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National Study Finds Arts-Related Businesses in Minnesota Employ 55,040 People

We've always known that the arts are important to Minnesota's economy. Now we have some proof.

Americans for the Arts recently released an update of its Creative Industries report, looking at the scope and economic importance of both the for-profit and non-profit arts across the country, with specific data about Minnesota. The study defines the creative industries as arts businesses that includes nonprofit museums, symphonies and theaters as well as for-profit film, architecture and design companies. Data is collected from Dunn & Bradstreet business registrations.
 
"Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America's competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy, " said the study.
 
STATEWIDE RESULTS:
Minnesota is home to 13,835 arts-related businesses that employ 55,040 people. The creative industries account for 4 percent of the total number of businesses located in Minnesota and 1.9 of the people they employ.
 
Arts businesses in Minnesota have grown since the study's results from 2008, which showed 11,050 arts-related businesses employing 52,949 people.  That's an increase of 2785 businesses and an increase of 2091 people employed by the arts since the Legacy Amendment began in Minnesota. (The study does not look at cause and effect, but it does make you wonder).
 
REGIONAL RESULTS:
The study also divided up the state's arts businesses by congressional districts:

REGION

NUMBER OF ARTS BUSINESSES

NUMBER OF ARTS EMPLOYEES

Southern MN
(CD1)

1,242

5,817

Southern TC Suburbs
(CD2)

1,657

4,679

Western TC Suburbs
(CD3)

2,259

9,481

St Paul & Eastern TC
(CD4)

1,961

8,412

Minneapolis
(CD5)

2,860

14,696

N. TC Suburbs to St Cloud (CD6)

1,394

3,536

Western MN
(CD 7)

1,085

3,752

Arrowhead, Range & NW MN (CD 8)

1,377

4,667

TOTAL

13,835

55,040

(To see a congressional district map of these regions, go here: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1508).
(To read more about the Creative Industries Report nationally, go here: http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/research-studies-publications/creative-industries. You will have to create a login to see the detailed reports).