Within every community, there are a variety of opportunities for individuals to be engaged with music. This may include learning to play an instrument in school, choosing to have a piano in your home, participating in a community orchestra and more. Along with drawing, painting, and photography, playing a musical instrument is one of the most common ways for individuals to first become involved in the arts and, in many cases, to continue to participate. The nation’s cultural traditions, its love for instrumental music, and the role of instruments in supporting live performance by vocalists in pop music are all sources of demand for musical instruments, whether through rental or purchase, as well as maintaining those instruments and purchasing accessories.

As with all indicators utilizing data from Claritas, this indicator represents a per capita estimate of dollars to be spent in 2015 by county residents on purchase of musical instruments, musical instrument rental, accessories and repairs. These estimates combine the most recent Consumer Expenditure Survey data with an annual modeling of spending patterns. Like many other LAI indicators, we believe these should be considered in a regional context, because consumers do not limit their spending to their home county.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 3,143. Average county indicator value = $10.01. Median county indicator value = $9.46.


Fast Facts from the Arts Index

Demand for arts in education by college-bound students is up!

According to data published by The College Board, the share of SAT test-takers with 4 years of arts or music classes in high school has grown over the past decade from 15% to 20%. The number of college arts degrees conferred annually have risen steadily from 75,000 to 129,000 over the past dozen years.