Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities

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.S. consumer spending on performing arts admissions and other cultural events; and 3) Americans' daily time spent doing arts and cultural activities, including performing arts attendance. Measures of arts and cultural value that extend beyond mining federal databases are also reviewed.