In October 2011 the Committee for Culture Arts and Leisure launched an Inquiry into the Creative Industries. The creative industries include a wide range of sectors including Advertising, Crafts, Visual & Performing Arts, Publishing and Radio and Television Activities. All these industries have the potential to make an increasing contribution to the Northern Ireland economy.
The object of the inquiry is to look at the ways government supports the development of these industries through its policies, strategies and frameworks, and identify whether additional support is needed.
The Committee stated in the terms of reference that the key aim was to maximise the potential of these industries and ascertain how they could be better supported. It is estimated that the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland employs around 31,000 people.
The Committee was particularly interested in views on what challenges the industries face and what funding, training and other support is needed. Lastly the Committee will be examining what opportunities exist to grow the creative industries.