Live performance is central to so many kinds of arts organizations in music, theatre, dance, and other performance disciplines. Nonprofits with performing arts programs are typically among the marquee names in a community’s set of arts organizations. The medium of performance may be at the center of the artistic vision of these organizations, but educational activities are very often in the programming mix of performing arts and event organizations. This indicator measures the number of performing arts and
events organizations for every 100,000 county residents, referring to organizations with the following NTEE codes.

  • A60 Performing Arts
  • A61 Performing Arts Centers
  • A62 Dance
  • A63 Ballet
  • A65 Theater
  • A68 Music
  • A69 Symphony Orchestras
  • A6A Opera
  • A6B Singing Choral
  • A6C Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles
  • A84 Commemorative Events
  • N52 County/Street/Civic/Multi-Arts Fairs and Festivals

Data comes from the 2009 Core Files from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,459. Average county indicator value = 6.1. Median county indicator value = 4.2.


Fast Facts from the Arts Index

The nonprofit arts grow – despite a recession!

The number of nonprofit arts organizations has grown annually, reaching 113,000 in 2010. In the past decade, nonprofit arts organizations grew 49% (76,000 to 113,000), a greater rate than all nonprofit organizations, which grew 32% (1.2 million to 1.6 million).