The one-pagers and reports featured below fall under the following topics:

Recent Americans for the Arts Research Reports and One-Pagers of Facts and Figures

About Local Arts Agencies
  • Local Arts Agency Salaries 2018

    The Local Arts Agency Salaries 2018 research report is our most recent effort to benchmark the vast and varied compensation practices of the local arts agency field in America today. As with the previous iterations of this report (in 2001 and 2013), the findings from this updated 2018 salary survey will assist LAA executives and employees in evaluating staffing and salary levels, setting pay rates, determining incremental compensation adjustments, and better understanding the varied benefit options and structures currently at play in the field. These data will also provide context for LAAs as they evaluate and consider equitable policies, practices, and representation.
  • Profile of Local Arts Agencies
    In 2018, Americans for the Arts commenced the Profile of Local Arts Agencies, a new annual survey designed to illuminate the ever-adapting role of local arts agencies (LAAs). The Profile will track and examine trends in the programs, budgets, and operations of the LAA field. Each year, the survey includes a pair of supplemental modules that will take a deeper dive into specific topics—in 2018, the supplemental topics included (1) Grantmaking and Equitable Investment, and (2) LAA Salaries and Compensation..
  • Local Arts Agency Dashboard
    Just as no two communities are exactly alike, no two local arts agencies are quite the same. The Local Arts Agency Dashboard lets you compare your organization to another LAA or to a group of LAAs with similar characteristics. You can customize graphs based on characteristics like budget, service area population, legal status, or state.
  • 10 Reasons to Support the Arts - Updated March 2019
    Packed with solid talking points, this is your go-to resource for the newest, freshest content for supporting the arts to any and all constituencies. And it’s a great reminder of why we do what we do!  To view a version of this one-pager with links to other Americans for the Arts resources that might be helpful in your advocacy efforts, check out Randy's blog from February 2019 here.
  • 10 Reasons to Support the Arts Poster  - Updated 2018
    Packed with solid talking points, a graphic version of your go-to resource for the newest, freshest content for supporting the arts to any and all constituencies. And it’s a great reminder of why we do what we do!  
 Arts & Business
Arts & Community Building
Arts & Education
Arts & Economy
  • Arts and Economic Prosperity 5
    Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations).
  • National Arts Index - Updated March 2016
    This annual report measures the health and vitality of the arts in the U.S.  With 113,000 nonprofit arts organizations employing 2.2 million artists in the workforce, the arts are a strong force in our economy—click the link to see the powerful numbers!
  • Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts Industry (PDF, 203 KB) - Updated March 2018
    The arts have impact far beyond our well-being: they also make deep, sustainable contributions to the economic health and vitality of their communities, and the Americans for the Arts trademark Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 report shows you how!
  • Arts and GDP - Updated February 2019
    According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and cultural production contributed $764 billion to the nation’s economy in 2015. This represents 4.2 percent of the GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, or construction. 
  • Arts Trade Balance - Updated February 2019
    Arts and cultural goods and services trade surpluses reached $21 billion in 2015. The arts consistently outperform the overall U.S. Balance of Trade.
Arts & Funding
Arts & Healthcare