Consumer Expenditures

Annual Consumer Expenditures on Arts & Culture Consumption

by Region, 2015

Data Source:

Americans for the Arts


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data are from the Americans for the Arts Local Index. Arts Donation data represents the share of all households that donate to arts and culture organizations, including public broadcasting. 2011 data were collected in 2009-2011, and 2014 data were collected in 2012-2014 by Scarborough Research. Consumer Expenditure data represents a per capita estimate of dollars to be spent in 2015 by county residents on admissions to entertainment venues – theatres, concert halls, clubs, arenas, outdoor amphitheaters, and stadiums. These estimates combine the most recent Consumer Expenditure Survey data with an annual modeling of spending patterns. Cultural participation data were collected between 2012 and 2014, and represents an average percentage. All indicators are for adults age 18 or over. Arts participation includes playing a musical instrument, attending popular entertainment (country music, R & B, hip-hop, and rock and roll performances, comedy and other ‘stage’ performances) and live performing arts (theatre, dance, symphony, opera), visiting art museums and zoos, purchasing music media or video online, and attending movies. Live Entertainment includes music concerts or other stage performances. Live Performing Arts includes theatre, dance, symphony, and opera. Recorded media include music, videocassettes and DVDs. Solo Artists are identified as solo artists by non-employer establishments in four-digit NAICS code 7115, which describes “Independent artists, writers, and performers.” Nationally, there were 740,000 such solo artists in 2013.

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