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Help OED update our Creative Economy research

Seattle’s creative industry—including the arts, film, and music—is part of what makes our region unique. The industry includes more than 60 different occupations that represent 250,000 jobs in the metro area. To help us better understand how this industry has grown and changed in the last five years, we’re updating our Creative Economy Report. We’re looking for a consultant or consulting team to collaborate with on this project. This contract will run through December 2024 and is budgeted for up to $70,000. Responses are due March 1, 2024, details can be found in the Request for Qualifications.

This project will update the 2019 Creative Economy Report with current data on the types and numbers of occupations within this sector, including a clearer distinction between creative, tech, and creative tech. We also want to focus on nightlife, since many creative professionals work happens in the evening.

Cloudbreak Music Festival. Photo by Kate Becker

We’re also looking to explore what creative workforce pipelines already exist and how they can be improved upon. This report should examine the in-demand skills specific to the region and compare it to national data. In addition, the report will define what was lost during the COVID19 pandemic and any gains made in terms of employment, financial stability, and creative employment opportunities.

The report will be generated by the consultant and co-authored with OED. The report should conclude with a set of findings and recommendations to support the further growth and health of the creative economy sector moving forward. Since some of this data will likely be limited, please include how this can be solved or addressed. The final report is expected to be completed by December 2024.

Key RFQ Requirements Include:

  • Familiarity with the research base documenting the role of the creative economy as it relates to the larger economy. Expertise working in/with communities in a plus.
  • Adept at research analysis, conducting interviews and gathering stories, and identifying patterns and connections across sectors.
  • Willingness to work closely with OED and our partners at the Office of Arts & Culture.
  • A commitment to equity and proficiency in communicating about equity issues is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of/experience participating in the creative economy.

About the Office of Economic Development Creative Economy Program
The Office of Economic Development’s mission is to build an inclusive economy where everyone in Seattle can fully participate in and benefit from our prosperity.

Filming in West Seattle

In Seattle, the creative economy includes 61 different occupations that represent 250,000 jobs in the metro area. These jobs, particularly those in the arts, film, music, and nightlight, are not only power economic drivers but are part of what makes our region special.

Our goal is to drive growth within the creative economy through strategies and investments that open doors and remove barriers to individual, business and community wealth building opportunities – especially for communities that have been systemically excluded.

For more information, contact James Miles, creative economy manager at