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OECD release: “The Culture Fix

The Culture Fix – Creative People, Places and Industries, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), June 2022

Cultural and creative sectors and industries are a significant source of jobs and income. They are a driver of innovation and creative skills, within cultural sectors and beyond. They also have significant social impacts, from supporting health and well-being, to promoting social inclusion and local social capital. As national and local governments reconsider growth models in the wake of COVID-19, cultural and creative sectors can be a tool for a resilient recovery if certain longer-term challenges in the sector are addressed. The report outlines international trends with new data, including at subnational scale. It addresses issues in cultural and creative sectors in terms of employment, business development, cultural participation and funding, both public and private. It provides analysis of how these sectors contribute to economic growth and inclusion, taking into account the impact of COVID-19 related crisis on jobs and firms. Finally, it offers recommendations on how to capitalise on the role of cultural and creative sectors in national and local recovery strategies.

Key messages

Culture as a driver of employment

Cultural and creative employment account for up to 1 in 20 jobs in some OECD countries, and up to 1 in 10 jobs in major cities. These jobs are “future proof” (10% at high risk of automation vs. 14% in general workforce).

Culture as a driver of business growth

Cultural and creative sectors represent an average of 7% of all enterprises in OECD countries, and outpaced growth in the business economy (18% compared to 12% on average across OECD) prior to COVID-19 crisis.

Culture as a driver of consumption

While household spending on recreation and culture grew by 18% between 2011 and 2019, outpacing overall spending; it dropped by about 30% in 2020 relative to 2019 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Available from June 03, 2022

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