Consumer expenditures in the arts are a key resource, providing the financial fuel to both nonprofit and commercial arts enterprises. Consumer expenditures include spending on admission fees, books, recorded music and other media, photography, movies and more. Data for indicators in this factor come from Claritas Research and were gathered in 2009. They are county-level estimates of total consumer expenditure in the selected area, converted to dollars per capita.


Fast Facts from the Arts Index

The nonprofit arts grow – despite a recession!

The number of nonprofit arts organizations has grown annually, reaching 113,000 in 2010. In the past decade, nonprofit arts organizations grew 49% (76,000 to 113,000), a greater rate than all nonprofit organizations, which grew 32% (1.2 million to 1.6 million).