There are six factors in this dimension, for Consumer Expenditures, Nonprofit Arts Revenues, Government Support, Local Connection to National Organizations, Artists and Arts Businesses, and Arts Nonprofits. Together, they show the economic weight of the arts in terms of flows of revenues and the organizational resources used in the arts. These indicators use data available for many counties with a substantial share of the U.S. population.

 

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.