They contribute £billions to the Scottish economy each year and support thousands of jobs across the country.
They help develop talent and skills amongst our people and make a significant contribution to attracting people to work in Scotland, generating revenue in both local and national economies.
Creativity helps to revive our cities as well as smaller places; and it is central to galvanising and reviving communities across regions.
Creativity is also a vital part of the DNA of our nation encouraging people to stay here, to move here, or visit.
The Creative Industries in Scotland contribute £3.7 billion to the economy. This represents a steady increase since 2010.
In 2015 the Creative Industries employed 73,600 people - a 2.5% increase on 2014 and a 15% increase since 2011.
The Creative Industries is now larger than Life Sciences and sustainable tourism in terms of GVA and employs more people than the Energy sector.
Whilst the majority of jobs in the creative industries are concentrated in the main cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Dundee and East Dunbartonshire also have higher than average share of Creative Industries jobs.
The Creative Industries sector is dominated by small enterprises with 58% of the 14,590 registered enterprises having zero employees (i.e. are sole traders) and 87% in total have less than five employees.
Over 98% of Creative Industries businesses operating in Scotland are registered in Scotland.
- Scottish Government Growth Sector Statistics, October 2016
In 2011, 10 million inbound visits to the UK involved engagement with the arts and culture, representing 32 per cent of all visits to the UK and 42 per cent of all inbound tourism-related expenditure - The contribution of the arts and culture to the national economy CEBR, 2013
VisitBritain estimate that Britain’s cultural and heritage attractions generate £4.5 billion worth of spending by inbound visitors.