry:

  • Visual Arts: 185
  • Performing Arts: 779
  • Sound Recording: 435
  • Textual: 1,350

Creative Community by the Numbers

  • 98 music establishments
  • 148 local radio stations
  • 15 local commercial T.V. stations
  • 3,386 songwriters
  • 140 photographers
  • 590 graphic designers
  • 110 writers and authors

Fun Facts

  • According to a 2017 study conducted by the NEA, 50.3% of adults attended events, 35.3% read literature, 25.9% personally performed or created artworks, and 58.1% consumed arts via electronic media.
  • Notable creators who hail from the state of West Virginia include Steve Harvey (host), Brad Paisley (singer), and Jennifer Garner (actress).