Otis College of Art and Design

2020 Fine Arts and Performing Arts

The Fine Arts and Performing Arts industry is the smallest creative sector in California, representing 4% of the Creative Economy workforce in 2018. Across the State, the Fine Arts industry employs 44,000 wage and salary workers, up 20% from 2013 to 2018 and adding 7,500 new wage and salary jobs. Within the Fine Arts Industry, four subsectors make up 91% of the total employment: Fine Art Schools, Museums, Theater Companies, and Musical Groups.

Fine Art Schools had the largest employment growth from 2013 to 2018, increasing 37% and adding 3,800 wage and salary jobs. Museums, the second-largest subsector in terms of employment, grew 20% and added 2,000 wage and salary jobs to the market. Interestingly, the Other Performing Arts Companies subsector, with just 1% of total industry employment, is the only subsector to have recorded declining employment from 2013 to 2018. But the decline of 12% resulted in a negligible loss of jobs.