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2015 Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry

AEP5 SummaryReportCoverImage WebReady-2015The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study by Americans for the Arts gives a quantifiable economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The study documented the economic impact of 341 communities and regions (113 cities, 115 counties, 81 multi-city or multi-county regions, 20 states, and 12 individual arts districts)—representing all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Nationally, the arts industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity—$63.8 billion in spending by the nation's nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.6 million full-time jobs and generates $96.07 billion in resident household income. The nonprofit arts industry also generates $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year—a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations.

In FY2015, Greater Fairfax Area (Fairafax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church) total industry expenditures by both nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences resulted in $301.06 million generating over 22.4 million in local and state government revenues, supporting 6,952 full-time equivalent jobs and generating 155.8 million in resident household income.

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The Greater Washington DC Region (The District of Columbia; Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the, cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church in Virginia; and Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland) ranked second again after Florida in terms of total spending among all the 341 study regions that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity survey. The data, collected from 608 eligible nonprofit arts and culture organizations and 5,938 audience members in the region accounted for $3.7 billion in total expenditure in 2015.

During the period of July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015 the survey results for the Greater Washington DC Region showed that:

  •     Total industry expenditures by non-profit arts and culture organizations and their audiences : $3.7 billion
  •     Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported: 59,423
  •     Local tax revenus generated: $224.2 million
  •     State revenues generated: $32.7 million
  •     Resident household income generated:1.6 billion
  •    On an average event-related spending by arts and culture audiences was  $35.2 per person, with $45.9 for non-residents and $24.5 for local residents.

 

2015 Arts Education Survey

aes15 web stickerThe Arts Council of Fairfax County conducted a survey in 2015 on arts education programs and activities for K-12 audiences offered by 34 nonprofit arts organizations in Fairfax County and  the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The goals of the survey were to identify what type and scope of arts education activities are conducted and to what extent the nonprofit arts sector is contributing to arts education. This survey showed that the nonprofit arts industry serves over 93,000 Fairfax County students annually. Download the full report below for more findings.

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2015 Creative Industries Report

ci2015 web stickerThis Creative Industries report by Americans for the Arts offers a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Virginia. The Creative Industries are composed of arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America's competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. The Creative Industries research uses Dun & Bradstreet data to document the number of arts-related businesses and employees in any geographical region or political jurisdiction.

In the state of Virginia there are 17,381 arts-related businesses which employ 68,554 people.

In Fairfax County 3,128 arts-related businesses employ 13,075 people. The Creative Industries account for 4.2 percent of the total number of businesses located in Fairfax County, VA and 1.8 percent of the people they employ.

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The Greater Washington DC Region ranked second after Chicago in terms of total spending among all the 182 study regions that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity survey. The data, collected from 299 eligible nonprofit arts and culture organizations and 4,351 audience members in the region, did not include the Smithsonian Institution, which accounted for $2.1 billion in total cultural spending in 2010 and represented 58 percent of the local industry, according to its IRS Form 990.

During the period of July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010 the survey results for the Greater Washington DC Region showed that:

  •     Total industry expenditures by non-profit arts and culture organizations and their audiences : $1.5 billion
  •     Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported: 29,000
  •     Local tax revenus generated: $120 million
  •     State revenues generated: $21 million
  •     On an average event-related spending by arts and culture audiences results in $22.35 per person, with $33.79 for non-residents and $19.91 for local residents.

2012 Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry

aepiv web stickerThe Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry by Americans for the Arts gives a quantifiable economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. Using findings from 182 regions representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, an input-output economic model is able to deliver national estimates.

Nationally, the industry generated $135.2 billion of economic activity—$61.1 billion by the nation's nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $74.1 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.13 million full-time jobs and generates $86.68 billion in resident household income. The nonprofit arts industry also generates $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year—a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations.

In Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax  total industry expenditures by both nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences resulted in $90 million generating over 5.5 million in local and state government revenues.

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The Greater Washington DC Region ranked second after Chicago in terms of total spending among all the 182 study regions that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity survey. The data, collected from 299 eligible nonprofit arts and culture organizations and 4,351 audience members in the region, did not include the Smithsonian Institution, which accounted for $2.1 billion in total cultural spending in 2010 and represented 58 percent of the local industry, according to its IRS Form 990.

During the period of July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010 the survey results for the Greater Washington DC Region showed that:

  •     Total industry expenditures by non-profit arts and culture organizations and their audiences : $1.5 billion
  •     Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported: 29,000
  •     Local tax revenus generated: $120 million
  •     State revenues generated: $21 million
  •     On an average event-related spending by arts and culture audiences results in $22.35 per person, with $33.79 for non-residents and $19.91 for local residents.

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2012 Local Arts Index

lai2012 web stickerThe Local Arts Index by Americans for the Arts provides a set of measures to understand the breadth, depth and character of the cultural life of individual communities as measured at the county level. It is comprised of a series of arts indicators measured on the county level, and drawn from a variety of secondary sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Claritas Research, Scarborough Research, the National Center of Charitable Statistics, and other sources.

 

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2012 Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry

aepiv web stickerThe Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry by Americans for the Arts gives a quantifiable economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. Using findings from 182 regions representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, an input-output economic model is able to deliver national estimates.

Nationally, the industry generated $135.2 billion of economic activity—$61.1 billion by the nation's nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $74.1 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.13 million full-time jobs and generates $86.68 billion in resident household income. The nonprofit arts industry also generates $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year—a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations.

In Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax  total industry expenditures by both nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences resulted in $90 million generating over 5.5 million in local and state government revenues.

City of Fairfax
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Fairfax County
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The Greater Washington DC Region ranked second after Chicago in terms of total spending among all the 182 study regions that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity survey. The data, collected from 299 eligible nonprofit arts and culture organizations and 4,351 audience members in the region, did not include the Smithsonian Institution, which accounted for $2.1 billion in total cultural spending in 2010 and represented 58 percent of the local industry, according to its IRS Form 990.

During the period of July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010 the survey results for the Greater Washington DC Region showed that:

  •     Total industry expenditures by non-profit arts and culture organizations and their audiences : $1.5 billion
  •     Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported: 29,000
  •     Local tax revenus generated: $120 million
  •     State revenues generated: $21 million
  •     On an average event-related spending by arts and culture audiences results in $22.35 per person, with $33.79 for non-residents and $19.91 for local residents.
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