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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
Economic development.

Arts and creative industries

Dunedin is a great place to live, study and develop creative businesses: there is a supportive arts and creative community; strong leaders that inspire and support emerging talent; accessible studio and workspace; diverse and rich opportunities.

The creative industries play a major role in generating, transforming and disseminating knowledge and have developed faster than the global economy as a whole in recent years, with trade in creative goods and services growing by 8.8% a year from the 2002-11. They have the potential to stimulate economic growth and job creation, support innovation and entrepreneurship, aid urban and rural regeneration, and stimulate exports. OECD (2014) Tourism and the Creative Economy. OECD Paris. Greg Richards

In Dunedin there were more the 2200 jobs in the arts and creative industries in 2017 and this is growing.

Economic Development for Arts and Culture.

Enterprise Dunedin focuses on the business and career development needs of artists and not the nature of their work through development of projects and services that aim to increase employment and income in the sector.

We have a number of projects underway and in development to support the arts and creative industries:

  • Vocational Pathways – Creative Industries
  • Arts Business Support
  • Creative Tourism Development
  • Shanghai Projects
  • Film Dunedin activity
  • Music Promotion
  • Art Ache

How can we help your creative business?

  • Information on rules and regulations regarding arts and creative businesses
  • Business planning and opportunities for training and professional development
  • Advocacy and introductions with other DCC departments including funding and grants
  • Introductions and networking within the community and other agencies.

To find out more about support for your business, contact Antony Deaker on 03 474 3585, email

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