ArtsFund: Economic Impact Study

Publication date: 
December, 2015

ArtsFund’s 2014 Economic Impact Study compiles data from 313 non-profit cultural organizations in the Central Puget Sound region, in addition to over 3,500 patron surveys, to assess their impact on our region’s economy and identity. The study contains comprehensive information about how the region’s many arts, cultural, and scientific organizations fuel our economy and enrich our communities.

The findings show that cultural organizations provide significant economic impact by creating jobs, generating tax revenue, driving tourism and bringing “new money” into the region, and enrich our communities by fostering civic engagement, connectivity and educational opportunities.

ArtsFund has produced four previous Economic Impact Studies (1992, 1997, 2003 and 2009). On the whole, cultural organizations show post-recession stability. Aggregate sales impacts and total jobs supported have increased modestly since ArtsFund’s 2009 study, as have audience levels and the number of productions and exhibits. The ripple effects of cultural organizations are felt across the region and the state. Continued investment in and promotion of our region’s cultural assets will ensure this impact will last for years to come.

ArtsFund’s 2014 Economic Impact Studies include both a Regional Report (inclusive of King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties) and a King County Report.