Sonoma County is home to 1,796 Arts and Design businesses. These creative industries account for 5.2 percent of the total number of businesses located in Sonoma County. (Source: Americans for the Arts)

Sonoma County boasts an active and diverse music scene with musicians and bands from all genres writing, performing and recording great music. This summer, 100 of them convened at the Next Level Music Showcase and Conference to show off their skills, network, and learn how to expand their careers.
Sonoma County can claim early roots for the Makers community with local resident Dale Dougherty being credited as the Maker movement’s founder. Sonoma State University boasts the first Certificate in Making at a state university and making curriculum is integrated at the K-12 level as well. The movement has produced two businesses where makers can access gear, meet up with other makers, and learn new skills: 180 Studios in Santa Rosa and Chimera Arts and Makers Space in Sebastopol.

  • JOBS (2016)
    1280
  • Payrolled Business
    Locations (2015)
    177
  • Industry Total
    Earnings (2014)
    $135,771,581
  • Industry Total
    GRP (2014)
    $167,037,893
  • Avg. Wage for Top 10 Occupations Employed by Industry
    $24.62
  • Avg. Wage for Top 5 Occupations Employed by Industry
    $25.72
  • Avg. Earnings
    Per Job
    $47,474
  • % Change
    (2009-2016)
    31.01%

Sonoma State University boasts the first Certificate in Making at a state university

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Key Creative Businesses: Web/Marketing/Design

Architecture

Makers