The Economic Impact of the Arts


The nonprofit arts and cultural industry is an economic driver in communities throughout the country—a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. This is particularly true in New York State.

While New York City shines as the cultural capital of the country, the arts are central to economic growth and community development throughout New York’s urban, suburban and rural areas. The arts are driving economic revitalization in cities large and small, from Yonkers to Buffalo. In rural areas, the arts are infusing new life into downtowns, boosting tourism, and helping communities to develop appealing and distinctive identities.

The Arts = Jobs

All tolled, New York is home to 52,451 arts-related businesses that Employ 314,099 people. The creative industries account for 5.1 per cent of the total number of businesses.

Economic Impact Studies

Click here for links to local economic impact studies and reports on creative industries throughout the state.

What is the Economic Impact of your Arts/Cultural Organization?

Use this handy calculator from Americans for the Arts to find out!