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Current Reports and Data

BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts
Are you looking to enhance your arts organization’s partnerships with businesses? The BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts tracks trends and levels of business contributions to the arts in the United States, providing arts organizations and businesses with the foundation of information they need to begin or enhance mutually beneficial partnerships.

Business Volunteers for the Arts® Programs 2012 Survey Results
Interested in how the Business Volunteers for the Arts program performs across the country? The annual Business Volunteers for the Arts Survey tracks statistics of program partners’ volunteer hours, number of organizations and businesses served, and the kinds of projects most requested.

Creative Industries
A comprehensive research tool, Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts, analyzes national business and employment data for both the nonprofit and for-profit arts sectors. The reports offer a new, facts-based approach to understanding the scope and importance of the arts to the nation's economy, giving businesses valuable data to advocate advancing the arts.

Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
Arts advocates can use this report to demonstrate how the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver, strengthening our nation’s economy by supporting jobs, generating government revenue, and acting as a cornerstone of the tourism industry.

Reports Specific to United Arts Funds

2012–2013 UAF Campaign Revenue Report A Statistical Report on the Campaign Revenues of the Nation’s United Arts Funds during Fiscal Year 2012–2013.

UAF 2012-13 Statistical Research and Revenue Trends A one-page executive summary of the 2012–2013 UAF Campaign Revenue Report.

United Arts Funds 2011–2012: This United Arts Fund Campaign Revenue Report is intended for use by participating UAF administrators only and is password protected. Similar to our most recent version, this report delves into the Campaign Revenues of the Nation’s United Arts Funds during Fiscal Year 2011–2012, and in more detail than our 2012–2013 Report.

Arts Policy Discussions

National Arts Policy Roundtable
The National Arts Policy Roundtable is an annual forum that enables national leaders of all industries (business, government, philanthropy, education, and the arts) to network, share knowledge, and recommend policies critical to the advancement of American culture. Policies recommended by the Roundtable are circulated back to the Americans for the Arts’ networks for implementation.

Additional Resources

Arts-Based Learning: An Interview with Ted Buswick [PDF, 249 KB]
Ted Buswick, one of the pioneers of arts-based leaning, speaks about its importance as businesses are increasingly focusing on creativity and innovation. For more information on arts-based training, check out our tool kit: Arts-Based Training Programs.

Ready to Innovate: Are Educators and Executives Aligned on the Creative Readiness of the U.S. Workforce? [PDF, 629 KB]
Americans for the Arts and the Conference Board, in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators, surveyed public school superintendents and American business executives to identify and compare their views on creativity and innovation. While creativity is increasingly important in the workplace, there is a gap between that recognized importance and the hiring practices of companies.

pARTnership Movement: Arts & Business Toolbox

The Toolbox on our pARTnership Movement website contains the following set of tools— everything you need to ramp up partnerships with businesses at your arts organization!

Click on the tools below to get started, or visit our pARTnership Movement website for more information on each of them.

Let’s Get Started: Using the pARTnership Movement Campaign

Business Speak: Can We Talk?

Building Partnerships with Businesses in Your Area Takes Work. And the Right Tools.

Creating pARTnerships with Small and Midsize Businesses

Bringing the Arts into the Workplace

Establishing a Business Volunteers for the Arts® Program

Working with Volunteers

Employee Engagement and the Arts