Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture and creative and design industries was awarded a $100,000 grant to continue its research and data analysis of Michigan’s creative industries. The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the grant. 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.”
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.