NSW Government appoints creative industry taskforce

A NSW Government task force has been created to develop growth in the NSW creative industries sector.

The announcement:

The NSW Government has appointed a new industry-led taskforce to develop comprehensive strategies to drive growth, innovation and productivity in the NSW creative industries sector.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said the new Creative Industries Taskforce will develop a 10-year Industry Action Plan to deliver economic growth and support a sustainable and vibrant sector.

“NSW is Australia’s creative industries capital, with around 170,000 people in the State directly employed in the sector,” Mr Stoner said.

“Whilst the cultural and social contribution of the creative industries has long been recognised, the NSW Government understands the sector also makes an important contribution to our economy.

“In fact, the creative industries will be a key driver of growth, exports, productivity, innovation, and competitiveness for the NSW economy over the next decade.

“Sydney and NSW are primed for growth in the expanding global digital economy, with the convergence of creative industries and ICT bringing together our leading strengths in fine arts, music, film, animation, new media, and design.

“This new industry-led taskforce will play a critical role, in partnership with government, in the development of strategies to further leverage our local talent and skills in the creative sector to support the long term sustainability of our economy.

“The taskforce brings together some of our best talent from a broad range of creative industries fields including film and television, fashion, publishing, the built environment, advertising, design, and the performing arts.

“The taskforce is chaired by Dan Rosen, Chief Executive of the Australian Recording Industry Association, who brings exceptional experience to the taskforce across digital media, law, policy, and music.”

Members of the NSW Creative Industries Taskforce are:

  • Dan Rosen, Chief Executive Officer, ARIA (Chair)
  • Ross de la Motte, Managing Principal, Sydney, Hassell (Built Environment)
  • Craig Davis, Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Australia and New Zealand, Publicis Mojo (Advertising)
  • Suzanne Boccalatte, Creative Director, Boccalatte (Design)
  • Bob Campbell, Managing Director, Screentime Pty Ltd (Film & TV)
  • Robert Gorman, CEO, Allen and Unwin (Publishing)
  • Leonie Tyle, Publishing Consultant (Publishing)
  • Kate Hurst, Principal Consultant, Hurst & Co. (Fashion)
  • Professor Stuart Cunningham, Distinguished Professor of Media and Communications, Queensland University of Technology and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (Creative Economy Measurement)
  • Patrick McIntyre, General Manager, Sydney Theatre Company (Performing Arts)
  • Maureen Barron, Chief Executive, Screen NSW (Ex-Officio)
  • Kerry Doyle, Executive Director, Innovation & Industry Policy, NSW Trade & Investment (Ex-Officio).

Mr Stoner said the announcement of the Creative Industries Taskforce was timely with Vivid Sydney, the annual festival of light, music and ideas, taking place from 25 May to 3 June.

“Vivid Sydney supports and celebrates global creativity and innovation, reflecting Sydney’s position as Australia’s global city and as a creative hub in the Asia-Pacific,” Mr Stoner said.

“As part of Vivid Sydney, I am hosting a forum of Creative Industries leaders at the Vivid Ideas Exchange at the Museum of Contemporary Art on 6 June to obtain their perspectives on how to grow this important sector in NSW.

“The taskforce will identify industry-led initiatives and government actions to support the State’s creative industries in its 10-year development strategy, including two year and five year goals, which will be presented to me by September.

“We have already established taskforces to develop Industry Action Plans for growth in other key priority sectors including Manufacturing, Professional Services, the Digital Economy, Tourism and Events, and International Education and Research.

“These Industry Action Plans will position our State’s economy for strong growth, resilience, improved innovation and productivity, global competitiveness, and new investment opportunities.”

Source: NSW State Government press release




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