This indicator measures program revenue per capita in each county for all arts and culture organizations. Program revenues typically include admission, subscription, and other fees paid by arts consumers. This indicator shows the dollar amount that nonprofit arts organizations in a county have earned from their arts activities for every county resident. Note that it does not actually say how much those residents paid, because arts organizations draw paying customers from outside as well as inside their home counties. Symmetrically, residents in one’s own county are able to leave and consume the arts in another county. Even recognizing this, total program revenue is still a good proxy for how the organizations in each community are able to draw in resources from their county and region in exchange for presenting arts programs and services.

Data for this indicator are from the 2009 Core Files at the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Program revenues typically include admission, subscription, and other fees paid by arts consumers.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 2,155. Average county indicator value = $24.99. Median county indicator value = $5.50.

 

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.