WIXOM, Mich. – Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture and creative and design industries, announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the organization a $100,000 grant to continue its research and data analysis of Michigan’s creative industries.
The funds will expand upon Creative Many’s comprehensive research and analysis of its Creative State Michigan data on the extent, composition and contributions of Michigan’s creative and design industries – statewide and in key regions including Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids.
Research findings will serve as a foundation for setting economic development priorities, strategies and investments that will cultivate growth opportunities for creative jobs and businesses in Michigan.
“Support from the EDA expands our ability to define and measure the influence of the creative industries on Michigan’s economy and demonstrates that the creative sector is poised for growth and positioned to equip Michigan with critical competitive advantage,” said Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of Creative Many Michigan. “However we must also move beyond simply identifying the economic contributions of the creative sector to smartly developing the strategies, policies, tools and investments that will cultivate accelerated growth in Michigan’s creative economy.”
The EDA grant will provide Creative Many with the resources necessary to update existing research and to benchmark Michigan’s creative industries against other state and regional competitors across the United States. The project will also document best practices nationally and internationally and identify opportunities to strengthen resources needed to cultivate the creative and design industries as a growth sector in Michigan.
Interdisciplinary workshops with state and regional creative industry leaders will be convened to evaluate research results and identify model entrepreneurs, businesses and/or projects to serve as case studies for regional and statewide program recommendations. Further, case studies will illustrate growth opportunities and needed supports for the creative and design sectors of the automotive, technology, industrial and manufacturing industries. All of the data collected will be published in a comprehensive report available through traditional and online communications tools.
“Michigan’s history of innovation and design continues to be felt around the world,” said Doug Smith, senior vice president of strategic partnerships and government affairs for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). “To remain competitive in a global economy, it is imperative our state evaluates all of its opportunities for economic prosperity, and we are eager, through this partnership with Creative Many Michigan, to capitalize on the best practices identified during this important research and analysis.”
In its first phase, the Creative State Michigan 2014: Creative Industries Report revealed that the creative industries paid nearly $3.6 billion in wages to 74,000 employees in more than 9,700 businesses in Michigan in Fiscal Year 2011. These figures accounted for nearly 3 percent of Michigan’s total employment, more than 3 percent of total wages and 4.6 percent of total state businesses.
Partners in this comprehensive research and analysis of Michigan’s creative and design industries are the MEDC, Masco Corporation Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Detroit Creative Corridor and Prima Civitas Foundation. Creative Many Michigan will also engage federal, state and regional partners to support this important work.
About Creative Many Michigan
Creative Many Michigan, formerly ArtServe Michigan, is a statewide economic development organization focused on the mission to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Creative Many Michigan emphasizes the power of creativity through advocacy/public policy, research/reporting, professional practice programs, strategic communications and networking for the greater good of the arts, culture and creative and design industries. Contact Creative Many Michigan at 248-912-0760 or visit CreativeMany.org.