Arts & The Economy

The NEA works to measure the value of the arts and cultural production as a distinct sector of the U.S. economy. In 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) established the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), the first U.S. federal government effort to provide an in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural sector's contributions to current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S.

Year: 2013

This paper accompanying release of the ACPSA preliminary estimates for 1998-2011 consists of two parts: one explains the background and inner working of the account -- including an explanation of...

Year: 2012

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse network of public and private funders that directly and indirectly support the arts in the U.S. It explains the role of the National...

Year: 2011

Research Note #102 examines large datasets from multiple federal sources to report on three broad topics related: 1) the total number, staff, and budget size of performing arts organizations; 2) U...

Year: 2011

Note #104 uses data from the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to examine the value added by selected cultural industries to the U.S. economy.

Year: 2008

All America's a Stage examines developments in the growth, distribution, and finances of America's nonprofit theater system since 1990. Nearly 2,000 nonprofit theaters were analyzed for the study...

Year: 2006

Consumer expenditures on arts performances reached $12.7 billion, but when adjusted for inflation, year-over-year spending held steady. For other spectator events, inflation-adjusted ("real")...

Year: 2006

Economic census data show 9,303 performing arts companies in 2002, up by 104 from 1997.  The data also reveal that many states with large numbers of companies, such as New York and California...

Year: 2003

This study uses newly available data to examine trends in the nonprofit dance field. Spanning the decade of the late 1980s through the late 1990s, the report looks at factors such as growth in the...

Year: 2000

Compares government arts expenditures in the U.S. with the spending levels of Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom.

Year: 1981

Analysis and comparison of how money flows between arts and cultural institutions and local economy through institutional, staff, and audience expenditures and municipal and state revenues and...

Year: 1978

Summarizes the status and activities of state arts agencies in the first year in which all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories had fully operational arts councils....