Chapter 5: Entrepreneurship Features of Creative Industries: The Irish Music and Dance Sector
Barra Ó Cinnéide and Colette Henry INTRODUCTION There is increasing recognition of the growing signiﬁcance of creative industries within the economy. The sector has signiﬁcant potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property, covering a wide range of industries, from crafts to advertising, designer fashion to antiques, entertainment to leisure software, and an extensive range of support services. The creative industries continue to beneﬁt from high growth rates, outpacing growth in the economy as a whole, while the communications revolution and the arrival of digital networks are creating new opportunities, as well as challenges for creative entrepreneurs. Despite recent eﬀorts on the part of policymakers to improve awareness and understanding of the creative industries, this sector has not been the subject of concerted academic research. Studies to date have made valuable contributions in particular sectors, such as ﬁlm (Blair et al., 2001), media industries (Baines and Robson, 2001), creative arts (Welsch and Kickul, 2001), designer fashion (Moore and Fairhurst, 2003) and creative industries enterprise curricula (Carey and Naudin, 2006). However, several questions remain unanswered. For example, at the fundamental level, how can enterprise development principles be applied to the commercialization of creative, artistic talent? Additionally, at the economic level, how should the sector be supported to ensure future growth and sustainability? This chapter begins with a consideration of the importance of the sector for economic growth and employment generation. This is followed by a discussion on the main barriers facing...
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