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 2012 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 = 2,272. Average county indicator value = $24.08. Median county indicator value = $5.92.

 

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.