Americans for the Arts recently completed Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, our fourth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy, looking at 2009–2012. The most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted, it gives us a quantifiable economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.
Nationally, the arts industry generated $135.2 billion, which supports 4.13 million full-time jobs and generates $86.68 billion in resident household income. Our 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. To estimate the economic impact of your nonprofit arts and culture organization - or even your entire nonprofit arts community - try the free and simple Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Calculator.