Individuals consume arts and culture in many different forms. One of the most common is through use of recorded media, including music, videocassettes, and DVDs. These forms are generally for personal use in the home but represent a broad form of engagement and consumption. Clearly, downloading is increasing but this is difficult to measure locally.

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 recorded media, which includes purchase of recorded music and both purchase and rental of videocassettes and DVD’s. 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 = $58.33. Median county indicator value = $56.62.

 

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).