Many other institutional fields are also served by national service organizations devoted to specific artistic genres, disciplines, and institutions. The services and programs that these service organizations provide to their members helps them stay connected with the most exciting and useful national events and trends in their particular artistic domain. Membership in these service organizations gives any local organization a connection to broader national issues affecting that artistic activity. As membership in national service organizations informs and strengthens local organizations, it is a resource for the local community.

The performing arts field is especially rich with national service organizations, but it is not the only place where organizations in an industry work together through a service organization. This indicator incorporates the total membership of eight such national service organizations:

  • Americans for the Arts
  • American Association for State and Local History
  • Chorus America
  • League of American Orchestras
  • League of Historic American Theaters
  • National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts
  • Opera America
  • Theatre Communications Group
  • All of these organizations responded positively to a request to share the zip codes of every one of their members in 2010, a total of almost 13,000 institutions and individuals, with institutions making up the great majority of members.

    Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,588. Average county indicator value = 7.2. Median county indicator value = 4.5.


    Fast Facts from the Arts Index

    U.S. Share of World Creative Goods Trade is Rebounding! Overall, America’s role in global cultural trade declined steadily from 2002 through 2009, but we have seen a rebound in 2010 and 2011. Almost all of this is due to exports, which change more—both up and down—than imports in the U.S. Trade surpluses are good news for the U.S. economy!