Arts, Culture, & Economic Prosperity in Allegheny County

"This study tells us that it's never been so fun to grow the economy. In return for captivation, beauty, and moving experiences, we get jobs, economic activity, and government revenue. Everybody wins."
~ Mitch Swain, CEO


The arts & culture sector is an economic engine for Allegheny County. Direct expenditures of $686 million annually by cultural organizations and their audiences generate $410 million in household income, $74 million in tax revenues, and 20,550 full-time equivalent jobs. Allegheny County ranks 7th nationally in jobs created through the arts & culture.
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Total Economic Impact 
of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry in Allegheny County

  Allegheny County Median of Similar 
Study Regions
(Pop = 1,000,000 or More)
National Median
Direct Expenditures $685,602,764

$249,948,308

$49,081,279
Full-Time Equivalent Jobs 20,549 8,532 1,533
Resident Household Income

$409,738,000

$207,145,000

$35,124,500

Local Government Revenue

$31,448,000

$1,348,000

$946,500

State Government Revenue

$43,193,000

$4,489,000

$2,498,000

(Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and their Audiences)

 

Economic Impact of 19 Organizations at a Glance

Check out customized economic impact studies of Pittsburgh-area arts and culture organizations. GPAC created these by using the Economic Impact Calculator in collaboration with 40 organizations, 19 of whom agreed to share the results publicly. Thank you! Anyone can utilize the Economic Impact Calculator, and, if you're a GPAC member, we'll run the numbers for you. Just contact GPAC's Research & Policy Director, David Pankratz.

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The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council surveyed 120 arts and culture organizations and 918 audience members with one question in mind: how much does our nonprofit arts and culture industry impact our local economy? The results, which were part of a nationwide study called Arts & Economic Prosperty IV, were released in 2012 by Americans for the Arts. You can scroll down to download the National Data or the Pennsylvania Data.

National Economic Impact Data

The National Brochure highlights the study's top-level numbers and must-know facts for the combined study region's across the United States. [2 pages, PDF]
National Summary Report  with Background, Scope, and Methodology
The National Summary Report goes a bit deeper to explain audience spending, organizations' impact on the community, and cultural tourism for the combined study region's across the United States. [24 pages, PDF]
National Report with Data Tables and Survey Instruments
The National Report contains the summary along with data tables and detailed methodology for the combined study region's across the United States. [378 pages, PDF]

 

Pennsylvania Economic Impact Data

Pennsylvania Summary Report  with Background, Scope, and Methodology
The Pennsylvania Summary Report explains audience spending, organizations' impact on the community, and cultural tourism for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. [24 pages, PDF]

 

 Allegheny County Economic Impact Data

Allegheny County Summary Report
Throughout the calendar year 2011, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council surveyed local arts organizations and their audiences as part of the national study. The Allegheny County Report was released in March 2013. [24 pages, PDF]

 

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