Report: More than 250,000 creative jobs lost due to pandemic

“Material Conditions,” installation view, 2020, Los Angeles. Image courtesy of the artists and Matthew Brown Los Angeles. Photo by Paul Salveson

Here in California, creative industries — like fashion, theater, and film production — have lost more than 250,000 jobs since February, according to a report by Otis College of Art and Design.

Every year, Otis puts out a report on jobs in the creative economy, which are essential to Southern California’s regional economic health. But will these jobs return after the pandemic? 



  • Adam Fowler - research director at L.A.-based Beacon Economics, prepared the update on the creative economy for the Otis College of Art and Design; Amy Madrigali, talent booker for The Troubadour