Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, U.S. and States 2019 and 2018

Arts and culture economic activity (2019)
$919.7 billion

The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows that arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, increased 3.7 percent in 2019 after increasing 2.3 percent in 2018. Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.3 percent, or $919.7 billion, of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP), in 2019.

  • Current Release: March 30, 2021

Photograph of a hang gliderArtists, 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.


 Browse the MapGet an overview of arts and cultural economic activity across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


  • 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.
  • National Data for 1998-2019 ZIP
  • 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.
  •  ...or browse the Map
  • Download All State Summary Sheets Zipped | PDF
    Contains reports for every state and D.C.
  • State Data for 2001-2019  | CSV Data files Zipped | CSV

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.

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