‘The Arts’ is more than just paint, pencils and canvas, it is a massive index of industries that expand into cultural and creative outlets, ranging from advertising/marketing, music, IT, sciences, design, architecture, film, galleries, museums, libraries, performing, visual arts and more!
- According to Statista.com, Alberta brought in 255 million just from film and television. with a recent CBC article backing it up, stating that “Alberta’s film industry at a standstill on production, filmmakers say, Report pegs total labour-income impact to Alberta at about $250M per year” going further, it states that ” That funding gap — and how long it will last — is causing uncertainty in the industry, which could make other provinces more appealing for film companies.” This means that another province will end up making that 250M, despite Alberta being a very attractive place to film makers, big and small, to want to do business and production in.
- According to the Culture and Tourism Annual report of 2018, creative industries had 88.5M in expenses (page 50). However, with the film industry bringing in aprox. 250M, that one section of the industry covered those expenses.
- The AFA wrote an interesting doc about how the Arts benefit our economy and communities
- According to the Alberta government, ” Budget 2019 reflects a commitment to responsible fiscal management and a promise to balance the budget in four years. It is focused on creating jobs and delivering public services and infrastructure to support private sector investment and a vibrant society.“, but that still leaves the question: why we are eliminating the funding required to keep those jobs?
- Though it is dated from 2005, this report ‘The Economic Impact of the Arts in Alberta’ has some very interesting stats
So, what is the point of posting and sharing through #ABArtsMatter? The simple answer is awareness. Recognizing what each individual artist can bring and understanding the economic impact they have on everything else.
Every artist, band, arts support program, etc, is run like a business. Each, an entrepreneur of their trade, trading their services and craft for financial gain, just like any storefront or business platform out there.
We also have to remember that the galleries don’t fill themselves, the music doesn’t write itself, the plays and films don’t act and produce themselves… there are a lot of people involved into making these all a possibility.
Then there is the effect they have on other businesses as well. For instance, that band that is playing at your local venue is bringing business to that venue by having people come in and enjoy their music while consuming what the venue has to offer in beverages and food. Or that play, at the Citadel or Shadow theatre! How about visiting one of the hundreds of festivals that take place year round. Think of how many people are employed based around the entertainment sector of the arts.
This list goes on. We can talk about the tourism appeal, the IT and science use of creative industry, the architecture, education, etc. The point is that ‘The Arts’ is a much needed and utilized industry that deserves to keep its funding to create more outlets of income especially in a time where it seems jobs are becoming more limited.
The Alberta Arts Industry matters! Now we have to work together to make sure that everyone else knows that too.