NEA Study: Arts Contributed $704.2 Billion To 2013 U.S. Economy, 32.5% Increase Since 1998

Broadway World: In support of the ongoing argument as to whether or not performing arts have economic value, take look at these numbers recently released by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Among the new findings: Theaters contributed $7.1 billion dollars.  There has also been growth in profit and non-profit industries across the board.

“Studies are continually providing evidence that the arts contributes greatly to local economies.  The new data show that the production of performing arts services has grown at a faster clip than arts and cultural production in general, contributing $44.5 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013,” says NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu.

On flip side, here’s why one arts journal blogger thinks this data means nothing.

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About Tracey Paleo

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Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

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