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What are the creative industries?

Creative industries are based in creativity, skill and talent. They also include industries that have the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing, producing or using intellectual property.

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In Scotland, the sector is generally seen as being made up of the following industries: advertising, architecture, art, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software, music, performing arts, publishing, software and computer services and TV and radio.

This definition is used by Scottish Government to help monitor activity, support and fund the sector. And many funding schemes and services use these categories to check your eligibility to access their support.

What are the creative industries?

For instance, we exist to support the creative industries and our services can only be accessed by businesses and individuals whose activity fit within the following categories:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Crafts
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Games
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Publishing
  • Radio
  • Software & Apps
  • Theatre
  • TV
  • Visual Arts

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