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AFTA Releases Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

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Jun 17, 2017

On Saturday, June 17, Americans for the Arts released Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, their fifth national study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. The most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted, it documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Detailed expenditure data was collected from 14,439 arts and cultural organizations and 212,691 of their attendees.

The arts are an engine of economic growth, tourism, and employment. Nationally, in 2015, nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences:

  • Generated $166.3 billion in economic activity
  • Supported 4.6 million full-time equivalent jobs
  • Generated $27.5 billion in government revenue

Typical arts attendees:

  • Spent $31.47 per person, per event beyond the cost of admission
  • 69% of nonlocal attendees indicated their primary reason for visiting was "specifically to attend this arts or cultural event."

"By every measure, the results of Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 prove that the arts are an industry—a generator of government revenue, a cornerstone of tourism, and an employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

You can learn more about the report and download it here.

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