The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts Organizations

Nonprofit arts organizations annually generate an estimated $135.2 billion in economic activity.

This economic activity has a measurable impact on the treasuries at the federal, state and local levels. Nonprofit arts organizations return:

    • $5.3 billion in federal income taxes
    • $2.8 billion in state government revenue
    • $2.2 billion in local government revenue

Nonprofit arts organizations leverage a significant amount of event-related spending by their audiences. Attendance at arts events generates related commerce for hotels, restaurants, parking garages and more. Arts attendees spend an average of $24.60 per person, not including the price of admission. This annually results in:

    • $74.1 billion of event-related spending by arts audiences
    • $4.3 billion in federal income taxes
    • $3.9 billion in state government revenue
    • $3.8 billion in local government revenue

Nonprofit arts organizations support 2.2 million jobs.  Of this amount, 1.1 million jobs are a result of direct expenditures by arts organizations—representing close to one percent of the U.S. workforce.  This percentage gains significance when compared to other fields:

    • Accountants and Auditors - 0.84%
    • Lawyers - 0.44%
    • Police Officers - 0.51%
    • Computer Programmers - 0.26%

The nonprofit arts industry generates $135.2 billion in total economic activity. This impact sends a strong message to communities that when they support the arts, they not only enhance the quality of community life but also invest in its economic well being.

You can view the full Arts & Economic Prosperity IV report pubilshed by Americans for the Arts here.

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