Department for Culture Media and Sport

creative industries

We help the creative industries thrive by raising their profile and supporting their development. Our vision is that the UK becomes the world’s creative hub.

Creative industries are industries based on individual creativity, skill and talent, plus those that have the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property.

Our responsibilities

We have lead responsibility for some sectors, and share responsibility for others with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS):

  • Advertising - DCMS and BIS
  • Architecture - DCMS
  • Art and antiques markets - DCMS
  • Computer and video games - DCMS and BIS
  • Crafts - DCMS
  • Design - DCMS and BIS
  • Designer fashion - DCMS
  • Film and video - DCMS
  • Music - DCMS
  • Performing arts - DCMS
  • Publishing - DCMS and BIS
  • Software - BIS
  • Television and radio - DCMS

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Work areas

Digital Economy Bill

The Digital Economy Bill aims to introduce measures to significantly reduce online infringement of copyright. It is estimated that such infringement produces losses of £400m per annum.

Creative Economy Programme

The Creative Economy Programme works towards our goal of making the UK the world's creative hub.


C&binet is a not-for-profit network linking the international creative and commercial communities. It inspires new ideas and opportunities, demonstrates the economic power of creativity and helps shape the world’s creative economy.

Digital Britain

In June 2009 we published theDigital Britain report. Find out more on our Digital Britain


Exporting goods and services to overseas markets is something many creative businesses are interested in.

Education and skills

Multiple government initiatives and funding schemes support skills development and training in the creative industries.

Regional support

Regional organisations often deal with issues that concern creative companies, including access to finance.

Support across government

We represent the creative industries across government and monitor policy that can affect creative businesses, including tax and regulations or intellectual property rights.

Support and funding opportunities

Support and funding opportunities are available for creative industries.

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A total of £3.5 million investment has been announced for centres of excellence in Abertay University, Dundee and Media City UK, Manchester as part of the Government’s commitment to maintaining the UK’s global reputation in the growing video games industry. [9 December 2009]

At the end of October business leaders from across the creative sector came together at the Government’s first Creativity and Business International Network (C&binet) event – a high level forum designed to foster international dialogue about the creative economy. Key topics under discussion were: access to finance for creative industries; new business models for online content; developing talent; and securing creative rights. Visit c&binet forum to view footage [27 October 2009]

We have announced a new system for classifying video games as part of the Digital Britain report. We have also published the official government response to the consultation. [16 June 2009]

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