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 the Field
  • Local Arts Agency Salaries 2013
    A summary of the key findings from our survey on salaries and demographic characteristics of nearly 800 local arts agency employees. Find out how your organization stacks up! This is our most recent survey of LAA salaries.
  • Local Arts Agency Census
    Calling All Local Arts Agencies: In May 2015, Americans for the Arts - in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts - will begin the data collection effort for the 2015 Local Arts Agency (LAA) Census. This comprehensive survey is designed to benchmark the financial health and programmatic trends of the richly varied, highly diverse, and extremely important work of the nation’s 5,000 LAAs and the communities they serve.
  • Local Arts Agency Statistics (PDF, 288 KB) - Updated March 2016
    Just as no two communities are exactly alike, no two local arts agencies are quite the same. These statistics show some of the broad trends that encompass all local arts agencies, which share a common goal to ensure a vital presence for the arts in communities across the country.
  • 10 Reasons to Support the Arts - Updated March 2018
    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 March 2018 here.
  • 10 Reasons to Support the Arts Poster (PDF, 101 KB) - Updated 2015
    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!  
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Arts & Economy
  • Arts and Economic Prosperity IV
    Every day, more than 100,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations act as economic drivers - creating an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of our tourism industry. This study documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy.  For quick figures, check out our one-pagers below. (Our next national economic impact study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, will be conducted during calendar year 2016 and the findings will be released in June of 2017.)
  • 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 2014
    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 IV report (updated in 2012) shows you how!
  • Arts and GDP - Updated February 2017
    According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and cultural production contributed $730 billion to the nation’s economy in 2014. This represents 4.2 percent of the GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, or construction. 
  • Arts Trade Balance - Updated February 2017
    Arts and cultural goods and services trade surpluses reached $24.1 billion in 2013. The arts consistently outperform the overall U.S. Balance of Trade.
  • Spending by Arts Audiences (PDF, 211 KB) - Updated April 2015
    Unlike most other industries, the arts leverage a significant amount of event-related spending by their audiences—spending that directly enters the community and generates a great deal of non-arts-related commerce. Read on to see what we found out from our latest Arts & Economic Prosperity report.
  • Artists in the U.S. Workforce: 2001-2016 - Updated February 2017
    Read on to find out about the share of artists in the U.S. workforce, and how they stack up in terms of employment overall.
  • Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts - 2015 
    The Creative Industries reports utilize respected data from Dun & Bradstreet to measure for-profit as well as non-profit arts and culture industries, putting together a complete picture of how the arts fit in overall with all U.S. businesses and jobs. Fact: there are more people working in the arts industry than there are lawyers in the U.S. 
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