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Email from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs...
The nonprofit arts and culture industry in Seattle generates almost half a billion dollars in annual economic activity—$272 million by the city's nonprofit arts organizations in addition to $175 million in event-related expenditures by their audiences.
This is according to Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences recently released by Americans for the Arts.
- $447.6 million in annual economic activity
- 10,807 full-time equivalent jobs
- $248.2 million in household income
- $38.2 million in local and state government revenues
This study could not have been completed without the data collected from the 50 nonprofit arts and culture organizations (listed below) and their nearly 1,400 audience members who took the time to complete surveys. And based on the level of participation, Seattle's economic figures should be considered conservative.
If you are interested in estimating the economic impact of your nonprofit arts and culture organization on the local economy, Americans for the Arts has a simple calculator on its website where you can also learn more about the study's national findings.
Seattle's nonprofit arts sector is an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and attracts cultural tourism. In the coming months, I will be out in the community telling the story behind these numbers. I hope you will join me in sharing this study and its results as a powerful tool to advocate for increased public and private investment in the arts.
Vincent E. Kitch
A special thank you on behalf of the city and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to our
Sci Fi Museum & HOF
New Circus Arts (SANCA)