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Study Documents The Arts' Impact on Economy

May 23, 2007

Americans for the Arts has announced the release of Arts & EconomicProsperity III (www.americansforthearts.org/economicimpact), theorganization's third study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry'simpact on the nation's economy.

These studies are the most potent and oft-cited advocacy tool used tojustify public and private sector support to nonprofit arts organizations.

This new study is the largest ever, featuring findings from 156 study regions(116 cities and counties, 35 multicounty regions, and 5 states). Data werecollected from a remarkable 6,080 nonprofit arts and culture organizationsand 94,478 of their attendees across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


America's nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion ineconomic activity every year -- $63.1 billion in spending by organizationsand an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by audiences.

The national impact of the economic activity from America's nonprofit artsand culture industry supports 5.7 million jobs and generates $29.6 billionin government revenue.

Between 2000 and 2005, the nonprofit arts and culture industry grew 24percent, from $134 billion to $166.2 billion.

Event related spending by the audiences of nonprofit arts and cultureorganizations boasts an even greater increase of 28 percent--from $80.8billion in 2000 to $103.1 billion in 2005.


-- Arts & Economic Prosperity III Highlights Brochure

Make an impact the next time you are lobbying for increased funding for thearts by proving that the arts mean business! This beautiful, eight panelbrochure presents thehighlighted findings from the national report, andworks well as a "leave behind" piece. These brochures are priced togo -- perfect for any large meeting of stakeholders or advocates.

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-- Arts & Economic Prosperity III Summary Report
For a more in-depth look at the national study, findings, and methodology,order the 20-page Summary Report. Perfect advocacy tools for BoardMembers, government officials, and other stakeholders.

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-- Arts & Economic Prosperity III Full National Report
A complete copy of the report (more than 300 pages) which details the studymethodology and provides the complete findings for all 156 participating

Americans for the Arts Member price: $30.
Nonmember price: $40. Product #: 100094
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-- Arts & Economic Prosperity III Package

This boxed set of the new Arts & Economic Prosperity III report containsall the materials you'll need for your organization and its stakeholders.From the full report to a good number of summaries and brochures to pass onto others, you'll have the necessary information for Board Meetings,community presentations, and other advocacy opportunities. The set contains:
1 Full Report
10 Report Summaries
50 Report Brochures

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A series of release events and publications are planned for the upcomingmonths, and a few key dates are listed below. Randy Cohen, vice presidentof Policy and Research, will be traveling to many partner communities tohelp promote their local findings.

Check out Americans for the Arts new blog, ArtsBlog, throughout the summermonths for tales of his trips entitled "On the Road to Prosperity," and entriesfeaturing the efforts of partner communities as they release their "Arts & EconomicProsperity III" findings.

There are many national, statewide, and local events and publicationopportunities that follow in the ensuing months. Email research@artsusa.orgto see if any "Arts & Economic Prosperity III" events are planned in your communityor if you'd like to schedule an event."In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the criticalrole that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vitalcommunities. As this study indicates, the arts have a crucial impact on
our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, andachievement in our country."

Philanthropist and Co-Founder, Microsoft