What is the creative economy?

The enterprises and people involved in the production and distribution of goods and services in which the aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional engagement of the consumer gives the product value in the marketplace.

Who is included? Some examples…

  • Non Profit Organizations - Museums, Theaters
  • For Profit Businesses - Design Companies, Architecture Firms
  • Creative Individuals - Freelancers Designers, Sole Proprietors
  • Communities - Cities/Towns, Regions

What sectors are included? 

The creative economy includes the businesses, organizations, and individuals that produce and distribute goods and services in the following categories:

  • Marketing - Advertising and marketing agencies and professionals
  • Architecture -  Architecture firms and architects
  • Visual Arts + Craft - Museums, galleries, theatres and curators, artists, artisans, and makers  
  • Design - Industrial, interior, graphic, web, and fashion design firms and designers
  • Film + Media - Film, TV, animation, and radio businesses, organizations, and talent
  • Video Game + Software - Companies, programmers, and individuals producing games and software
  • Music + Performing Arts - Venues, theatres, producers, and musicians and performers
  • Publishing - Print or electronic distribution businesses and content creation, editors, writers
  • Culture + Preservation - Historic buildings, trails, and sites, and historic and heritage organizations

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Is the entire state involved? Is there support in my community?

First, the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council is actively developing a statewide strategy for the enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the creative economy in the Commonwealth. Also, many communities are already engaged in this work. Want to know who is in your region or want to start something new? Contact me!

How do I access support?

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development is working with partners from around the commonwealth to ensure this industry is being supported. If a business, organization, individual, or community leader has a question or issue, the creative economy industry director myself and a team of partners will help connect you to the appropriate resources that suit your needs.

Contact me!

Helena Fruscio, Creative Economy Industry Director
Address: 1 Ashburton Place- Suite 2101, Boston, MA 01280
Phone: (617) 788-3602 Cell: (617) 413-3812
Email: Helena.Fruscio@state.ma.us


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