Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, U.S. and States 2015
Arts and cultural economic activity (2015)
The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that arts and cultural economic activity nationwide increased an inflation-adjusted 4.9 percent in 2015. That compares with a 0.4 percent increase in 2014 (table 1). Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $763.6 billion, in 2015 (table 2).Current Release
- Current Release: March 6, 2018
- Next Release: TBD
Artists, performers, museums and historical sites are vying to be seen, heard and appreciated by Americans every day. Yet the economic impact of these varied arts and cultural activities, and of supporting industries that range from Hollywood studios to hand carvers of musical instruments, is easy to miss.
BEA's satellite accounts spotlight economic activity that can be difficult to find within our core accounts – in this case, the impact of arts and culture on U.S. and state economies.
This account was built by identifying, analyzing and separating out detailed data from existing BEA statistics. Pulling together the arts and cultural data in one place paints a statistical picture that's valuable to state and federal policymakers, businesses, arts organizations, analysts, economists, and others.
Latest News Release
- News Release: Impact of Arts and Culture on U.S. Economy in 2015
- For the first time includes state value added data.
- News Release Tables (XLS)
- BEA Blog: New Arts and Culture Stats Zoom in on States
Includes contribution of arts and cultural activities to the nation's GDP; the sector's rate of growth, employment, compensation and more; data by industry and commodity.
- Data for 1998-2015 (ZIP)
- Survey of Current Business: U.S. Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, 1998-2012 (PDF)
Includes the number of arts and cultural employees and their compensation, with breakdowns by industry; the relative concentration of arts and cultural activities in the state. Data is available for all 50 states and DC.
- State Summary Sheets (ZIP)
- ZIP containing reports for every state and D.C.
- Data for 2001-2015
- Survey of Current Business: Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account: State Employment and Compensation in 2014 (PDF)
Definitions and Sources
What is arts and cultural production? The performing arts – music, dance, drama – probably come to mind first, as well as visual arts and the written word. Although culture can be defined broadly to include things like beliefs and values, this economic account focuses on creative artistic activity. It's not limited to fine arts, however. The museum category, for example, includes science and children's museums, zoos, and nature parks. Supporting industries include movie making and publishing, as well as aspects of government, including American Indian tribal councils.
- Concordance of NAICS and ACPSA industries (Excel)
- Definitions for terms used in the ACPSA (PDF)
- BEA developed the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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What is the Arts and Culture Satellite Account?
Highlights the economic impact of music groups, museums, photography, and more, including contributions to GDP, output, employment, and compensation. These data also include supporting arts industries, such as broadcasting and manufacturing.