What are the Creative Industries
The Creative Industries are at the heart of Britain’s economic, cultural and social life and contribute considerably to the economic performance of the UK. According to the DCMS recently published report ‘Creative Britain’, “two million people are employed in creative jobs and the sector contributes £60 billion a year – 7.3 per cent – to the British economy. Over the past decade, the creative sector has grown at twice the rate of the economy as a whole and is well placed for continued growth as demand for creative content – particularly in English – grows.” The events sector in particular is a key area for growth.
Creative industries invest in, generate and exploit intellectual property; they market artistic achievement, creative products and services and provide opportunities for national and international trading; they develop, up-date and protect Britain’s cultural assets which attract national and overseas visitors each year to visit world class museums and galleries and experience innovative, high quality artistic companies on UK and international platforms; they regenerate buildings, neighbourhoods and local areas through stimulating and developing cultural and creative enterprise; they provide opportunities to participate in cultural and creative activities that are inclusive and developmental; they facilitate the communication of marginal perspectives and help to build social cohesion and tolerance; they inspire individuals and communities to express themselves in their own words, sound, images.
The UK creative industries provide the contexts and working environments for thousands of people with a passion for music, performance, film, art, writing, production etc. to develop sector specific artistic, technical, interpersonal, and entrepreneurial skills alongside a host of other more transferable skills and experiences.
However, the creative industries are also highly competitive, attracting a huge number of people wanting to work in, what is considered by many, a career involving bright lights, glamour, fame, with opportunities for high financial and status rewards.
The stark reality of trying to get professional experience or that first job without adequate preparation and effective support can really test the motivation, commitment, resilience and resources of anyone.
Creative sectors need people with specialist skills, professional knowledge and the ability to think creatively and strategically. Initial employment in creative sectors is predominantly secured by contact with people already working in those industries, and this can mean that only a narrow supply of talent gets access to those industries.