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Coming Attraction: See How Arts and Culture Impact Every State

The Bureau of Economic Analysis is lifting the curtain on the role arts and culture play in each state’s economy.

On March 6, BEA will premiere statistics showing for the first time how much arts and culture contribute to the gross domestic product, or GDP, of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The arts and cultural economy includes music, theater, design, museums, historic sites, natural parks and more, as well as supporting industries such as broadcasting, filmmaking and publishing.

The report will also feature state summary sheets, making it easy to see each state’s leading arts and cultural industries, employment and compensation of employees, growth trends, national rankings, and other highlights.

Nationwide statistics will spotlight the trends for arts and cultural contributions to U.S. GDP, gross output, employment and compensation.

The report to be released Tuesday, March 6, at 10 a.m. Eastern time will provide the first estimates for 2015 and update previously released statistics for 2013 and 2014.

The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Satellite accounts complement BEA’s core statistics by pulling together additional detail on specific industries, such as travel and tourism or outdoor recreation. Painting a more detailed portrait of the arts and cultural economy benefits arts organizations, businesses, economic developers, policymakers and others interested in this prominent part of the economy.

Find more information and previously released reports on the arts and culture page at

Arts and Culture Grow at Faster Pace as BEA Takes its First Inflation-Adjusted Look

Arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, grew 2.5 percent in 2013, according to estimates of the industries’ real value added by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That compares with a 1.1 percent increase in 2012.

Information services and design services were the leading contributors to the growth in 2013. Overall, 26 of 36 arts and culture-related industries contributed to the increase. As a group, the core arts and cultural industries, such as performing arts, museums and design services, grew 3.3 percent.

This is the first time that BEA has released inflation-adjusted statistics that track the changing economic impact of arts and culture.

arts and culture chart 2-16-2016

In addition to the real value added statistics, BEA’s Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account also includes a measure of real gross output. Under that measure, total inflation-adjusted spending on all arts and cultural commodities reached $1.1 trillion in 2013. That figure was up 2.7 percent from the year before. Still, real gross output growth slowed slightly from 2012, when it had increased 2.8 percent.

In contrast to the value added statistics, gross output is not adjusted to exclude expenses incurred in the production process. For example, gross output for the opera reflects all ticket receipts without subtracting the expenses incurred in the production of the opera, such as advertising, rent and costume rentals.

Lovers of the performing arts take note: Their gross output grew at a faster pace in 2013, increasing 3.7 percent, up from 1.2 percent the year before. This faster growth was widespread, including gains in music, opera and theater.

real output added

Employment for all arts and cultural industries totaled 4.74 million in 2013. Art support services, including rental and leasing, totaled 1.19 million jobs, the most in all arts and cultural industries. Information services, including publishing, motion pictures and broadcasting, accounted for 1.17 million jobs. Retailers related to arts and culture totaled 731,200 jobs.

employment in selected arts

Culture can be defined in a variety of ways. For this account, arts and cultural production is defined narrowly to include creative artistic activity; the goods and services produced by it; the goods and services produced in the support of it; and the construction of buildings in which it is taking place.

For more information, read the full report.

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