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Economic Impact of the Arts

The arts are a vitally important economic industry, generating revenue, creating jobs and developing communities. Several resources below offer substantial research findings on the arts and economic development, from statewide economic impact studies to national reports.

 

Click here to estimate the economic impact of your arts and cultural organization using data from Americans for the Arts latest study, Arts and Economic Prosperity 5.

 

National Studies

Arts and Economic Prosperity 5: Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry

This is the most recent national study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy by Americans for the Arts, released in 2017. The most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted, it provides a quantifiable economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. Using findings from 341 regions, including various Florida cities and counties, an input-output economic model is able to deliver national estimates.

The data reveal findings including:

  • The industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity and $63.8 billion by the nation's nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
  • This economic activity supports 4.6 million full-time jobs and generates $49.4 billion in resident household income.
  • The arts and culture industry also generates $27.5 billion in revenue to local,state, and federal governmentsa yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations. 

Click here to read the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 National Findings Summary Report.

Click here to read the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 National Findings Statistical Report.

Click here to visit Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 at Americans for the Arts.

State Studies

Arts and Economic Prosperity 5: Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry in the State of Florida

In addition to the national study, Americans for the Arts partnered with the Division of Cultural Affairs and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. to measure the economic impact of Florida's arts and culture industry.

The data reveal findings including:

  • Florida's arts and cultural industry generated $4.68 billion of economic activity, including $2.29 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
  • This economic activity supports 132,366 full-time jobs and generates $3.35 billion in resident household income.
  • Florida's arts and cultural industry delivers $492.3 million in local and state government revenue.

Click here to read the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 in the State of Florida Report.

Florida: Creative Industries Profile

The profile presents the findings recent South Arts research about creative economies in the nine-state South Arts region. Included in the profile are statistics about nonprofit and for-profit creative industries establishments in Florida.

The data reveal findings including:

  • Florida is home to 29,735 creative industries establishments
  • Employees of these establishments receive more than $14 billion in annual payroll
  • These establishments generate $49.7 billion in annual revenues
  • These establishments represent 5.9% of all industry establishments in the state

Florida: Creative Industries Profile (pdf)

Creative Economies - southarts.org

Arts and Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the State of Florida

The report presents the findings of a 2009 study measuring the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Florida. The statewide results were compiled as part of a comprehensive study by Americans for the Arts.

The statewide data reveals that Florida's nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $3.1 billion in economic activity, including:

  • 88,236 full time equivalent jobs
  • $2.057 billion in resident household income
  • $196 million in local government revenue
  • $249 million in state government revenue

Full Arts and Economic Prosperity III study (pdf, 614kb)

Economic Impact of Non-Profit Arts and Cultural Organizations on the State Economy of Florida

By William B. Stronge, Ph.D.

This study used 2007 data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages to extrapolate from studies of seven counties already completed by the Americans for the Arts to the statewide totals. The study was sponsored in part by the Division of Cultural Affairs and members of the Florida Cultural Alliance.

Local Studies

Arts and Economic Prosperity 5: Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry

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Cities and Towns

City of Boca Raton

City of Delray Beach

City of Fort Myers

Town of Jupiter

City of Lake Worth

City of Miami

City of Miami Beach

City of Ocala

City of Orlando

City of Tampa

City of Winter Park

City of West Palm Beach

 

Counties

Alachua County

Brevard County

Broward County

Collier County

Escambia County

Hillsborough County

Indian River County

Lake County

Lee County

Leon County

Manatee County

Martin County

Miami-Dade County

Monroe County

Orange County

Osceola County

Palm Beach County

Pinellas County

Polk County

Sarasota County

Seminole County

St. Lucie County

Volusia County

 

Areas

Central Florida Region

Treasure Coast Region

Greater Sarasota/Bradenton Area

Greater Tampa/St. Petersburg Area

Treasure Coast Region