The number of millennial arts organizations is just part of the “institutional or entrepreneurial” factor in cultural character. Generally, new organizations have less revenue than established organizations, and their revenue may have a different profile. While close to one-third of arts organizations are new, they are bringing in less than one fifth of total revenue.

There are several possible explanations for this difference. Millennial organizations may be more productive and efficient, with a smaller infrastructure that needs less support. They may rely on the drive of a founder. Or, they may face a very tough competitive environment that makes it hard to build revenue. These possible scenarios may be seen in many counties, and are part of the character of that county’s arts economy. This indicator measures the share of total arts nonprofit revenue in each county that was recorded by arts nonprofits founded since 2000, in 425 counties with 20 or more arts nonprofits. Data for this indicator are from the 2009 Core Files at the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

Additional Information: Average county indicator value = 18.75%. Median county indicator value = 14.01%.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

International cultural tourism proves recession-proof. Arts travelers are ideal tourists—they stay longer and spend more.  The U.S. Dept of Commerce reports that the percentage of int’l travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown annually since 2003 (17% to 24%), while those including concerts and theater performances have increased five of the past seven years (13% to 17% since 2003).