Creative industries are those based on individual creativity, skill and talent, or which have the potential to create wealth and jobs through the development or production of intellectual property.

In Scotland our creative industries comprise over 15,000 businesses employing more 70,000 people, in addition to a large number of freelancers as well as students studying creative courses. Together they make an important contribution to our national wealth and international reputation.

We are working in partnership with other organisations to support Scotland's creative industries and ensure that they continue to enrich and grow our economy.


We are supporting Scotland’s creative industries by:


Scotland’s creative industries contribute more than £5 billion to the Scottish economy every year.

Our Economic Strategy identifies creative industries as a growth sector where Scotland can build on existing advantages to increase productivity and growth.

In particular, we aim to develop Scotland as a production centre for screen industries and are working to create the right conditions to allow these industries to flourish.

The creative industries sector is made up of 16 distinct industries:

  • advertising
  • architecture
  • visual art
  • crafts
  • fashion and textiles
  • design
  • performing arts
  • music
  • photography
  • film and video
  • computer games
  • radio and TV
  • writing and publishing
  • heritage
  • software/electronic publishing
  • cultural education

Bills and legislation

Section 36 of the Public Services Reform (2010) Act 2010 legislated for the creation of Creative Scotland and determined its functions.


Email: India.divers@gov.scot  

Phone: 0131 244 9754

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