The arts are supported by public funds from municipal, regional, state, and federal governments. A telling measure of the competitiveness of the arts organizations in your county is how they are competing in the competition for public dollars compared to other counties. Two indicators show arts county funding per capita over multiple years to grantees by the National Endowment for the Arts and state arts agencies.
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.