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creative industries

DCMS's role is to assist the creative industries by raising their profile and helping them achieve their full economic potential.
We define the creative industries as those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.  This includes advertising, architecture, the art and antiques market, crafts, design, designer fashion, film and video, interactive leisure software, music, the performing arts, publishing, software and computer games, television and radio.
Although the Department of Trade and Industry has specific responsibility for some of these industries, we sponsor the film and music industries and coordinate policy in Whitehall.


A Government led initiative to help the UKs Creative Industries sector has been launched by Arts Minister Estelle Morris and Science and Innovation Minister Lord Sainsbury.  [19 July 2004]

A unique coalition of prominent members from the music industry, education and leading music organisations have come together to promote music education across the country. [6 July 2004]

Stewart Till CBE will be the new chairman of the UK Film Council. [5 July 2004]

The Department for Culture, Media and Sports has published the New EU Media Programme 2007-2013 Consultation Paper, inviting contributions to the development of the UK negotiating position for the new programme that will succeed Media Plus from 2007. [1 July 2004]


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Creative Industries accounted for 8.2% of Gross Value Added (GVA) in 2001.
The Creative Industries grew by an average of 8% per annum between 1997 and 2001.
Exports by the creative industries contributed 11.4 billion to the balance of trade in 2001. This equated to around 4.2% of all goods and services exported.
Exports for the creative industries grew at around 15%per annum over the period of 1997 - 2001.
In June 2002, creative  employment totalled 1.9 million jobs. 
In 2002, there were around 122,000 companies in the Creative Industry sectors on the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR).
For further information, please see the research section of our website.