Creative America:
The USA’s first nationwide Creative Industries Study has just been published by Americans for the Arts. The ranking by state is:- California, then New York, Texas, Florida, then Illinois. Interesting, yet there is a potential methodological problem with counting ‘businesses & institutions’ by geographical area. Firstly, by using out-of-date paper directories you overlook a host of microbusinesses & freelancers, those who see a Yellow Pages listing as ‘more trouble than it’s worth’. Secondly, there’s the ‘look and you will find’ syndrome; for example, people thought that Stoke-on-Trent was a ‘cultural desert’ until the Creative Stoke survey work was done. Now, incontrovertably, it isn’t.