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Arts & Economic Prosperity V

 

 

COCA and the Americans for the Arts are launching the Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5economic impact survey of local nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. Learn more about this study.

Press Release

COCA Joins Americans for the Arts’ National Study of the Economic Impact of Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences.

Tallahassee, FL — The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA), who announced it has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.


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Arts & Economic Prosperity III

Arts and Economic Prosperity in Tallahassee and Leon County  

Nonprofit arts and culture organizations are active contributors to their business community. They are employers, producers, and consumers. Spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences totaled $74.6 million in Tallahassee/Leon County.

When it comes time to make tough funding choices, however, elected officials and business leaders also want to have strong and credible data that demonstrate the economic benefits of a vibrant nonprofit arts and culture industry. Please feel free to print this report for your own use. COCA provides the data and presents the information to civic groups local governments, the Chambers and the Economic Development Council and Visit Tallahassee among others. Arts & Economic Prosperity III is a national study conducted with the Americans for the Arts.

The Council on Culture and Arts (COCA) is one of 156 national partners who contracted for specific local data. Data were collected from 79 non-profit arts and culture organizations in Tallahassee/Leon County, including detailed budget information about more than 40 expenditure categories.(e.g., labor, payments to local and non-local artists, operations, materials, facilities, and asset acquisition) as well as their total attendance figures. Local audiences were included in the research as well, to make this one of the most comprehensive economic impact studies to date. Arts & Economic Prosperity III is great news for those whose daily task is to strengthen the economy while they enrich quality of life. No longer do business and elected leaders need to choose between arts and economic prosperity.

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