- Since 2001, the B.C. government’s support for the province’s arts and culture community has exceeded half a billion dollars – $658 million – more than any other government in B.C. history.
- The province benefited from 81,385 culture jobs in 2014, representing 3.5% of total jobs in B.C.
- With 24,800 artists, B.C. has more artists per capita than any other province.
- The United Nations has identified the creative economy as one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors for income generation, job creation and export earnings.
- Launched in February 2016, the Government of British Columbia’s three-year Creative Economy Strategy is supporting and growing the creative sector. This strategy focuses on four key areas:
- Leveraging talent and creative clusters.
- Accessing new markets.
- Maximizing investment.
- Enriching communities.
- As part of the Creative Economy Strategy, the B.C. government is:
- Targeting $1.5 million over three years toward the collaborative spaces program.
- Providing $250,000 per year for three years to raise the international presence of B.C. artists.
- Investing a further $300,000 over two years in artsVest B.C., a training program designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture programming.
- The Government of British Columbia is providing $60 million in funding for arts and cultural organizations as well as for individual artists in 2017-18. This includes:
- $24 million for the BC Arts Council (includes $2.15 million from the BC 150 Cultural Fund).
- About $17.5 million in arts and culture community gaming grants.
- $11.9 million for the Royal BC Museum.
- $2.2 million for Creative BC (via the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training).
- $2.2 million for the Arts and Cultural Development Branch operations.
- $2 million for arts and culture programs, including the After School Sport & Arts Initiative and other strategic investments.
- $350,000 for the Arts Legacy Fund portion of the BC Arts and Culture Endowment.
- Since 2001, the BC Arts Council has distributed about $283 million to the province’s arts and culture sector.
- To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017, and to celebrate B.C.’s communities and their contributions to Canada, the Province is investing $7.6 million in more than 220 projects in 150 communities throughout British Columbia.
- In 2016, the Province of B.C. provided a $15-million grant for the creation of a BC Music Fund to help support various activities in B.C.’s music industry.
- The B.C. government has supported four successful artsVest B.C. program cycles between 2012 and 2016. Each provincially funded dollar is matched by federal funding, generating an average of $3.75 in additional business sponsorships that is added into B.C.’s economy. Through leveraging, the provincial outlay from 2012-2015 has generated more than $1.1 million or 475% rate of return on investment.
- The number of artists in B.C. grew by 74% between 1989 and 2013.
British Columbia News
FACTSHEET: Arts, culture and the creative economy
Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:41 AM