March 13, 2019

Take a bow, dancers, art teachers, and museum guides: The roles you and others play in the U.S. economy will be in the spotlight March 19.

That’s when the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its annual statistics on the economic impact of arts and cultural activities. The data will highlight the sector’s contributions to the gross domestic product, or GDP, of the United States, each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia.

The arts and cultural economy includes theater, music, writing, visual arts, design, museums, historic sites, natural parks, and more, as well as supporting industries such as broadcasting, filmmaking, and publishing.

The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account will be updated with 2016 data at 10 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, March 19. A summary sheet for each state will show top arts and cultural industries, the sector’s growth rate in the state, employment, compensation of employees, national rankings, and other highlights. For a preview, see the 2015 summary sheets on’s arts and culture page. For an overview of the arts and culture economy across the 50 states, browse our interactive map, which will be updated with 2016 data. 


Additional statistics about the U.S. economy overall will include gross output by industry and gross output by the commodity produced, such as operas, design services, books, or movies.

Satellite accounts like this one complement BEA’s core statistics by pulling together additional detail on specific industries. Painting a more detailed portrait of the arts and cultural economy benefits arts organizations, businesses, economic developers, policymakers, and other Americans interested in this prominent sector of the economy. This account is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Find more information and previously released reports on the arts and culture page at