This study focuses on the economic impact of New England’s arts and cultural nonprofits. It provides aggregate data on the number, spending, and employment of New England’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations; data on their overall economic impact, and individual stories that illustrate that economic impact. Comparisons are drawn to prior years and other economic sectors wherever possible in an effort to understand the subset.
These data demonstrate the size and financial statistics of cultural nonprofits in New England from fiscal year 2007 (before the changes of the economic downturn of the latter part of 2008), organized by New England state, organizational discipline, and nonprofit type.
This report includes a definition of cultural enterprise and cultural worker categories from widely available U.S. federal data sources; protocol for measuring these categories; data on cultural enterprise employment in each state of New England and data and demographics on cultural workers in each state of New England.
This study examines the financial status of New England's nonprofit cultural organizations – an important component of the region’s creative economy -- between 2000 and 2002. New methodology developed by NEFA for this report enables us to better define the types of organizations that are included in the nonprofit cultural sector, and provide a more accurate and consistent look at their economic impact. Additionally, an exciting new partnership with the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute has enabled us for the first time to examine New England’s nonprofit cultural sector within a larger regional and national context.
This white paper examines the definition of the creative economy developed in the Creative Economy Initiative report: "The Role of Arts and Culture in New England's Economic Competitiveness," released in 2000 by NEFA, Mt. Auburn Associates and The New England Council, as well as subsequent approaches advanced in the U.S. and abroad.
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