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Results of the WV Creative Entrepreneur Study


At a Virtual Conversation held today at the Charleston Area Alliance offices and simultaneously streamed live online, the foundation’s Executive Director Alissa Novoselick announced the results of a study of 500 West Virginian creative entrepreneurs conducted in late 2015. Following, Alissa and Renee Margocee, Director of Arts at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, answered questions from the in-person and online audiences.

Key findings from the West Virginia Creative Entrepreneur Study reveal that:

  • 1 in 3 creative entrepreneurs make their primary living from their work and 1 in 5 make more than $15,000 annually;
  • 81% of responses cited the people and aesthetics of West Virginia as positive assets to their creative enterprise, while 94% of responses included reasons why the economic climate is discouraging; and
  • 25% of respondents plainly stated that WV is not a good place to be a creative entrepreneur.

The final report is available for download here and included in this post below.

Watch the presentation (beginning at 3:30 minutes):

View the final report: