Mapping of the Cultural Industries in Barbados
The main objective of the proposed mapping exercise of the Barbados Cultural Industries is to give greater visibility to the creative sector through the identification of the value of the sector, for social, cultural and economic purposes. The mapping will concentrate on the core Cultural Industries of Barbados, and will explore production, distribution, exhibition and export of cultural goods, services and the role of intellectual property in the process.
Some of the objectives of mapping of the creative economy of Barbados are:
- The provision of a better understanding of the impact of the creative sector on the economy
- Identifying the direct impact of the sector in terms of economic and employment effects.
- The provision of the necessary data that would enhance decision-making and policy formulation so as to strengthen the creative industries; and facilitate the formulation of appropriate development strategies;
- The designing of methods and techniques to be applied for measuring the economic and social contribution of the cultural industries;
- Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the sector;
- Identifying the organisations of relevance to the growth of the sector, including those which may not be already existing;
- Recommending the best approach to the formation of clusters.
The mapping is intended to provide an economic assessment of the following sub-sectors to the Barbadian economy in terms of employment, exports of goods and services and intellectual property and to GDP, depending on the availability of data:
- The music industry, including recording, live performance and music publishing
- Film and television, including on-location productions
- The book and magazine publishing industry
- The performing arts
- The visual and plastic arts
- Festivals and cultural tourism
- Collective management of copyright and related rights
It is expected that a national assessment of the subsector will be undertaken, covering the growth of the sector, its market size, organisation and competitiveness. It is also expected that institutions supporting the creative industries will be examined.
A strategic analysis with respect to the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats will be explored and any critical issues confronting the sector will be highlighted. Additionally, any specific strategies to mitigate these issues will be developed.
The results of the cultural industries mapping exercise will be used to determine the following:
- Value of sector’s gross production
- Primary revenue generated by the sector
- Sector productivity (income generated by each worker)
- Value of sector’s imports and exports
- Number of persons employed in the sector
- Rate of growth for all variables over an identified period to be agreed on (eg 2005 to 2010 and 2010- to 2015.