“Field service” is used to group together the variety of nonprofit organizations that support arts organizations. Providing technical assistance, professional membership, research, and resource development help are critical supports for a county‚Äôs nonprofit arts community. Organizations like these tend to cluster more in larger communities, where there is a bigger pool of nonprofits to work with. This indicator measures the number of field service arts organizations in the following NTEE groups for every 100,000 county residents.

  • A02 Management & Technical Assistance
  • A03 Professional Societies & Associations
  • A05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
  • A11 Single Organization Support
  • A12 Fundraising and/or Fund Distribution
  • A19 Nonmonetary Support Not Elsewhere Classified
  • A26 Arts Council/Agency
  • A90 Arts Service Activities/ Organizations

Data come from the 2010 Core Files from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

 

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,195. Average county indicator value = 4.4. Median county indicator value = 2.5.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

Consumer arts spending steady at $150 billion!

Since 2002, consumer spending on the arts has remained in the $150 billion range, though as a share of all expenditures it has slipped from 1.88% in 2002 to 1.45% in 2010. Following four years of decreases, musical instrument sales rebounded, growing from $5.9 billion in 2009 to $6.3 billion in 2010.