Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, U.S. and States
Arts and culture economic activity (2021)
The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows that arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, increased 13.7 percent in 2021 after decreasing 4.8 percent in 2020. By comparison, the broader economy, as measured by real gross domestic product (GDP), increased 5.9 percent in 2021 after decreasing 2.8 percent in 2020. Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $1.02 trillion, in 2021.
- Current Release: March 15, 2023
- Next Release: March 2024
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.
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 1998-2021 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.
- Download All State Summary Sheets Zipped | PDF
Contains reports for every state and D.C.
- State Data for 2001-2021 | CSV Data files Zipped | CSV
- Infographic: Impact of Arts and Culture on U.S. Economy in 2021
- Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account: New Statistics for 2017 and Updated Statistics from 1998 to 2016
Survey of Current Business, September 2020
- Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account: New Statistics for 2016
Survey of Current Business, June 2019
- Arts and Culture Economy Grows 2.9 Percent in 2016
The BEA Wire, March 19, 2019
- Infographic: Impact of Arts and Culture on U.S. Economy in 2016
- Regional Quarterly Report
Survey of Current Business, June 2018
- New Arts and Culture Stats Zoom in on States
The BEA Wire, March 6, 2018
- Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account: State Employment and Compensation in 2014 PDF
Survey of Current Business, September 2017
- U.S. Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, 1998-2012 PDF
Survey of Current Business, January 2015
- The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account
22nd International Input-Output Conference, July 2014