Leading Change in the Hemisphere

Miami’s creative community is at the forefront of fashion, art, music, design and other creative industries. It includes a talented multilingual pool of creative professionals who connect with consumers in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and other languages. Thanks to that diversity and a solid infrastructure for producing and distributing creative work, Miami attracts leading-edge film, fashion, architecture, engineering, advertising, public relations and marketing firms from all over the world.

To help sustain and grow the industry, Miami is home to dozens of art, film, animation, fashion, digital marketing and other creative educational opportunities at local schools, colleges, universities and less traditional training opportunities such as coding camps.

Industry Overview

Number of Companies3,926
Number of Employees37,032
Average Annual Salary$76,050

Industry Subsectors & Data

2017 Establishments
2018 Jobs
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Textile Furnishings Mills
Other Textile Product Mills
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
Motion Picture and Video Industries
Sound Recording Industries
Radio and Television Broadcasting
Cable and Other Subscription Programming
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Specialized Design Services
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers

The Creative Industries sector includes essential skill sets in five areas:

• Fashion design
• Media production and entertainment development
• Evolution, production and distribution of digital communications
• Graphic art and design
• Architecture

Miami is a magnet for the arts and creative expression due to three main drivers:

1. Its ambiance as an international city with a forward-looking business climate;
2. Its unique and open culture which embraces different ways of thinking and combining ideas into new and original creations; and
3. Its rich supply of creative talent from area colleges, universities and art and design schools and its ability to attract creative talent from around the world.

Miami is the home for a growing number of world renowned art collections. Rubell Family Collection, De La Cruz Collection, Lavagnolli Art Collection, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation and the Norman Braman Collection are just a few of the many private art collections housed in Miami-Dade.
So, there was little surprise among those in the art industry when Art Basel decided to make Miami Beach its winter home. These premier international art fairs stage three shows annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach; and Hong Kong. Organizers knew serious collectors and investors lived in Miami and would act as a foundation for the potential sales that would take place here. During Art Basel, numerous business programs, workshops, and events are held county-wide embracing the spirit of Miami-Dade County’s Creative Industry.

Miami-Dade County’s Creative Design Industry is on full display throughout the year with internationally acclaimed events. Art Basel Miami Beach attracts leading galleries from all over the world that show historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. Similarly, the music industry gathers in Miami every Spring for Winter Music Conference, Ultra Music Festival, and Miami Music Week. And the fashion industry is in Miami over the summer for the annual Miami Swim Week.

Examples of Miami’s role as a growing Media Hub:

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises established its global headquarters in Miami bringing together its entertainment, news, digital operations and studios operations together under one roof in Northwest Miami-Dade County.

Cisneros Studios is the largest independent producer of Spanish-language television programming in the United States and is the third largest in the world. From its state-of-the-art facilities—six sound stages spanning 120,000 sq. ft. in Miami and 11 sound stages spanning 112,000 sq. ft. in Caracas—the company produces over 6,000 hours of programming a year, which includes our widely acclaimed telenovelas, variety and talk shows, game shows, documentaries, children’s programming and sports.

Major Employers

  • Telemundo
  • Perry Ellis
  • Univision
  • HBO Latin America
  • Cisneros Group
  • Tiffany & Co
  • Latin America

Industry-Focused Talent Development Programs

Miami-Dade College

-School of Entertainment & Design Technology http://www.mdc.edu/sedt/

-Arts, Humanities, Communications, Design http://www.mdc.edu/academics/programs/meta-arts.aspx

-Miami Fashion Institute http://www.mdc.edu/academics/programs/meta-arts.aspx

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

-Visual Arts http://vpa.dadeschools.net/visualarts.html

Florida International University

-The FIU School of Communication, Architecture + The Arts http://carta.fiu.edu/

University of Miami

-College of Arts & Sciences http://www.as.miami.edu/art/areas-of-concentration/undergraduate-programs/graphic-design–multimedia/

Barry University

-Graphic Design https://www.barry.edu/fine-arts/art/about-the-program/graphic-design.html

-Studio Art https://www.barry.edu/fine-arts/art/about-the-program/studio-art.html

St. Thomas University

-School of Arta and Education https://www.stu.edu/arts/about

Florida Memorial University

-School of Arts and Sciences http://www.fmuniv.edu/academics/school-of-arts-and-sciences/

-The FIU School of Communication + Journalism   https://communication.fiu.edu/gsc-creative/

What Industry Leaders Are Saying

“Today, every industry has a design component, including apparel, technology, film and retail Miami-Dade has diversified to meet the needs of all these different industries. This is a melting pot with talent from many countries which creates an environment that is richly conducive to creativity”

-Joseph Roisman, Executive Vice President

Baptist Health South Florida

American Airlines

JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Miami Foundation

Helios Education Foundation

Peacock Foundation

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Wells Fargo

TD Bank

First Bank



Miami-Dade County

The Beacon Council

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